Quirky Corner Coffee Mornings
By reputation, tea and teatime is a British institution and “a cuppa” is a key part of each and every day. Before tea though there was coffee which became the most fashionable drink in London in the late 1600’s. London’s first coffeehouse was opened in 1652 by an eccentric Greek named Pasqua Roseé who had developed a taste for the exotic Turkish drink whilst living in Smyrna and decided to import it to London when he moved there.
Of course, people were initially wary of this most exotic drink but it soon became part of everyday life. The diarist Samuel Pepys described a visit to the London coffee house in Cornhill on 10 December 1660: “the first time that ever I was there, and I found much pleasure in it, through the diversity of company and discourse.” When in 1667 King Charles II’s celebrated mistress, Nell Gwyn, appeared in a comedy entitled The Coffee-house, to his chagrin, Pepys found the performance entirely sold out.
Men drank their coffee in London’s coffee houses while they transacted business, discussed politics, literary or scientific works in progress. Men such as Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke shared their thoughts and attended them and coffee houses became known as ‘schools of the wise’: the place you went to if you wanted to know what was going on in the world. Thus a link between coffee and intellectual life was established and by 1700 there were perhaps over 2000 coffee houses in London.
Listening and talking to strangers – sometimes for hours on end – was a founding principle of coffee houses yet one that seems most unexpected to us today despite our endless chains of coffee shops. Mostly these are visited now by people tapping on iPads and wearing headphones.
A year ago in January much of the world was locked down. It was winter and we all had a hugely challenging time ahead of us mentally, emotionally, financially and physically. Doing something, having a structure, helps me so I thought I would give myself some focus and began my Monday quirky corner coffee morning on Instagram. Coffee, of course, is one of the key words on a Monday morning. I am very fond of coffee, especially the one I have mid morning when hopefully a few things might have been accomplished. It is a delicious moment around 11am, not that the chat is of anything other than a story or place behind the scenes.
For example, I sat in the ha-ha, found odd corners in the castle, climbed just outside the portico bedroom or sat by by trees. Back to January this year, 2022, and I thought I would again invite you to join me for a few minutes in various quirky corners naturally clutching my warming cup. I thought I would start neither up nor down today and see where we go thereafter. Perhaps I could then host a Monday quirky corner answering any questions you might wish to ask!
Monday is a new day and one on which we can set off with new thoughts and a new tone for the week ahead, even perhaps with a new perspective. Whatever obstacles each of us is facing, not all of them are permanent and sometimes coffee can be the alchemy.
MY DARLING LADY FIONA,
GOOD AFTERNOON, RIO CLARO 30 °CELCIUS, VERY VERY WARM, BRAZILIAN SUMMER. 11H20M.
TALKING ABOUT COFFEE, I ENDED LUNCH AND OF COURSE , AS A GOOD BRAZILIAN THAT I AM,I WILL HAVE A DELICIOUS COFFEE HERE IN MY BRAZIL,INCLUDING ,MILADY IN THE LAND WHERE I LIVE 63 YEARS AGO MY SPANNISH GRANDFATHER GREY COFFEE. HAPPY COFFEE MONDAY, MILADY.
RIO CLARO – SP
P.S. SPANISH GRANDFATHER , GREW COFFEE .
I enjoyed these quirky coffee moments immensely in the past and am looking forward to joining you for them again moving forward. Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and blessed New Year!
Just wondering if you have an Instagram as you mentioned Quirky Coffee corner on Instagram?
yes it is @highclere_castle
Hi , how wonderful to be in Quirky corners around your Beautiful amazing castle drinking coffee I would love to do that I cannot wait to visit the castle once more. I was so honoured to visit Highclere last year and to top it all to meet you lady Canarvan and have my photo taken with you I was in my element I had the most amazing day it was so special I cannot wait to come back and have another visit especially drinking coffee in quickly little corners of the place I think I would take a coffee into the secret garden.
So many places and I love coffee..
Dear Lady Carnarvon
Thank you for another entertaining & educational blog – I’ve been addicted to coffee since I visited the USA back in 2005 – Coffee Addict & proud!
I wish you & everyone at Highclere a safe, healthy & Happy New Year
What a lovely visitation to this morning delight. I am inspired to do the same.
A newby from South Africa, I am going to visit little corners of Buckinghsmshire for coffee at eleven.
I am delighted to have your book on hand and am going to enjoy a little read before bedtime.
Love your blog and love coffee. Also loved your Mother’s Day Tour and High Tea at the castle back in May 2021.
Waking up in Kona Hawaii today after an arduous plane ride I look forward to a delicious cup of Kona coffee. Yea I am hooked but the docs say 3 cups a day is a good thing so let’s go for it! (Boomer behavior).
I figure 3/4 – teh 4th being a little macchiato after lunch!
I love mornings, to set with tea or coffee and plot my day and week out. It seems it always changes. there is something about the early still of the morning, coffee and tea with a furry campion by your side. I also love the barn early in the morning with sometime hot to drink,’
Best for a New Year 2022
Starting my Monday mornings with coffee and your column has become a treasured ritual. I would love to visit your quirky corners, especially with our dogs in tow!
Thank you so
much for the
Quirky morning coffeesI
learn so much with your accurated explanations- Wishing to your husband and to you a healthy 2022
Thank you and to you too!
I loved the „Quirky Corner Coffee“ and it makes me very happy that you continue this beautiful, soul and heart warming tradition – thank you! ☕️
Happy New Year from the USA, where it is 18degrees C. I am drinking coffee, sitting by the fire, recovering from knee replacement, and about to read your wonderful Christmas book which I got as a gift!
Hi Cheryl it’s Stuart Hidson from Dalby Queensland Australia where it’s summer and currently 32c I love ❤ my Moccona coffee ☕ as well as my English Breakfast Tea in my 1791 George silver Teapot I love to watch Downton Abbey with my English Breakfast Tea and silver Tray scones and Jam Cream and just sit and Enjoy my Favourite English Movie cheers regards from Stewy Hudson and Family Dalby Queensland Australia xxxxxxx
Hello Lady Carnarvon. Happy New Year.
Coffee with a drop of brandy on the riverbank is essential.
Those stories of the coffee houses takes me back to when I studied Commerce and the influence they had on businesses in the city.
Later hot chocolate was all the rage in the Georgian period.
Have the dogs had many chocolate button treats over Christmas?
Carry on Highclere into 2022 and may it be successful.
The dogs unlike me have avoided chocolate!
Oh how I wished I liked coffee but I find it bitter and foul. As for me make mine Tea!
Any recommendations for a delightful cup of tea?
I like trying different teas! English Breakfast in the morning!!!
Thank you for you wonderful writings. – just love them. I’m wondering: what’s a ha ha?
Best and a happy and healthy 2022 to you,
Malvern, Pennsylvania USA
It is a sunken fence that was created in 18th century landscaped gardens and parks so the view was not interrupted and cattle/sheep held within boundaries
I so enjoy the Monday morning chats with you, Lady Carnarvon, usually drinking my first cup of coffee here in Alabama. It starts my week off in a positive way!
Dear Lady,Carnavon, Happy New Year to you and yours.
I’m interested to know how your honey bees are doing? As we have had many issues in the states. Thank you,
Lisa D,( a kindred spirit).
They seem ok just now –
Lady Carnarvon lovely of quirky corner coffee morningsdid you and lord Carnarvon have a nice weekend and bank holiday l lovely to visit highcelere castle
Lady C –
I love your optimism!!! May we all share it.
The dogs remind me about optimism – every day
Happy New Year HIGHCLERE!
I wanted to share that I received your new beautiful book, “Seasons at Highclere “ as a Christmas gift which my mother in law brought over from the UK during her holiday visit….
I am looking at the “Ham & Mustard Tart with Spring Onions” recipe as I am writing this note…. I’m looking forward to trying all these new recipes in the New Year 22 as well as enjoying a nice cozy read by the fire…. Thank you,
Wishing you a healthy & joyful new year,
Che’rie from Scottsdale
Thank you – I love that book – I know I should really say things like that but it is my take on looking after this beautiful world
Good morning lady Carnarvon! Obviously the castle has many stairs. I’m wondering, does the castle have any modern elevators? All the best from me in Texas, happy new year!
Just stairs !
New day and a New Year Take care and stay warm.
You are ‘spot on’ this morning! The quiet of early – or mid – morning, with a cup of coffee, a slice of crisp bacon, and some orange juice start the day correctly – with the morning news to read on the ipad, of course. However, your blog comes before the paper – every Monday! Thank you for a delightful way to start the week – I feel as if I’m surrounded by Pepys and friends. No questions, though – just fun in seeing your blog again!
PS – just took a few minutes to read the delightful comments of Pasqua Resers (?) of St Michael’s Alley – he had a great understanding of the benefits of coffee! From gout to miscarriages and children with the “King’s evil!” What a marvelous article! Thanks again for this read!
What a great idea .. even though 11am at Highclere is 6am here in Kincardine, Ontario on the shores of beautiful Lake Huron. See you next week. ♥️
Wow See you next week!
I found myself nodding in agreement reading your blog this morning since I always have a cup of coffee in hand while I peruse it…and it’s usually midmorning. Hopefully travel opens up a bit and I can get across the pond this year and finally see Highclere.
I hope so too! We are all curious creatures! I would love some sunshine!!!
Ooh yes,great idea my lady. I’ll join you as I’m a firm believer I 11 coffee and afternoon tea. Here in Cornwall it’s a tradition and it was as a young child growing up in Edinburgh. Coffee flows,ideas flow and stories shared. Thank you for a positive start to 2022. Very good health to you and yours.
I learned something today. I had no idea that London had a coffee love affair dating back to the 1600’s. Thank you for that bit of history I had not known. I always liked tea but learned to enjoy it on my UK visit. Would love to see interesting nooks of castle and thank you for sharing your magnificent home and your thoughts with us.
Lady Carnarvon lovely pictures of quirky çorner coffee did you and lord Carnarvon have a lovely weekend ànd lovely to visit highcelere castle
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I pause to chuckle at the historical views of ‘coffee’, and will certainly share them with my husband. We’ve been married 48 years and for all of that time, the business-men in our small community have met at least once a week for ‘coffee’- something they ALL seem very devoted to. The wives all think they are discussing (gossiping)the problems of the town, so I usually ask him if they’ve solved anything important, when he returns after a couple hours of chit-chat and coffee.
He usually blushes and says “no, not really”! Just to even things out- we do
have a female version. We do Service Projects and give back to the elderly and the schools. We have one main rule with our chatter – No Political Or Religion or talking bad about one another. It’s a lot of fun, even for a group of 10-15.
I’m so glad you shared, it’s always SO Wonderful to read your news and see photos. Thank you.
I wish we did all engage more over coffee in coffee houses!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I don’t drink coffee, but I’ll join you on this snowy morning with a cup of cocoa! I’d love to see the quirky corners!
I know the ha-ha is a rather deep ditch near the house, but why is it called that?
Perhaps because people exclaimed Ah Ah !!
Dear Lady Carnarvon
Never thought of coffee, and more than 2000 coffee houses in London.
What was the population in 1700?.
I love reading your Monday post’s.
I think about 400,000 … others may know better!
I love my morning coffee; I love the taste and the smell of a new bag of coffee. After I had covid in Sept. I am still not able to really taste it and I don’t like the smell of it before it is brewed any longer.
I miss the JOY of that fresh brew every day and hope soon my taste and smell return to normal.
I hope it will too
Enjoyed the thoughts, the photos, the ambiance.
[Wish I could experience the Highclere portion in person — but I live in the States, and travel for me means miracles. Very nice to do the next-best though.]
May 2022 surprise us, with Solutions, Understanding, Benevolence unfolding.
Lady Carnarvon lovely quirky corner coffee did you and lord Carnarvon have a nice weekend lovely to visit highcelere castle
Thank you for sharing your stories about the origin of coffee houses. I myself can not start my day without starbucks. We have coffee houses here in Maryland, but somehow they don’t seem as exciting as what you have in the UK. On another note, I really enjoyed the program about highclere with mary berry visiting. It showed another side of the history of the castle I never knew about. thank you for sharing and god bless.
Thank you – Mary B was amazing to meet and film with – a great lady
Lady Carnarvon lovely pictures of quirky corner coffee did you and lord Carnarvon a nice weekend lovely to visit highcelere castle
Lady Carnarvon, really do enjoy your Quirky Corner Coffee Mornings. It is great to know more of the areas of the Castle. I love coffee in the morning. It is a great way to start the day and to have new thoughts for the day and the week ahead. Always a joy for me to read your Blog and Instagram, something new and interesting weekly and daily. Wonderful. Cheryl.
Much like coffee itself, your blog is a pleasant interlude on a cold morning. thanks!
Such great information from our British friends across the pond on coffee! We are enjoying tea more and more, but I admit that my Yorkshire friends were appalled when I heated their water for tea in a microwave. Sadly, we have not developed the refinement of serving tea. In my state of Louisiana we would never think of starting a day without coffee. Others in the U.S. find our coffee too strong. We do not use the word, strong. We like bold coffee with rich flavor. In New Orleans’ famous Cafe Du Monde, cafe-au-lait is the primary “must do” for visitors.
I couldn’t read all the old English very well but was happy to learn of the health benefits of coffee. Who knew….prevent miscarriages? I must agree that it should not be consumed 4 hours before bedtime. It keeps me awake.
I have to say I would agree with your friends about heating water that way! I do miss a proper cup of tea when I am in the USA..
Fascinating. You cheered my Monday morning which is cold still, after Sunday, which was 19F in the morning…after weeks of 80 F summery days, sandals, shorts and summer dresses. We can never trust the weather in Texas, but at least we escaped the awful tornadoes which went east of us (They usually hit us in Tornado Alley in Texas). I have bought a particularly splendid Kerosene stove as last yrears freeze took us by surprise. It is grand but still has all the connotations of Nancy Mitford’s ‘coming out’ at her home. I hope it waill not be a smelly as the good old Valor and Aladdins of my childhood!
The picture of Highclere looks awfully misty and cold, something I am glad to miss as an exile here! Keep warm, keep safe and have a happy and prosperous New Year, something we wish for all people who have to work to keep the wolf from the door (or repair old houses !).
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
My best and kind wishes for the New Year 2022 for you and all your family!
Thank you for the new Café corner because I missed it and thank you for all your lovely work in Highclere.
I hope to come in England this year and visit Highclere castle.
Kind regards from France
And I hope to visit France this year!
I enjoyed your enlightening story as well as the accompanying art.
One of my greatest pleasures upon rising is my first cup of coffee!
Happy New Year from Tucson, AZ.. I am new to following your website/blog but am looking for to the adventure of your Monday morning coffee. I am excited to seeing the out of the way places in your beautiful home. I am not a coffee drinker, tea is my vice but will follow along with a cup of tea.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.
thank you – and wishing you the best for 2022
At 19 degrees Fahrenheit in Idaho,your blog comes on first Monday mornings with that first cup of coffee! It’s a new week and new year…onward!
Hello from California . I love seeing all of the nooks and crannies inside the castle during your coffee talks. We are still hoping to visit in May if the world behaves itself.
Are autographed copies of the new book available in the gift shop?
Yes Or if you buy one from Amazon in the States I can post you a signed card!
I enjoyed the enlightening story along with the art.
One of my greatest pleasures upon rising is my first cup of coffee!
This American coffee addict has a question regarding the coffee drank in the UK. On a tour of England (including Highclere❤️), we noticed that even in the upscale hotels & resorts, the in-room coffee makers provided pods of what we call instant coffee…ground into a powder that desolves in hot water rather than ground coffee beans which are brewed when the hot water passes through. Even the coffee served in restaurants tasted like instant. Is the instant version the preferred coffee in England?
PS: I enjoy your posts so much & looked forward to your live Facebook chats on Fridays during lockdown!
Thank you !!!! I am so glad you enjoy the podcasts.
I prefer freshly ground beans – or making a French press… or going to Italy and sitting in a sunlit square with a small strong coffee!!
Hello Lady Carnarvon
It was interesting to learn about the coffee houses in 1700, I always thought Americans made coffee a popular drink…..how wrong I was. You are right about heating the water for a “cuppa” in the microwave, it is definitely not the same as boiling the jug and making tea in a teapot. As for dunking tea bags in a mug of hot water we better forget I mentioned that !
I love the smell of coffee brewing, drinking coffee, chocolates with coffee centres, coffee cake and those coffee beans you can eat! Am I a coffee addict? I think I definitely am but I have to limit myself to 2 cups a day otherwise my eyes just will not shut at night.
My husband is a coffee fanatic also. He bought himself an Italian Gaggia machine like those in coffee houses have and will demonstrate his skills to anybody who happens to get caught at our house at any given time. I have to agree though he is a good Barista and can present me with crema on my cappucino a foot high (well its high anyway) and patterns in chocolate on the top.
So enjoy your coffee, life is too short to miss one cup 🙂 Happy New Year to all with the hope of better days ahead for 2022. I hope you and Lord Carnarvon are both well and best wishes to both of you.
Thank you and best wishes to you for 2022
Dear Lady Carnarvon
Happy new year to all.
Thank you for the quirky coffee moments. I look forward to a coffee while reading the blog these holidays.
Coffee may soothe the soul and warm the heart. Yes, a piccolo macchiato or chai tea steeped on milk, at home or in a coffee shop, for those warming social moments.
What breed of dog is the lower photo? A cocker ? I was a barista for several years. I developed a taste for espresso, particularly iced espresso. Now, I have just 1 cup, around 5 a.m. with monin peppermint syrup. The quiet, the silence, just myself and a peppermint coffee.
You are right a spaniel
Good perspective photo of rear of Highclere in the last photo. The picture of you by the wall with the yellow lab; is that your favorite dog?
Each one is a favourite
I like coffee and tea equally although I prefer having tea in the UK than here in the US. I figured out it’s the differences in the water and the dairy products that adds to the flavour of the tea. I bought a Keurig-type coffee machine a few months ago and I do look forward to my daily mug of coffee (or two) every day. There’s just something right about starting the day off with some hot and deliciously aromatic coffee. Wishing you and the Earl a happy and healthy 2022.
Dear Lady Carnarvon:
Thank you for your Monday blog and for returning the Quirky Corner Coffee Mornings both here and on Instagram. On the social media video, Scooby-Doo was somewhat anxious to get moving, but you managed to keep everything under control.
Enjoyed reading “The Vertue of the COFFEE Drink”. Interesting history on the introduction of coffee to British daily life. I prefer non-microwaved properly boiled and steeped hot tea (with lemon and honey) over coffee, but a hot cup of java would have been the perfect hand-warmer on this cold, snowy (18-degree Fahrenheit) day here in Michigan.
Until next week, both here and on social media, keep [run]climbing the stone-worn staircase at Highclere.
Dear Lady Carnarvon
I didn’t know that the UK made Coffee popular, but I find it very interesting and Highclere castle even more interesting. When you read about the castle is it very hard to understand the full greatness of the castle. Unfortunately I can’t visit the castle, but I still find it very fascinating, so I would like to experience the castle. To solve this I would like to see a simple floor plan of the castle. Do you know where I can find that, and I would be even happier if it covered multiple floors.
I was very surprised to learn that coffee was the preferred beverage before tea! After all, afternoon tea is all about drinking tea. Thank you for the history lesson about coffee. I know cities like Vienna have a coffee culture but it’s so interesting to learn how it started in London. How did tea overtake coffee as England’s preferred beverage?
Excited to hear you are going to be on Viking’s new ship in Egypt in August! We will be on the Osiris in November and hope to see the new GEM.
Today, we had our first snow in the Washington, DC area. My husband and I went for coffee to Starbucks and had a cappuccino and mocha. A perfect place to sit and watch the snow fall. Looking forward to travelling to the UK again and have a cup of coffee in a quirky corner with you. Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Hi Lady Carnarvon
If you haven’t already read it, I recommend Michael Pollan’s book “How Caffeine Created the Modern World.”
Also: Nice hat!
Now following your blog after today receiving my bottle of Highclere Castle Gin. It came to my workplace, a pediatric clinic, and one of my nurse managers opened the box to make sure that it wasn’t some kind of vaccine or medical supply that needed immediate refrigeration. Much hilarity ensued. I can tell that I will be enjoying your blog. Affection from the New World!
Dear Lady Carnarvon
I hope all is well.
I find myself with a couple of hours to fill in as my train has been delayed. In the absence of a coffee shop, I am thankful for your blog and invitation to ask questions. What might the most popular beverages be in your tea room at Highclere castle? What would you recommend?
Coffee wins in the morning and tea in the afternoon!
We love Lady Carnarvon: Happy 2022 !
Happy New Year Greetings Lady Carnarvon,
What a coincidence your posting was yesterday morning as in the building I am living in now in FL, our Social Committee scheduled a Monday Morning Ladies Coffee & Tea Gathering at 9:30am for every Monday going forward in 2022! I was with the group then and missed your blog until I was able to catch up with emails this morning.
I am challenged to continue to attend as I hate miss reading your blog to start my Monday morning and the week ahead as it is always such an enjoyable read and filled with beautiful photos.
I am a tea drinker and have an English hot pot with me here in our place to boil my tea water every morning for my cuppa tea.
So glad you find pleasure and comfort in coffee and enjoying it in so many different and beautiful places around Highclere Castle inside and out. I recognize some of the places you are photographed in as I enjoyed walking those area when I visited years ago. Look so forward to another visit hopefully in 2022!
Cheers to you and Lord Carnarvon (who was a wonderful “guest” on your most recent Pod Cast!)& your son for healthy, happy & prosperous 2022 ahead.
Thank you so much – I hope 2022 is easier for all of us!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Once again, thank you for your lovely thoughts. As an American, I was brought up on coffee and still generally start the with a large cup carried out from our local bagel shop, even during the Pandemic as my state never completely locked down. However, tea is always my watching TV drink for the evening.
One of my best memories was having morning coffee and cookies in the Saloon at Highclere in May of 2016. I was part of private group from Iowa and we were the only group in the Castle. They even allowed us to sit on the furniture and since we could not take photos, I tried to imprint as much as possible in the time we had. I distinctly remember the furniture at the time as being green, and I sat on a large round piece, but it was not the one with the divided arms (or I don’t remember arms) and I have not seen it in other photos. Also, in a lot of photos, the furniture is red, which leads me to believe that I either have a very faulty memory or that the pieces get changed out with different events at the Castle. I do really remember looking closely at the wall paper and was surprised to see the clear covering on the lower part. It was a lovely experience and kind of thrilling go be able to walk down the grand staircase and see areas not used in Downton Abbey. Hoping to return someday after things really get back to more “normal”, but I doubt that coffee will be included next time. Have a Happy and Safe New Year
Happy New Year to you too!
What a wonderful story. What would our day be without the morning coffee. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year 2022.
Dear Lady Carnarvon:
This is very interesting about coffee in London in the 1700’s!! I had never heard this!! I am from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and 1/4 Swedish to boot! And Coffee is definitely “our drink”! And now I know where the custom came from!! I have always adored coffee and keep a cup going all day! Not that I drink that much! But I just find it stimulating and comforting, too, especially that first cup in the morning when I’m outdoors feeding my birds and then sitting and writing in my journal early in the day.
When travelling by road in our country, I’m on the lookout for my favorite coffee shop and the good thing is, they are everywhere! I have written, done yearly planning, held business meetings, met friends for social catch up, and found camaraderie, much like in your pubs, in our coffee shops.
Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. I’ve learned many things about your customs that I never would have known otherwise.
I’ll be smiling, thinking of you in your coffee corners when I have my next cup!
Happy New Year
It is a pleasure to communicate with you. I have been a fan of the BRITs for many decades!
My wife and I recently watched Downton and are hooked- sad it’s over.
I add that program to my list of British favorites, Monty, Bean, The Galloping Gourmet, The Who, Cold Play etc.
Loved the coffee article, very interesting, especially the historical article.
We hope to someday visit your amazing castle.
Keep up the wonderful work!
Dearest Lady Carnarvon,
You always give valuable information and inspiration.
Thank you for providing educational information about coffee. I constantly learn something from you,
and love reading your blogs. Keep up the good work.
And I saw you on Mary Berry’s show, on the Acorn channel regaring cooking special dishes.
Phyllis Simpson, USA
That was so interesting to read and it was just coincidence that I made myself a coffee at 11am this morning and decided to read your blog! Spooky!!
Dear Lady Carnarvon!
I am Lena in Sweden and I have just found your wonderful blog. Now I will read it as soon as I can and it will become such an nice and interesting time.
Yes, I do love coffee too and I have my own coffee machine making such delicious coffee out of whole beans.
The beginning of January is a bit boring time since Christmas already is over. But I am waiting for your book that I just ordered, Christmas at Highclere, so I really will have a great book to read. I love Christmas so it will be great to read about it at beautiful Highclere.
Please have a very nice day!