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Downton Abbey Christmas Supper Club – Camp Lucy



aaaaaaaaOh Glorious Day………it is time for the Downton Abbey Supper Club at Camp Lucy!


Preparations had been ongoing for weeks for this most anticipated event…

Remember Camp Lucy from the last Supper Club – East Meets West?  CLICK HERE to see that post…

Every time we arrive at the gates of Camp Lucy we feel like Alice going through the Looking Glass into a magical world…


We had to stop and admire the beautiful creek that runs through Camp Lucy as we crossed the bridge…


We came to the top of the hill and found our way to the most luxurious cottages on the planet


Beautiful – Simple – Elegant


A quick nap and then up to dress for the evening…….

Husband wore is Black Mink for the evening


Our friends stayed in a Cottage across the way and came over so that we might walk to the festivities together…


Off to Ian’s Chapel we went.. the original chapel, pavilion, and events hall, along with surrounding gardens, stone terrace, arch, and great lawn are collectively known as Ian’s Chapel to honor Whit’s son who not only sparked this grand adventure, but also left this world far too soon on December 23, 2011….

Upon entering the Great Hall we are whisked into Downton Abbey…


Elegance, Grace, Charm, Pure Delight….the room a buzz with excitement and conversation…


What a grand adventure we have embarked upon…


Our Hosts, Whit and Kim Hanks, so gracious ….


After delightful cocktails and hors d’oeuvres around the massive fireplace…


…….we are seated for dinner……be still my heart…


As the song goes……….”these are a few of my favorite things”


We begin with Fried Oyster with Celery and Bacon Cream and Caviar and Sorrel Coulis paired with Deviled Quail Egg and Pickled Red Onion


Followed by……Butternut Sage Bisque with Cranberry Brie Croustade..


Oh …………did I mention Wine……lovely, lovely Wine…


The Room was filled with the clinking of glasses and joyous laughter…


Oh my I was so busy with the wine that I forgot to photograph the salad!!  Watercress and Fennel with Stilton-Leek Tartine and Rhubarb Vinaigrette…

Now the Entrée ….Herb Tournedos of Beef and Truffle (yes I said truffle) Madeira Jus

Asparagus with Hollandaise and (get ready for it) Chive Popovers with Foie Gras Butter


Oh swoon…….would that this would never end……but alas here comes dessert….

Floating Islands with Shaved Black Plum, Grand Marnier Anglaise and Salted Pistachio Brittle AND Sticky Toffee Pudding..


……oh yes and did I mention wine….


What is most delightful about these Supper Clubs at Camp Lucy is that the evening is never rushed and guests walk and mingle during dinner, fully enjoying the experience…..here is husband with our lovey hosts ….


New friends were made, selfies were taken


A most lovely and enjoyable Downton Abbey Evening at Camp Lucy


If you are ever driving on 290 between Johnson City and Austin, Texas …..you MUST stop by Camp Lucy

A Most Magical Place

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Things That Will Dissappear in the Next 50 Years


Technology and Scientific Knowledge are moving faster than our Legal Systems or Value Systems can adapt.  The increase in conflict and strife on this planet is, in part, due to this.  Would that we could adapt our Legal and Value Systems to the new knowledge peace would be ever so much closer. 

Anxiety and stress of the old guard over the new ideas and knowledge reminds one of the time when Galileo Galilei was tried by the Inquisition headed by Pope Urban VIII and forced to recant his new knowledge and live out his life under house arrest.

Those things disappearing before our very eyes are:


Email, Fed Ex and UPS have all but replaced the Post Office. Just take a look at what you receive in the actual mail each day and then think back several years. Gone are the days of waiting for the Post Man to deliver some special news……now we can Facebook, Tweet, Email and Text all that news within seconds……..









The younger generation simply does not read the newspaper.  They certainly do not subscribe to a daily delivered print edition.  Soon news will all be delivered on line…….for a fee.  Newspaper and magazine publishers have formed an alliance that has been meeting with Apple, Amazon and major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.




Britain already has plans to do away with the check by 2018.  Plastic Cards and on-line transaction will save the financial system billions of dollars the check processing costs.  This goes hand-in-hand with the disappearance of the Post Office.  If you did not receive bills by mail or pay them by mail, there would no longer be a need for the post office.


I must confess that this one pains me the most.  I love books, especially used ones that have passed through the hands of many readers.  There is nothing that brings me more joy that to read on old cookbook and find notes by those who have prepared the recipe before me and added their own notations.  It is apparent that the book is going fast.  Whenever I travel, I am usually the only person who is reading from paper. 

My dear blogger friend The Coastal Crone has written a beautiful tribute to the book and I invite you to go and read it ………and weep as I have.  Click Here for Her Marvelous Story 


 The land line telephone really has no purpose anymore.  I can remember when I was young and we had the marvelous party line.  Our ring was “two short and one long”   I still have the marvelous work and wonder of the crank phone that was installed in our  farm-house that is now oer 100 years old.  Were times simpler then? 

















The Music Industry is dying a slow death.  Over 40% of music purchased today is “catalogue items”meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with.  The music industry is full of greed and corruption.  Record labels and radio conglomerates are self-destructing because innovative new music is not being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it.

Click HERE to watch a video documentary “Before the Music Dies”



Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds.  Revenues to networks are down dramatically.  People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers.  Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. 










Apple, Microsoft and Google are all finishing up their latest “Cloud Services”  That means that when you turn on your computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system.  Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies and documents.  In the future these items will reside in “the cloud.”  If you save something, it will be saved to the CLOUD.  The good news is that you will be able to access any of your “stuff” from any handheld device; however, will  you actually own it?  Nostalgia will be remembering those days when you ran to the closet to pull out the photo album, grab a book from the shelf or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.











I, for one, would like to go back to Kansas again……….