We have some new neighbors across the street. We love them. Their two children, George and Scarlett, are so proper and well-behaved and adorable. And with a huge Thomas the Train collection, Peter seems to have taken a liking to them as well. (Don't forget about the Heber Valley Railroad Thomas Competition).
I knew that Alex, the father, is from England. And that his wife lived there for quite some time. I also knew that Alex is the head butler at the St. Regis resort here in Deer Valley (my good friend Kate--who did all the table and lobby decor for the benefit concert--THANK YOU! --I swear, she's a traveling event rolled into red-haired goodness--What was I saying--Oh, she also did all the interior design for the St. Regis so she works with Alex)...
Anyway, what I didn't know is that he worked for the Queen of England for ten years as one of the, oh dear, "head horsemen"? Footman? Something super fancy and formal. He was out in front of his house the other day after work in his very spiffy clothing and had a large framed photograph in his hand. The photo was with the Queen of England and her entire staff--and there he was!
I asked him if it was like Downton Abbey and he said, "Yes! It is. Except the maids wear two uniforms. White in the morning and black in the evening." He had all sorts of stories and comparisons. Yes, he watches and very much enjoys the show.
They are leaving in a few weeks to go back to England for a visit. This leaves me with a few questions--How can we be included in their next trip? And if you are reading this and don't know what Downton Abbey is or haven't watched it on PBS, I have no idea why I am talking to you right now. Friendship over.