The Mystic Allure of Romance

CLXVIII.

Dicksee- Romeo and Juliet
Dicksee- Romeo and Juliet | Source


She wonders if she should,

Debating with herself.

But - ah- it feels so good,

Just like she knew it would.


Everything is changed.

Living fills with wonder,

A rendezvous arranged

For joy to be exchanged.


This exquisite surrender

Lights up the moment

As it fills with tender,

Pulsing, shining splendor!


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



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If it happens so,

We’ll call our place

Enchantment.


What else could it be

If it comes from

You and me?


Everything in me

Responds to

Everything in you.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




Should eyes be so rewarded,

Seeing what they seek to see,

Then be denied their fill?

I'd relish every feature

Like one condemned to be

Ever exiled from your face.


If there's to be no more

Delight to thrill it,

You'll still abide with me

Within this heart

Reserved for only you;

For only you can fill it.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Excerpt from 'Romeo and Juliet'
Excerpt from 'Romeo and Juliet'


I've kissed the night,

I've kissed the day

And felt your presence here.

I cannot say which I love more.


So long as you are near,

Our lips expressing deep delight,

Romance forever shall restore.

These moments shall endure.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



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So playful -

So profound,

This love

We’ve found

Together.

It’s all

That love

Should be.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



The ultimate summit

Is where,

When you finally reach it,

You can’t stay.


But descent

Is not the same

As never reaching it.

Like a high-tide mark,

It stays upon your soul.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



© 2013 Nellieanna Hay

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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Up, awesome and beautiful, as always, Nellieanna! Your poetry makes my heart sing! Thank you!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Randi! It's pleasant to see you've been here first! That makes my heart sing! Hugs!


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

yes, I was really excited to be the first.Lately, it;s all I can do to get on at all! xoxo!


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Wonderful poetry of love Nellieanna. The images are truly beautiful as well, as is Andre Rieu' music. All making a totally enjoyable experience.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Your poetry always brings light to the day, Nellieanna. This is a sweet collection of your amazing talent.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

As always my friend, your work is exquisite.


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De Greek 3 years ago from UK

You are a criminal.

If your government had any sense it would imprison you until you publish your poems for posterity.

You are just too good. How can anyone be too good? I don't know, but that's what it feels like.

Publish for God's sake. You no longer belong to yourself. You belong to the world and you are betraying it.

Stop being such a mule...


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

i have 'exquisitely surrendered' to you, Nellieanna!

AND - i COMPLETELY agree with the well spoken Greek above me!

You are a criminal!

(omg..lol)

i'll SHARE you, even if you won't!

(HUGSXX)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, yes, Randi, it’s such a bummer to have trouble getting online, whether it’s due to other of life’s obligations or techie issues. This season, especially, has so many other events in progress! So I’m all the more pleased that you took time to come by here! Thank you again!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hi, John. Thank you! AH! Andre Rieu! I think I’m in love!

Not only such gorgeous music, but the way he’s assembled his orchestra to sound and look so special and lovely: - a truly masterful presentation, above the ordinary!

But, mostly, his great expressive face as he plays and feels every note he plays! I just kept playing the music while working on the hub! I actually just discovered him and soon learned he's from Holland. I like that. Many of my father's ancestors were Dutch. So many of Rieu's pieces are quite lengthy, so not practical for hubs, but I could listen all day.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Shauna - thank you. Some of these poems came from different eras of my life, including right now; but a few were from my early romance with George, though many of those were too personal to use. heh heh I had fun going through them, though. He was and is the love of my life. Having truly loved opens one up for loving, don't you think?


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hi, Billy. Thank you, dear friend! I’m so pleased you value my work! 'Exquisite’ says so much! :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dearest Dimitris. Hugs! Hello and welcome here, threats and all! I was afraid you’d never visit again! I do appreciate your coming and your urging is valuable, my dear.

I am researching, by the way: - both literary estates and other things related to the subject. But all that, along with other tiresome details of living, cut down on my creative and living time! Time gets so precious, more so as one goes along! When we get oil on the ranch, I'll self-publish all over the place, in the style my stuff merits. ;-) You'll be begging me to stop!

Mule, huh? OK, then - here’s a big slurpy Texas mule kiss! Mwhaaaaa! He-haw. . . .

xoxoxoxo


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

No, not this! Ganging up on me, huh, Karen? Sheesh! My first book of poetry will have to be called, “A Mule’s View From Prison”! haha

You’re both precious to me. Hugs, thank you and xoxoxo’s!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Shall I tell you how wonderful you write and how great your work is so that you can tell me all about you are quite well aware this is so? ;)

But in all seriousness, these poems are a pleasure to read. I particularly like the first one. It reminds me of a point in time, but other than that, it's just full of your characteristic joy and wonder.


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De Greek 3 years ago from UK

“A Mule’s View From Prison”

What a brilliant title. OK, publish with THAT title and I shall sell my kidney to pay for your first book publication!

I MEAN IT!

PUBLISH FOR GOD'S SAKE!!!!!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

You're very bad, dear Shan! Thank you, all the same. I will admit that I was pleased with how this hub came together. Love and romance are always especially easy to do!

I originally wrote the first one in first person, but it's a more general statement of the theme of this hub and much less a statement of my present-day situation. I especially like it to relate to my women readers, all of us who do think like that, I think.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dimitris! We may have something here! I'm seldom at a loss for titles, but that one would probably even gain first-page Google attention - and books of poetry need all the appeal breaks they can muster! haha.

I prefer you with all your parts intact, inside and out, however. If you're to be my literary executor, you'll need them because you'll have to endure. Let's see what comes from oil exploration or just publish on the cheap! Smooches!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Aww, I don't have a bad bone in my body! Hahaha Guess I should give up that charade, though. . .you know me too well. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Seems a mutual predicament! ;-)


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Awesome as always. You are truly one of the greatest romantics.

Every time i read one of your poems it makes me realize how much of life's great pleasures i have missed out on.


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

How lovely! And beautiful images, too.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I've said it before Nellieanna, your beautiful soul shines through in your writing. Of course we would expect romance from a Southern Belle.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.


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De Greek 3 years ago from UK

Let it be on the cheap if it must be. Forget about oil. Your genius is more important than oil. We might drop dead tomorrow. In my case, no great loss. In yours, TRAGEDY!

Chose your best 100 poems and let me pay for their publication in India on the cheap. At least you will be able to hold a copy in your hand and see what difference it can make. THEN you will want to do the rest.

If you die before you publish, I SHALL NEVER FORGIVE YOU!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

d.william - My thanks and, let me say that I want your life to be clock-full of its pleasures! I wouldn’t like to be a reminder of any lacks unless it be to fill them!

First of all, I believe we make our own delights out of materials we have at each of our disposals! I don't think there are predestined ‘happy’ things to which we can become heirs. All happy things are products of people’s personal input to otherwise virtually neutral things.

I thank you for your kind words about my poetry! I’m gratified. Yes, I am both a romantic realist and a realistic romantic! ;-) Truly, I so believe in embracing reality and giving it direction. Otherwise, it’s spinning wheels. It takes a combination of conscious awareness and letting go and flowing with it.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Blossom - thank you~ I’m pleased you find it so! It does my heart good to see you’ve visited!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, dear Mary. I hope so. If my inner soul doesn’t permeate at least what I write and do myself, it’s totally ineffectual! But, yes, you may be right that we Southern gals lean toward romance! We’re easily bemused and love to waltz our lives into beautiful music (even if it’s otherwise tone-deaf!) Thank you for the votes!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dearest Dimitris . . . Oh, dear. But why would I offer my 100 BEST poems for an experimental publication over which I'd have no say? And can you visualize me willingly separating my poetry from my art? This is truly an honest dilemma - or two. But I'm thinking. I really am.

How about if I chose some good ones, just not necessarily my very favorites, for such an experiment?

I plan to live at least another 20 years, you know. I m concerned about dying unforgiven, though not nearly as much as if the unforgiving person dies first, leaving me with all that guilt! Been there, done that! So please stay healthy! Eat your fresh fruit, avocados and Greek yogurt faithfully!

This could be productive! I’m thinking, I really am! hm-m-m


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De Greek 3 years ago from UK

Who said that you would have no say? I don't understand. Who else could possibly have a say? And why experimental? Why would it matter where the printing took place? Avocado? Yaaaach....

To paraphrase Johnson,

"'My dear Sir, never accustom your mind to mingle talent and stubbornness. The woman's a mule, and there's an end on't.'

The way you are heading, your beautiful poetry will be lost to the world, instead of being taught in schools and universities, helping to create better and more loving human beings.

But what can I do. A mule's a mule... ;-)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Our dear Dimi is quite vehement about your publishing your sublime poetry, dear Nellieanna. But there is another option. You could self-publish here in the U.S. for a few hundred dollars or even create an ebook for free with Amazon. Whatever your decision, m'dear, as long as Hubpages exists, your poetic musings remain timeless.

But do make copies of your work for your heirs.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful You got me here with a silly grin on my face Love this so romantically wonderful and the music sigh... Passing this on Love and hugs to you Nell


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Dimitris. Darling Dimitris. You are my hero.

But how many poetic mules have you known? There’s a kind of an anomaly about that. As you say, talent and mule-headedness are usually mutually exclusive. Which am I, then, if either?

I muse: of the current onslaught of self-published books, I wonder how many will make it to the future textbook status in schools and universities? Perhaps holding off during the frantic rush has long-term merit?

In any case I am optimistic that cream rises to the top of any container of whole milk, even a vat of such publications - or reserve vats.

One thing, if it isn't cream, it won’t rise, no matter what. I sort of feel floatable, darlin’, so don’t give up on me. (I don't think you will. . . . And I’m not going to.)

Just eat your healthy foods so you’ll last as long as I! I understand if you don’t prefer avocados, but they have the ‘good’ cholesterol which helps regulate the ‘bad’ cholesterol, in case you have any problem with it. - But do I nag you & call you mulish if you won't? NO! ;-) Love you lots!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes, he's adamant, indeed, Dr. BJ. I know it's because he honestly means it. I have great respect for him, so am ever grateful for his belief that I have something here, though I confess I’m not totally ignorant of it anyway.

He doesn’t care ‘how’ I publish, just that I must, and I intend to. I admit that I’m rather possessive, especially about presentation. Since I’m not interested it quantity of exposure, only in quality, I can be. It might seem that I can’t afford to be, but I’m not in a contest or a race, so - yeah, may be I can afford to be. But, as I say - it’s not a contest.

Yes, having copies is what involves me now, and, of course, a published book of a handful of them would be rather nice. But truth is, I’ve so many poems which I can’t just ignore. They’ve existed only as handwritten and private, where they have a kind of endurance, but in that form, they can fade. So my present focus is transcribing with digital copies, plus printing from the transcriptions, especially those which might otherwise have no physical presence, with time. Just getting them into alphabetical sequence, instead of only chronological as they occurred is an advancement.

Thank you so much for your kind words about HP keeping a timelessness going. For so many years, they existed nowhere but my notebooks and folders of handwritten poems. Well, I just checked. I’ve transcribed 1589 poems and have many more to go, plus new ones all the time. I may just have to stop and publish some to get it started! :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Rasma, dear friend! - haha. We all can wear silly grins when it comes to romance and romantic musing! It simply makes me sort of giddy. lblblbl- - - -

OH - This music on this hub carries me away! I just love it. Thank you for visiting and passing it along! Love back to you! Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving, too! Hugs.


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De Greek 3 years ago from UK

. There are bad or average writers, who are the majority and to which group most of us belong

.. There are good writers whom we try to emulate

… There are excellent writers who make us envious

And then there is You. One in a BILLION.

Not a million, one in a billion.

Your book of poems does not need decoration. It will stand by itself on its own unique brilliance. Publish.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Wow! You think so, huh? Hugs.

(Decoration isn't my objective, though. It's part of my poetic expression too. But, I see your point and can visualize a bare-bones book of poetry. It could have absolutely NO other decoration, though, not even fancy fonts for the titles. Would be like my handwritten poetry in notebooks on notebook paper, kept over the years; - with only my original touch and staggered line arrangements to embellish them.)


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De Greek 3 years ago from UK

THERE YOU GO! ;-)


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Hello, dear Nellieanna.

Splendiferous. . . Your work left me sighing for words. It takes courage to admit that all I wanted and needed to say is best summarized here;

" You and I, der reader,

are each the center of the universe

in our respective opinions. You , as I understand it, were brought into being

by a considerate Providence in order that you might read and pay me for what I write;

while I, in your opinion , am an article sent into the world to write something for you to read.( Jerome K. Jerome )

You are definitely more than an " article "… you're Providences' gift to humanity. ( Please do not rebuke me, this one thing I know beyond any doubt)

...and reading goes on. Thank God for English-English dictionary, so I can enjoying a bit more following comments and your respond to them..

Voted up on all counts for this Hub except funny.

' Pax vobiscum '


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Nellieanna, this is beautiful, and your poems compliment the music and vice versa. Oh, what would life be without romance? The challenge is to keep it alive. People are such scoundrels, taking lovers too quickly for granted. Of course, routine kills romance, and so does excessive self-confidence. Only the knowledge that Death my any minute take our loved-one away should encourage us to keep romance alive.

Yip, I can live without a man but not without ro-man-ce.

Voted up and awesome.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

:-) Dimitris!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Michael-Milec. Of course, I’d not rebuke you!

And it’s most excellent if, perhaps, these exchanges here may even be prompting your vocabulary to expand!

Thank you for your kind sentiments and votes. May peace be with you, too!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Well, my dear Martie - yes - romance is the icing on life’s cake. Keeping it fresh and vibrant can be challenging, especially if it doesn’t have its own deep roots to renourish it.

People can tend to go for it too quickly and then tire of it too quickly, too. Routine and daily living are partners, so one must be aware of that and make special places for romance to blossom frequently in it. As you wisely observe, - it needs to be without too much self-confidence or self-satisfaction, which can deaden romance. There needs to be a bit of uncertainty and surprise involved to make it always wonderful when it happens.

Hugs, dear CD!


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mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

I love your poetry. I can do without the romance though!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, MyLinda. I'm delighted that you love my poetry! (Romance is purely optional.) Hugs.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I do so relish your depth of character and your insight...


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

I relish your visits to my hubs, Deb, because I sense that you really relate and get into them. Thank you!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hello Nellieanna.

(My apologies for being late, but the busy holiday week caused me to be behind in literally everything.)

“Should eyes be so rewarded,

Seeing what they seek to see,

Then be denied their fill?

I'd relish every feature

Like one condemned to be

Ever exiled from your face.

If there's to be no more

Delight to thrill it,

You'll still abide with me

Within this heart

Reserved for only you;

For only you can fill it.”

There are moments in life when I read words that are the realization of the promise that is humanity. Your poetry always brings these moments…like a wondrous gift. Hugs dear poet. :-)

(And I loved the Rieu! I cannot listen to this love theme without tearing.)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Genna - I was thinking of your earlier and hoping all is well with you! So happy to see you and know it is!

Thank you for those 'specially lovely comments. I’m so touched to tears by Nelson Mandela’s death, but more by the first-hand reminisces from those who knew him of the man’s life and shining example of, as you so well describe it, ‘the promise that is humanity’! To forgive those who imprisoned and tortured him for 27 years and go on with positivity to lead the cause of equality and fairness by demonstration of the qualities to which he hoped to contribute, rather than taking on the very qualities of the oppressors, is so magnificent, though really seems such a self-evident way to go, yet so few achieve it in practice that it becomes almost bigger than life when someone does exemplify it.

Aren’t the Rieu renditions glorious? I’m a fan. So glad you enjoyed them, either or both of the love themes by him.

Hope all is well with you. I’m holed up, waiting out the ice storm here. Safe and warm, thankfully. Many (over a quarter of a million homes and businesses) are without electricity or, worse, stranded on icy roads and some even with trees and branches weighted down by the ice crashing into their homes. Gives perspective to the frantic season.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Nellieanna;

Yes…Mandela was the personification of that promise. He was a great man who had to overcome so much, and achieved that which we can only imagine is possible. As you stated, “so few achieve it in practice that it becomes almost bigger than life when someone does exemplify it.”

The storm is supposed to pack quite a punch … I hope you stay safe and warm. As long as we all don’t have to go somewhere or do something during these occasional “visitations” by Mother Nature’s more volatile moods, the storms can be beautiful to watch. Unfortunately, the loss of electricity and the road conditions create some dicey problems, and worse.

I meant to ask if you had the opportunity to watch the special 2-hour presentation of the peek into Season 4 of Downton Abbey. Susan Sarandon hosted the presentation, and it certainly appears that Julian Fellowes has outdone himself, once again. He is brilliant! I look forward to January with relish and anticipation. We are supposed to have a particularly bad winter, here, again, and it is nice to know that DA will help soften the blow. :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello again, dear Genna, and thank you for revisiting & replying to my remarks.

I saw an interview this morning with Maya Angelou about Mandela. So inspiring.

I made sure to have things ‘caught up’ so I wouldn’t need to go out during the storm. But of course, if it lasted on and on, I’d need to eventually. Here, that’s seldom the outcome, which is all the more surprising when folks ignore the forecasts and warnings and fail to prepare as much as possible to stay safely inside when it is so dangerous on the roads & even sidewalks. It’s supposed to thaw a bit this afternoon, but then that moisture will refreeze hard again tonight. All week, that is to be the pattern, it seems. Perhaps eventually the moisture will dry in the daytimes so it won’t become ice again even if it gets below freezing temperatures at night. But now, it’s all ice and any melting will provide more to refreeze when darkness brings plunging temperatures.

I’m so sorry I was unaware of the peek into Season 4 of “Downton Abbey”. Would love to have seen it! Perhaps it was on while I was glued to the local weather coverage during the worst hours of the storm. I’d have loved to see it! Susan Sarandon is one of my favorite actresses, too. I couldn’t agree more that Julian Fellowes is brilliant. I’m impatient for January when we ‘Mericans will get to view Season 4!! I’ll also be really eager to add the DVDs to my “Downton Abbey” set. Yes, it is so good to have a beloved series to watch during the cold days of winter!

As it is, I watch the first 3 seasons from time to time and currently am watching my 5-season set of “Upstairs, Downstairs” again. These classics never get old. If you have a chance to see them, and haven’t, be sure to! It was literally the first of looks into the servants’ lives in those elegant upper class English homes around the turn of the 20th century. This one is set in a London mansion, though, where the King came to dinner in one episode. They do go on hunting excursions to country mansions occasionally, once even to one in Scotland. But mostly it’s set inside with some debutante balls thrown in for good measure. Oh, and, of course, WWI plays a big part, with one of the young women of the upstairs household (a ward) choosing to become a nurse during those episodes, and the son of the Lord & Lady wounded, with she in attendance at a distant hospital.

The DVDs (of both these series) provide interviews with the writers, directors, cast members, as well, which are fascinating, especially since “Upstairs, Downstairs” was made in the early 1970s and now the folk are all so much older! A major character is played by Jean Marsh, who was one of the two people who conceived the idea of a series focusing on the ‘downstairs’ crew as real people with lives and intermingling with the Upstairs folks. She’s in every episode from start to finish, playing the head house-parlour maid, Rose. The head butler, a Scotsman, is played by Gordon Jackson and done so well. In fact, there is a large cast and all so good. Interesting to see how they’ve aged in some of the more recent interviews included in the DVDs.

Several of the actors were outstandingly beautiful or handsome in the 1970s, so it’s nice to see that many still retain that aura of beauty: Nicola Pagett, Rachel Gurney, Pauline Collins, Meg Wynn-Owen, Lesley-Anne Down, Simon Williams, to name a few of the particularly ‘beautiful’ people, and many fantastic other actors, too numerous to name. When I started watching it on the DVDs, the only actor in it whom I knew was Lesley-Anne Down. Now they all feel like family!

The series could have gone on and on, but the people in charge felt it was best to end it when it was wildly popular. The ending was very well done. So after I watch it through, I put it aside till I can’t live without another go at it! I’m the same way with my Jane Austen novels made into movies. I’ve also acquired some other BBC series I like, though none as much as DA and U/D. haha.

OH, how easy to go on and on about them! ;-) Should have just written a hub! haha.


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Monis Mas 2 years ago

Those lines are enchanting and magical.... Lovely to read!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aga - thank you! I love your choice of words,- ‘enchanting’ and ‘magical’. Yes - that is lovely to read!!


Vincent Moore 2 years ago

As always your words are captivating, you steal my soul with every visit, yet lately my visits have been few, my apologies sweet friend. Your melodies both in music you present, allow me to drift to another place in time, when all was well with my heart and soul. Peace and blessings I send to you dear one. Hugs


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Vincent - it’s worth waiting for your visits! Thank you, my sweet friend! No apologies needed.

I couldn’t be more happy to be able to allow you to drift to another place in time when all was well with you, EXCEPT to hear those words expressed in your present tense: “. . . to THIS place in time, when all IS well . . . “

I’ve learned that one must populate, furnish and sustain one’s NOWs with that kind of joy and peace, - so that nothing and no one (no matter what they do or don't do!) can rob one of it, because it lives and belongs in one's own heart and soul, from where it can reach out, but from where it cannot be reached into and plucked out. That state of being is my wish and prayer for you, dear heart. I suspect you are closer to it than may have been the case. Much love and hugs.

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