Day #153 in lockdown in Mumbai, India hotel…New site is here!…Many corrections coming….

This is St. Mary’s church in Bampton, known as Church of St. Michael of All Angels, as shown on the series, Downton Abbey, where Mary married Matthew, Edith was jilted at the altar and eventually Matthew was buried.

Our new site is now “live,” although, there are numerous errors I am working on to correct. If you are having trouble finding us, clear your cache and you’ll be able to find us at our usual web address at Also, I am unable to get the main photo to show for today’s post on our homepage. I am leaving our web developer alone on Sunday and will ask for help to have this corrected tomorrow.

Also, you will notice a number of other discrepancies that, over the next week we’ll correct and adjust as needed, including the huge white space at the end of the posts. The massive size of this blog with almost 3000 posts attributes to the reason this has been such a huge undertaking over this past week.

The cemetery at the “real” church in Bampton, St. Mary’s.

We give full credit to our web developers who diligently worked hard with this substantial obstacle, with me frequently pestering them in the background to get this up and running. 

Under most circumstances, I am very patient. But, this process left me in a tizzy when we received countless email messages from some of our readers throughout the world wondering “where the heck was our most recent post.”

The altar in the church where Mary and Matthew were married.

We surely understood everyone’s frustration and thank all of you for hanging in there with us during this trying situation.

Today, we’re adding a few photos from August 22, 2014, (although today is August 23, 2020) from the time we spent in England visiting the Highclere Castle, the home of Downton Abbey, and the accompanying visit to the quaint town of Bampton, England where the village scenes were filmed.

The podium in the church was a carved bird of prey.

Here’s the link for today’s photos which should come up with our new site:

A stained glass window in the church.

I can’t wait to have this all resolved and be able to return to our usual daily posts, continuing to share past photos of our worldwide journey over the past almost eight years while we wait to be able to leave lockdown and fly to another country, yet to be determined.

Otherwise, all is still the same. COVID-19 continues to be on the rise in India with little reason to believe it will improve anytime soon. All we can say is that we are grateful to be safe, regardless of how inconvenient it may be.

A sign outside the shop, which appears as a hospital in the series.

May you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.

Take care.


Photo from one year ago today, August 22, 2019:

A pier for docking private boats in Stockholm, Sweden on the final day of the 12-night Baltic cruise. For more photos, please click here.

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