Late, Even in Retirement
Whilst retirement continues to throw up its new experiences, I'm conscious that some of them only arise because I'm a little late for the party.
We have the misfortune to suffer from the problems that rural connectivity throws up. In particular, we frequently struggle with mobile reception at one side of the house, whilst at the other it has proved impossible to obtain a wifi signal meaning that the benefits of a smart televison are non-existent.
However, during last year's initial lockdown, for the first time I appreciated the potential of casting especially from the iPad to the living room. It's been an indispensable way to participate in online exercise classes.
On Sunday, I was idly exploring other options to cast when I discovered that every series of Downton Abbey is available on Amazon Prime. I'm one of those few people who until now has never watched a single episode. I was, of course, working when it aired on terrestrial TV and never did find the time to invest in watching the tribulations of the Crawley family.
All that changed three days ago. At the end of the first two instalments I was completely hooked and then I read the small print: Downton Abbey is leaving Amazon Prime on 31st January. Decision time arose, should I binge watch in the hope of making up for whatever I've missed or should I just accept that there are times when the bus has left without me?
With a cold week weatherwise when we are probably just as well snuggling down inside, what was there to lose? Challenge on!
Downton Abbey is a new discovery, a decade late. Binge-watching including afternoon viewing, is not something I've ever previously tried, the closest being a winter's trip to the cinema. But here I am, 4 days to go and 3 complete series down.
It's not really much different to curling up with War and Peace, intent on finishing it in record time. Unlike reading, it is possible to absorb the medium of video whilst ironing or knitting. The end result is not only has my appreciation of life above and below stairs a hundred years ago vastly improved but the laundry basket is once again empty and the baby-cardigan project almost complete. Moreover, I'm even typing up this post whilst watching Downton in the corner of my computer screen!
So, bizarre though it may be, you could say I'm killing the proverbial two birds with one stone: catching up with modern technology and Downton Abbey at the same time.