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Ravado Towers, a Modern Tale of the English Aristocracy Episode 1 An Introduction

It occurred to me that, in the light of the global popularity of Downton Abbey, a serialised account of the contemporary life of a member of the English Landed Gentry, Lord Ravado, Earl of Slough would go down well here on Persona Paper.

Being an English Earl is not all its cracked up to be. Even my seat in the House of Lords has been taken from me by a socialist government. Ravado Towers is crumbling around me and my wife, the Countess, in spite of her legendary beauty, ferocity and connections with most of the Royal families of Europe has failed to turn the tide. Lady Rose has a Masters in Business Studies from Cambridge as well as that kind of presence that can turn Medusa to stone, and was recommended to me by a friend as someone who could turn our family fortunes around.

Lady Rose has reduced the outgoings considerably by sacking most of the staff and selling off the farming land and cottages. Our remaining staff are Higgs my butler, the head housekeeper, Mrs. Stone and Cook and general help, Miss Porkins.

My wife recently decided to do the modern thing and recruit an au pair to look after our children and keep the family apartments tidy. Adriana is a pretty brunette, invariably wears black and is permanently miserable.

“Presentable enough not to scare the children but glum enough to keep you at bay,” said Lady Rose, unkindly.

Meanwhile, Higgs my Butler, insists Adriana is the new Ladies' Maid and must wear a ridiculous uniform as in Downton Abbey, but more threadbare. Adriana insists she came from Romania to escape poverty and oppression and that she was recruited by Lady Rose as an au pair and is only answerable to her.

She requires a huge pay rise before she will even consider ‘Ladies' Maid’ and the uniform is not negotiable. Fortunately for Adriana, she is very familiar with EU employment law. Future events, will leave Lady Rose regretting her decision not to allow Higgs to make the au pair selection. But more on that in my next post!

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Kasman wrote on January 2, 2015, 3:50 PM

Great stuff! Look forward to more episodes of 'Ravado Towers' featuring your household staff and the Countess Viv!

Oceanblue wrote on January 2, 2015, 3:52 PM

Hi, What a beautiful photo. The English certainly know how to make a beautiful home. Have a great day.

RikRavado wrote on January 3, 2015, 5:10 AM

Have sorted out the image credit - thanks! PS: Viv is nothing like the Countess but then I'm not much like Lord Ravado!

RikRavado wrote on January 3, 2015, 5:11 AM

Thanks for stopping by - as you can guess our house looks nothing like the picture!

Vivenda wrote on January 3, 2015, 7:12 AM

Nothing like the Countess??? What CAN you mean?? I'm every other inch a lady!!

catsholiday wrote on January 3, 2015, 12:52 PM

Thank you for that - you brightened up a gloomy Saturday afternoon while husband is watching cricket!! You should open Ravaldo towers to the public maybe start a safari park or theme park!!