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03 January 2012

Lark Rise to Candleford {Review + Giveaway}

I love a little bit of hand sewing… and what better way to spend time sewing by hand than when you have something great to watch on the telly?

I’m such a fan of English period dramas so when I was approached to review ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’ on my blog, how could I resist?

 

 

Lark Rise to Candleford is the most gorgeous series, set around the 1890’s. It is about Candleford, a market town which is moving with the times, embracing progress and all that comes with it - and the hamlet next door, Lark Rise - the poorer neighbour whose inhabitants are mainly hard working, but uneducated.

The series begins with Laura Timmins (Olivia Hallinan) leaving Lark Rise to go and work at the post office in Candleford. This simple act of a young girl moving to a new, exciting place becomes an avalanche for drama, intrigue, gossip and town scandal.

Love it! Who knew that working at the post office in the 1890’s could be so exciting?

I’m hooked on this series and if you love watching British period drama, you will love it too. I’m sure!

With thanks to the generous people at Roadshow Entertainment, I have the box set (series 1-4) of Lark Rise to Candleford to give away.

If you would like the chance to win, leave a comment telling me:

 

If you lived in an English country village, what would you like your role/job to be and why?

 

Personally, I think the job in the post office sounds good to me. Find out all of the town gossip and be the hub of activity.

 

T & C’s

Giveaway closes on 11 January 2012 at 7pm AEDST. It is open to Australian residents only.

Be Creative!

The winner will be announced here on my blog and must make claim their prize within 7 days.

49 comments:

  1. I would be the school mistress....just like Anne (of Green Gables) except that was in Canada.
    Anyway, someone has to train the young minds of tomorrow and I could brainwash, oops, teach them that quilting is the best!

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  2. Oh me, me I too love the movies and books of old English time periods..and I would love to be the girl around 14 and up who is experiencing a rising time period of change along with her own coming into womanhood...because back then they came into it earlier and maybe a proper sort of way..thanks for the chance..Happy New Year

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  4. I can't enter, as I'm not in Australia, but I love BBC period pieces too...so I'm going to have to look for this one in the USA! Thanks for sharing about it.

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  5. I would like to be the shopkeeper, selling the silks & fabrics for gowns and everything else to make their gorgeous clothing. Maybe I just want to be a fabric buyer in a bigger scale then I do now! Tracee xx

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  6. Not Australian, but i think i would have to be the barkeep!! LOL That was where all the action took place!

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  7. Too bad, I live in Canada and would have loved to enter. Having said that, one of my son's friends just moved to Bondi Beach last year. He's a close friend and wouldn't mind bringing it home with him on his next visit. (hint, hint)
    Anyway, I too wouldn't mind working in the post office, but being a dressmaker, with all that fabric would be lovely too.
    I have watched the series but never saw it from the beginning. It is truly a great way to spend time.

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  8. I'd love to be the lady who makes the bobbin lace. (Although if I recall correctly she was about to lose her job because of "modern" lacemaking methods...)

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  9. We finished the first set by Netflix disc and were sad when it finished. The others are not available to us yet. Enjoyed most of them but tired of the drunkard mother (formerly the Vicar of Darby) who was supposed to be the comic relief. BBC offers the most interesting shows - the US shows are deteriorating.

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  10. What a wonderful giveaway....
    I would love to win.

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  11. This series sounds great!
    If I lived in a little English village, I would love to have a little tea shop/garden centre. I love the idea of having a place to stop and have a devonshire tea, then check out all the lovely plants. :)

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  12. I'd like to be the lady who runs the tea shop! Can I enter with an Aussie address? If so count me in.

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  13. Id love to be the Governess to a couple of rich, well behaved children living in a enormous manor house with rambling gardens...the food and lodgings would be luxurious also..maybe a romance with the horse-riding instructor too!

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  14. I'm not in Australia...plus have seen all 4 seasons! Just wanted to add my praise for this show. I loved it. Passed it along to my daughter and she loved it. Passed it along to my best friend and she loved it as well as her teenage daughter. Passed it to two other friends and yes, they loved it too! I just keep passing it around. Its a show you can watch with kids around.

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  15. coastalkaryn@bigpond.comJanuary 4, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    I'd be the farmers' wife, with a bunch of happy, healthy brats and a hard working, adoring hubby!! Hopefully it could still be a reality in 2012!!!

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  16. I would be a country nurse who goes round and visit people and helps them out with any problems .

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  17. I love watching all period dramas. I haven't heard of this one before. I would love to have a little cafe serving Devonshire Tea! Thanks for the chance.

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  18. I'd like to be the owner of the grocery shop/bakery. All the village gossip are discussed at the bakery!

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  19. This sounds like an awesome series!

    Like one of your other commentors, I would be a farmer's wife. Lots of kids, animals, and land. Bliss!

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  20. I'd own the tea shop because I've always wanted to bake scones and cakes to sell and it'd be the warm gossip hub too!

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  21. I'd own the tea shop because I've always wanted to bake scones and cakes to sell and it'd be the warm gossip hub too!

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  22. I think I'd like to run the haberdashery shop, having all the ladies come in for their bits and pieces.

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  23. A Bobby cop so that you would know everyone, know all the gossip and being a country village shouldn't be too much to do.

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  24. I too love this series! I've been following it on our public TV channel. I think I would love to be a midwife who owns a little fabric shop where the ladies might gather for afternoon tea!

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  25. Well,I'm an R.N.,so I suppose I'd help the local Dr.+ have a little Quilt Shop on the side-(LOL).
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

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  26. Oh, Lady of the Manor without a doubt; I would be able to indulge in my favourite handcrafts and not have to go to work!

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  27. Anthea, Western AustraliaJanuary 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Wow, this sounds like a fabulous series, & I love a good period drama!.... Well, I'd run the Tea Shop - it's the perfect place to 'overhear' all the local gossip, and to have a look at what the customers are wearing!

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  28. Love watching these sorts of shows but havent seen this one. I suppose I would like to be a lady of a big house so I could sit and stitch all day in a big country house. Although I love gardening too so could be a head gardener for some country manor. Dont really think women could do that back then though. Thanks for the chance at winning such a wonderful prize

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  29. If I lived in a country town, I would like to be the town's midwife!

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  30. Would love to be the postmistress-everybody knows she knew everything:-)

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  31. I would want to be the town seamstresses. Catching up on all the towns gossip, creating dresses and undergarments, bonnets and scafves. Of course I imagine all of these dresses and such things in various patchwork templates and styles. eg: dressess with dresden plates all along the bottom hem in beautiful bright colours .... thanks

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  32. The drapery store owner! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  33. Pub Owner - You would hear all the best stories and be kept up to date with all the gossip!

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  34. Love these BBC dramas! My dream village job would be running the bakery - constantly surrounded by teacakes and scones and Bakewell tarts and so on would be like my kind of heaven! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. I would run the coffee shop. A place where everyone in the village comes for a cuppa and a chat.

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  36. I would love to work in the general store, where you meet the locals everyday, and enjoy keeping up with all the happenings.

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  37. I would be nothing more than a mother, and delight in taking my children on daily outings through the gorgeous English countryside

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  38. I'd be the town Milliner, I love Hats and arts and crafts so would love to design all the ladies hats and bonnets for them! Hopefully the men would come in too, as I love a man in a hat!

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  39. I would love to be a groomsman, looking after all the hunting horses

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  40. Ooh this looks so interesting!

    I'd be a teacher - giving me plenty of time to sew on the holidays!

    Thanks for a fun giveaway :)

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  41. Love to be the school teacher. At least the kids listended and learnt back then!

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  42. The priest I would want to be,
    He gets to hear everything you see,
    Gossip - he's in the know,
    Knows about every so & so!

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  43. I would love to be the librarian or a priest! People confide everything to others they feel they can trust! :)

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  44. The village police officer, hearing and seeing all of the town scandals and keeping everyone in line.

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  45. Like Dorcus Lane or Laura - I love to work with the post: But being in the centre of the towns gossip - is what I would like the most!

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  46. I'd be a hedge trimmer
    - I'd NEVER run out of a job with all those hedge lined laneways!

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  47. I'd want to work in a bar with an open fireplace. Nothing like a fireplace and a nip of 'something' to warm up your insides on those cold winter days.

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