I expected it to be beautifully decorated, luxurious, elegantly comfortable
I hasn't changed me! But it has given me pause for thought and time to reflect on what really matters to me - something which a hectic, inner city school life allows little time for!
People said that I was an Edwardian before I left! i.e. my formal speech and traditional education made me eminently suited to this role?
On the positive side, I re-learnt how much I value the friends which make up my family. On the negative scale I did not enjoy feeling so constrained by the very formal rules of behaviour in the community. For example, when I needed a razor blade or a cup of tea, the request had to be hand written and then delivered to the relevant member of staff.
The Housekeeper, The Lady's Maid and Miss Anson. I found them 'simpatico'and they have stayed in touch with me.
Having servants, dressing for dinner, letters from friends, gracious living!
Being isolated and the lack of privacy
At the beginning feeling very uncertain and lost, without someone to talk to
I missed my friends, freedom and the phone
As a teacher I feel that we can learn from the past as well as the present. From the Edwardian era the 21st Century can certainly adopt the civility, graciousness and consideration.
I liked the calmer and slower lifestyle of that period. I was very comfortable with daily communal prayer.
I disliked losing my freedom, friends and feeling of authority which is part of my profession.
I would have been more assertive and more active in developing my role as the tutor to the child and also as a member of the Ethnic minority. I would have done more research to help the programme.
Yes, as a stranger in an alien environment, I found the formality between the men and the women of that period made life simpler.