Keeping Up with the Buckets

I love watching the Britcoms (British Situation Comedies) on Iowa Public Television. My grandmother’s favorite of these is called Keeping Up Appearances. It’s the adventures of Richard and Hyacinth Bucket or as she pronounces it Bouquet. Hyacinth comes from a very poor background, but she doesn’t want anyone to know it. If she were English, I could see the heroine of The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes  growing up to be Hyacinth.

Hyacinth wants to make sure everyone knows that she is a person of import and is constantly scheming to be thought better than she is or to actually move up the social scale. She’s somewhat impeded by her family consisting of her three sisters all also named for flowers, Daisy, Rose and Violet. Violet married well (“she has her own Mercedes Benz and room for a pony”), but her husband Bruce is on the slightly perverted side and it’s not a happy marriage. Daisy has a happy marriage, but her husband Onslow is “bone idle.” Rose has never been married although she has been engaged many, many times and has a good many more “gentlemen callers.” Richard, Hyacinth’s long suffering husband, works for the city council who put him up for early retirement as soon as possible to get Hyacinth out of their lives. Their neighbor Liz and her brother Emmet (who moves in during the series after a divorce and is musical “she’ll sing at me, I KNOW she’ll sing at me”) suffer through Hyacinths frequent invitations. Hyacinth’s mailman and milkman also have learned to avoid her like the plague as well as anyone else who learns they have to take off their shoes to enter the house and be careful not to “brush up against the walls.”

Their house always seemed strange to me. I never could get the floor plan in my mind. Luckily someone else figured it out. That’s just one of the many features available in this fan site. Click on Houses and then Bucket Residence to find the floorplan.

UPDATE: I just figured out that the link I had here has gone bad. Apologies. Here is the link to the archived site:
https://web.archive.org/web/20110430181119/http://uk-comedy.com/

And here is the direct link to the floorplan:
https://web.archive.org/web/20101201152318/http://uk-comedy.com/HouseMapHyacinth.htm

UPDATED March 10, 2016: I just had someone comment that the website I link to above is actually still active, only under a completely different URL. Thank you VH for the heads up.

So to find the current active website the address is:
http://www.uk-comedy.net

MacAfee however is blocking the links off the 1st page as malicious so I’m not sure what’s going on with that. In any case I’m going to let the archive version of the links up too and you can decide which set to use.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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