Day two of the festival actually started off in rather a similar manner as the day before, with another promenade! This was a “mini promenade” and it was the first time, to my knowledge at least, that they’ve had this. It wasn’t nearly as big or as exciting as the big promenade the day before, but then it was called a ‘mini’ one, so I guess that was to be expected. But that said I still had a lovely time walking around chatting with people, admiring beautiful houses and gorgeous costumes. I have also come to the conclusion that living somewhere at the end of Great Pultney Street, somewhere in between nr. 36 and nr. 4 Sydney Place (just around the corner from there, perhaps 50 meters away) in 1802 would have been amazing! On one side your neighbor would have been William Willberforce, who lived in Bath at the time, and on the other would have been Jane Austen!! Just imagine bumping in to either of them when going out for a morning walk!
Aylwen, me, Isable and Jeanette outside Jane Austen’s house at nr 4 Sydney Place
I think these ladies look so lovely in their beautiful colorful bonnets
Love the mix of different eras!
Jeanette and Aylwen, both looking for things in their reticules by the looks of it
The Holborne Museum, where our promenade ended
One of the gentlemen on the promenade came up to us and showed us this first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice which he had found in an antique shop for £12!!! I want to make a find like that too!!
The promenade over and a quick lunch too it was time for the next thing on our schedule for the day, an embroidery workshop. Now I haven’t done an awful lot of embroidering, no more than necessary, I don’t exactly mind it but I haven’t been a huge fan either. But I really, really enjoyed this workshop! We were first shown some slides of different designs and quotes relating to embroidery in Jane Austen’s novels (there were more than I’ve realized) and then we all got a lovely little set each with a piece of white cotton fabric, threads in all the colors of the rainbow to choose from, an embroidering hoop and papers with designs and instructions. And then we all got started.
I wouldn’t say I learnt a great deal, I knew the basics already but loved getting the designs and ideas, but what I really liked about this event was sitting there in a big room together with lots of other ladies (and one gentleman!) chatting, sewing, drinking tea and having cake. It was just such a lovely thing to do! Makes me wish there were people around where I live whom I could do things like this with now and then! Sadly I know of no one in the area… 🙁
Happily stitching away (all these embroidery pictures I’ve borrowed from Jeanette. So thanks to her for them!)
Me, Isabel and Tegan all focusing hard on the task before us
Tea and cakes just made the event even more fun!
So, you all know who Adrian Lukis is? He’s an actor, not the most famous one but in our circles very well known as the part he played in BBC’s 1995 version of Pride & Prejudice where he was Mr Wickham. He was honoring Bath with a visit this day. Together with the actress Caroline Langrishe he was doing a reading of many of the famous dialogues from Jane Austen’s books, such as Mr Darcy’s proposal (the first one), Mr Tilney and Catherine Morland dancing and so on.
So, that’s what me and many of my friends were going to that evening. The event was held in the Assembly Rooms, and before going there me, Jeanette and Aylwen (two of the ladies I was staying together with) made a quick dash for Sainsbury’s to get something for dinner. We didn’t have time to eat it anywhere else so sat down on a bench right outside the door of the Assembly Rooms, and who should come and walk past us as we were sitting there in our costumes and with our bright orange Sainsbury’s bags but Mr Wickham himself! He gave us a slight bow as he walked past! Am I allowed to be just a little bit excited over that fact? 😛
The actual reading was very enjoyable. It is always fun to hear Jane Austen’s words, every single time I’m reminded of what a genious she was in her writing! And I think they did it well, doing the different characters. Of course it was extra special when they did the scene where Mr Wickham tells Elizabeth of his “misfortunes”. He may have aged a little (but considering the movies were made 17 years ago I still think he looks very similar to back then!) but he still sounds exactly like Wickham!
When the readings were all done Adrian stayed on and ‘mingled’ with the audience. So everyone got the chance to talk to him, get an autograph or have their picture taken with him. He seems to be a nice guy, was open and friendly and joking with everyone. And I do think he enjoyed all the female attention he was getting… Because he sure got quite a bit of it! Everyone was swarming around him, I bet that doesn’t happen to him every day!
Enjoying the female attention… 😉
Me and Mr Wickham!
It was in a way slightly surreal to meet him. Not because he is a celebrity (he isn’t really) but because I’m just so familiar with him from P&P, and to see him face to face was strange, but fun too!
I heard a rumor circling amongst some people that they have heard a rumor (so as you can already tell this is far from being a fact! Yet…. 😛 ) that next year they’re going to try to bring Colin Firth to the festival. Seeing as it is the 200 years anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice and everything. If I’m honest I don’t think he’ll come, but hey, if he does that would be brilliant!
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. And meanwhile I’ve got several more posts to do here, so stay tuned!