Merry Christmas!!

Tweet Just checking in with you all to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful holiday season and get to spend it in the way you most want to. Here are some pictures of a recent project of mine and Andrew’s, a Regency gingerbread house! A fun and challenging project that took a grand total of 8 hours to complete, but I think it  was worth it.   Obviously we had to dress appropriately for the photos! Apart from the crack that makes it looks like the house has been through and earthquake it turned out … Continue reading

Bath part 4 – Stourhead House and Gardens

Tweet So, Stourhead House and Gardens. I said in my previous post that I’d do a separate on just for this, because I have quite a few pictures I’d like to show you. Now I don’t know if any of you are familiar with Stourhead. I wasn’t. Not before this trip. The Jane Austen festival had arranged a coach trip there on this day, but me and Jeanette and Nelleke decided to go on our own, in a rental car. The house is a big nice house some 45 minutes outside Bath. The connection it has to Jane Austen is … Continue reading

Napoleonic weekend in Lucca 2 – Grand houses, guided tours and gardens

Tweet Saturday’s schedule was a busy one, so I am going to divide Saturday up in two posts here (I have enough material from that day alone to make up 4 or 5 posts probably, but I am going to try to stick to two). After breakfast at the hotel (to which some people came already dressed in costume. Love it!) we quickly set about getting ready and together a big group of us from the same hotel set off, hurrying through the narrow and cobbled streets of Lucca to get to the first place we were to visit that … Continue reading

One day I want a house like this…

Tweet I have a fondness for big, beautiful houses, the kind of houses the characters in Jane Austen’s novels live in, the kind we see in the film adaptations. My dream is to one day have such a house myself where I can live as in my own version of a Jane Austen story (dreaming away here…) and where I can host grand balls, to which you shall all obviously be invited! So yes, I quite like these kind of houses. And so when the opportunity of visiting one came up last week I was rather pleased. 🙂 Sweden has … Continue reading

The splendours of Rosings Park

Tweet I told you I was over in England (again!) a couple of weeks ago, visiting some good friends. These good friends live not far from a certain big house, a big grand house that goes by the name Belton House. In these circles however it is known as Rosings Park! Yep, that’s right, it’s the house used as Rosings Park in the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice! As you can probably imagine it is a place I have really wanted to visit, so when Joanna told me that it is less than a 30 minute drive from … Continue reading

Bath part 8 – Chawton House and Sense & Sensibility Ball

Tweet I’ve been debating with myself whether to split this day into two posts or do it all in one. I think I’d better do it in two, because otherwise it’s just gonna be too long. On Saturday the 24th Jeanette and I left Bath early in the morning in a rental car together with our new good friend Isabel and drove for two hours to get to Chawton. The reason we were going down there was because we were going to the third of the three balls I have been talking about. The “Sense & Sensibility Ball” ar Chawton … Continue reading

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