Category Archives: Holidays

Regency Christmas with Washington Irving

Regency Christmas with Washington Irving

Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday initiated the official holiday shopping season, and in my neighborhood more than half the houses have their decorations up. Thus, I figured it was time to launch the season here on Austen Authors with a Christmas-themed post. Actually, Barbara Silkstone beat me to it yesterday with the celebratory release of… more goodness …

September Trails

September Trails

The beginning of September found me in Devon, at the tail end of the school holidays, and although I’ve started to have rather mixed feelings about camping lately, especially in autumn weather, it was well worth it because it allowed me to see a house that was on my ‘To Do’ list for at least… more goodness …

Gretna Green of the Peak or ‘Did You Know That about Derbyshire?’

Gretna Green of the Peak or ‘Did You Know That about Derbyshire?’

I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking that one of the most exciting and enjoyable things about writing a new book is the plotting and the squirreling of information. I won’t call it research; it’s a lot more fun than that. It’s hopping from website to website because I start looking for something and… more goodness …

A Derbyshire Roadtrip

A Derbyshire Roadtrip

I go to Derbyshire as often as I can. I drag the family up there too. They don’t complain much, luckily Derbyshire has some of the best walks and cycling tracks in the country. And while they’re cycling I’m chasing after the Darcys and Pemberley. But what I could never do and always wanted to… more goodness …

Springtime Rambles

Springtime Rambles

I hope you have enjoyed the country house tour in my earlier posts. Now, how about a little virtual walk through some country gardens in full bloom? Spring is the best time of year for it because the colours are absolutely astounding! Even better than in the summer. Can you imagine anything more romantic than… more goodness …

Henry and Eliza on Eliza Doolittle Day

Henry and Eliza on Eliza Doolittle Day

  Forgive me if I take this occasion to celebrate a few different Elizas than just Miss Bennet, for today is Eliza Doolittle Day. For those unfamiliar with this often overlooked holiday, it is a reference to the musical My Fair Lady, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, which in turn is based on… more goodness …

Where my JAFF heart is

Where my JAFF heart is

I thought I’d finish the country house tour, for the time being at least, where my JAFF heart is: in Derbyshire – to me, the most beautiful place in the world. There is majesty and beauty in the High Peak, with its unspoilt views over rust-coloured hills that turn purple when heather is in bloom,… more goodness …

Easter at Rosings

Easter at Rosings

The following foolishness was inspired by chapter VIII of volume II of Pride & Prejudice, which takes place on Easter Sunday, and the British accumulative rhyme This is the House that Jack Built. My apologies to Anne de Bourgh, Mrs. Jenkins, and Maria Lucas for their neglect. This is the drawing room at Rosings. This is the fireplace… more goodness …