Category Archives: Places/Locations

Catwalk – An Amazing Fashion Exhibit at the Rijksmuseum

Catwalk – An Amazing Fashion Exhibit at the Rijksmuseum

I was fortunate to be in Amsterdam this week and see Catwalk, a glorious exhibit of clothing from the 17th through mid-19th centuries at the Rijksmuseum. Oh my goodness! It was the most impressive display of clothing of any sort, let alone historical pieces, I have ever seen. Take away the clothes and the display and mannequins are… 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 …

Netherfield, Longbourn rooftops, Downton, & Basildon

Netherfield, Longbourn rooftops, Downton, & Basildon

Sometimes the life of a house is as full of twists and turns as an angsty novel that follows a beleaguered heroine from riches to rags and back again. Basildon Park in Berkshire is a house with such an adventurous history. An eminently Regency house, it was built in the late 1700s for Sir Francis… more goodness …

The Spirit of Britain- Life During World War II

The Spirit of Britain- Life During World War II

THE SPIRIT OF BRITAIN – LIFE DURING WWII: I have always been fascinated with this part of Britain’s incomparable history of self-reliance, tenacity, and valor. Join me as I venture back in time to look at the lives of British children during WWII in this very special look at the Spirit of Britain. (Imagine the Bennet family… more goodness …

Real Life Influences Upon Jane Austen’s Novels

Real Life Influences Upon Jane Austen’s Novels

As authors of historical fiction, we take great pleasure in a research “tidbit,” which introduces our fictional characters to historical figures. I, for example, have introduced John Loudon McAdam, the father of the modern road, to the readers of A Touch of Honor: Book 7 of the Realm Series. The founder of Bournemouth (UK), Lewis Tregonwell, makes… more goodness …

The Country House Tour (Hughenden) and the Country House Party

The Country House Tour (Hughenden) and the Country House Party

  Deep into the heart of Buckinghamshire there is a beautiful red brick house that was once the home of Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria’s flamboyant and controversial Prime Minister. He was many things to many people. An outsider. A ladies’ man. A shrewd politician. A royal favourite. Much was said and written about him in… more goodness …

A Gallery of Book Covers: Janeite Daydreams at Nymphenburg

Second post of the year already! My how time flies. My parents and sister visited us in Switzerland over the holidays (which really helped make our new home feel like HOME), and we spent a few impromptu days together in Munich, whence they flew home. Silly family! I hope they wanted to spend the day in… more goodness …

The Feast of St Agnes

The Feast of St Agnes

During my trip to Devon earlier this year I had great hopes of adding to my National Trust Houses tour. Exquisite Saltram was nearby – a wonderful Georgian mansion I have long wanted to visit – and also the romantic Buckland Abbey, with its fascinating connection to Sir Francis Drake. But it was the wrong… more goodness …

The Country House Tour – Christmas at Osterley

The Country House Tour – Christmas at Osterley

The Great Bath Road is prosaically known as the A4 these days. Driving along it through the outskirts of London is equally unromantic: there is the odd office block towering above a long row of unremarkable two-storied houses, the ground floor of which is occupied by launderettes, ethnic shops, newsagents, fish-and-chips, Chinese and pizza takeaways.… more goodness …

Life is Like a Jane Austen Novel

Life is Like a Jane Austen Novel

I must begin with a confession. I have been known, on occasion, to intentionally overhear conversations. Writers, however, call it research, a perfectly legitimate way to focus on the content and cadence of everyday conversations. Call it eavesdropping if you must, but I have picked up some wonderful bits of dialogue this way.  One day… more goodness …