Category Archives: Places/Locations

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 …

Regency Servants ~ Keepers of the Grounds

Regency Servants ~ Keepers of the Grounds

Last month I completed the “inside staff” portion of my series on Georgian and Regency Era servants. Six separate blogs were necessary to cover everyone working inside the walls of a grand country manor house or upper-class London townhouse! I won’t need as many installments to detail the folks who labored outdoors, but this does… more goodness …

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 …