Category Archives: Places/Locations

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 …

Life gets in the way

Life gets in the way

I sometimes wonder if Jane Austen ever woke in the middle of the night, struck by some great idea for a mystery novel: An elderly spinster who solves crime! A French—no let’s make him Belgian—sleuth who’s a bit of a dandy, who speaks a delightfully fractured English! Or a brilliant misogynistic police detective—no, let’s make… more goodness …

The Country House Tour – The Vyne

The Country House Tour – The Vyne

It’s that time of year when it’s not much fun to be outdoors – too cold, too wet, too windy. As I’m sitting with a frothy cup of hot chocolate, remembering days of summer and trips to gorgeous places, I’m thinking now’s a good time for an imaginary tour. So how about a tour of… more goodness …

Magical Bath – An Unforgettable Experience

Magical Bath – An Unforgettable Experience

Bath is, I think, one of the few places left in England – and perhaps the best of them all – where you can catch a real glimpse of Georgian Britain. Somehow, it had escaped the ravages of time and the 1970s ‘improvements’ and had remained a timeless capsule of yesteryear beauty. To me, Bath… more goodness …

“What are men to rocks and mountains?”

“What are men to rocks and mountains?”

Whenever I go to the Lake District, I can’t help wondering what Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle would have seen if they carried on with their original plan, instead of shortening the trip and going no further north than Derbyshire. Of course, it doesn’t bear thinking that Elizabeth should have missed that fateful chance… more goodness …