Category Archives: Places/Locations

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 …

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 …