Category Archives: Recipes/Food

I Tried to Write Like Jane Austen for a Day – Here’s What Happened

I Tried to Write Like Jane Austen for a Day – Here’s What Happened

Jane Austen wrote some of the greatest novels in English literature. This is a given. You might even say it is a truth universally acknowledged. We respect her intellect, that a daughter of a country clergyman with little formal education (but opportunity for extensive reading) could manage to do so. But I’ve always thought it… more goodness …

The Utmost Importance of Fresh Air and Exercise

The Utmost Importance of Fresh Air and Exercise

No, you haven’t stumbled across a health website, but it is January, just beyond the two-week mark of when a large percentage of the population has renewed their vow to take better care of themselves, so it seemed appropriate. Particularly for one such as I, whose pursuit of health has proven frustrating and elusive, particularly… more goodness …

An impressive collection of carriages

An impressive collection of carriages

I’d thought I was done with posts from my travels when I finished up with my house posts, but then I recalled there was one more experience that I should certainly share with readers here: the wonderful Red House Carriage Museum, in Darley Dale (near Matlock). It’s a working carriage museum, where they actually take… more goodness …

Anxiety Treatment, or What Would Mrs. Bennet Take for Her Nerves?

Anxiety Treatment, or What Would Mrs. Bennet Take for Her Nerves?

Ever wonder what was available for Jane Austen’s character Mrs. Bennet as treatment for the lady’s “nerves”? According to Culpepper’s Complete Herbal: Consisting of a Comprehensive Description of Nearly All Herbs with Their Medicinal Properties and Directions for Compounding the Medicines Extracted from Them, comfrey, ivy-tree, and wild valerian are recommended for nervous conditions. Comfrey… more goodness …

A Tasty Subject

A Tasty Subject

“Great writers and my mom never used food as an object. Instead it was a medium, a catalyst to mend hearts, to break down barriers, to build relationships.” — Lizzy from Lizzy & Jane I’ve written on food and Jane Austen before… and I return to it because it fascinates me. Austen uses food as… 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 …

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 …