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Archive for April, 2020

Thank you, Ellen Moody, for posting this information on my Jane Austen and Her Regency World Facebook group page.  Isolation has just become a little better.

Jennifer is still my favorite Lizzie Bennet.

Armchair Travelers: In other news, visit Chawton Cottage on Susan Branch’s site. See this site’s previous post, which also includes Chawton visits by Tony Grant, Rachel Dodge, and lil’ ol’ moi.

Image of Susan Branch's blog and post of her journey to Chawton Cottage

Image of Susan Branch’s blog and post of her journey to Chawton Cottage

The Peabody Institute Watch Party Concerts soothe our souls every Friday night. Catch them at this link.

Peabody

 

Stay safe, all. As my mamma says, “This too shall pass.” Vic

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Inquiring readers,

During the Covid-19 lock down, I’ve missed traveling around my country. I intended to go abroad as well, but had to lay those plans aside. The internet affords me a way to satisfy my wanderlust.

Today as I e-searched Jane Austen’s gardens and her family’s use of fruits and herbs in making wines and home medicines, I discovered this lovely blog by author Susan Branch. Susan visited Chawton Cottage in 2012. Her photos and delightful narrative of her trip add to those I featured from blog contributors Tony Grant and Rachel Dodge. I’m publishing the first 20% of Susan’s post and will then link to her blog. Enjoy!

Image of Susan Branch's blog and post of her journey to Chawton Cottage

Image of Susan Branch’s blog and post of her journey to Chawton Cottage in 2012

Jane Austen

On our last day in England in the spring of 2012, just a few hours before boarding the Queen Mary 2 for our trip home, we stopped to visit Jane Austen’s house in a little country town called Chawton. I can’t say we saved the best for last, because everything we saw was “best.”  But this house was wonderful and better than I ever imagined it could be.  It’s in Hampshire, centrally located in the south of  England (very close to Southampton) — you can see it on the map on page six of my book chronicling this magical trip called   A FINE ROMANCE.

"Marry me, my wonderful darling friend" Quote by Mr. Knightley to Emma in the orchard

Crossroads

Sign to Chawton Cottage, the car park St. Nicholas church and Chawton House, and the village. Image courtesy Susan Branch.

First off, you have to know how this quiet neighborhood sounded this day!  The only sound missing is “my-toe-hurts-bet-tee” the nature national anthem of England, but there were wood pigeons cooing liltingly from every branch!

Chawton Cottage

Chawton Cottage with a view of the visitor entrance. Image courtesy of Susan Branch.

This is the 17th century house where Jane Austen did some of her most important work.  She lived here from 1809 to 1817, and published four novels during that time, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park.

How beautiful!  Let’s go find a parking space!

A Jack Russell terrier views Chawton Cottage from a house across the street. Image courtesy of Susan Branch.

A Jack Russell terrier views Chawton Cottage from a house across the street. Image courtesy of Susan Branch.

After parking, we walked for a little bit through the leafy old neighborhood and something interesting happened.  I took a picture of this little Jack Russell in a window of the house across the street from Jane’s and posted it here on the blog.  Later, after we returned home, I received an email from the owner of this house!  Her name is Mary and the dog’s name is Basil!  Mary had just happened upon our blog.  Isn’t that amazing? What a small world!  She’s actually written a cute children’s book about Basil which she sent to me . . .

Thatched roof cottage in Chawton. Image courtesy of Susan Branch.

Thatched roof cottage in Chawton. Image courtesy of Susan Branch.

 Many of the homes in Chawton have thatched roofs like Mary’s.  It’s a darling town ~ and we only had one afternoon. I wish we’d saved more time for this ~ there’s a lot of wonderfulness to see here.  Keep that in mind for when you go and have at least one full day.

To read the rest of this fascinating post, please click here  to enter Susan’s blog. Note her journey through Chawton village, the rooms through the cottage, and her walk in the gardens.

well behaved women rarely make history signBTW, I noticed on Susan’s sidebar a saying that I keep in my office. Sisters always have a way of finding each other!!

Other posts on this blog about Chawton Cottage and Chawton House

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Inquiring readers: My funny bone has yet to tickle me during this pandemic. I am still writing my Emma. film review. My tongue-in-cheek inspiration is coming back in dribs and drabs, but it hasn’t quite jelled.

Meanwhile, I’ve been meeting with friends, Janeites, and fellow volunteers online via Zoom and sharing ways to keep one’s mind preoccupied with loftier things than the constant doom and gloom droning on the news.

I’ve placed some concerts, virtual museum tours, and fine art discussions in this post to help you/us liven up our isolation.

Starting tonight they are:

ART: Cocktails with the Curator of the Frick Museum: A half hour discussion 5 pm every Friday. When I visit NYC, I always make an effort to stop at the Frick Museum. Previous discussions are available on YouTube. Download the APP for a gallery tour.

Cocktails Frick

MUSIC: Peabody Watch Party: Recurring Friday Nights:  The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins will stream a previously recorded concert every Friday night at 7:30pm Eastern Standard Time.  On April 17th, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet in D minor, Op. 70 “Souvenir de Forence” featureing Vadim Gluzman and Mei Zhan, violin, Alaina Rea and Josef Fischer, viola, and Michael Kanned and Ismael Guerrero Bombut, violoncello.

Visit Peabody ArtReach for additional performances and performance-related learning and wellness resources.

Peabody ArtReach

ONLINE CONCERT: One World Together at Home, Saturday, April 18th

One World Together at Home, a global broadcast & digital special to support frontline healthcare workers and the WHO.

TO WATCH: Find your channel on Global Citizen

One World Together at Home

Jane Austen Online

Jane AustenBritish Library: Jane Austen

Internet Archive: Jane Austen’s novels digitized

Persuasion

In addition: 

  • Business Traveller compiled a list of world class museums that offer free virtual tours. They include The Louvre, Van Gogh Museum, The Vatican Museum, British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rijksmuseum, Musée d’Orsay.

Museum tours

NPR’s (National Public Radio) Tiny Desk Concerts

These acoustic concerts have held me enthralled for a number of years. Try one. You’ll find that singers sound so much better in an intimate setting. Click here to try a few.

Tiny Desk Concerts

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