Made in England Teacup, Saucer and Show!

Last night we watched the 2006 ‘Pride and Prejudice’ movie and now we’re going to start the 1995 BBC/A&E version. I’ve got my ‘Made in England’ Spode teacup and saucer (the Blue Italian pattern first introduced in 1816), and companion goodies ready to add to my Regency Anglophile viewing pleasures. I’ve got quite a varied…

Happy P&P Anniversary, Jane Austen!

As a girl growing up under the Union Jack in a very British part of Canada singing ‘God Save the Queen’ in school daily, I would have thought that a teacher or somebody would have introduced me to Jane Austen along the way, but no. Not at all. Well, to be fair, I did come…

A Red Coat Myself

“My dear Mr. Bennet, you must not expect such girls to have the sense of their father and mother.—When they get to our age, I dare say they will not think about officers any more than we do. I remember the time when I liked a red coat myself very well—and indeed, so I do…

Crossed, Off

“Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. It is something to think of, and gives her a sort of distinction among her companions.” In keeping with the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’, here is another quote from that work, and in accompaniment…

Matrimony in a Moment

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” In keeping with the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’, here is another quote from that work, and in accompaniment is ‘Signing the Register’ painting by Edmund Blair Leighton, a Pre-Raphaelite artist.

A Truth, A Request

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” In keeping with the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’, I thought I might post the occasional favorite quote from that work over at least the next month or so,…

‘Jane Eyre’

Charlotte Bronte’s literary masterpiece of Jane Eyre is a classic for good reason. It’s a little bit of a Cinderella story, somewhat a message of repentance, an illustration of learning through life and a good deal romantic. Yes, the story is a melodramatic one, but it is great melodrama. This memorable novel from one feminine…

To be or not to be…

… a romance novelist? That was my question. Yes, that was one of my questions in life at least twenty years ago. When I first explored the possibilities of writing fiction (because ideas were pouring into my little brain by leaps and bounds, and almost by the minute), one thing I told myself was that,…

‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ Audio-book

Every ounce the creative literary genius that her sisters were, Anne Bronte is too often the unsung Bronte sister. ‘Agnes Grey’ is certainly a solidly written work of Anne’s, full of many interesting details to enjoy; but since I first found and read ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ a number of years ago (in my…

Happy Michaelmas!

Thanks to Jane Austen and her wonderful world and works of writing, I was introduced to Michaelmas quite a number of years ago. And what a blessing that seemed to be to me. Miss Austen often mentions that holiday in her stories and some of her characters and their events seem to revolve around the…