Paying homage to Jane

It’s absolutely no secret that Jane Austen is my favourite author, and today was the perfect day for a trip to Chawton to visit the house she lived in for the last eight years of her life, and where, incidentally, she was at her most creative.

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The house is beautifully laid out with a lot of artefacts which belonged to Jane and, indeed, some of the things which she made herself, including an exquisite quilt and shawl.  I particularly enjoyed the kitchen, where there was a selection of quill pens, ink, and paper so visitors could try out Jane’s mode of writing for themselves.  I don’t think I’d get very far if we still used quills today, and, to be honest, I’m not sure what I’d do without a computer. But discussing these matters with fellow authors in the pub afterwards, I was surprised that two of them said they preferred to write their books by hand first. I wish I could do this, but I think I’d just get into too much of a muddle.  So hats off to them…

…although perhaps not these particular hats.  Gorgeous, aren’t they?

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