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.


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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