Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Day Out at Longbourn


Thank you to everyone who left such lovely comments about the cover of Mr Darcy's Secret. I'm thrilled that you all like it as much as I do! I've been very busy writing a short story for an Austen Anthology which Laurel Ann of Austenprose has put together, I've just finished another book which I'm now editing, and I've recently joined a new blog of Austen Authors - but more of that later!
I've also just come back from my summer holiday, and was feeling very rested until I realised that it's now payback time. Mountains of washing later, and still plenty to go, I'm wondering why I always think it's a good idea to take so many clothes. But, I'll stop moaning, I had a lovely time, and the memory of wonderful Spanish sunshine and food will stay with me for a long time.

Before I went away, I had a real treat in the form of a day out at Longbourn - Afternoon Tea with Mrs Bennet, no less, who I have to say was far too young and the epitome of a gracious hostess to take after her namesake. But, I digress!
P and P Tours run the event, and as with everything they do, it is always a delight with the wonderful team of Helen and Maddy. The only drawback was the rain which steadily poured down, but nothing could spoil our pleasure, and by the end of the afternoon we saw sunshine again which made everyone extra happy.
I've got so many lovely photos that I shall have to do a few posts to do them justice. If you remember the wonderful BBC Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle production of Pride and Prejudice you will certainly recognise the Bennet's house at Longbourn. Set in the real Wiltshire village of Luckington the owners today allow public access only through P and P tours and we all felt very privileged to be shown round. It was even more beautiful than in the series, and it was such fun to spot everything. You can imagine, I had to completely watch the re-run of the adaptation when I got home. We started off in the church which you can see above - but I'll leave it there for now - more next time!
Notice the lovely Bennet sisters in the photo - Helen and Maddy are third and fourth from the left and the other girls are participating guests who got to dress up for the day. Don't they all look wonderful?

12 comments:

Lori Hedgpeth said...

Gorgeous pictures, Jane, and what a lucky girl you are to visit Longbourne! Any chance the P&P tours will have Colin Firth on the next go-round?
I look forward to more pictures and tales. Thanks for sharing!

Isa Merino said...

Hi, great day in Longbourne!!! I liked it!

Your holidays sounds wonderful.

I´m a great admirer Jane Austen. The last year I was in Chawton and on september, in a few days, I´ll visit Bath for Jane Austen Annual Festival. I´m so happy, so I´ll tell you.

Have you ever been in Spain on holidays? What city? I´m spanish from Málaga, (La costa del sol - Coast of the sun). It´s true that the sun is shinning all the time, but sometimes it seems it´s so much time!!! Too much hot!!! But living here is great.

Well, my dear, thanks for your blog. Mine is www.chawtonstreet.blogspot.com and sometimes I write about Jane Austen and her books, because I´m a great fan.

Sorry if my English is not as good as I wanted.

Kisses from Málaga

Isa Merino

Isa Merino said...

Hi, great day in Longbourne!!! I liked it!

Your holidays sounds wonderful.

I´m a great admirer Jane Austen. The last year I was in Chawton and on september, in a few days, I´ll visit Bath for Jane Austen Annual Festival. I´m so happy, so I´ll tell you.

Have you ever been in Spain on holidays? What city? I´m spanish from Málaga, (La costa del sol - Coast of the sun). It´s true that the sun is shinning all the time, but sometimes it seems it´s so much time!!! Too much hot!!! But living here is great.

Well, my dear, thanks for your blog. Mine is www.chawtonstreet.blogspot.com and sometimes I write about Jane Austen and her books, because I´m a great fan.

Sorry if my English is not as good as I wanted.

Kisses from Málaga

Isa Merino

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you, Lori, Only Colin Firth appearing would have made the day more perfect! I think it's my dream home. I was rather hoping the lady who owns it would adopt me, but sadly, I think there are probably a lot of people in the queue before me.

Jane Odiwe said...

Hello Isa,
I will definitely have a look at your blog - thanks so much for stopping by!

I've been to Spain many times - this time I was up in the mountains near Jimena de la Frontera. It was very hot, but I love the heat, and so do my family. The countryside was gorgeous - wonderful sweeping vistas - I've got lovely photos, and it's a place I'd like to visit again.

I shall be in Bath during the festival weekend. If you're going to the festival lookout for Victoria Connolly and I because we shall be coming to watch the parade together and visiting the festival fayre.

Isa Merino said...

Hi, wonderful notices!!! Are you goint to go to festival too? I know Victoria Connolly blog. I´ll be from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th. It´s one of my dreams. Visit Bath. I´m reading about differents places where Jane lived and I want visit all if it´s posible in only 3 days. It´s a short travel, but almost I´ll travel there for my very first time. I´ll see the parade too if I don´t lose my mind in all the streets. I want to see people dressed like Jane Austen age. I adore that age. Well, I hope to recognize you between people in the street so I´ll say: Hi, Jane, this is Isa from Spain, from Chawton St. Blog, and it will be very very nice.

Well, so see you soon. I´ll visit you before leaving Málaga.

I adore your country like you adore mine. For sure.

Kisses

Isa

P.S. I write too, and I belong to a amateurs writers group. We write tales. I hope in a future I can be called writer too.

P.s. 2: Sorry for my English again.

Jane Odiwe said...

Isa, I know you will love Bath! Look out for me and Victoria Connolly at the Abbey before the parade starts. We're coming to watch the procession so do come and say hello.

Laurel Ann said...

Pea green Jane. Helen and her tours are the best. I must take one soon. Can't wait to see the rest of your photos.

Cheers, Laurel Ann

PS lurve your story!

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you Laurel Ann! I'm tickled pink tht you lurve my story!

Helen and Maddy really make the tours - they are such lovely people. I'll post more photos soon.

Isa Merino said...

Jane, I´ll try. I promise it. NOw I must searching the programm to see the timetables for all in the festival. I don´t know what it´s more interesting, the hours, the places... I must study all about.

Kisses and see you soon in Bath

Isa Merino

suzan said...

I love reading about P&P Tours. I used to be hooked up to more info on facebook but I'm no longer on it. Helen and Maddy seem like lovely people and of course the only better than reading about all of it would be to be there. At this moment it seems a bit out of the realm of possibility from my point in the U.S. But then we have the gorgeous pictures you all post and wonderful conversation and it helps with the fact that we're longing to be in the U.K. Thanks for all the wonderful sharing you do.

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you Suzan - I'm glad you enjoy the blog. I shall keep posting the photos!