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Jane Austen's China and Porcelain

I was very excited to read about some of the discoveries made during the dig at Jane Austen's childhood home in the village of Steventon, Hampshire, which took place in November 2011. The rectory was pulled down in the 1820s and what is known of its appearance is only recorded on old maps and drawings or writings made from the memories of Austen descendants. It seems that the actual foundations of the rectory have now been located as a result of the dig - formerly, the only clue to its situation was the presence of an iron pump. Jane was born in Steventon Rectory and lived happily for the first twenty five years of her life until her father decided to retire and move the family to Bath. It was here that she drafted her first three novels, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey, all between the ages of 19 and 23. Anna Lefroy, niece of Jane, wrote about her memories of the house: "The dining room or common sitting-room looked to the front and was ligh

Summertime in Bath!

Summer has arrived in England - I've been to Bath a the weekend and couldn't resist taking some photos for my Bath album. The ones here show Henrietta Park and a walk I took up to Beechen Cliff. I hope you enjoy them! Cherry tree in flower in Henrietta Park A pigeon enjoys the sun The magnolias are out! Henrietta Park House at the foot of Lyncombe Hill View looking back to Bath from Jacob's Ladder Looking through trees on Beechen Cliff Dappled light through the trees Wild garlic on the slopes of Beechen Cliff Views from the top Looking towards the Royal Crescent Bath Abbey from Beechen Cliff Bath from Beechen Cliff Northanger Abbey - My illustration showing the Abbey from Beechen Cliff. Catherine Morland is taking a walk with Isabella and Henry Tilney.