|Susan & Barb at Jane Austen's home, which was later divided into flats - hence the boarded up windows and door alterations|
I've loved Austen's writing since I studied Pride and Prejudice in high school English. I subsequently re-read the novel several times, watched numerous film versions of it and read all of her other books. Emma is my second favourite. Barb is not a romance reader and had never been drawn to the stories, but she offered to drive us to Chawton. We began our visit to Jane Austen's former home with a picnic in her garden.
|Jane's writing table, more suitable for quill pen writing than a laptop, stands in front of the grandfather clock.|
|Jane Austen, 1775-1817|
We finished the tour on a fun note--dressing up in period clothing. The next day Will and I left for London. Barb sent us an email saying the visit had inspired her second venture into Austenland, by reading a non-fiction history of Jane Austen's time. Who knows? Jane might have picked up a new fan.