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Thursday, January 14, 2016

You are Finally Really Laughing With Lizzie! Today I turned 20! - GIVEAWAY!

Hello my dear friends and loyal readers,

Today I am thrilled to announce that "I am not one and twenty" - finally I am 20 years of age! Lizzy Bennet's age! I am now able to say you are actually Laughing With Lizzie - or as close to actually being Lizzy Bennet as I am going to get! (I have been in training, it seems - see photos below to understand that statement!) *UPDATE: now I am running a giveaway too! Details below :)* 

I am sorry I have been quiet over the winter - I haven't been particularly well! As a result I didn't have time to do a summary of 2015! So, instead, I will do you a 'what to look forward to in 2016 - my 'Lizzy' year!'

Some of my friends who will be attending!
Well, in February I am very much looking forward to a Regency House Party which I and a group of friends have organised! Check out where we are staying: it is an amazing place! It is going to be a week full of amateur dramatics, card games, musical evenings, and even a ball - I can't wait!

Disney Darcy?

I have a few other balls I am looking at, but there isn't much on in the winter Regency wise! I am having a very un-Jane Austen-y trip to Disneyland - grown up, I know, but my sister and I have been meaning to go for years, and we finally are!

Perhaps this is the Disney version of Mr Darcy? I'll be on the look out!  

Last June at Jane's house!
Then I have my accommodation booked for the Jane Austen Regency Week in Chawton. We are actually staying in a house Jane Austen knew well, and visited often! (Read about it here!) - it was the house which belonged to Jane Austen's niece, and she mentions Wyards in many of her letters! I still need to book my tickets actually... What do you think can't be missed from this schedule?

A picnic outside the Royal Crescent last September!

My next major event is, of course, September! Accommodation is booked for that too! (This lovely place!) I can't wait for this - it was such good fun last year!

Dancing at last September's ball!

I will have a few family holidays in between these Austen events, and of course I am going to find any Austen connection I can wherever I go! I am also on the look out for any other events, particularly balls, which I can attend - I have rather taken a fancy to attending balls!

Now, back to celebrating that I am 20! Lizzy Bennet! *singing* Happy birthday to me!* To explain my earlier comment, out of interest more than anything (as I have been told a few times I look a bit like Jennifer Ehle), I decided to try and find photos of myself which match those of Jennifer Ehle and Keira Knightley. I thought it was going to be really hard, but it was easy!

Some of the photo matches I found were scarily similar, in fact! It is like I have been in training to be Lizzy Bennet, or I have been absorbing and imitating their facial expressions and mannerisms without realising it!  Take a look for yourself!

*DISCLAIMER: I took none of these photos especially or on purpose so that I matched the photos of Ehle/Knightley - honest!*



Who do you think I look most like? (or neither of them!) Any favourite comparisons? 

UPDATE: I am feeling generous! Answer the above questions to be entered into a giveaway for a special prize which money can't buy! (Handmade by yours truly - and personalised too!) Open internationally! Leave your email address, so I can contact the winner for a postal address! 

Bring on 2016! Keep laughing!

Your affectionate friend,
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

My Second Stay at 4 Sydney Place

At the beginning of November I had another trip to Bath - I had a few people to meet. Once again thanks to 'Bath Boutique Stays' I was able to stay at 4 Sydney Place again (for those who maybe missed my last post it is the very house where Jane Austen lived with her family from 1801-1804.)

Once again I had a lovely time. I stayed in the second floor apartment this time, Mr Darcy's apartment. This visit felt even more special because Mr Darcy's apartment contains the room in which Jane and her sister, Cassandra, actually slept in while they were living there. So I was sleeping in the same room as Jane Austen had, 210 odd years earlier! Wow...  

The living and dining room

Mr Darcy's apartment has moved into top spot for me. Emma's is lovely, but Darcy's has just edged it! I liked the more masculine décor.

It was a bit misty though!

You don't have the garden as you do with Emma's (not that I mind at this time of year!), but being on the second floor meant there was a lovely view over Bath actually.

It was looking very autumnal as well!


I like the compact but fully equipped kitchen too - even if my father (who was staying with me) couldn't work out the touch screen hob!

The bathroom was particularly nice too, more spacious than in Emma's apartment.

 My favourite room, however, has to be the bedroom - I'll give you three guesses why!

Yes! The rather fun décor in this room; some appropriate wall art...

...and a lovely painting of Colin Firth as Mr Darcy.

There was a lovely dressing table as well, which I also discovered very prettily reflected the quote on the wall too!

While I was there I had a catch up with friends from the Jane Austen festival, and attended a Jane Austen Dancers practice session, and also saw the lovely Gabby Malcolm (check out her book - it is a great read!)

I also had a lovely breakfast at the Pump Rooms one morning. I do like it in there.

Some wonderful musicians kept me entertained as well. (I would quite like a classical trio to accompany my breakfast every morning!)

Gorgeously decorated room.

I don't even mind the famous Bath waters myself!

The Pump Rooms

During a spare moment I also popped into Bath Cathedral. It is a beautiful place. 
Stunning ceiling. 

It looked beautiful lit up in the evenings too.

There was a special display for Remembrance Day as well.

              I added my cross.

I bought my first Christmas decoration while I was there as well; Jane Austen for my fee of course!

I also finally got myself some of the Bath gin! (Love the winking Jane!)

It was another very lovely trip to Bath, and I already can't wait to return - which I am doing in December, to have a look round the famous Christmas market!

So, that is two apartments at 4 Sydney Place down, and two to go! Currently Mr Darcy's second floor apartment takes top spot! As before, the hospitality and welcome I received at 4 Sydney was just great. I really do enjoying staying there, and not just because Jane lived there - that is just an added bonus!

Your affectionate friend,
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