Monday, 28 May 2012

Jane Austins House.

While I am here in Winchester I really wanted to visit Jane Austins House.
It is in Chawton, Hampshire not too far for a morning out.
I spent a pleasant half hour driving on quiet roads and beautiful countryside to get there and Oh,what a treat!!
First a walk around the garden, we are having beautiful sunny weather with temperatures around 23C so I sat awhile as Jane would have done and admired the flowers.
I found this lovely lady all colour co ordinated with the border as she picked out the weeds. She told me that all the plants are left to self seed to give this joyous array.

I was intriged by the Dye Plant Garden and the fact that they Jane and her sister dyed there linens to give them a longer life.

What a pretty house it is....

This is the kitchen, it smelled of Lavender and Herbs...
I made a lavender bag and wrote with a quill...

Here is the table where Jane did her writing using the light from the window..

also in the parlour is a dining table with this embroidered quote from Jane, how right she is.

Upstairs is the very small room she shared with her sister, there father bought them each one of these beds from a company in Basingstoke. It did look a cosy place to sleep...
all there toilet needs were performed in this tiny space, just a cupboard in the room really.

 and finally, the coverlet made by Jane and her Mother this is what really came to see, it is truly exquisite, I love the colours and all the different fabrics.

the border has hundreds of tiny diamonds really stunning.

What a lovely day out, I wish you all could have been with me, but at least with the power of the internet you can share my visit, hope you enjoyed it too.

xox Angela.


Jillayne said...

Lucky you! Jane Austen has always been a favourite of mine and I would love to see her home as well,
The quilt is stunning. I love just that kind of patchwork and think I just might try to make a replica of it. What a fun project that would be!

Dorthe said...

Oh Angela, you lucky girl...
I would also love to visit J.A.`s home and garden. It looks so sweet and romantic, what a bed to dream in :-) and the quilt is FANTASTIC .
Must have been a special day for you.
Hugs and love,Dorthe

Patty said...

And here I am across the pond in Tennessee. As soon as I read this post, I went to the kitchen, fixed a cup of tea and came right back to sit down and read it again. Thank you SO much for sharing!!!


Oh thanks for sharing this tour with me, Angela....this is something I will probably never see with my own eyes....way over here in Canada. I love the desk and chair where Jane sat to write....and the embroidered quote was sweet...I am always embroidering Jane Austen quotes myself!

I love your beautiful blog...Karen did a lovely job on the design.

ciao bella
creative carmelina