|Come with us as we wander the estate.|
(As always, click the images to see larger versions.)
In honor of September and 1795, the year Jane Austen's first novel, Pride and Prejudice, was published, our little Jane Austen Sewing Society met at Henry Clay's Ashland Estate to picnic, and stroll under the trees and in the formal garden afterwards.
|A formal portrait, with baskets.|
Here are some shots of the event. You can see more -- and far better ones -- at Living with Jane. Jenni studied photography in college, and you can tell.
As usual, the morning was somewhat hurried. The tots were good ducks, as they mostly are, but Christopher had an accident as I was ironing my dress, and cleanup took awhile. Potty training takes time for a little boy when he has things to do and people to see.
|1790s dress, from Collection Maciet.|
|Happy with the thought of a pleasant|
lunch. Those are Jenni's antique
cheese tarts behind her, and a flummery.
The cups of tea brought Caroline to the subject of poetry and over the last of it, well caffeinated, we listened to some Wordsworth, a piece about going nutting in the fall. As you might expect of an early Romantic poet, the piece was a peaen to Nature, a celebration of the wild harvest, and a reaction against the practical gathering of nuts and what it wreaks. A conflicted poem, to say the least, but good.
|At lunch. Image courtesy Jenni of Living with Jane blog.|
|Down a garden path slowly.|
|Through the formal garden, where the bare walnut outside|
warns of cool weather to come,
and Christmas. Do you see the mistletoe?
|The mandatory rose photo because|
the blooms match the dress
|Leaving the garden for a wilder walk...|
|...in the woods, watching for walnut hulls and other dangers.|
|The last of the stroll, back among the shadows.|
Image courtesy Jenni of Living with Jane blog.