“Happy Christmas to All ~ And to All a Good Night!”

[Image: Vintage Postcard]


I send you to last year’s post on Jane Austen’s Very Own Scrooge!

[Dinner at Randalls at Chrismologist.blogspot.com]


Wishing You All a Very Merry Christmas!!

With Love from Deb 
at Jane Austen in Vermont

Copyright @2011, Jane Austen in Vermont

“The Many Lovers of Miss Jane Austen”

For those of us on this side of the pond, those who cannot yet see the just broadcast “The Many Lovers of Jane Austen” with Amanda Vickery on BBC Two – here is a short clip from the show about the JASNA AGM in Fort Worth Texas this past October… enjoy, at least until we can see more of the show…

For those with a BBC iplayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b018nwtk/The_Many_Lovers_of_Miss_Jane_Austen/

Amanda Vickery – BBC2
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Winners Announced in the Jane Austen Birthday Soiree!

The random drawing for the 2012 Jane Austen Calendar from the JASNA-Wisconsin group has just been done! – Drum Roll Please…and the Winners are…

Felicia, who commented on December 16th and wrote the following:

I would thank Miss Austen for bringing some wonderful people in my life. Because of her books I have met some great friends. 



Cara Dragnev, who commented on December 16th as well:

Happy Birthday to Jane! And what a tribute to her to have this wonderful blog party! If I wrote Jane a letter, I would first of all THANK her. Thank her for all the joy she has brought to me and all who read her. I would love for her to see one of her books as a film and get a reaction. Can you imagine? Thank you for joining in this wonderful party! 



Congratulations Felicia and Cara! I will email each of you privately, but if you see this, please send me your mailing address and contact information as soon as possible and I will get the calendar off to you right away.  If I don’t hear from you by December 27th, I will draw another name. My email is jasnavermont [at] gmail [dot] com 

If you are not one of the lucky winners, and are in desperate need of a Jane Austen calendar [and you should be…], you can order your own copy and more for all your friends at the JASNA-Wisconsin website here.

Thank you all for participating! – I have not answered any of your comments due to the Holiday Season Craziness, but thank each and every one of you for your own delightful letters to Jane Austen and the various gifts you would give her if you could! I encourage everyone with a spare minute in their day [and when might that be one asks?] to read the many comments and see how Austen has touched so many lives across generations and geography… 

And a final thank you to JASNA-Vermont’s Michelle Singer for her lovely tribute letter to Jane that started all this !  

Wishing you all a Festive and Happy Holiday!

Danforth Pewter Mistletoe

Danforth, Handcrafted Pewter, Middlebury Vermont

Deb, at Jane Austen in Vermont

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Day 4: All I want for Christmas ~ Anything Jane Austen!

Day 4: Thursday 22 December 2011

For Your Enjoyment

A plug for the Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine – if you don’t already subscribe, time to treat yourself by asking for it for Christmas; or a perfect gift for your best Jane Austen fan friend…

The next issue, Jan/Feb 2012, Issue 55 will be on sale January 1, 2012!



  • An interview with P. D. James [on the cover] ~ on her love of Austen and her new book Death Comes to Pemberley
  • Regency Childbirth ~ Pregnancy horrors in Georgian times
  • Let it Snow, Let it Snow ~ exploring the winter weather in Jane’s novels
  • Letter to Cassandra ~ the joy of seeing Austen’s handwriting
  • Austen’s Contemporaries ~ the ‘other’ Jane ~ Jane Porter, and her sister Anna Maria

And of course all the regular columns from JAS, JASNA, the topical news from contemporary papers, the quiz, and so much more – even the advertisements are interesting!

You can visit the magazine’s website here.

You can subscribe online here: 

  • from outside the UK: £29.70 plus £9.00 postage [@ $60.74 total]
  • from inside the UK: £29.70 plus £3.30 postage

…and worth every penny!

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Jane Austen Birthday Soiree Giveaway Reminder!

Just a reminder ~ tonight at midnight is the deadline for the Birthday Soiree Giveaway : the 2012 Jane Austen Calendar from Wisconsin JASNA – two copies will be sent to two winners of the random drawing – all you need to do is comment on this post here  – worldwide eligibility, winners will be announced tomorrow.  Good Luck one and all!

Day 3 ~ All I Want for Christmas ~ Anything Jane Austen!

Day 3: Wednesday, 21 December 2011

For Your Wardrobe

Well, I bought this for myself a bit ago, thinking no one would ever find this to even know I wanted it – so here is the link to a very cool t-shirt company, Out of Print Clothing.com  – they make clothing and various accessories featuring the world’s greatest literature, and Pride & Prejudice, as one would expect, has a good number of items:


P&P greeting card

You can find all the P&P items here:


 And check out the other authors, such as Poe:

 or Bronte:

There are a myriad of Jane Austen items in all imaginable formats everywhere it seems – just visit the shops at Esty for a veritable feast ~ here is one example from prettygirlpostcards:


You can also find the Pride and Prejudice t-shirt in one of my favorite book catalogues – Bas Bleu [as we are all such bluestockings!] – there are other Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice must-have items to add to your collection, including these earrings:

 Happy shopping! ~ what is your favorite Jane Austen accessory??

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All I Want for Christmas ~ Anything Jane Austen! ~ Day II: For Your Bookshelf

All I Want for Christmas, Day II

For Your Bookshelf

English Country House Interiors, by Jeremy Musson.  Foreword by Sir Roy Strong; Photography by Paul Barker. New York: Rizzoli, 2011.

ISBN: 978-0-8478-3569-0
$60. [though Amazon has it for $38., much as I hate to say that…]

This book I should very much like to add to my collection on English architecture and stately homes [loud hint to my family…] – I discovered this at the UVM Library and have brought it home to peruse – extensive commentary and lovely photographs of the interior details of the fourteen houses included – here is the blurb from the publisher, Rizzoli

A highly detailed look at the English country house interior, offering unprecedented access toEngland’s finest rooms. In this splendid book, renowned historian Jeremy Musson explores the interiors and decoration of the great country houses ofEngland, offering a brilliantly detailed presentation of the epitome of style in each period of the country house, including the great Jacobean manor house, the Georgian mansion, and the Gothic Revival castle. For the first time, houses known worldwide for their exquisite architecture and decoration–includingWilton, Chatsworth, and Castle Howard–are seen in unprecedented detail. With intimate views of fabric, gilding, carving, and furnishings, the book will be a source of inspiration to interior designers, architects, and home owners, and a must-have for anglophiles and historic house enthusiasts. 

The fourteen houses included represent the key periods in the history of English country house decoration and cover the major interior fashions and styles. Stunning new color photographs by Paul Barker-who was given unparalleled access to the houses-offer readers new insights into the enduring English country house style. Supplementing these are unique black-and-white images from the archive of the esteemed Country Life magazine. 

Among the aspects of these that the book covers are: paneling, textile hangings (silks to cut velvet), mural painting, plasterwork, stone carving, gilding, curtains, pelmets, heraldic decoration, classical imagery, early upholstered furniture, furniture designed by Thomas Chippendale, carved chimney-pieces, lass, use of sculpture, tapestry, carpets, picture hanging, collecting of art and antiques, impact of Grand Tour taste, silver, use of marble, different woods, the importance of mirror glass, boulle work, English Baroque style, Palladian style, neo-Classical style, rooms designed by Robert Adam, Regency, Gothic Revival taste, Baronial style, French 18th century style, and room types such as staircases, libraries, dining rooms, parlors, bedrooms, picture galleries, entrance halls and sculpture galleries. 

The range is from the early 17th century to present day, drawn from the authenticated interiors of fourteen great country houses, almost all still in private hands and occupied as private residences still today. The book shows work by twentieth-century designers who have helped evolve the country house look, including Nancy Lancaster, David Hicks, Colefax & Fowler, and David Mlinaric.

The Table of Contents:  I’ve added some exterior shots and links for several of the houses – you will have to buy the book for the sumptuous interior adventure! 

1.   Hatfield House: The Courtly Jacobean Interior 

2.   Wilton House: The Courtly Caroline Interior 

Wilton House

3.   Broughton House: The Taste for France 

4.   Chatsworth: The English Baroque Interior 

5.   Castle Howard: The Imagination of Vanbrugh 

6.    Houghton Hall: The Palladian Interior I 

Houghton Hall

 7.    Holkham Hall: The Palladian Interior II 

8.    Harewood House: The Genius of Robert Adam I

Harewood House

9.    Syon House: The Genius of Robert Adam II

Syon House

 10.  Goodwood House: The Regency Revolution in Taste 

11.  Regency Reinvention: Some Houses Revisited 

12.  Arundel Castle: The Gothic Revival Interior 

13.  Waddesdon Manor: The Inspiration of the Chateau 

Waddesdon Manor

14.   Berkeley Castle: The Castle of Taste 

15.  Parham House: The Cult of the Manor House

Parham House

 16.  Living Interiors: The English Country House Interior Today


 Not included is the house used in Downton Abbey, seen here, and certainly on everyone’s mind as we approach Season 2!:

Highclere Castle

 And if you want another book to add to your collection that belongs on your shelf next to the above, you should add this to your list – hopefully Santa is listening, watching, and making his own list, and you have not been naughty but have only been nice the whole year long …

 The English Country House: From the Archives of Country Life

Written by Mary Miers, Contribution by Jeremy Musson, Tim Richardson, Tim Knox and Marcus Binney. New York: Rizzoli, 2009.
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3057-2 , $85.  

And here is one interior bit to whet your appetite all the more:

[Syon House – detail of the ceiling of the Red Drawing Room, p. 148]

What are your favorite English architecture / interior decoration books – ones you have or ones you want?

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