Thursday, July 19, 2012

Today I Am...{6} - Are You Attending The Jane Austen Festival?

Nellie Hepburn-Edmunds - Portrait miniature of Eileen Marshall (1912)

When the mood hits I've been writing a bit about some characters in a story I've been inspired to pick up again. Mostly I'm working on content for two guest posts and then posts for OFC.

My newly unpacked books & DVDs
My delightful jaunt through the world of Miss Amy Dashwood came to an end when I finished reading her Only A Novel on Tuesday evening! I might have finished it sooner only my sister Bea was reading it at the same time and she kept stealing it away, stayed up quite late finishing it on Monday night and then danced around telling me how wonderful it was! heehee :) I didn't mind though, it was good encouragement for me to read faster then I usually do because I wanted to keep up with her. Thinking on doing a review soon-ish. Bea and I both agree that Rodney is our favorite character! ;)

Thanks to the purchase of two new bookcases for my room I was able to unpack all of my books this week! Yay! (A room just isn't the same without books, you know!)
Now, I've begun The Scarlet Pimpernel! I read the first chapter and can't wait to read more but I've taken up Mansfield Park again (because I wanted to read some by Jane Austen in "preparation" for this coming weekend) and am finishing up the last few chapters in that. I'm enjoying it immensely and finding Henry and Mary Crawford as vexing as ever!

My new cozy place to read (it's a darker brown then is shown here)

Eine Kleine Welt Musik - MozArt Group

To the Miss Austen Regrets soundtrack, the music is quite pretty. Also lots of classical music by way of watching YouTube clips of the hilarious MozArt Group! Four talented gentleman from Poland formed a stringed quartet and not only play beautifully but have fun with their music. There's a video sample above and here are links to a few others you might enjoy: Classical Wild West, The Dentist Ave Maria, How To Impress A Woman When You're A Musician, The Missing Musician & Classical DancesThe Gramaphone with mime Irek Krosny and The Cell Phones.

I also had the very great pleasure of listening to the BBC's recent radio broadcast of a stage version of My Fair Lady featuring the extremely wonderful Anthony Andrews! I've been listening to YouTube clips of the various songs (like these) and giggling profusely! :)

Thomas Edwin Mostyn (1864-1930) - Flora
My sister and I have been watching things together on my laptop almost every evening when we haven't been fighting over the book. We've found several Hallmark movies on YouTube and have particularly enjoyed The Lost Valentine, The Love Letter (1998), Smooch, A Mother's Gift, Dear Prudence (a bit of a mystery story that I unfortunately figured out the answer to right away but it was still very fun)  and Touching Wild Horses. They're all pretty good, if you're interested in a review of these let me know. We also watched The Nativity Story (2006) and a review should be forthcoming but maybe not this week.

At rain showers this afternoon! We haven't had a good rain in a while so our grass has been quite brown lately. It's supposed to rain tomorrow too so hopefully the plants will perk up a bit.

The Recital -  Alois Heinrich Priechenfried
I'm refreshing my memory by reading a bit from the delightful Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners by Josephine Ross (highly recommend!) in case I have occasion to use my curtsy or be introduced to anyone on Saturday so I'll have my best Regency etiquette in mind! :)

A bit tired, I haven't been sleeping well lately - it's probably the hot weather. 
Blessed to have found a church to go to. It's a bit difficult making friends because all the younger people attend the more contemporary early morning service, and we prefer the later more traditional service, but we're getting to know a few people and I've had some suggestions of where the best Assisted Living Facilities are when I'm ready to start working again. 

The Jane Austen Festival in Louisville on Saturday!!!! Squeeeee! (oh, sorry...ladylike decorum...)
As my birthday is on Monday my parents are making a present of taking me to the JA Festival this weekend. As my dad is also a JA fan he'll be driving me down Saturday morning and we'll spend most of the day exploring Historic Locust Grove in Louisville and the many displays and booths that will set up. There will be a ball in the evening but we won't be going to that this year (it costs extra and I don't have Regency dress either). This will be my first time attending a Janeite event of any kind so I'm very very excited!!!! Hopefully I'll remember to take my camera so I can share with ya'll! :) Watch the festival commercial above.

We don't know of anyone else who is going but perhaps there might be a fellow blogger to bump into. T'would be most delighted if anyone reading this who is planning to attend the Jane Austen Festival would drop me a comment, I'd love to make your acquaintance!

For a nice cold chocolate milk shake...don't know why, I'm just in the mood for one. Or maybe a fudgecicle...something cold and chocolaty!

The artwork I've included in this post. These three are some of my favorites that I've been posting on Tumblr.
My sister who helps me with vacuuming. My mom who makes lovely smelling enchiladas for dinner.
Making period drama funnies using Bleak House screencaps, it's highly amusing!

What have you been up to today?

Are you attending the Jane Austen Festival this weekend?
Have you ever been to a Jane Austen event?
What have you been watching lately?
What book are you reading right now?


Melody said...

YOU'RE GOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OH MY GOODNESS I AM SO JEALOUS. Ooooh. I so wish I could go with you, ladybird! I want to go to Brighton!! I mean the JA Festival!!!!

And you finished OAN!!! I can't want to hear your thoughts on that. :D

Have to get going... "things to do, things to do!"

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Yes, I'm going! Just me and my dad which will be nice because the others might get a bit bored. No ball and probably not the afternoon tea (tickets are required) but we'll get to see everything else and it looks like there's lots to do and see and talk about! I wish you could "go to Brighton" too! hee :)

Elisa said...

To those living in the metro DC area, there's a JA event in Alexandria, VA next month. :)

AJ said...

Oh how fun!! Yes, please do have a 'show and tell' of your weekend. :)

No, I've never been but would very much like to.

Watching ~ 1995 Pride & Prejudice (again)

Reading ~ sewing patterns (ha ha) I'm trying to find feminine, modest blouses for a plus-size gal.

*Hope you have a great time!*

Anonymous said...

Will you be wearing a 'Jane' inspired outfit there?

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

The VA JA event sounds lovely! Hope you have a good time.

I'll definitely be taking my camera with me and hope to get some nice shots, especially of the other Janeites who will be in full costume.
Re-watching P&P 1995 is always fun! :)

I will be wearing a longer skirt and pretty floral blouse. I'll try to style my hair in an Austen-esque up-do and wear my "Austen Addict" necklace.

Miss Elizabeth Bennet said...

Oooh! Definitely post pictures! I can't wait to see how everything looks! I'll have to keep this Jane Austen Festival in mind. I would like to attend one at some point (especially since I made that Regency dress!). Have fun!

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

It would be great fun to attend a festival with you sometime Lizzy! I'm especially interested in the Regency Style Show and the Regency Fashions that will be on display in the ballroom of the historic house there. I think there's also supposed to be a talk on Regency Fashions for Gentlemen that's called "Dressing Mr. Darcy". :)
I'm hoping they let us take lots of photos!

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