It’s that time of year when it happens. I start feeling all nostalgic and Jane Austeny. The last day of August and the first day of actually feeling fall in the air. Today it barely got to 85. It’s rather a nice switch from the heat, even though I’m still wanting heat.
There is something about late summer, when the grasses have dried and there is a sweet coolness in the breeze. It makes me think of September. Pumpkins and sunflowers. Crisp nights where the sky is so clear the stars are perfect.
And it makes me feel like watching a Jane Austen movie, or reading a book of hers. (not that I’ve actually ever finished more than one. I really need to finish S&S that I started with Mrs. Austen) I think of gingham and chinz, flowered fabrics and pretty nosegays here and there. I feel like having Victorian papers scattered on my wall. Of pearls and lace. Anything pink will do.
I’m reading Martha Stewart Livings, deciding if I really want to attempt some new project. Some new thing that will take up space in my room because I never seem to complete anything. I still have fabric from my tomato pincushion phase that started in the winter. (side note, they are cute, but I just don’t seem to want to sit down and sew!)
The other time of year I feel like this is spring. So very British-esque with the rain and sun. But since spring is a long ways off, late summer will do.
I’ve been listening to a BBC version of Emma on cd. I love it. I love Mr. Knightly, and even though Emma is misguided, I love her. I like to think we would be the best of friends, though I doubt she would like my choices in men, and she doesn’t read nearly enough to what I like to read. I’d probably be much more inclined to like Elizabeth Bennett.
All of this is fairly moot. Pretty much all I’m saying is I feel very Austen-ish. The weather is conducive to my state of mind and I don’t mind indulging myself in such things. I am quite happy admitting I’m a girl and a real girly girl.
So lace, pink, pearls, fountain pen inks, flowers, teapots, and tea parties, bring it on. I’m here immersing myself in it.
- Quotation of the Day: Jane Austen – On Human Temerity To Adjust and Surmount (euzicasa.wordpress.com)
- Visualizing Jane Austen (datamining.typepad.com)
- A Woman’s Work Is Never Done, And We All May Be Doing It Soon (9-poeticfingers.org)