Old Alresford Place is simply lovely!!! the drawing room; the floor to way up there windows; the patio; the grounds; the help, efficiency and friendliness of the staff; the garden; even the morning alarm clock (the rooster); the old church next door; the footpath into town; the town.
Renewing friendships and making new ones. I love my tote bag!! And FUPs and my T-shirt!! and my Henry Tilney hankie!! and my pen; thanks Linda (Linda Ann)!! and my bookmark.
It seemed that most wanted to get to know everyone, so each meal found a different group at each table.
Mr. Beverage's Maggot! I had no intention of dancing, but Ginny2 called me to the floor and it was so much fun. Although it took a second night for me to begin to get the steps right.
Our own Ann Elliot (Cheryl: how her fingers flew across the keyboard) was such a good sport. She played the same sections over and over and over and over again as a large group of Mr Collins' tried and tried. Hanne and MicheleS were also very patient with even the clumsiest of us.
The emotion!! of seeing the church at Steventon, Chawton Cottage and her resting place at Winchester Cathedral. The realization that this one brilliant woman is responsible for all that we are experiencing this trip.
Learning so much about the times and the places. Had never before heard of a walled garden. Did not realize that a prettyish kind of little wilderness was really a wilderness.
Meeting Jenny Scott, and John. She is the author of AFTER JANE, a summary of all the published sequels. We have been corresponding for more than 4 years; since I started the Sequel page. She and her DH made a detour to OAP on their trip back to the north of England in order to meet me. They had lunch with us on Sunday and Jenny told me that she got internet access just so that she could visit the Sequel page! I am so honoured and humbled. They are lovely people and I hope to see them again.
After laying the wreath at JA's gravesite, we attended Evensong at Winchester Cathedral. The substitute choir from Utah was excellent. The Rector mentioned our presence during his sermon. In fact, wherever we went, we were recognized and received special attention. I am sure that we can attribute this to our wonderful JulieW.
The Cobb and Granny's Teeth are scarier than they look in the movies and pictures!! I walked a short way along the Cobb and scrambled down Granny's Teeth on my backside. Once is enough! No wonder Louisa Musgrove fell and broke her head. I do admire the bravery of my fellow Pemberleans. Lyme was a pleasantly memorable experience.
Tea at the Georgian Tea Room. My first taste of real clotted cream and it is delicious!!
Bath! Besides all the JA related places, it is a beautiful city. I must return.
Taking the waters: eewwww.
Walking on the actual places that I have seen so often in P&P2 and P2.
Mr. Andrew Davies!!
The warmth and generosity and caring of all Pemberleans assembled. The help and friendliness of so many of the English people.
As I have said before, many times, this was a perfect trip. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! to all who made it possible and all who made it memorable (that means all who were present). Looking forward to seeing you all again.