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Monday, 18 April 2011

Jane Austen

Jane Austens home 1809-1817

Jane's writing table

Wonderful Jane Austen Coverlet

First I have to apologies for all of you who left comments since my last post and that I haven't replied too. Just a couple of hours after I posted I had a phone call to say my FIL had passed away so apart from being pre-occupied with my quilt groups show I  had to take up the reigns and begin to sort out what needed to be sorted out. I have jumped through quite a few hoops to fulfill FIL's  wishes .
You see he has left himself to medical research- What a lovely wonderful thing to do and hope it will benefit someone some day.

I drove to Hampshire this morning and had some time to spare before my appointment with the registrars this afternoon . Last night I remembered that Jane Austen house was very nearby so thought I would  occupy myself doing  something nice while I waited for my appointment.

I can tell you it lifted my spirits visiting the house where she lived from 1809-1817 . It is  where she wrote Sense and Sensibility. Chawton is such a pretty village and the house is interesting. I was pleased  to see the small table where she wrote every morning and even more thrilled to see the patchwork coverlet that she and her sister made.

Alas Mr Darcy was nowhere to be found and if only he had known I was there . You see my maiden name was Bennett. Miss S E Bennett to be precise and my mother was Elizabeth Bennett (Mrs).

Today has been filled with mixed emotions but I am happy to say mission accomplished.
RIP Dear FIL x


  1. Thinking of you across the miles. Big hugs!!

  2. Condolences on the loss of you FIL. Hugs.
    What a hoot that your family name is Bennett and lovely that you got to visit Chawton.

  3. My thoughts are with you - you sure do have a lot on your hands. Take care.

  4. What a hard thing, but an admirable thing he has done with his body.

    Jane Austin's residnet? How fun! What a beautiful coverlet!

  5. Sorry to hear your news :(
    So, Ms Bennett, how interesting!

  6. I'm sorry to hear about your FIL, I think you must have been very close. Also glad you got to do something for yourself that day and decided to share it with us.
    You are obviously a good DIL, look after yourself too.

  7. Sorry to hear about your FIL - he must have been a caring man.

    Sorry also to hear Mr Darcy wasn't there to help you through your difficulties - so unlike my alltime favourite book!

  8. So sorry for your loss...

    I visited several "Austen" sites when I was in the UK...thanks for sharing the photo of her coverlet!

  9. What a sad task you have had Sue. I am so glad you had Jane Austen's house to cheer you. I love that house and have visited many times, it has such a lovely atmosphere. It's amazing how many times a certain journey passes through Chawton!

  10. Sorry to hear your sad news. Jane Austen's house sounds lovely, I have never been. I must put it on my 'to do' list. x

  11. Sorry for your loss.

    Thank you for the Jane Austen shots, hope to visit there one day!

  12. Hallo Sue, have been following your blog for a little while and admired your work enormously.

    I so wish I knew you were in Chawton today. I live walking distance to JA's house and would love to have met you.

    Maybe another time if you are in this area again.

    Britta Jenkinson

  13. I am so sorry to hear about your FIL.
    I have always wanted to visit Jane Austens home and yes make that quilt one day too!
    makes me want to get her books out and read them all!
    I am glad you had this bit of diversion for a few hours yesterday
    my thoughts are with you.

  14. what a generous gift of you FIL to the world. I was so happy to see that you visited Jane's house. What a treat! Now that's what I call making lemonade :)