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A couple of years ago, my sister treated me to a long weekend in Derbyshire. We don’t do it very often, but it’s always lovely to spend time together on our own. One of the fascinating places we visited was the Red House Stables Working Carriage Museum. It was in the middle of winter and as we were the only people there that afternoon, we were able to really explore the place and completely monopolise one of the lovely staff who told us all about the adventures they’d had working in lots of t.v. and film. I was especially interested to hear that some of the carriages had been used for the 1996 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. I loved the striped interior of the carriage below, which had been left in its original state. Can you just imagine being driven around whilst sitting on pink striped glazed chintz!

Jane Odiwe

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A couple of years ago, my sister treated me to a long weekend in Derbyshire. We don’t do it very often, but it’s always lovely to spend time together on our own. One of the fascinating places we visited was the Red House Stables Working Carriage Museum. It was in the middle of winter and as we were the only people there that afternoon, we were able to really explore the place and completely monopolise one of the lovely staff who told us all about the adventures they’d had working in lots of t.v. and film. I was especially interested to hear that some of the carriages had been used for the 1996 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. I loved the striped interior of the carriage below, which had been left in its original state. Can you just imagine being driven around whilst sitting on pink striped glazed chintz!

Jane Odiwe

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Lydia Bennet’s Online Diary.
At this time of the year I always read Pride and Prejudice and I thought it would be fun to see what Lydia is thinking about all the goings on at Longbourn. Lydia’s online diary starts just before Mr Bingley arrives and finishes where my novel, Lydia Bennet’s Story, begins.
Tuesday, 29th September, 1801

I am not often inspired to write my thoughts down in the form of poetry, such as I have seen my sisters do, but when I came across these verses in my pocket book, I laughed out loud! Between us, I must tell you that, my sister Lizzy is always going on and on about the folly of my behaviour, so I was reassured when I read this excellent poem, that a little folly is good for us after all!

“Pray, what is folly?” Sages say,
‘Tis part of every ruling passion:
‘Tis to be fond of fun and fashion.
It is to love-it is to wed-
(This last I’ve half a mind to try it)-
‘Tis every hope by fancy bred,
They say-and I do not deny it.

So then, according to the wise,
Folly is found in all our pleasures:
It mingles with our smiles and sighs,
And forms a part of life’s best treasures.
If joy is ne’er from folly free,
Why, then, indeed, my dear Eliza,
However foolish we may be,
‘Tis greater folly to be wiser!


I found this fashion plate in mama’s monthly museum-I wonder if I might persuade her to some new stuff for a gown. I cannot help but imagine myself in such finery.Oh, it is so hard being poor-I daresay Maria Lucas only has to smile at her father, Sir William, to have a new gown. It is so unfair!!!

Lydia Bennet

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Lydia Bennet’s Online Diary.
At this time of the year I always read Pride and Prejudice and I thought it would be fun to see what Lydia is thinking about all the goings on at Longbourn. Lydia’s online diary starts just before Mr Bingley arrives and finishes where my novel, Lydia Bennet’s Story, begins.
Tuesday, 29th September, 1801

I am not often inspired to write my thoughts down in the form of poetry, such as I have seen my sisters do, but when I came across these verses in my pocket book, I laughed out loud! Between us, I must tell you that, my sister Lizzy is always going on and on about the folly of my behaviour, so I was reassured when I read this excellent poem, that a little folly is good for us after all!

“Pray, what is folly?” Sages say,
‘Tis part of every ruling passion:
‘Tis to be fond of fun and fashion.
It is to love-it is to wed-
(This last I’ve half a mind to try it)-
‘Tis every hope by fancy bred,
They say-and I do not deny it.

So then, according to the wise,
Folly is found in all our pleasures:
It mingles with our smiles and sighs,
And forms a part of life’s best treasures.
If joy is ne’er from folly free,
Why, then, indeed, my dear Eliza,
However foolish we may be,
‘Tis greater folly to be wiser!


I found this fashion plate in mama’s monthly museum-I wonder if I might persuade her to some new stuff for a gown. I cannot help but imagine myself in such finery.Oh, it is so hard being poor-I daresay Maria Lucas only has to smile at her father, Sir William, to have a new gown. It is so unfair!!!

Lydia Bennet

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Lydia Bennet’s Online Diary.
At this time of the year I always read Pride and Prejudice and I thought it would be fun to see what Lydia is thinking about all the goings on at Longbourn. Lydia’s online diary starts just before Mr Bingley arrives and finishes where my novel, Lydia Bennet’s Story, begins.

Sunday, September 27th, 1801

Mama insisted I accompany her to church, (much against my inclination,) but I kept myself amused, by whispering to Kitty, practising a flirtatious glance I have perfected, and watching its effects on the verger. Unhappily, papa happened to look my way just as I had engaged the complete attention of my object, and hissed between clenched teeth, that if I wanted to see any token for my pocket, I had better desist making sheep’s eyes at innocent officers of the church. La! I declare the verger is one of the most handsome men I have ever set eyes on!
There is great excitement in the village because a Mr Bingley has taken the house at Netherfield Park. He is a single man with a large fortune and every maid in the village has him married and fathering her ten children before he has stepped out of his carriage. Indeed, I am most anxious to see him myself, even though I have heard that he is not a soldier, nor officer, nor captain of the guard. My partiality for a soldier is so fixed, that it would take an exceedingly handsome man to capture my heart or my affections, if he had not the added attraction of a scarlet coat!
Sadly, that gentleman will not get his chance to fall in love with me, because papa will not call on him. I am vexed because I overheard my father say, (whilst listening at the keyhole), that we girls are all silly and ignorant, except for his favourite, Lizzy. At least mama has the good sense to know that of all my five sisters, I am the good humoured one! She forgot to add, however, that I am delightful company, that I possess a sparkling wit, and am at present in ravishing good looks. Despite papa’s lack of interest, I am not without hope of dancing and balls, as I am sure my mother will strive to bring about an introduction, even if it takes a month to succeed with my father. I cannot wait!

Lydia Bennet

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Lydia Bennet’s Online Diary.
At this time of the year I always read Pride and Prejudice and I thought it would be fun to see what Lydia is thinking about all the goings on at Longbourn. Lydia’s online diary starts just before Mr Bingley arrives and finishes where my novel, Lydia Bennet’s Story, begins.

Sunday, September 27th, 1801

Mama insisted I accompany her to church, (much against my inclination,) but I kept myself amused, by whispering to Kitty, practising a flirtatious glance I have perfected, and watching its effects on the verger. Unhappily, papa happened to look my way just as I had engaged the complete attention of my object, and hissed between clenched teeth, that if I wanted to see any token for my pocket, I had better desist making sheep’s eyes at innocent officers of the church. La! I declare the verger is one of the most handsome men I have ever set eyes on!
There is great excitement in the village because a Mr Bingley has taken the house at Netherfield Park. He is a single man with a large fortune and every maid in the village has him married and fathering her ten children before he has stepped out of his carriage. Indeed, I am most anxious to see him myself, even though I have heard that he is not a soldier, nor officer, nor captain of the guard. My partiality for a soldier is so fixed, that it would take an exceedingly handsome man to capture my heart or my affections, if he had not the added attraction of a scarlet coat!
Sadly, that gentleman will not get his chance to fall in love with me, because papa will not call on him. I am vexed because I overheard my father say, (whilst listening at the keyhole), that we girls are all silly and ignorant, except for his favourite, Lizzy. At least mama has the good sense to know that of all my five sisters, I am the good humoured one! She forgot to add, however, that I am delightful company, that I possess a sparkling wit, and am at present in ravishing good looks. Despite papa’s lack of interest, I am not without hope of dancing and balls, as I am sure my mother will strive to bring about an introduction, even if it takes a month to succeed with my father. I cannot wait!

Lydia Bennet

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Lost in Austen

Two words – utterly brilliant!
Well, I was going to leave it there, but I need to add that if you want Pride and Prejudice, read the book. If you want to escape to the imagined world of an alternative Pride and Prejudice, where the plot takes on a life of its own and where the laughs are abundant, then you will enjoy this series. I loved every single actor – you were all excellent, and the writing is so clever and funny. Sorry, Mr Darcy, you were good, but I’ve fallen in love with someone else. Mr Bennet, (Hugh Bonneville) I love you!

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