November 1, 2011 at 12:57 PM (Jane Austen Related Travel)
I am currently going through my Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine collection to scan articles I thought might be of interest to my Fellow Janeites.
I came to the November 2003 edition and discovered an article that made me yearn, I mean really yearn, for England. Specifically, for Bath.
If, like me, you find yourself a little miffed to be in Perth, or anywhere other than England, then you may like to get hold of this edition and read the article ‘November and December in Bath’ to help transport you to the cobbled streets of wonderful Bath.
Right now, yes, my body and some part of my brain is typing this bloggy post to you all, but the rest of me is in Bath walking the gravel path near the Royal Crescent with Captain Wentworth. Oops, nope, now I am Catherine Morland and I am being dragged around Bath by Isabella Thorpe who has decided to stalk the young men she spotted from the North Passage near the Roman Baths. Should I risk interferring with the story by giving her a bop on the head with my parasol, (because, naturally, I am properly “armed for Bath”), and letting her know what an awful creature she is? No, best not. Ooh, it’s the Sally Lunn Tea Shop. I think it’s time to stop for a yummy chicken and cheese Bath bun washed down with a luxury hot chocolate!
Okay. I think I have just imagined myself into a state of discontent. I have opened my eyes and I am quite obviously in Perth, Western Australia.