'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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October 10, 2013

Lovely Sunday



I hinted the other day that last Sunday was an especially nice day, bookishly speaking, but I only told you half of the story ... definitely saving the best for last. 

It wasn't a very nice day, weatherwise - rainy, foggy, colder than I thought it would be, a good day to stay home and read a book. But after driving through 100 miles of pretty fall foliage {living in the city, I had seen glimpses of color, so I was surprised to see how much there was along the road. It was  a treat!}

I was on my way to the Berkshires to spend the afternoon at The Mount, Edith Wharton's turn-of-the-century house and gardens near Lenox.  Have you been there?  I go every few years, and since the restoration is still ongoing, there's always something new to see.  This time, it was Edith's bedroom suite:  a boudoir with teal walls and swaths of red and white toile draperies {hmmm... not sure about that color scheme}, a vintage bath, and her bedroom, looking out over the gardens.  None of this was finished the last time I was there.

I bought a couple of postcards in the bookstore, and stood where Henry James stood.  But this was why I went, and the very best part of the day ...


I met JoAnn there!  After we realized that it might be the last day we could before the end of the season, she drove in from her lakeside in New York, and we talked about The Age of Innocence {we're going to post our thoughts about the book over the weekend}, and the book blogs we read and the book bloggers we had met in person, and I think we both felt as though we had known each other for a long time.

Oh, this was fun.  I've met some of my baking friends, but this was my first chance to meet one of you, and I hope we all have more chances to be together. Who have you met already?  Where should we go next?


5 comments:

JoAnn said...

The weather certainly didn't dampen my enjoyment - it was a perfect day! I hope we can plan another bookish meet-up in the spring.

Bellezza said...

I love that you met JoAnn!! I wish I had met other book bloggers in my life. Lesley of Prairie Horizons and I hope to catch up some day, but so far it hasn't worked. How wonderful that you could share that day with a book blogging friend.

fleurfisher said...

Oh how wonderful. Edith, JoAnn and Audrey sounds like a wonderful combination, and I'm only sorry that I'm on the other side of the Atlantic.

Audrey said...

Maybe someday, Jane! It was wonderful, and I think we'd both love it if you (and Bellezza!) were there on some future outing.

Karen K. said...

So jealous!! I was in Rhode Island for a weekend this summer and really, really wanted to drive out to The Mount, but I just couldn't make it happen. However, I have a suspicion I'll be spending more time in New England in the next few years, so I have that to look forward to.

Thank you for visiting!

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