Monday, April 29, 2013

Discoveries & A Giveaway

491px-Morning-dress-Ackermanns-ca1820Hello Dearies (yes, I know, I have been watching too much  Once Upon A Time)

I hope this post finds you all well.

Okay, so I haven’t fallen down a rabbit hole nor have I found the door that Amanda Price went through that leads to Longbourn—but I am still looking for it and if you find it, please let me know! I could a break from reality right about now. (If you haven’t watched ITV’s Lost In Austen, I highly recommend giving it a go. Plus, my last comment about the door to Longbourn will make so much more sense and have me sounding less like a rambling loon!)

I have however been enduring a rather lengthy round of home renovations, which is still ongoing—and seemingly unending. While the renovations hindered my posting for a bit, I am finally able to get back into blogging and I must say I am quite excited because I have so many amazing things to blather about—and give away—in the weeks to come.

For this post, I thought I would blather a bit about what I have been doing during my absence from bloglandia. So, why don’t you sit down and enjoy a cuppa tea while I ramble on for a bit and if you are patient, I promise there will be a lovely giveaway at the end!

Here are a few things I discovered:


1. I love cozy mysteries—I suppose this should be called a rediscovery of sorts as I was an avid reader of these in the past—and I have just discovered that there are several cozy Jane Austen mysteries that I haven’t tried yet. So next time I am at Barnes & Noble I will definitely have to buy a few of these.


2. London fog tea and I have finally—after several unsuccessful attempts—mastered the art of making it (a post will be up tomorrow)


3. Ripper Street—another way to feed my Matthew Macfadyen addiction plus the series is amazing.


4. Renovations really do my head in. I am a bit obsessive compulsive when it comes to the organization of my bookshelves, so the fact that all my books are boxed up is driving me mad.


5. While I love reading fiction, I need to read a healthy dose of non-fiction and there are some interesting non-fiction books floating around about Jane Austen and the time in which she lived.


6. Parade’s End—The five-part BBC/HBO/VRT television miniseries with the highly talented Benedict Cumberbatch staring as Christopher Tietjens, although sadly I missed a few episodes but at least I have an excuse to buy the DVD when it comes out.


7. No matter where you go Jane Austen Addicts are everywhere and some interesting conversations can spring up, even the blokes get involved from time-to-time.


8. DIY Jane Austen crafts—not only do they feed my Jane Austen addiction, I find crafting to be relaxing (more to come about my adventures in craft land)


9. The Lizzy Bennet Diaries—it’s not something that I would want to watch all the time but it helps pass the time when you’re waiting in line.


10. More people than you realize name their pets Mr. Darcy—I even discovered a person who named their entire flock of sheep after Jane Austen’s characters. I must say it’s a bit odd to be going down the road and see an advertisement saying “Come Pet Mr. Darcy”.


And now for the giveaway!

What have you recently discovered or rediscovered? Leave a comment and you will be entered to win a complete hardback set of Jane Austen’s novels.


Giveaway is open WORLDWIDE

Ends May 20

Best Wishes & Good Luck!

angela new


  1. I've recently rediscovered my obsession with the Facebook game, Jane Austen Unbound. It's addicting! :)

  2. I recently discovered how much I like to stay home.

  3. Well, I recently discovered North and South with Richard Armitage... ah, is it a bad thing that I watched the first three hours and 45 minutes once, but the last 15 minutes a million times already? ;)


  4. What a thoroughly delightful blog post. I just discovered an historical era that I found fascinating, that time of persecution of the Bible translators such as William Tyndale.

    And thanks for the generous and exciting giveaway.


  5. I have re-discovered Agatha Christie. I remember being forced to watch and read it in school, and I remember hating it. But I recently had a few days off from work and turned on some Miss Marple.. what a delight!

    I can't wait to re-watch the old ones now.

    Awesome giveaway, you're a gem!


  6. I have recently discovered podcasts (Book ones afcourse :)

    They are great for long car rides, I also listen to them when I gor for walks.

    My all time fave would have to be Books on the Nightstand :)

  7. I forgot to put my email in my comment above so here it is

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    i recently discovered that i want to learn about Essential Oils!!!!! now to know where to start!! LOL!!!!!

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