Jane Austen 200 with a GIVEAWAY

I have some more goodies, so I thought I might as well give it away.

Today, I’ll write about the Jane Austen commemoration in Winchester and a visit to Chawton.

As you are well aware, Tuesday, 18th of July was the 200 anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and she is burried in Winchester Cathedral, where they held a commemoration. The following thoughts are my own based on my experience, which you might disagree. Either you agree or disagree, feel free to tell your opinion, in both cases you are able to enter the giveaway if you wish! 😉

I have to admit, I wouldn’t have missed the service for the world, but it was more than surreal! Hundreds of people sat in the Cathedral waiting to celebrate a woman who died exactly 200 years ago. My first thought was, “I’m sure Jane Austen is turning in her grave”, then I thought probably she would get out of the coffin and beat us up with her own shinbone for being there for her, on an occassion like this. Now, I’m not sure… It is also possible that she would laugh so hard, that she would hyperventilate. I could imagine her family would be pleased, though.

Enough of my ramblings, here are some photos:


Moving on to Chawton, I’ve met one of the best JAFF author for the first time, Caitlin Williams, author of The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet, Ardently and When We Are Married, and contributor to The Darcy Monologues.
Well, let’s put it that way, that because I was so starstruck, I barely dared to talk to her. One would think, that after meeting Jennifer and Colin, I would be OK, but it’s not the case. 😀 I really hope I will meet her again and I will be more composed. 😛

Good news: they finished the refurbishment of the room in Chawton, in which they found the original wallpaper which covered the wall around 1805.




The winner will receive JA200 bookmark, P&P postcard, Austen Fan bracelet and JA tea towel (on the second picture you can see how it looks like). You can enter by leaving a comment on this post or the original facebook post until the 27th of July



24 thoughts on “Jane Austen 200 with a GIVEAWAY

    1. Hello
      I live in Australia so am far from the commemorations. I used to teach Austen’s novels at my high school and have fond memories of discussions with my female students. Please enter me in the competition.


  1. Thank you for sharing the pictures and your experience. Wish I could have been there. It is really neat thAt we can see what the wall paper in the room looked like when Jane was alive. Thank you for the generous give away.


  2. Lovely photos. I so wish I could have been there. I did bunk off my work with a friend, put on a Regency dress and bonnet, and head for Lyme Park with a copy of Pride and Prejudice under my arm on Tuesday afternoon though which was the closest I could get to a Jane Austen related place near Manchester. Love this giveaway and would like to be entered please 🙂


  3. Thank you for this, the lost the pictures! Everything. I love your page do much , and I know I would of been there if I could, so thank you for going for me,🤗🙂🙂


  4. Thank you for sharing the pictures and your experience. The top item on my bucket list is to visit England to see Jane Austen’s home, Bath, etc. I may never some home 😊


  5. I hadn’t thought to ponder on how Jane herself would react with the hoopla surrounding the 200th anniversary. I sense that she was an unassuming woman with a sharp wit and a thoroughly developed sense of humor. Therefore, I imagine she would have gone with a laugh and a snort.

    Thank you very much for the lovely photos. I’m grateful you were there and that you shared. (I did chuckle with your comparison to meeting Caitlin with Colin and Jennifer – well done, you!)


  6. Thank you for sharing your adventures! Please enter me in the giveaway contest! Thanks for offering such great prizes!


  7. Great giveaway and great pictures. I’d love to win. The picture I like best is the colorful large plaque with quotes.


  8. I’ll bet that Jane would get a charge out of the ceremonies — and knowing that her life and her writings are important to so many people around the world. Neat prizes — many thanks for the photos and the giveaway!


  9. Thank you for sharing your adventures! Please enter me in the giveaway contest! I’d love to win! I love Jane Austen =)


  10. Well, I kind of agree with your opinion. We don’t really know how Jane will feel about our public adoration of her. She could be delighted and happy for the recognition she truly deserved.


  11. These 2 days were wonderful and I’m very glad I got to spend them with you Mira!! And I can confirm, you were quite nervous near Caitlin Williams which is really very cool!!! ( P.S- I was too…)


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