Two hundred years ago Jane Austen left her house in Chawton for Winchester for medical treatment, where she died in July 1817.
This is the house where Jane Austen lived from 1809 to 1817. Here, she revised her earlier novels Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice and saw them published. She wrote Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion and began her last and uncompleted novel, Sanditon. Continue reading Jane Austen’s House Museum
Box Hill in the Spring is the place to visit.
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If you go down to Wisley today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Continue reading RHS Wisley Plans
I returned to the photo-ready village of Shere for a picture blog.
Continue reading Stroll Through Shere
Sometimes it’s OK to see the world in blocks of colour and shapes.
Continue reading Flower Time
‘Painting is with me but another word for feeling’.
So John Constable told Archdeacon John Fisher in a letter in October 1821. If you visit the latest exhibition at The Lightbox in Woking, you will be able to see Constable’s innermost clandestine feelings expressed on the walls of the gallery.
Constable was one of the first artists of the Romantic Movement to view landscapes for their own beauty, rather than as a backdrop for a historical scene. He created his art directly from nature rather than from his imagination and he resisted the fashion of the day to piece together elements taken from nature to form a classical landscape.
Continue reading Constable Exhibition at The Lightbox
A walk round RHS Wisley has the unerring ability to fill me with the hope that spring is the season du jour.
Continue reading Spring at RHS Wisley