“My idea of good company…is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.’
‘You are mistaken,’ said he gently, ‘that is not good company, that is the best.”
― Jane Austen, Persuasion
Last spring, we, along with our good friend Aurora, planned a Jane Austen themed movie marathon. We hoped, dreamed, and schemed, but life took over and it seemed like our lofty goal of a weekend of tea, sweets, and our favorite historical author would never happen. Lo and behold, the husband was out of town for a few days, and the weather forecast was cloudy!
Our very loose schedule for a weekend of Jane Austen obsession:
7pm – Niki and Aurora arrive.
7:05 – Hug and squeal, and generally make the neighbors dread our happy nerdiness.
7:10 pm – We set up our tea hoard and the TV Aurora smuggled from her very generous parents. (we millenials apparently don’t have tv’s just yet, and Jane Austen is way to big a personality for a laptop)
7:30 pm – We dine on butternut squash soup and drink our first gallon of tea. * Note, we spent a good twenty minutes matching up the teacups to the saucers. Apparently ,that wasn’t very important to Hunter when he put them away on top of our cupboards. Heh heh…
“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
9:30 am – We woke up to clouds, rain, and a desire for even more 19th century romance with a touch of spunky wit and feminism!
10:00 am – We whipped up some amazing crepes and
devoured ate them with lemon curd, cardamom whipped cream, and strawberries. They were truly the bestest.
11:00 am – 4:00 pm We watched the most amazing version of Emma that has ever been, or ever will be, made. I’m pretty sure Miss Austen herself couldn’t find fault in it. “Because we are doing our best to find fault in you…”
5:00 pm – We drove to our local Salt and Straw for most delicious ice cream around, and for some nearby thrift shopping, all while discussing how we would survive in a real version of ‘The Hunger Games’. Important stuff.
8:00 pm – 12:00 am – We watched half of a terrible version of Mansfield Park, (you’ve been warned!) and then gave it up in favor of discussing our favorite scenes in Austen Lit, and which Austen hero we would choose as our soul mate. Oh, and we drank more tea.
We agreed that it was the most relaxing (if not sappy) weekend any of us have had in a long time. I think it was from all of the tea!
– Bekah and Niki
“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”
― Jane Austen