Our crazy weather in three images:
- Our usual late-spring sky.
- Sunset with smoke from all the bushfires ravaging Australia at the moment.
- There should be mountains clearly visible, but after the fires came the dust storm on Friday. It covered huge parts of eastern Australia.
It’s a little hard to not think we’re in the middle of some apocalypse at the moment, with disaster after disaster …
I wasn’t aware a new movie adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma had been made! Here’s the trailer – the film is out early next year.
Elizabeth Gaskell. 29th September 1810 – 12th November 1865.
We visited Bran Castle – allegedly Dracula’s castle, but really a royal residence – yesterday. It’s like a Disney house!
P. L. Travers in the role of Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, circa 1924.
Today would have been the 120th birthday of the Australian creator of Mary Poppins, P. L. Travers.
As an adult she travelled Australia and New Zealand, and later England as an actress, changing her name to Pamela Lyndon Travers.
Travers created Mary Poppins while renting a cottage in Sussex, England in 1933, and the first book was published in 1934.
The eighth and final book in the series was published in 1988.
Travers died, aged ninety-six, in April of 1996.
Busy week this week. I have edits to do on my book (which has a new title, but I won’t share it until everything is confirmed), and I was editing a book for someone else. Plus something weird happened to my email and I lost some important things, while other important emails (i.e. from my publisher, HarperCollins!) started going to my junk folder and I missed them!
I reread Pride and Prejudice (and Persuasion) every so often, because why not?!
Unlike many people, who seem to have studied Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters at school or university, I never did. Even though I majored in English in college (the finally two years of high school) and in literature at university, I’ve had to discover some of these classics on my own.
I think I develop a greater appreciation for Austen every time I read her work. However, one thing I noticed in this reread is that Elizabeth Bennet considers herself an “I’m not like other women!” lady. She actually makes several statements to that effect, including directly to Mr Darcy near the end. Funny, that in 2019 we still can’t get authors to stop writing characters who think like that!
Anyway, other than that little discovery, I still liked it. 🙂
Charlotte Brontë, 1850.