Monday, January 28, 2008


Are you all watching The Complete Jane Austen on PBS? It almost makes January tolerable.
I just watched Northanger Abbey last night - it aired last week, but I'm a little behind. It was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed it. I've never read the book, but I have seen the 1986 version and I liked this one much better.
An added bonus is that the costumes are beautiful. I'm assuming this means that they're historically inaccurate, but I can live with that.
Watching Jane Austen always fills me with a need to give our home a name like the estates in her books - something romantic like Pemberley, Netherfield or Mansfield Park.
I wanted to go with something that speaks of the history of the land we're on and contemplated the family names associated with the earliest records of our property, but Walsh and Jones didn't give me too much to work with ( I was hoping the records would make something like Chateau Lafite Rothschild a sensible choice).
Maybe if I combined one of those names with some other attribute of the property?
We're on well under an acre of land, ruling out anything with "field", "wood" or "meadows"...... ok then, what about going with a spin on some of the flora and fauna we found here when we first moved in? The Feral Cathouse was quickly ruled out, as was anything involving raccoon carcasses. Plants then? Davis the magical gardener has turned it into a virtual jungle out there, but there weren't many plants when we first moved in - some peonies, an ugly mystery tree that's we've only been able to narrow down to the genus Prunus, and a quince.
All this pondering, and what name did I come up with for our "estate"?
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you our family home: Quincy Jones.

Yeah, I might need to work on that a little more.

Edited to add: comments are back - I missed you guys!


Blogger Julia Pequlia said...

Oooooo! I *love* comments! I'm glad they're back.

I've been on the Jane Train, too. I've read them all, and Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park are two of the more insipid, but still fun. I can't wait to swoon for the *best* Mr. Darcy ever. I'm thinking maybe this needs to be seen with other people and a drinking game. Every time Colin Firth curls his lip (even inside his head) or every time a Bennet girl tosses her curls, it's bottoms up!

How about something rabbity and planty for your house?
Morris Maryfield Plantation

3:11 PM, January 28, 2008  
Blogger Petula Darling said...

I agree - the 1995 P&P with Colin Firth that they'll be showing is definitely the best (I feel so sad for those who have only seen the 2005 one). I love it so much that I even wrote a poem about it.

While P&P is great watched alone (no one to witness the embarrassing spot of drool and weak knees that Mr. Darcy incites), I would agree that it's more fun when shared with others. I definitely don't think it'll be treated as a drinking game here at Quincy Jones, though. These days, I don't think I could last for 5 hours of even the lightest drinking game (that's the one where you drink whenever Mrs. Bennett says something intelligent), never mind imbibing 1 shot per sneer.

4:14 PM, January 28, 2008  
Blogger Kristin said...

Thanks for the laugh, I find myself wanting to name my place also. However, nothing springs to mind. I recently watched the P&P with Colin Firth, AGAIN! It can be viewed repeatedly.

I have faith in your ability to come up with a name, and a good one too. Maybe you should write a poem about your home and the name will be born from it.

4:46 PM, January 28, 2008  
Blogger Julia Pequlia said...

Nice poem! However, I'm not sure it's legal to use the word "butthead" in conjunction with Jane Austen.

6:51 PM, January 28, 2008  
Blogger Gina said...

Does watching Jane-uary excuse me from actually reading the novels?

11:30 PM, January 28, 2008  
Blogger mary jane said...

I know what erik will go for ours:

By the way your it! I tagged you for "blogs that make my day"!

1:25 PM, January 29, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aaah the original Mr. Darcy, Colin Firth ~insert big sigh here~ Dang he is fine. Especially in the swimming scene. I just love guys in those ruffled shirts. Can't we vote to bring that look back? I think I'd look ok in one of those dresses too. (well maybe not but they are so bee-u-tiful!) And how hysterical was the Briget Jones Diary interview scene with him about being Mr. Darcy?

Thanks for the heads up on PBS. I will be on the lookout. I think I have seen them all at this point but who cares. I didn't know there were two versions of Northanger Abbey. Not sure which one I have seen.

I vote we start a Jane Austen movie club. That way we can all drool, I mean sigh, together. (And drink tea. Tea seems fitting doesn't it?)

11:07 PM, January 30, 2008  
Blogger scarabee said...

I wanted to comment on your "On Wombats" post; as an Australian who has been living in the US for 10 years, I can tell you that we do, indeed, find raccoons and even squirrels terribly interesting and strange (at least, I did when I first moved here), and wombats generally cute and commonplace. So there you go!

10:29 PM, February 03, 2008  

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