Emma at the Farmhouse

Blog Post #307

Dani and I climbed the few steps to the front door of the Historic Stewart Farmhouse and turned the doorknob. As we entered the foyer, we were immediately transported to the Victorian era. We made our way through the hallway and formal dining room, catching glimpses of the rooms located off to the side. The antique furniture, the vintage décor and restored wallpaper created an air of a time long ago, a time when life was simple.

Historic Stewart Farmhouse

In the kitchen, the woodstove was spreading its warmth throughout the room. Delicate china cups were laid out on the sideboard, alongside home-baked goodies and tea.

Fourteen book-lovers gathered together to talk about Jane Austen’s novel, Emma. We sat around little tables, drinking tea and nibbling on cookies and mini-scones, chatting amiably as we settled in, and prepared to start the discussion.

The “Vicar of Elgin” and “Lady Elizabeth Charming” attended the Jane Austen bookclub!

The time flew by, as all aspects of the novel were explored, questioned and considered. Did you like Emma? How did her character change and grow through the course of the story? Is this narrative relevant in today’s society? These and other questions contributed to a lively and thought-provoking evening.

It was a pleasant and delightful two hours — a stimulating discourse with genial people in a setting that could not have been more tailor-made for the occasion.

I hear that Austen’s Pride and Prejudice will be the topic of conversation at the next book club at the farmhouse in May. Reserve your spot before it’s gone!


What I’m Reading Now

Blog Post #301

Next Thursday, I am going to the Jane Austen book club at the historic Stewart Farm with my good friend, Dani.

Imagine sipping tea, sampling traditional baking and discussing Austen’s classic novel, Emma, with a group of interesting people in a cozy Victorian farmhouse. Can you think of a better setting to talk about a classic novel?

I’m looking forward to this outing — so, I’d better get back to reading the book!!

(Stay tuned for details)

1898 illustration of Mr Knightley and Emma Woodhouse