Jane's house, Stonehenge & Meryton...
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Today was the day we set out on our tour. We headed south from Cambridgeshire, skirted around London & landed in Chawton, which is where Jane Austen lived for many years & where she wrote most of her novels. Her house there has lots of things on display, including the tiny little table she used to write at. And it was just so amazing to be in this house where my favourite author had lived about two hundred years ago.
Then we started to head north again & stopped off at Stonehenge (not JA-related, but it was on our way) - it was quite bizarre to be driving down a hill & just see Stonehenge there at the side of the road. We refused to pay to be able to walk around it (it's not like you can get close anyway), so we just took photos through the fence & continued on our merry way!
We next stopped in Lacock, which is a very cute little village used for filming many period films apparently, most notably for us it was used as Meryton in the BBC Pride & Prejudice.
We stayed in a 17th-Century farmhouse B&B in a tiny village nearby called Gastard. The lady there was lovely & gave us tea & fruitcake as soon as we arrived, and there was every home comfort there & a huge breakfast in the morning. It was a typical B&B, filled with trinkets & china & dolls on every surface - not my idea of decorating, but we loved it all the same!