And here I am with Dominique and a certain Mr Darcy, Vampyre!
The following day, Jane and I went to the Chawton House Jane Austen Museum, "Home of England's Jane", where we were treated like royalty by the lovely Ann, Louise and Jo. Here I am signing some of my books.
The museum is fascinating and well worth a visit. It's wonderful to stand in the rooms where Jane stood and to walk around the garden she knew. The house itself is lovely, I could happily live there! But it's all the small touches that make it so wonderful: the amber crosses in a drawer, the lock of Jane's hair, as well as all the furniture that has been assembled to show the type of furnishings Jane would have known. The bed in particular set Jane (Jane Odiwe and not Jane Austen!) and I talking, with all its tenting. I didn't take a photo because the things are delicate but I recommend you go and see it for yourself.
There's a cafe just over the road from the museum and also a pub so it's easy to make a day of it, and the house isn't hard to reach. It's just over an hour from Waterloo to Alton, and then a short taxi ride or bus ride or about a 45 minute walk to the museum itself.
Then on Thursday it was off to the RAF club for the RNA "Fabulous at Fifty" lunch. It was wonderful to be a part of the association's fiftieth year celebrations. Here's to the next 50 years!
Now it's back to work. But some breaking book news before I go. A Darcy Christmas is out now in the US and it will be out in the UK at the end of November. Wickham's Diary (a novella) will be out in April and Henry Tilney's Diary will be out in May. So plenty there to amuse you, I hope! Meanwhile, I'm getting on with a new book to keep you entertained into 2012 and beyond!