…a place that has no connections with Jane Austen, save that it is not far from Cottesbrooke Hall which may or may not be the model for Mansfield Park, but which, ever year, holds a Country House Book Day, where lectures, demonstrations, wine tastings, book signings etc etc all take place in the house and gardens which are outstanding( having been restored under the tastefulk eyes of Nancy Lancaster, whose home was once Kelmarsh. She was the Virginian-born co-founder of the interior decorating firm of Colefax and Fowler.

I am finally (finally!!) going to hear Professor Amanda Vickery talk about her book, Behind Closed Doors, and I am looking forward to it very much.

I will of course be taking copious notes and photographs and will be reporting back soon :-)