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Jane Austen country

There is nowhere quite like a southern English county on a bright May day with a lovely bucolic view.  An idyll, an arcadia.

Quintessential England

View over Selbourne, Hampshire

Looking at this sort of view feels overwhelmingly nostalgic. Constable must have painted here, Wordsworth must have poetised here, Austen did live here! – well, up the road in Chawton. And who wouldn’t want to live here in one of the delightful cottages. I couldn’t resist and snapped all the front doors…

Soft green...

A study in green…

Milky blue...

A contrast of blue…

A wash of lilac...

A wash of lilac…

A pop of pink...

A pop of pink…

A doorway of rose...

A doorway of rose…

 

I can just see Lizzie Bennet marching through the fields round here. Not getting worried about her dress in the mud and being infuriated with Darcy.

I bet Lizzie would have jumped this.

I bet Lizzie would have jumped this.

So for those who love an England that sits contentedly in the past I give you Selbourne, a quintessential English Pastoral.