Wednesday, 12 October 2011

RNA Regency Day

To St James, on Saturday, to the Regency Celebration at the Royal Over-Seas League run by the Romantic Novelists' Association. It being cool, I wore my sturdy cotton day dress with a useful shawl about my shoulders.

I was conducted to a vastly elegant salon, with a prodigious table of books for sale presided over by two very persuasive gentlemen.

I confess the soldiery quite turned my head,

which must account for the very breathless state I found myself in after a somewhat lively cotillion.

Fortunately, there was an opportunity to sit down with some of my bosom bows and listen to an eminently sensible discussion on my favourite author, Miss Austen.

(I admit to a covetous sensation on viewing Mrs Cohen's gown. Quite glorious, is it not? No wonder she took such pride in wearing it.)

Later, there were chances to try on bonnets and gowns,

a demonstration of scents, and the prospect of a guided stroll around the area or a hand or two of cards over tea.

Discretion forbids me to reveal the subject matter of my own panel, touching as it did on matters commonly taking place beyond the bedroom door.

The high point, though, was my purchase of a new biography of that splendid novelist, Georgette Heyer, and listening to her chronicler Dr Jennifer Kloester.

A very fine day indeed.


Cat Marsters/Kate Johnson said...

I confess to feelings of envy, Mrs Jones, on such a splendid day, and had I not been returning from Cornwall (such terrible slow roads! At least the conveyance was comfortable) I should like to have been there. Perhaps the event might be repeated?

Jan Jones said...

One hopes so indeed, Miss Johnson. You were very much missed, I assure you.

Allen said...

As the "persuasive gentleman" in the red waistcoat may I say it was a pleasure to be amongst so many ladies of quality especially in St James's, even if the tone was somewhat lowered by the rough soldiery with their snuff-taking

Jan Jones said...

I thought you vastly superior, Allen.

Lyn McCulloch said...

So elegant - you all look wonderful! xxx

liz fenwick said...

A brilliant day and so beautifully put...

Jan Jones said...

Thanks, Lyn! Thanks, Liz!

Debs Carr said...

I wish I could have been there. Thanks for the great post and pictures.

D.J. Kirkby said...

I liked being able to look at these photos. I am so glad you thought to post them for those of us who could not join you on the day.