The Day Has Come!

I am so excited to announce a new project. If you have not yet read Meredith Esparza’s post on her blog, Austenesque Reviews, ( I would like to tell you what I have been up to.

After attending a virtual writers retreat last month, I imagined creating videos where we could travel to Pemberley, Netherfield Park, and Longbourn to either read or write. If I had a timer put on a video, I could combine my journey with a timed period to focus on a book, whether I am reading or writing. Thus, the Jane Austen Readers/Writers Retreats were born.

This was not without challenges. John and I drove to the beach to record the ocean waves for a video that will be released today, Captain Wentworth at Kellynch Hall. We decided to leave the sound of the waves in as a backdrop to the sprint. Everything was going along swimmingly, until…we peered closer at the finished product. This time, instead of gazing at the water crashing against the rocks below, I looked at the water closer to the horizon only to discover finishing boats racing back and forth to check their crab pots. Good grief! We had to make a trip back to the beach for more filming. This time we were much more careful. Except, we could not stop other visitors from talking while we were trying to record. Then, my tripod broke, sending my new camera over the cliff. Fortunately, that broken tripod caught itself on a piece of wood and John was able to rescue the equipment. What a loss that would have been.

Pemberley Woods, Pemberley Brook, and Kellynch Hall are also available on YouTube. John and I hope you can take advantage of these destinations for some quiet reading and writing time. Enjoy! (Click on the photo)


  1. caroleincanada

    Congratulations! What a great idea and one that sets gives us the perfect ambiance! I plan to check each of these out in the weeks ahead.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Terrific! I hope you find the perfect spot to settle in with a good book. If I might suggest Pemberley Wood? I find the music coming through the trees with the birds flitting about to be quite restful.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Carole. Enjoy!

  2. Katherine G

    So much fun! I’m not a writer but I did listen them while reading. Thanks for your hard work!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      That is awesome, Katherine. Please enjoy anytime.

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