A reminder from Vicky Jones in Shropshire, the new BBC
production of Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen, starts on
BBC 1 on the 1st January 2008. The filming locations used are at Hartland
Abbey in Devon which has strong links to Lady Fortescue. (See
Vicky's entry in the Visitors Book). If you missed it you can watch it
again on the BBC's excellent new iPlayer, along with most other BBC
programmes. Click on this link to watch it now!
It was -1c in Nice on Friday morning! (14th Dec).
Original signature by Sir John Fortescue has been added
to his page.
Seasonal decoration and some gently falling snow added
'Escape to Provence', by Maureen Emerson. Latest
update, click here.
Interesting new entry in the
'Two Vagabonds in Languedoc', the splendid
1920's book by Jan & Cora Gordon, was recently re-published thanks to
Ken Bryant who has researched the Gordon's for 30 years. His web site
giving much information about their life, writing and their art is now
on line and can be visited at
Do have a look, if you like Lady Fortescue, you will like this.
More improvements to existing images continue to be
made and new photo's have been added of the Old Rectory at Great
Bealings, the carvings in the church at Great Bealings and Winifred's
grave at Opio, all courtesy of Maureen Emerson. If you have any
photo's you would like to see on the site, please get in touch.
2008 may prove to be a bumper year for Fortescue fans.
Maureen Emerson's new book 'Escape
to Provence' will be published in the Spring and a new
publisher is considering a re-print of 'Sunset House'.
Negotiations are at an early stage but if successful it may also be in
print as early as next Spring. More information when available.
What a month, the weather in the south has been
glorious but back in Warwickshire we came close to constructing an
ark! One of the great advantages of the broadband revolution is that
web pages open very quickly, this means you can use higher quality
images on the pages so I am starting to work my way through some of the
early images and replace them where possible. Thus far the Home page
and the Book page have been enhanced and better quality images replace
the originals on the pages for Shepherds Market, Mountain Madness and
Ramatuelle (St. Tropez). There is also a much better
picture of Sir John Fortescue on the appropriate page. New pages to
come in the not too distant future.
More book news - 'Escape to Provence' by Maureen Emerson is
a step nearer to completion and will
now be published by Orford Books early
in 2008. Keep an eye on the web site for ordering information nearer the
'Two Vagabonds in Languedoc' has recently been
republished and is certain to appeal to all fans of Lady Fortescue.
Written in the 1920's by writers and artists, Jan and Cora Gordon, it
includes a new introduction and preface by their biographer Ken
Bryant. Click here for full details.
Having just been staying in the south there will be
some photo updates to come soon. I took the opportunity to visit Major
Lawrence Johnson's gardens at Serre de la Madone. Johnson also
created Hidcote Manor Gardens in the Cotswolds, now owned by the
National Trust. A new page with a slide show of the gardens has been
added. Click here to visit.
Interesting new entries in the Visitors Book.
2007 marks the 150th anniversary of Sir Edward Elgar.
The great composer was a neighbour of John & Winifred when they lived
at Admiral's House, Hampstead Heath and
they would sometimes visit to hear his new works. Visit the
website to see the Elgar page and read about their week of special
events between 26th May - 2nd June.
New page with photo's of Winifred and John's first
house at 15, Brompton Square, London and Holy Trinity Church, Sloane
Street, Kensington, where their wedding ceremony took place in 1914.
Visit The Domaine gardens. Winifred's original garden
at The Domaine, (now Fort France), near Grasse is open on Saturday &
Sunday 2nd & 3rd June 2007. There are guided tours each day between
9am and 11am. Price €10 per person. Booking is obligatory via the
Grasse Tourist Information Office on 0033 (0) 4 93 36 66 66. For more
information on the garden, which has recently featured in two more
French magazines, click
The 74th Fete du Citron recently took place in
Menton. Although not directly connected with Lady Fortescue she may
well have made a visit during her time in France. A fete or a carnival often feature in
her books. Click here to
see a page full of photographs.
'Escape to Provence' by Maureen Emerson. This
exciting new book is one step nearer to publication. A new page has
been added to keep visitors abreast of developments and includes a
picture of the working cover showing Elisabeth Starr. Click
here to visit now.
Castello San Peyre
A copy of the February 1942 edition of 'La Lettre de la France
Libre', (news of the Free French movement), produced at their HQ in
Carlton Gardens, London, has come to light. The booklet would have
been produced during the time Winifred was working for their cause in
England. It has a number of interesting articles & photo's. You can
download and read the whole booklet. Click
New pages coming soon - keep an eye on the site.
New web cam with live, changing views of Grasse 24
hrs a day. Click
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