February 24, 2012

Fun Friday: Dreaming of Another Time, Another Place


Have you ever seen the latest version of Pride & Prejudice, with Keira Knightley? If so, you probably can’t forget the scene where Elizabeth Bennett stands on a precipice in the English countryside, the breeze whirling her hair around her face and speaking to her.

It’s a beautiful moment.

Ever since I visited England myself and then saw this scene, I have loved the idea of living in the English countryside in a little cottage somewhere tucked away, with a white picket fence and vegetable garden.

In the early 19th century.

I’m not sure what about this appeals to me, especially since I’m such a city girl. There just seems to be something so peaceful, so serene about it. Something unrushed and poignant about that place, during that time.

Obviously, there were a lot of disadvantages to living back then, and in the countryside to boot, but I think I would have loved writing and reading all day. (And besides, there are advantages and disadvantages to every time period.)

Oh well. The Elizabeth Bennett in me can still dream, right?

What about you? If you could live in any time period, in any place, when and where would it be?

15 comments:

  1. On the banks of Plum Creek, with the Ingalls family. Pioneer life was treacherous, but oh, how I loved the tight knit family Laura Ingalls wrote about, and their home seemed so cozy.

    p.s. I'm a city girl all the way, too!

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    1. Yay, I loved those books. I agree...to live on land that was so "new" (aka, uninhabited, not ruined by smog, etc.) would be amazing. And yay for city girls!

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  2. Oooh, on Prince Edward Island when Anne of Green Gables was around. (Except, we might end up fighting over Gilbert Blythe and that wouldn't be cool.) But everything about the location of the Anne movies is so pretty...the wistful girl in me loves it.

    I love the Kiera Knightly P&P movie! I was actually worried when that movie came out because I'm such a big fan of the BBC version. I though the remake might ruin it. Instead, I loved it...the scenery, the music, all beautiful.

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    1. Girl, are you in my head? This would have been my next choice. I'm telling you...we need to have an Anne of Green Gables marathon. Maybe we'll have to do it virtually, like watch it at the same time and tweet back and forth. ;)

      My friend and I have a plan to visit PEI someday...someday.

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    2. Oh, and I was totally worried about that with P&P also. I don't think it captured the spirit of some of the characters (Bingley is a complete dufus and Jane is a bit too giggly...oops, am I being picky?), but I think they did a great job with the other stuff. Plus, cramming what was a 6-hour movie into 2 hours...yeah, no small task.

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  3. I always thought it would be exciting to be a pioneer. The Oregon Trail.
    ~ Wendy

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    1. You're so adventurous, I can totally picture this!

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  4. Hmm, somewhere with modern plumbing? ;) No seriously, I agree with Melissa...Take me to Prince Edward Island.

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    1. Haha. And yes. Let's all meet up there someday, OK? :)

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  5. No toilets...no air conditioning...no refrigerators? Early 19th century as a woman? No thanks!

    I think for me, it would be either during the Gilded Age in America as the wife of a Vanderbilt living at the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC!

    Am watching Downtown Abbey right now, so 1912 England doesn't look to bad either! ;)

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    1. Yeah, yeah, yeah. C'mon, Ruth, I DID say there were disadvantages to every time period. :P

      But yep, your choice sounds ah-mazing! Those estates are pretty amazing, so I'm told.

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  6. I would like to time warp back to the 1870s right here in my Gold Rush-era town of Placerville, California and see what life was like for my characters. I'd only stay a few hours, though, because I'd miss all the conveniences we enjoy.

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    1. I totally agree, Keli. I am not sure what I would do without my MacBook, The Internet, and my iPhone! :)

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  7. That's so funny!
    I think I like my time period. I like my easy access to chocolate and books, plus my woman-freedoms they didn't have back then.

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    1. I definitely like this time period too. I love all the things you mentioned! Like I said, pros and cons to everything. :)

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