Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Note

The roses arrived with a note written in elegant script.
It read ~
"You have bewitched me body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. 
I never wish to be parted from you from this day on."

Jane Austen fans will recognize my slip into fiction,
 as these are Mr Darcy's words from Pride and Prejudice.

What could be more perfect for Valentine's week?
Pride and Prejudice is such a timeless love story with classic characters.

Did you know?
* Jane Austen was born December 16, 1775.
* She wrote her first novel, Love and Freindship [sic], at age 14.
* In her early twenties, Jane wrote the novels that she later re-worked and published as 
Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey.
* During her lifetime, Jane's books were listed as written "By a Lady."
* Jane Austen died at the age of 41, on July 18, 1817.

Jane Austen quotes ~
"A woman, especially , if she have [sic] the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can."
"It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage."
"Nobody minds having what is too good for them."  Mansfield Park
"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance."  Charlotte Lucas to Lizzie - Pride and Prejudice
"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."  Northanger Abbey

Information sources -,, and
These images were made with a Lensbaby - link.

Wishing you a week filled with love and creativity!


  1. stunningly beautiful shots of this rose. Black and white lovely also!

  2. Such romantic and dreamy images! I love the softness of the pink petals -- simply beautiful!

  3. Wonderful rose and beautiful words. I love the film about Jane Austen. I wish you a wonderful week too.
    Kind regards, Synnöve

  4. Absolutely bewitching - yes!! And - I love Jane Austen. Her words always speak to me!

  5. Oh such stunning images and I was amused at the quotes because I refused marriage proposals and yes, men do not appreciate it ;-)

  6. These are truly stunning pictures - so soft and beautiful.
    I did not realise that Jane Austin dies at such a young age. A very talented lady indeed.

  7. So romantic and dreamy, Anna! :)
    I really like these Jane Austen quotes, thanks!
    Enjoy the new week!

  8. What a beautiful post for Valentine's Week Anna, and oh my goodness your photographs are over-the-top gorgeous! You have truly mastered that Lensbaby.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us today at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a great day!

    lisa. xo

  9. Anna, your photography has stollen my heart with its mysterious beauty. No words I have can adequately describe these. Beautiful! Stunning! Each one has an aura of its own. Priceless!

  10. Wonderfully soft. It has such a dreamy appeal.

  11. Beautiful images of roses.

  12. So delicate roses ...I live next door to where Jane Austin lived and was buried, i walked past her house almost everyday...I am glad you are writing about her for Valentine's Day! DeeBee

  13. Stunning - and combined with Jane - perfection.

  14. Truly beautiful photos. Great job!

  15. Hi, I am so glad to have found your blog. It is beyond beautiful....

    Your post today is perfect for Valentine's romantic, so sweet and so lovely....

  16. I'm in awe of these lovely images!

  17. I love the beautiful softness in these shots.

  18. Simple beauty framed with words.

  19. wow, stunning! i am speechless, really....sooo beautiful!

  20. Ohh, every single one of those is drenched in beauty...beautiful valentines. Hope you have a love-filled week, too. Can you imagine getting roses with a note like that????

  21. I loved all your quotations and even remember some of them! Absolutely gorgeous roses and I so enjoy the way your have captured them in all their glorious detail and beauty! You have entered into the very heart and soul of the rose!

  22. Beautiful post and photos. My favorite Austen novel is Pride and Prejudice and now I am thinking of reading it again!

  23. Such a lovely story to share... the photos capture this well. (sigh)
    As always, you have touched my soul :]

  24. Gorgeous softness in these beautiful images.

  25. Beautiful softness and tones.
    My favorite is the first photo :)

    Regards and best wishes

  26. these shots are so gorgeous i had to stare at them for a moment. wow!!

  27. My favorite movie, one of my favorite books and author and definitely one of my favorite lines. LOVE these gorgeous shots.

  28. What a beautiful Valentine! It is always incomprehensible to me that you never refused my offer of marriage! Happy 37th Valentines Day. Looking forward to 38 and beyond.

  29. Oh, I love these images, Anna! Dreamy, magical and gorgeous!! I'm a big Lensbaby fan. Just yesterday I got the new Lensbaby Edge 80. Can't wait to try it out tomorrow.

    Have a beautiful Sunday! xo – g

  30. Love the dreamy softness of these pictures, and the Jane Austen quotes/info. Such beautiful colours.

  31. Exquisite is the word for these, Anna.

    BTW, you have to tell me which page these words are on, as I reread the book and simply could not find them. Maybe from a filmed version?

  32. Yes, Hannah, I believe the lead in quote is from a film version. I don't remember it from the book. And of course, I made up the roses and note. In the most recent film version, there was only a misty field and the two lovers!
    I've also seen/heard the last sentence to read, "And wish from this day forth never to be parted from you."
    You must be an Austen fan:)