Sunday, August 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Anne Elliot

Today is August 9th, the birthday of Jane Austen’s character Anne Elliot. I decided I wanted to celebrate by doing a little something for Anne. Last night when we got home from a local firework show Mom, me, and two of my girls watched Persuasion. We were up till 1:30 ringing in Anne’s special Day. My mom also reminded me that when Anne’s extravagant father and sister needed to economize, the best way they could think of was to not give any present to Anne. So with that in mind……

Here is my Gift to Anne


I made two paintings for her this week. I would also like to dedicate a song that caught my attention while thinking about this post. I heard it on my Opera Babes CD (Composed by Ennio Morricone and Andrea Moriccone; Arr. by Noely, Jon Cohen; Lyrics by Rebecca Knight).

Read the lyrics and tell me if it doesn’t just fit Anne Elliot and even Jane Austen a little.


You Live On in my Heart

I tell a tale about a girl like me,

Who loved a man but had to let him go,

She thought she could forget him but her heart would never mend.

Although she tried to live without her love,

She longed so that every waking day,

So haunted was her soul, she wished her life away.

I dreamt I saw you walking by the sea,

And wondered could I win your love once more?

I ran to you but still you grew more distant as I ran.

Then suddenly the wind began to blow,

I faltered, and there it was again,

The echo of your love, still whispering my name.


From time to time I shed a secret tear,

And even though I know our time has passed,

I still can’t bring myself to tell my heart to let you go,

And as we travel on from day to day,

Remember, although we are apart,

Wherever you may be, you live on in my heart.



  1. What a nice post. I had something, but did not get to post it today, something unexpected came up. I will post it tomorrow. I love your painting.

  2. That song does match very well, and I love your paintings. I guess I'll have to read the book since they left out the birthday mention in the movie.

  3. Your paintings are beautiful!!! So serene and such lovely soft colors. I can almost here the sound of the ocean. I had no idea your were such a talented painter!

  4. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I love your art! It is beautiful and something that I could see hanging in my home for sure!

  5. These paintings are BEAUTIFUL! Do you sell your work or is it just for family?

  6. Thanks. So far I haven't sold any paintings. I just don't do enough, but I would like to set up a little studio now that my kids are getting older and I have a little more time for that without taking away from them. I did paint these with a spot in my living room in mind for them.

  7. That song fits her perfectly. And your paintings are wonderful - you are very gifted. I wish I would have taken your challenge to make something to celebrate her birthday. Darn it. Oh well, next time. I've been reading your blog for awhile now, and I really enjoy it.

    Would you do something for me? Would you take a second and look at a new blog I just started?

    It just launched today, and I'm really interested to see what people thing. If you like what you see, please let people know - I've got a button on the sidebar if you'd like it.

    Thanks again for your blog. I really love being able to read a blog that is all Jane Austen (whom I love dearly)!


  8. What a beautiful post! It was wonderful to share part of Anne's birthday with you. Although I was saddened to leave those I love in the little white attic, I'm blessed that I got to spend the afternoon and early evening at the seaside thinking of Anne in Bath or Lyme. I shot some pictures there of the sunset that I hope to post on my blog if I can outsmart my computer and its efforts to shutdown whenever I try to take a photo off my smart card.

  9. Thanks Mom. I hope Seaside was great and I'm glad you made it home. It was so much fun having you here.

  10. Oh my gosh the song does sound like Anne Elliot! And I absolutely love your paintings! They are amazing!!! You are so talented!!!



  11. these paintings are amazing! How did you do them so fast!!!!


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