That first post, Discoveries of the week, probably sums up my interests pretty well: a love of literature and language, picking out some of the absurdities and pretensions of modern life and observing the ways that people think and behave. The last is not meant in a judgemental way, I just love people and really want to know what makes them tick. One of the greatest pleasures of becoming a blogger has been the contact with people all round the world, I have learned a great deal and some very precious friendships have developed.
To mark Random Distractions' fourth birthday I have chosen a book that I think is a perfect representation of the blog:
Jane Austen was a great observer of people and their behaviour and this book is full of beautiful illustrations of the clothes, manners and pastimes mentioned in her novels. If you want to make a bonnet as worn by the ladies of Mansfield Park or that "pulled about" by Lydia in Pride and Prejudice, full instructions are included.
or you might be off to the Assembly Rooms.........
...... and need to know how to tie or recognise the latest fashionable knot for a cravat:
It is a great companion to Jane Austen's novels with illustrations and instructions for paper flowers, transparencies, reticules, a huswife, knitted rugs, muffs, tippets and many more period pieces. I haven't been tempted to make anything as Jane's young ladies were far more skilled than I am, but I love looking at the book.
If you would like to enter your name in a draw for this book, leave a comment here, whether you are a regular reader or you've stumbled here by chance. I will make the draw at the end of the month.