This weekend I’m off at a writing retreat. Well, I hope there will be writing, or at least a little anyway. I have a new idea I’m dying to tackle (maybe I need to do Janet’s BIAW? Sans fruit, of course!). But a friend who makes her own wine is coming, with several new bottles. Plus there are hiking trails, a swimming pool, horses, and lots of people to get caught up with–you see the problem. 🙂

The place where the retreat is being held is a beautiful, “rustic” lodge on a lake, totally different from the noisy town where I live. Internet and cell phone access is complicated, and there are no shops or restaurants to distract. I’m really looking forward to the getaway–and I really have to start packing! So, I’m going to turn to Miss Austen for help on this post. Here are some of her thoughts on town vs. country:

“One day in the country is exactly like another” —Northanger Abbey

“…the influence of London is very much at war with all respectable attachments” —Mansfield Park

“They come from Birmingham, which is not a place to promise much, you know, Mr. Weston. One has not great hopes from Birmingham” —Emma

“…I have heard that there is a great deal of wine in Oxford” —Northanger Abbey

“I am quite convinced that, with very few exceptions, the sea-air always does good” —Persuasion

“She sighed for the air, the liberty, the quiet of the country” —Sense and Sensibility

“…to sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment” —Mansfield Park

“What are men to rocks and mountains?” —Pride and Prejudice

And now I’m off! I’ll be back next week with a report on the proceedings. Where would YOUR ideal retreat be?