Chawton is of course
famous for the fact that this is where Jane Austen
did almost all of her mature writing.
Writing would have
occupied a good deal of her time, but family life
too had its pulls. The Austens were generally a close
and loving family and there were frequent visits from
brothers and young nieces and nephews.
To these Jane and
Cassandra were much loved aunts. Jane, in particular,
would get involved with their games, making up stories
and playing songs for them on the piano. She was herself
an accomplished pianist and is said to have practised
for two hours every morning before breakfast.
A daily routine would
include, as well family meals, long walks and chatting
and sewing in the evening. The rooms of the House
and Museum, along with its garden, and with its prominent
position at the heart of Chawton Village, all help
to provide a tangible connection to the environment
where the Austen family lived.