Tuesday, 31 August 2010

On the trail of Peter Rabbit

Thank you for the camera concern - it seems to be the lens rather than the camera, which is annoying but not terminal. What I didn't tell you was that we discovered it while we were halfway up Lingmoor Fell in the Lakes and had to fight to get any reasonable shots for the whole two weeks we were on holiday there ...

Still, there are lots of lovely memories of long steep walks to breathtaking viewpoints, even if the shots are blurry. On one very memorable day we set off early to a secret carpark in Sawrey whose location was passed on by a very friendly National Trust warden as the only hope of parking anywhere near Beatrix Potter's house at Hill Top - a visit we've avoided for years because of the alleged parking nightmares and the overcrowding.


This time we collected tickets for late afternoon entry and in the meantime took ourselves off for a walk along the paths Beatrix Potter trod - and drew, and described. We read The Tale of Mr Tod under Oatmeal Crags where he has one of his residences; we looked at the Tale of Jeremy Fisher at Moss Eccles Tarn surrounded by the water lilies Miss Potter planted there:


And we lunched at the Tower Bank Arms where Kep the collie tries to find out where Jemima Puddleduck has run off to.



The National Trust helpfully provides information about which houses in Sawrey were used as the settings for which stories, but the most astonishing are at Hill Top itself - every room, every piece of furniture appears in a Tale somewhere.



Tom Kitten's residence, anyone?



And we even found Peter Rabbit - not in Mr McGregor's garden, but in the meadow next to it - look closely and you may see him to the left of the tree!

21 comments:

  1. I'm so pleased Peter Rabbit decided to entertain you. We saw Squirrel Nutkin up in Scotland, must have been on his own hols. Ax

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  2. Oh my the boys would love this, they adore BP. My camera is knackered Mini stood on it - wonderful

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  3. i see him!!! how lovely - have never visited |Hill Top for the same reason - always overcrowded - but i love Miss Potter and all the stories - we used to have them all.

    xxx

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  4. How delightful! It must be a long time since I've seen your girls... someone's hair has got very pretty and long!

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  5. We've never done the BP book thing, which is a shame because we're so near the Lakes.

    Looks lovely.

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  6. Well hello Peter Rabbit. At the risk of sounding a bit dim, the Tower Bank Arms looks exactly like a Beatrix Potter illustration!

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  7. You have described the perfect day!

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  8. This was fascinating!!
    Great photographs as well.
    Thank you for sharing!
    gabriele - in California

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  9. We made a visit last year to Hill Top, the guides inside were brilliant and really took the time to go through the pictures in the books and where they were in the house. One of the guides even let my daughter go into the out of bound kitchen in search of Samual Whiskers as we spotted the rolling pin he used on Tom Kitten.

    My daughter was utterley enchanted!

    Vanessa x

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  10. Oh how fabulous! I have the secret to crowd avoidance at Hill Top -- October! I know it's small consolation when you have to work around school schedules though. We went in October and had the place all to ourselves -- it was heavenly! Your pictures are lovely -- it looks like you had a great time!

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  11. Hill Top and Peter Rabbit... what a dream come true to see! I dream of seeing it all one day. :o) Thanks for taking us there ((HUGS))

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  12. Oooo, lovely day! What a treat to visit B.P.'s magical world. I'd so love to go there some day -- sigh . . .
    Blessings,
    G

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  13. that must have been such a magical trip for your girls. thankyou for the beautiful photos!

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  14. I am chartreuse with envy now. I made that exact same trip 20 years ago - WAY too long ago. It was heavenly: beautiful weather, gasp-worthy scenery, Beatrix and the Wordsworths...I stopped frequently on my hikes to read bits of Dorothy W's journals.

    Sigh. Sob! Thanks for the memories...

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  15. I've never been to the Lakes but would dearly love to. I love all things Beatrix, but particularly Tom Kitten (of course!)

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  16. I've never been to the Lakes but would dearly love to. I love all things Beatrix, but particularly Tom Kitten (of course!)

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  17. Oh, lucky you. I haven't managed to go there yet. The Lake District is such a beautiful place, too - it would have driven me nuts to not have a functioning camera. Still, the last time that I was there was winter time and too foggy for many pictures...

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  18. Oh! I love Beatrix Potter's house! It's such a dreamy place. Went years ago and probably won't get there again because my two boys wouldn't be in the least bit interested :) Loved, loved, loved it though!
    We've also been travelling in the UK if you are interested to stop by my blog:
    http://lisa-handmadeinisrael.blogspot.com/

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  19. I see him, I see him!

    I'm reminded of a Domesticali archive post about appley dappley (or something). A little BP poem. I'm off to read it again.

    These photos are beautiful Mrs x

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  20. Lovely English countryside by the looks of things. Glad that the camera issue is fixable. I would be at a loss without mine!

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