Thursday, July 28, 2011

Visiting Beatrix Potter's house

Hilltop Farm
Near Sawrey, The Lake District
Sorry for no blog postings for a few weeks, but we've been in England and Scotland.  One place my mom and I were excited to visit was Beatrix Potter's home, Hilltop, in the charming English Lake District village of Near Sawrey.  Potter fans will recognize buildings from the village since Beatrix used them for backgrounds in many of her books.  What a delight to see her home and environment!  I read Beatrix Potter:  A Life in Nature by Linda Lear (St. Martin's Press, 2007) before the trip, while my mom read all of Susan Wittg Albert's mystery series Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter.  If you haven't read Potter to children in a while, pick up Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Jeremy Fisher, or The Tale of Two Bad Mice (a personal favorite because I like the doll, Lucinda).  Potter's beautiful artwork and gentle stories should belong to each new generation of children--Lucinda Whitehurst.