Getting to know Beatrix Potter
Visiting Hill Top
Here is a mama Herdwick sheep with her baby.
Herdwick lambs are born black and gradually turn gray.
There is no mistaking a Herdwick with their gray body and white head.
Then we jumped into "Bluebell", Janette and Martyn's camper and off we went. We were able to find a parking space in Near Sawry close to Hill Top.
This is the cutest bus stop I've ever seen...on second thought...just wait!!! This is the bus stop for Hill Top!!
Hill Top is normally closed on Fridays but they opened it up for us "girlfriends". First, though we had a look around the garden....
As you can see Hill Top is still a National Trust property - everything Beatrix bequeathed still is as far as I know.
Martyn noticed this...I walked right past. Ink bottle! Very appropriate for a writer's home!
This is a view from the garden...the white house is Castle Cottage...don't worry, we will see more of this!
Then it was time to go inside!!!
Beatrix as a child
The quality of the pictures isn't the greatest - for some reason I did not take my good camera. It didn't help that it was dark - apparently, Beatrix did not like electricity. There is electricity there now but not a lot of lighting - and it didn't help that it was rather a dreary day! Ah well, an excuse to go back!!!
It's time for a picnic!
Here we are...
We were all given name tags - Janette kindly printed mine off for me.
There were people from all over the world but mainly the United States. We brought our own lunch - I brought a delicious sandwich from the aptly named Picnic Box up the street from my Bed and Breakfast in Ambleside.
Eventually we all got to meet Susan personally - here is Janette giving Susan some of the lovely handcrafted items she made for her including a book bag. (I am spoiled - I got two!) It seems most of Susan's fans are quite "crafty" - I get a big "F" for that skill!
Martyn managed to get a shot of the two of us together with Susan.
Here is Castle Cottage - we weren't allowed to go in which was fair enough as it's a private residence now. We were so lucky that the owner was kind enough to let us use their garden.
Susan welcoming us to the picnic - she is such a genuinely nice person. Thanks for the picture Janette!
Here are my friends Janette and Martyn - they brought me a chair in their caravan all the way from Sussex which was so kind of them. I didn't want to sit on the ground or I might never get up again! It was fun meeting other Susan Branch fans including Janette's friends from Holland.
As I tend to do, I drifted away for a little bit to walk a bit further down the lane and take a few photographs of the area.
Stunning, isn't it? We were so lucky it didn't rain.
Here is a photo from Susan's blog of all of us together.
All too soon it was time to leave and Janette and Martyn insisted on driving me back to my
Bed and Breakfast in Ambleside.
Oh yes, on the way back we saw the CUTEST bus stop ever!!!
Here is a lasting memento (I hope!) of my day...a beautiful cup. Thank you, Christie, for letting me buy your spare one the morning after the picnic. Christie attended the picnic as well and was staying at my Bed and Breakfast so we had a couple of chatty breakfasts together. That is one of the best parts of traveling - meeting new people.