Posted by: marymarthatours | April 11, 2010

A Visit to the World of Beatrix Potter

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One delightful thing about adulthood is the fun of again enjoying childhood pleasures, be they a favorite author like Beatrix Potter or “playing” with dolls, dollhouses, and miniatures. Our fall 2010 tour, England in Miniature, will provide great opportunity for childlike bliss.

We will spend the major part of a day visiting Beatrix Potter locations in the Lake District. She was a remarkable lady, for she was not only an accomplished artist, writer, and illustrator of children’s stories, but she was also a naturalist and preservationist.

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Beatrix grew up in London with overbearing, Victorian, socialite parents. Her best friends were her various pets –rabbits, mice, a hedgehog, cats, lizards. She began drawing her animal friends as a child, and this love of animals and her delicate art grew into an authorship. The family holidayed in the Lake District and there Beatrix found an escape from the limits of city life.

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Beatrix at Hill Top Farm and Hill Top Farm today (photo by Marion Dutcher)

In her late 30’s, she purchased Hill Top Farm in Near Sawrey in the Lake District. It was a place of retreat and healing for her. Later at age 47, she married William Heelis from the nearby town of Hawkshead. His former office is now a major museum site of Beatrix Potter’s paintings. We will be visiting both locations early in our Miniature Tour. The towns will be charming, the fall flowers lovely, and the cottages an inspiration for future miniature projects. On this tour we will learn more about this surprising lady and the legacy she has left the world.

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Potter Gallery in Hawkshead, Cumbria (photo by Donnylad)

(by Martha)

Check out some good materials about B. Potter:

Miss Potter, A recent movie with Renee Zellweger playing Beatrix

The Magic Years of Beatrix Potter, by Margaret Lane. An excellent

biography

For mystery fans, try the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series by Susan Wittig Albert, in which Beatrix and her human and animal friends in Near Sawrey solve a number of neighborhood mysteries.

Photo credits:

Hill Top Farm — © copyright Marion Dutcher and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 license.

Hawkshead Gallery — © copyright Donnylad and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 license.

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