|Beatrix wrote hilarious letters from her |
characters to each other and
to children who wrote to her.
You must read Dear Peter!
Beatrix's publisher was so impressed with her that he proposed! Unfortunately, he died shortly after from a brief illness. Poor Beatrix! Instead of pining away for someone to take his place, she took the lion by its mane and became everything she wanted - scientist, farm owner, conservationist, and woman of independent means. She researched mushrooms and submitted her thesis which was rejected until long after she passed away. She reintroduced a native breed of sheep to the area, protected the Lake District from development, and even raised a runt pig in her bedroom. If ever I could go back in time, I would want to be her BFF! She had it going on!
|Beatrix's house at Hilltop Farm|
|Many times she painted these|
|Sawny, the town. On the walk up to the "tarn" (pond)|
|Moss Eccles Tarn|
|In Hawk's Head by her Gallery - these cakes are the size of a small tire!|
|You can taste the serenity walking down|
Not only did they wow us with one famous author, it was also home to poet William Wordsworth who wrote The Daffodils "...I wandered lonely as a cloud....." Sound familiar? To top it all off, we were surprised by a traditional May Day pole dance with even a May Day Queen in attendance! These two places are on my top three out of the entire trip.