A rabbit called Peter

“What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood?” – Beatrix Potter.

On Saturday, the weekend challenge over on our site Weekly Prompts was   Razzmatazz.  Although a colour challenge, we encouraged our readers to stretch the challenge to fit, and my second response is just that, a bit of a stretch!  Aso linked to FOWC Education.

The year before last, son Joss and I took a short break, a trip to the Lake District in Cumbria. Both of us being longtime fans of Beatrix Potter, our main focus during our long weekend was to ‘educate’ ourselves and find out more about her. At the time, I wrote several blog posts about our trip.

Soon after returning home, I began to re-read the Beatrix Potter stories, and then I hit upon the idea of creating a talking book for my five youngest grandchildren. You may have already seen this on my previous blog, but I’ve included again here because you’re never too old for a bedtime story!

For Evie, Scarlett, Lily-Jane, William and Alice – something extra for during the stay at home lockdown!

The basis for Beatrix’s first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit was initially written in the form of a letter on the 4th September 1893 to a real child, her friend’s five-year-old son who had become ill. It was later suggested to Beatrix that she should turn the letter into a book.

Mr cGregor in the garden re-sized

Visiting the village of Sawry where Beatrix once lived we came across this garden, and finally I give you a little of the colour Razzmatazz!

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2020 Weekend Challenge Razzmatazz from Weekly Prompts and Fandango’s challenge Education.

Weekend Challenge – Razzmatazz

FOWC with Fandango — Education

20 thoughts on “A rabbit called Peter

    1. Hello Victoria, thank you for liking my creation.

      I scanned the book, and inserted the images into Microsoft Movie Maker. Movie maker has a selection of image transitions to choose from.

      Timing can be set for each individual image. I recorded myself reading the book on a hand held voice recorder and added the recording to the picture video.

      It’s time consuming but I have plenty of that and I enjoy doing it.
      I have other software but I always go back to Movie Maker because it’s simple and straight forward and does the basic job. Years ago I did a Microsoft Specialist course and now I almost feel as though I ought be loyal to Microsoft products.

      Thank you for your comments, Victoria, they’re much appreciated 🙂


    1. Oh, yes they’re still with you aren’t they? If you want it again it should be downloadable from the site. Maybe I’ll do more.
      Thank you very much John


  1. Murphy's Law

    Sue, neither my parents nor grandparents ever read a story to me, so listening to your rendition of Peter Rabbit just now was a real thrill for me!!

    Your voice and soft accent ( I heard you saying, “What accent?”) lend themselves to this beautifully. What a thoughtful, creative and sweet grandma you are.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. My dad read to me and my eldest brother who was fifteen when I was born. And I think he and my sister-in-law provided most of my books.
      Yes I do have an English accent, and a Yorkshire one that shows itself here and there with those vowel sounds!
      I am delighted you enjoyed listening to me read the story. Thank you so much, Ginger 🙂


    1. You’ll never sleep tonight! Oh, how often I’ve said that before and usually to myself!

      I’m about to have a long nap – for at least seven hours!
      Thank you for listening again. 🙂

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  2. I have my girls collection of Beatrix Potter books. When my middle girl was about four, she read The Fierce Bad Rabbit to me. I was astounded as I knew she could read a little bit but…… I realised after a while she had memorised the story 😀😀 even that was impressive

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    1. Oh, I love that, yes very impressive!
      I do feel sorry for children whose parents never bother to read to them. It instils in us our love of books that lasts forever. Well, if we have the time! 😂
      Thank you, Brian 🙂

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  3. OH, Sue! This is so wonderful! Thank you for sharing this with us!
    One of my fav authors and fav stories!!! 🙂
    Your voice is so soothing and a joy to listen to! 🙂
    Like you, I’ve always enjoyed reading to the children in my life and to my school students.
    And I still like people to read aloud to me. I find it so much fun! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…The movie Miss Potter from 2006 is a nice movie.

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    1. You might like the other posts from our trip to Beatrix’s cottage. I will find the links for you.

      I watched Miss Potter a couple of times loved it, thank you.

      And thank you so much for your kind words about my story telling 🙂

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