Tag: Beatrix Potter

Mrs Heelis

This weekend the Photo Challenge over on our other site https://weeklyprompts.com is Top of The Hill. This is my response to the challenge.

Being a creature of habit, I’ve chosen to use a combination of words and pictures for the challenge; the blend mostly tells a story about a house called Hill Top and Mrs Heelis, the lady who once lived there.

Mrs Heelis, the wife of country solicitor William Heelis, was better known to most as Beatrix Potter, the author of 23 little books about rabbits, mice, hedgehogs, ducks, foxes, kittens and many more! (A 24th book was recently discovered)

Little characters

A couple of weeks ago I wrote on these pages that my son and I had recently spent a delightful few days in the Lake District (Cumbria, North West England). In part, this is a continuation of our visit.

Whilst in Windermere and visiting The World of Beatrix Potter exhibition, we slipped outside and took a peep at Mr McGregor’s small but perfect garden replica of the 2014 gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show. The garden photos can be seen further ahead.

After visiting the exhibition, we planned to take the car ferry across the lake and visit Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter. We were looking forward to this, but unfortunately, and what a disappointment, the car ferry wasn’t running. A longish drive around the lake followed until we finally arrived in the village of Near Sawrey and Hill Top Farm. 

Sawrey Village from National Trust

Beatrix bequeathed her former home Hill Top Farm to the National Trust and included her possessions, furniture, pictures and ornaments. Hill Top was everything Josh and I had hoped for,  it had remained exactly as it was when Beatrix lived there.

kitchen Range at Hill Top

The Old Farmhouse Kitchen

The display cupboard

The china cupboard showing Beatrix’s original Peter Rabbit pottery

My own cabinet

Not to be outdone and continuing this old-fashioned English tradition – My own kitchen dresser! Can you spot  Peter Rabbit?

The Parlour

The Parlour

It was a pleasure to view the rooms, see the fireplaces and furniture that were later drawn and replicated by Beatrix in some of her stories. I imagined Beatrix living here and writing  her little books; the little characters Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and  Jemima Puddleduck were all created here. Thirteen of her books were written at Hill Top.

More little characters

Mr McGregor’s Gold Winner and the garden at Hill Top:  The Hill Top garden, that I don’t doubt was carefully planned, had a wonderful air of informality. 

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Strolling around the corner of the lane and bordering the grounds of Hill Top we came across a country hotel (Sawry House). A short time later we sat upon its garden terrace enjoying afternoon tea, whilst looking down from our hill, absorbing and appreciating the peaceful tranquility of the beautiful panoramic vista.

Sewry House Hotel


Amazing views looking down from the top of this hill

Another view from Sewby House

Another beautiful view from the top 

Sewry House hotel

Looking down on the garden deer from the edge of the terrace

Not wishing to create an even longer post than this,  I cherry-picked several snippets from the National Trust’s excellent and informative book abut Beatrix, from this, I wrote and uploaded my own document. It gives some fascinating facts about Beatrix’s life,  and if interested, it can be read here  More About Beatrix.

Visiting Hill Top and learning so much more about Mrs Heelis and finally writing about her has been one of my most enjoyable tasks and posts to date.

Apart from a couple of obvious pictures copied from the National Trust Book the photos shown here are my own.

© SueW-nansfarm.net 2018 – In response to the photo challenge Top of the Hill from Weekly Prompts .


Previously related Posts: Ghost to Coast  –  Beatrix  –  Poor Old Mr McGregor .   

The Tale of Peter Rabbit   A Bedtime Story, a talking book created and told by me! 

Floral Focus

“The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

The weekend photo challenge over on our site https://weeklyprompts.com is Ambience and was chosen by GC.  He asks us to show off the floral displays that enhance our environment.   This is my response to the challenge.

My first photograph is a cottage garden I photographed during a recent visit to the Lake District in Cumbria. I was privileged to visit Hill Top Farm, once the home of the late Beatrix Potter. This pretty cottage, with its magnificent floral displays of hanging baskets, window boxes, border plants and decorative chimneypots filled with flowers was spotted just a few doors down from Hill Top.

The cottage

The floral displays in the next picture adorn the market square in the little Yorkshire town of Otley, just ten minutes from my home.

Market Square Otley

Daughter Sophie is a keen gardener, often preferring pot plants to ground planting.

Sophie's garden

The next pictures are my own attempts to brighten the areas outside my front door, my kitchen door and the upstairs balcony.

My front dooroutside the kitchen doorBalcony flowers

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2018. In response to the Photo Challenge Ambience from Weekly Prompts. http://weeklyprompts.com/2018/08/18/photo-challenge-ambience