Monday, February 23, 2009

Globe Trotting and Garden Hopping :: Hill Top

What we hope is the tail-end of our month of nasty bugs had some very sweet down-times. I finally bought The Beatrix Potter Collection DVD (more for me than for Willa, I soon realized). Snuggling in on the couch with a dog (or two), a Willa, a blanket and some Peter Rabbit or Jeremy Fisher made for a speedy recovery.

Each gorgeously illustrated story has a short intro, in which an actress portraying Beatrix Potter is found sitting sketching in a field until she is interrupted by a rain storm and runs back to her cozy house, her menagerie of critters, a warm fire and a cup of tea. At her desk, she continues her story-spinning and then the animation part of the episode begins.

I found myself loving the short introductions as much as the actual stories. And then learned that those filmed bits were shot at Hill Top. The real-deal home and gardens of Beatrix Potter.

Annnnd the Lake District of England goes on The List. Big sigh. Need to work on finding that worldwide garden tour benefactor.

Middle photo from flickr member jay_bee and bottom photo from flickr member gobucks2.

1 comment:

NeverEverEmma said...

Ahh! I remember watching that Beatrix Potter series when I was young. That description of her running through the rain just brought it all back to me.

Thankyou! I enjoyed that series so much.