Today I'd like for you to go with us to a most special gallery in Hawkshead, England. Beatrix Potter's first visit was noted in her journal:
"Went to Hawkshead. Had a series of adventures, asked the way three times, lost continually, alarmed by collies at every farm, stuck in stiles, chased once by cows. "
Journal entry for August 19, 1882
My journal entry for our visit there last fall is a little different, but I can see how all of those adventures happened to Beatrix!
Riding in the English countryside it's always nice to have a car in front of us.
It's kind of like a guiding light for us folks that are not used to driving on the left.
The golden leaves made a lovely tunnel to drive through.
Sheep grazing and soaking up the beautiful fall sunshine.
Hawkshead is a lovely little village that has dealt in wool trading since the early seventeenth century. Having shops and banks and inns it was here that William Heelis had his law office. Beatrix used his services to purchase some of her properties. Of course, you know he later married Beatrix Potter.
|Beatrix Potter Gallery in former law office of William Heelis
You may recognize many places around Hawkshead as it inspired Beatrix to use in her little books about the adventures of Peter Rabbit and friends. Hawkshead has changed very little since Miss Potter visited this area.
Going inside of the gallery we are greeted by a lovely fire. This gallery is run by the National Trust. I can't say enough about the wonderful job they do taking care of so many properties.
Mandy Marshall's lovely Herdwick products are sold in the gallery. She is hosting along with Susan Branch a picnic in May at her home, Castle Cottage. I know some of you lucky souls are going to this event. Castle Cottage was the home of Beatrix Potter and William Heelis.
I'll be sharing photos later about Hilltop and Castle Cottage. We can't possibly come to the Lake District without visiting there!
The gallery is full of original works of art by the amazing Beatrix Potter.
After looking at Beatrix Potter's lovely work we walked around Hawkshead and had a lovely lunch.
I hope you can find something you will enjoy for lunch.
Grayden had the chicken, brie and cranberry panini.
And I had the Coronation chicken salad. Delicious!
Great thought above our table!
Walking around town we continued to see beautiful flowers. Aren't these baskets lovely against the white?
We enjoyed walking the same streets as Miss Potter and her future husband, William Heelis. Come with us next time as we continue our Golden Anniversary trip in Britain. ♥