In 2017 Sarah visited the home of one of her literary hero’s, Beatrix Potter.
There were two places Sarah wanted to visit while in the UK. Harry Potter Studios (huge fan) in Leavesdon, Hertfordshire. And the home of Beatrix Potter in Windermere, Lake District.
August 2017 and it was peak tourist season and extremely hot temperatures. As there were only a certain amount of people allowed into Beatrix Potter’s home at one time, there was a three hour wait to get into the house. Every cafe, restaurant and pub had a “Full” sign out front. We managed to buy a can of drink and packet of potato chips each, find a bench seat outside the house and sit and wait. We didn’t mind at all as the gardens were beautiful and we were just relieved that we had made it there!
In the front garden an art easel was set up in the spot where Beatrix Potter used to draw her animal characters. Sarah got to spend some time drawing a picture at the easel, in the very place where Peter Rabbit and other characters would have been sighted many years before.
In the pictures below Sarah is standing at the entry into the house, in the same spot Beatrix Potter stood back in the 1940s.
The house was amazing and absolutely worth the visit, the wait and the drive out of our way from Derbyshire to the Lake District. To then backtracking on to Manchester to fly home to Australia the following day.
Sarah’s favorite memory of Beatrix Potter’s house was “Being in Beatrix Potter’s home, the bedrooms, the vintage furniture and the garden that Peter Rabbit ran through.