Tuesday, December 9, 2008

England's Lake District, home of Peter Rabbit

The Lake District (Cumbria) was the longtime home of
author and illustrator of children's literature such as
Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, and Johnny Town-mouse.
Johnny Town-mouse

Jemima Puddle-duck and
Peter Rabbit.

This view card of the village of Hawkshead, in the
Lake District of England (Cumbria), was sent to me
by Andrya. She says it is a beautiful part
of England and she lives about 40 minutes away
from it.
Andrya said that she and her husband went through Hawkshead
recently when they were going for a walk in Grizedale
Forest nearby.
When I looked this place up on the internet, I
found that this is Beatrix Potter country.
Ms. Potter married a local resident and lived nearby at
Hill Top Farm, near Sawrey. Many of the stories
she wrote and illustrated reflect this beautiful area
of England. In one of her stories about a mouse
from the country and a mouse from the town, she
based Johnny Town-mouse on the village doctor,
Dr. Parsons, who was a good friend of her husband.
Beatrix Potter was born in London, but she lived most
of her life in the Lake District.
These two nice stamps brought Andrya's card to me.
The first, of course, is a picture of the queen,
and the second looks like puppets from
a Punch and Judy show.

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