Last week I was away in the Lake District for an Autumnal get away with the boy. It was made all the more lovely as it was also my 25th birthday whilst we were there, an even though I have a few reservations about turning twenty five, I had a lovely time none the less. My birthday was last Monday and so I was allowed to pick what we did that day. After waking up and opening my presents and cards that we had brought up from York, sat in bed with a lovely cup of coffee, we got dressed and ready to drive over to Hill Top

We were so lucky with the weather, it was a beautiful day. I had such a lovely time exploring the gardens and the little village at Hill Top, looking at everything that Beatrix Potter drew her inspiration for her books from. Although I am now a grown woman, it was so much fun to dive back into my childhood and see where Peter Rabbit hid from Mr McGregor, how Tom Kitten got stuck in the attic and where Samuel Whiskers stole the rolling pin and rolled it along the hallway. 

It was so lovely to visit Beatrix Potter's home and get more of an understanding of the woman behind the books. All of her stories were so lovely to read as a child, but I never fully appreciated the time and effort it took for her to create each one. There were some beautiful original drawings of hers placed around the house. Looking through the windows it is easy to see how someone could be so inspired to be so creative. 

 After the exploration of Hill Top, we wondered to a local pub for Fish and Chips and then drove over to Hawkshead to visit the old building that Beatrix's husband worked in. To celebrate one hundred and fifty years of Beatrix Potter, the National Trust have put on an exhibition of Beatrix's original art work and some of her letters to friends and family. It was the perfect way to spend my birthday and a big thank you to James for letting me drag him around everywhere all day!

Have you ever visited Hill Top?
Where do you like to go in The Lake District?


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