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Enjoy the music of Sweet People and Barcarolle..and as I said before, knowing now how to give you a taster only…you can now only listen to about 3/4 of the track…sorry!

This mosaic has got different pictures and I don’t want to say too much. In short…you can see pictures from Loweswater Lake…I’ve blogged about Cockermouth and Mockerkin before and if you read my entries about it, you will also know where Loweswater is…in the Lake District. You can see a few pictures about Hawkshead, where Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top farm is, I have done an entry about her two days ago, read and see more images on this link. On this link you will also find the Cockermouth/Mockerkin-links….https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/09/10/beatrix-potters-hill-top-farm/ Then you can see pictures that I took at Hadrian’s Wall and at Whitehaven. I’ve got some links for you to follow and to read about. The best to view this mosaic, is to click on it and you will see a lovely large picture. Do enjoy it!Please click HERE to read more about Hadrian’s wall-trails…

Image: aboutscotland.co.uk…click on the image for a larger view
 On the map, nr 3, is where we visited Birdoswald Roman Fort and remains of the wall. The third last picture on my image is a photo which I took at the Fort. In two pictures in the bottom row you can see remains of the wall.  Read on this link  why Hadrain built this wall.
http://www.aboutscotland.co.uk/hadrian/wall.html

Wikipedia-link about the Wall……http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrian’s_Wall

On this map I’ve indicated where the actual remains start…at Brampton, near Carlisle. Click on the image for a larger view.

Whitehaven….has many links with the USA, but perhaps the most famous link of all is that of John Paul Jones. Jones was born in Scotland, but raised in Whitehaven and trained as a seaman. These skills were transferred to the American military as Jones became the founding father of the US Navy. In an amazing turn of events, Jones, and his fleet, attacked Whitehaven during the American war of Independence, in 1777. Read also on this great link more about this Georgian town. http://www.visitcumbria.com/wc/whaven.htm

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On this link HERE you can download Peter Rabbit MP3-stories for free! The link will open in a new window

We recently visited the Lake District and in particular, the western area, where you can see the purple-pinkish spot at Cockermouth. We stayed in an apartment at Mockerkin, just about 7 miles from Cockermouth. See my entry about Cockermouth here:https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/08/30/i-wandered-lonely-as-a-cloud/ and about Mockerkin here….https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/09/06/mockerkin/. For my South African readers reading here…I know it’s funny to say “miles”, but in England, all distances are in miles, which was a ‘surprise‘ to us, as we are used to kilometers and the metric system in South Africa. I grew up with the metric system, but they try to keep the Imperial System in England….sort of part of “tradition”.

On this map you can see whereabouts  the farm of Beatrix Potter is…the other purple spot at Hawkshead. It’s also at “Near Sawrey”…we travelled about an hour from where we stayed to Hill Top farm. You have to buy a timed ticket. We went really very early, bought our ticket -for 5 past 12. You can choose your time, but we didn’t as we wanted to go as early as possible…..so we had just more than an hour to wait. To while the time away, we were doing some sightseeing. They don’t allow many people to go in at any one time and they’re very strict. If your ticket says 5 past 12, you can’t try to slip in at 3 min past 12…ask me!! lol! You have to wait till they call the time your ticket says!  On the map you will also see a spot at Carlisle…and that will be my next stop with a next entry…as we visited Hadrian’s Wall there. The remains are actually more near to Brampton…which is near Carlisle. Just south of Cockermouth you will see Whitehaven, a coastal town and it has a historical ‘story’ too. I’ve got some great images which I took there, Whitehaven has an American “connection”. If you’re curious, you can go and read about it…I will upload images about it later.

This image was taken in front of Hill Top farm

Part of the house, as there were many visitors, it was difficult to take a complete picture without any visitors. We were not allowed to take any pictures from the inside of the house, but I have images from “The tale of the Roly Poly pudding”….and if you visit the house, you are given this book and as you wander through the house, you can look at images in the book and the house too, as Beatrix Potter was an illustrator herself, you will see how perfectly she illustrated her books. In particular this tale, the setting was Hill Top farm! I also have a link where you can read the complete story online.

Front door

Part of the house that is not accessible to tourists. A farmer lives here and I think he looks after the farm too. Beatrix extended the original house, but it was asked in her testament that this part will not be accessible to tourists.

hmm…think you know what this is…this was taken a few meters away from the front door..

Samuel Whiskers! The title of this tale is…”The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or the Roly Poly pudding.” Of course you can’t leave this place without a little book and I bought myself this very tale as it has images that will remind me of the house…as the setting of this tale is this house!

Read the complete story here on this link.


‘Tea time at Hill Top ‘ by..Stephen Darbishire – Image: visitcumbria.com/amb/hilltop.htm

This piece of art gives you a great idea of what the kitchen looks like. I love it!

Beatrix Potter was born on 28 July 1866 in South Kensington, London. She lived a lonely life at home, being educated by a governess and having little contact with other people. She had many animals which she kept as pets, studying them and making drawings.

Her parents took her on three month summer holidays to Scotland, but when the house they rented became unavailable, they rented Wray Castle near Ambleside in the Lake District. Beatrix was 16 when they first stayed here. Her parents entertained many eminent guests, including Hardwicke Rawnsley vicar of Wray Church, who in 1895 was to become one of the founders of the National Trust.

His views on the need to preserve the natural beauty of Lakeland had a lasting effect on the young Beatrix, who had fallen in love with the unspoilt beauty surrounding the holiday home.

For the next 21 years on and off, the Potters holidayed in the Lake District, staying once at Wray Castle, once at Fawe Park, twice at Holehird and nine times at Lingholm, by Derwentwater, famous now for its rhododendron gardens. Beatrix loved Derwentwater, and explored Catbells behind Lingholm. She watched squirrels in the woods, saw rabbits in the vegetable gardens of the big house. She made many sketches of the landscape. They still kept in touch with Rev Rawnsley, who after 5 years at Wray, moved to Crosthwaite Church just outside Keswick.

Rawnsley encouraged her drawings, and when back in London Beatrix made greetings cards of her pictures, and started a book. Rawnsley encouraged her to publish, and eventually Frederick Warne published ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ in 1902. Her third book, ‘Squirrel Nutkin’ had background views based on Derwentwater, Catbells and the Newlands Valley. Fawe Park featured in ‘The Tale of Benjamin Bunny’.

In 1903 Beatrix bought a field in Near Sawrey, near where they had holidayed that year. She now had an income from her books, Peter Rabbit having now sold some 50000 copies. In 1905 she bought Hill Top, a little farm in Sawrey, and for the next 8 years she busied herself writing more books, and visiting her farm. In 1909 she bought another farm opposite Hill Top, Castle Farm, which became her main Lakeland base. Seven of her books are based in or around Hill Top. Tom Kitten and Samuel Whiskers lived there. Hill Top is still as it was then, and is now the most visited literary shrine in the Lake District.

Beatrix Potter married William Heelis, a solicitor in Hawkshead, in 1913. Then started the next stage in her life, being a Lakeland farmer, which lasted for 30 years. The office of William Heelis is now the National Trust’s ‘Beatrix Potter Gallery’.

In 1923 she bought Troutbeck Park Farm, and became an expert in breeding Herdwick sheep, winning many prizes at country shows with them. Beatrix continued to buy property, and in 1930 bought the Monk Coniston Estate – 4000 acres from Little Langdale to Coniston – which contained Tarn Hows, now Lakeland’s most popular piece of landscape.

In 1934 she gave many of her watercolours and drawings of fungi, mosses and fossils to the Armitt Library in Ambleside.

When she died on 22 December 1943, Beatrix Potter left fourteen farms and 4000 acres of land to the National Trust, together with her flocks of Herdwick sheep. The Trust now owns 91 hill farms, many of which have a mainly Herdwick landlord’s flock with a total holding of about 25000 sheep. This was her gift to the nation, her own beloved countryside for all to enjoy. Beatrix was the first woman to be elected president-designate of the Herdwick Sheepbreeders’ Association, which continues to flourish.
Read more on this link…
http://www.visitcumbria.com/bpotter.htm

Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top in 1905 with the royalties from her first few books, written at her parents home in London, but inspired by her annual holiday visits to the Lake District. She visited as often as she could, but never for more than a few days at a time, sketching the house, garden, countryside and animals for her new books.

After she bought the house, she busied herself writing more books, and visiting her farm. In 1909 she bought another farm opposite Hill Top, Castle Farm, which became her main Lakeland base.

Beatrix wrote many of her famous children’s stories in this little 17th century stone house. Characters such as Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here, and the books contain many pictures based on the house and garden.

Beatrix bought many pieces of land and property in and around Sawrey, including the Old Post Office, Castle Cottage and a number of small farms. In 1913, aged 47, she married William Heelis in London and moved to Lakeland, living at Castle Cottage which was bigger and more convenient than Hill Top.

When she died in 1943, she left Hill Top to the National Trust with the proviso that it be kept exactly as she left it, complete with her furniture and china.
http://www.visitcumbria.com/amb/hilltop.htm

Roly Poly pudding–from uktvfood.co.uk

Ingredients
200g plain flour
pinch of Salt
1 tbsp Baking powder
115g suet
50g light brown sugar
150ml water
5 tbsp Jam, warmed
2 tbsp Milk
1 tbsp demerara sugar
custard, to serve

Method 1. Set the oven to 200°C/gas 6. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

2. Sift the flour with the salt and baking powder.

3. Stir in the suet and sugar.

4. Add enough water to bind to a stiff but not sticky dough.

5. Roll the dough out on a floured surface, until it is about 5mm thick.

6. Spread with warm jam, leaving a border of 1 cm around each side.

7. Roll up loosely and pinch at the ends.

8. Place on the prepared baking sheet and brush with milk. Sprinkle with Demerara sugar.

9. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

10. Serve hot with custard.

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I looooooooove this piccie!  It was one of those “make way”-moments that you get used to when travelling in the Uk…but it suited me…as I could take this pic the same time! Click on images for a larger view.

“Drive slowly”…the second small sign says…this is one entrance to Mockerkin…

“….them sheep, them sheep, them sheep…everywhere!”

“I can see clearly now…” why these mugs look like they do!  hehe These were some of our mugs in the apartment…cute hey!

On this google-map you can see where Mockerkin is! On the edge of the Western part of the Lake District! Cockermouth is 7 miles away, the nearest town with a Saintsbury’s and that’s also where Wordsworth’s house is. I’ve done an entry on Wordsworth’s house a few days ago.

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I was given this blog award by Wipneus Reisiger and also by Eilandkind which I really appreciate as blogger friends. I’ve thought to spoil you all with two pictures from the Lake District. This fell/mountain on the top pic is called..and I hope I’m right…”Mellbreak”. I do apologise…when I followed my notes I’ve made, I realised that fell is called Carling Knott and it’s the very same Carling Knott that we climbed the day before our return…the only complete day without rain! during our stay. It’s about 320 m – comparing to Mount Aux Sources in South Africa (in the Drakensberg mountains) which I climbed when I was 15 and which is about 4300m!  It’s very close to Mockerkin where we stayed and from where I took the picture,  it’s about 1/4 mile to Loweswater, the quietest Lake of all the lakes in the Lake District. You can see part of Loweswater on the picture! 

 I need to pass this award on to 7 other bloggers and I don’t think I will find 7 bloggers in total, as so many of them have received it already, but let me try and see how many I can dig up! First, I want to pass it on to Meghna! Meghna is a wise 13 year old blogger and she’s just brilliant! She writes stories and poems…all her own and she is so creative in her writing, that you would think she’s a professional writer! I think she’s on the brink of a fantastic career as a writer, she just needs that one publisher..Did you know that Beatrix Potter had about 4 publishers that sent her books/works back to her, telling her they were not interested! but she was determined and that’s what Meghna is like…she just keeps on writing…I think she’s got some sort of machine…spitting out all those wonderful stories. Do yourself a favour and read her blog.
Secondly…I’ve only recently started reading
Little Indian’s blog and I really enjoy reading his blog, please take a look at the wonderful writing and pics! Then, if you enjoy a good mix of humour, some chess, life and a bit of the current “politics” of America…jump into Ray’s blog…I do enjoy all his posts and he always has something interesting on his blog. Then I want to pass it on to The7new7ramanujan who’s blog I do enjoy too! He’s a student and sometimes shares the funny side of student life with us. I’ve also been reading Norrbu’s blog for quite a while and I love his blog too! Sometimes the entries are  just “short and sweet”, but it says a lot…if you know what I mean! And lastly Tony! He’s also one of my chess friends on the chess site and he lives near Bristol and makes me laugh a lot when we play chess, with his posts he sometimes puts a smile on my face too! He’s not afraid to call a spade a spade on his blog! and  I like that about him. Well done to you all…I’ve decided to choose mainly English bloggers, as my Afrikaans-blogger friends have received this award and thought to introduce my English blogger-friends too. If you feel to pass this award on to other bloggers, feel free to do so. Wow! I managed to dig up at least 6 blogs! think I need to dig a bit deeper! —I’ve found my 7th blogger-friend!… Jasper! His blog is an Afrikaans blog, so all you people looking for somebody that loves poetry, music – composing his own songs! – and also some wonderful IT-stuff and ideas, then Jasper is your very next stop! enjoy! Thanks Jasper for all your IT-links and you always show us wonderful software to be downloaded for free!

It’s already one day after I’ve done this entry and I really want to add Roosmaryn’s blog! I should have mentioned her blog first! Her blog is not on my blogroll – as it is so special! –  Roosmaryn’s blog is an educational blog and it’s all about South Africa’s history. If you love history like I do…and love is not really the word…I would like to say it in Afrikaans…as jy oor Geskiedenis VREK soos ek! ..well, now you know…please make an effort to visit her blog! She’s just amazing!!! Roosmaryn if you read here…I want to THANK you for all the effort and hard work you put into that blog of yours. I don’t know of any other blog with bits of our history like yours! I think your blog is brilliant!! Keep up the good work you’re doing!!
To my other Afrikaans blogger-friends, you all know how much I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your blogs too and I will keep reading all the wonderful posts I always find when visiting your blogs!
I’ve got a song here…”Green Green Grass of Home” by Tom Jones and I specially load this song to go with these images from the Lake District as I’ve thought that the English might sing…”green green grass of home” when travelling all along the Lakes! lol!
The pic of this tree was taken just about 5 min walk from the parking area on your way to Loweswater.

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