In the heart of the Lake District, UK — Armitt Library, Wordsworth, Grasmere gingerbread, and more!

By Sandra Hutchinson

In May, 2018 I made my first visit to northern England’s beautiful Lake District. Here’s my detailed story of that visit. In 2022, during the same weeks in May, I returned. Here are my highlights:

The “Bridge House” in Ambleside, Cumbria. Reminds me of the nursery rhyme “The old woman who lived in the shoe.”
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A week in Beatrix Potter’s Lake District in England—a bit of heaven

by Sandra Hutchinson
Many people know of Beatrix Potter, the English writer and illustrator, because of her series of beloved children’s books about Peter Rabbit and his friends. 

But Miss Potter (1866-1943), later known as Mrs. Heelis, was far more than a genteel Victorian lady who penned stories about woodland creatures like bunnies and hedgehogs and painted charming watercolors of them wearing human clothing. She was a naturalist, a conservationist, a scientist (a mycologist, to be exact), a visionary merchandiser of her products, a farmer who raised Herdwick sheep, and a far-sighted land preservationist. 

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