A day out in the Lake District (Part 2 To Sawrey)

From Claife viewing tower we followed the footpath signs to Hill Top, the house, which Beatrix Potter left to the National Trust. On the way I stopped to take a few photos. The countryside was beautiful in the spring sunshine.

The path seemed to take us a long way round and the distances on the signposts did not seem to be consistent. However, we arrived! It was just the right time to see the white wisteria at its best. The National Trust staff and volunteers were all helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. We didn’t follow the trail on the map to see the local places, which Beatrix Potter had incorporated into her illustrated children’s books.

Hill Top
Hill Top

After looking round the house we visited the parish church – St Peter’s. A couple we had met on the footpath had told us it was a peaceful place.

One of another group of people we passed on the path remarked that it was ‘a pleasant sort of day’. Typical British understatement: it was the best day of the year so far.

Literary Heritage

This week the photo challenge from the Daily Post is Heritage.

There has been an increase in the popularity of street art in recent years. Not the art of pavement artists, whose work in chalk is washed away by heavy rain, but more permanent art on the walls of buildings.

I have made a few attempts at snapping a scene from Gulliver’s Travels. Shadows cast by neighbouring buildings usually prevent the painting from being seen at its best. However my photo taken in March this year is more evenly lit. The connection between the book and the site of this illustration is that the author, Jonathan Swift, lived in Whitehaven as a young child.

A scene from Gulliver's Travels
A scene from Gulliver’s Travels