Beatrix Potter's stories have always played a quiet yet significant part in my life. I've always loved reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tailor of Gloucester and The Tale of Mrs. Tiggywinkle, loved the life-like watercolour illustrations, and how each story was the perfect length to be read before bedtime.
My mum loves Beatrix Potter too, and although neither of us set out to collect Beatrix Potter items, she's ended up with quite a stash, and I find myself turning to the stories time and again for artistic inspiration, or escapism. They always make me want to leave my busy life behind and go on a country adventure.
These books were given to my mum by her grandparents when she was small.
My mum collects the Beswick Beatrix Potter figurines, though because they're highly sought after they've always been kept by my parents as investment pieces. Their number has swung between three and two hundred, according to demand at the time! Peter here is a limited edition, and is special because of his gold buttons.
My childhood Beatrix Potter treasury.
This is the only figure I own, and I chose her because I love the original illustration from my favourite of the tales, The Tailor of Gloucester.
These buttons have been hanging around my parents' house since the 1970s. I'd like to use them on a special project, but the right one hasn't come along yet!
When I visited a friend's hometown in Wales I thought this edition of Mrs Tiggywinkle would made a quirky addition to my mum's library.
This picture hangs on the wall in my parents' dining room. It always makes me smile.
This cup was a gift to celebrate my birth.
I remember watching the television series at my grandparents' when I was little. After a day of scampering around the welsh beaches and woods they were such a tranquil way to end the day.
As well as admiring her stories, Beatrix Potter was a lady of many talents, and you can read my blog post about why I find her so inspiring here. Her furry namesake now wears her name on her ID tag with pride!
|Miss Beatrix herself|
Are you a fan of the Beatrix Potter stories?