We walked back down the hill in town to look around the lake.
Hill Top consisted of a group of houses that Potter had bought. The original Hill Top where she lived was too small when she married so she bought a white house across the way and added a larger section for her and her husband. She maintained Hill Top for her writing and painting.
We first walked into the gift shop and since I'd been hearing about all the conservation work and scientific work Potter had done, I decided I wanted to know more about her. I hoped they'd have a biography of her, and they did from the National Trust publishers. It turned out the reviews say its a very good read. They also had two booklets on Potter and another with photos of the inside of the house that we couldn't go in.
Then we walked out in the garden and into a fantasy world of Beatrix Potter. Walking down a stone path surrounded by a pumpkin patch and flowers, and wooden fences, I could hear birds singing, bees buzzing, and then looked over and saw bunnies in the field! Peter Rabbit! There were two large grey ones half buried in the grass, and another against the back fence. Apparently I'd just missed the blue bird.
Our next stop took us to Hawkshead, a medieval town that has mostly become a bunch of shops and cafes. We had an hour to stop for lunch and shop. Hubby found some good fish and chips, and while I ran around the shops looking for a little statue of a Herdy sheep, he bought me a freshly baked raisin scone to nibble on. I also bought a bottle of elderberry sparkling water, and the elderberry taste was just as good as I remembered from jelly I'd had as a child.
Farther down the hill we came across some cows in the area. I can't remember what they called them but I remember seeing some in Maine, and they called them "Oreo Cows". I doubt that's their real name but it fits.