Friday, July 30, 2010

Beatrix Potter Exhibition at Mottisfont Abbey

Learned life lessons from Peter Rabbit?  Had a framed picture of Jemima Puddle-Duck on the wall as a child?  No childhood has escaped the whimsical influence of the works of Beatrix Potter. Her anthropomorphic characters are in countless tales read to kiddies of any era at bedtime.

From now through September 20, 2010, Mottisfont Abbey, a National Trust property in Hampshire, is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the creative author.  Her original water colors and greeting cards will be on display, featuring some of her most popular characters.  Be sure to go this summer; they can only be shown ONCE EVERY TEN YEARS as the paintings are that fragile.  The exhibit – like entry to each of the Trust’s over 300 properties – is free for members of The Royal Oak Foundation, the Trust’s U.S. affiliate.

As an added bonus, Mottisfont recreated Mr. McGregor’s Garden full of authentic vegetables with which Beatrix herself would have been familiar.  Families can try their hand at farming by sowing heirloom seeds.  The property’s popular “Scarecrow Trail” around the grounds of Mottisfont features imaginative recreations of Peter Rabbit and friends, and there will be Potter-related dishes on offer in the Kitchen Café including Peter Rabbit Salad as well as recipes from the books themselves like Blackberry Bread and Muffins.

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