Peter Rabbit’s Hilltop Home…or Did It Belong to Beatrix Potter?

Did you love all the Peter Rabbit tales when you were little? I did. In fact, I wasquite determined to be like Peter’s good little sisters and have blackberries andmilk. And, I definitely knew better than to get into Mr MacGregor’s garden!When we were in the Lake District of England, we stopped by Hilltop and sawthe wonderful gardens where Peter Rabbit hid under the pots, & we feasted our eyes on the beautiful pastoral scenes below Hilltop that inspired Beatrix Potterto purchase and later give England thousands of acres of land for a national trust that became a huge contribution toward forming Lake District National Park.Alas, we were such early birds that we didn’t get in! It didn’t open until 10 am. 😦Not wanting to be bad little rabbits, we didn’t hop over the fence and check out the gardens, but we did wander along the paths at the hotel right next door andtook a few minutes to imagine what it might be like to live on a hilltop in thisvery scenic area of England. What do you think? Would you enjoy living in a home like this? The message at our chapel Sunday was on learning to grow past envy by being thankful for the good things we have. It’s only realistic to mourn loss of health or wholeness, chronic poverty or lack of privilege, but God does ask us to trust Him to care for us and find peace in who we are and what we have. Truly, “godliness with contentment is great gain” (I Timothy 6:6).

P.S.—If you’re looking for more information, there is a truly delightful 2006 production called Miss Potter that tells a cheery  tale of her life and touching romance.