It did indeed snow overnight. While there was no snow in the streets of Keswick, there was a good covering on the Fells.
By 9am the air was really clear and we decided to proceed with our excursion to Beatrix Potter's home and the Beatrix Potter Gallery. We picked Christine and Eddie up from their B&B at 10 and headed off to Hawkshead and the Beatrix Potter Gallery.
Hawkshead is dominated by the church - and lower down, in the lanes and squares, by 'authorised' Beatrix Potter merchandise.
Inside the Gallery, on the ground floor, was an excellent interactive display that I spent some time viewing. It told the story of Beatrix Potter's life as well as exploring her collections of shells, butterflies, moths and dragonflies.
Upstairs was a display and collection of her paintings, drawings and other objects. I decided not to go up the steep, narrow staircase.
By the time we had travelled the two and a half miles to Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's house at Near Sawrey, the sun was out and the air clear.
The ground, however, remained pretty wet underfoot.
I really liked the part of the house that is open to the public. It is surprisingly uncluttered. It is furnished with really beautiful single pieces of solid wooden furniture. It includes three spinning wheels of different kinds.
and a few lovely pieces like this vase.
There are samplers that she seems to have collected, rather than worked.
She was, apparently, an accomplished needle-woman and was working on this needlepoint piece at the time of her death..
Her doll's house also provides insights into her imagination and creativity.
It was lovely to peek through the windows at life inside.
I had a quick look in the vegetable garden, which surely bore the stamp of Farmer McGregor.
I came away with the sense of a very complex, interesting and sophisticated woman.
While Christine, Eddie and I visited the house, Sue and Alf went for a walk. We had arranged to meet up at the Tower Bank Arms Pub for lunch.
However, food at the Tower Bank proved to be rationed, and they had no more to serve when we arrived. We therefore waited out a bit more sleet and a flurry of snow before moving on.
We took the car ferry across to Windermere,
and on to Kirkstone Pass, where we finally stopped for a very late lunch at the Kirkstone Pass Inn.
There was still snow on the ground as well as the hills.
It was a truly lovely drive down to and around Ullswater. We were a triffle squished with 5 of us in the car. It was ccomfortable, but not conducive to taking photos. These were taken through the windscreen from the back seat. No amount of editing currently available to me removes the rear-vision mirror!
Christine and Eddie head home tomorrow. We have had a wonderful time together - so easy, and a lot of laughs. How lucky and blessed are we to be connected and able to get together.
The forecast for tomorrow is for snow all day. God speed and safe travel to Christine and Eddie. Sue, Alf and I plan on visiting the Keswick Museum.