Beatrix Potter was born on 28 July 150 years ago. There can be few people in the western world who haven’t been delighted by her charming characters, Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggywinkle, Squirrel Nutkin, etc.
I don’t remember having her books, but I do remember my mother telling me bedtime stories about Peter Rabbit who might sneak into our garden and eat the lettuces. Maybe she’d enjoyed the stories as a child?
My daughters had some of the books. I especially remember “Ginger and Pickles” a cat and a dog who ran a general store. Any hedghogs who visited our home were called Tiggywinkle, and there were frequent references to the efficacy of camomile tea. My pleasure in meeting squirrels in England may well have been sparked by memories of Squirrel Nutkin.
As well as being a prolific author, Beatrix Potter was an astute merchandiser. Most of us can remember crockery embellished with her characters. Maybe there’s some lurking in one of your cupboards? Ziggy has his biscuits in a bowl with rabbits.
“Do rabbits, squirrels, hedgehogs too
bring back fond memories to you?”