Sunday, 4 September 2016

Beatrix Potter

This year saw the commemoration of the birth of Beatrix Potter with a set of stamps and miniature sheet from Royal Mail.  Beatrix lived in the southern part of the Lake District so the FDC postmark of Coniston is the nearest to her home of Hill Top Farm and also the farm, Yew Tree, shown on the cover which must be the most photographed farm in the Lake District;  twirl around any postcard whirligig and you'll usually find it somewhere.  A keen naturalist and breeder of sheep the income from Beatrix Potter's books allowed her to invest in farmland and she bought 15 farms in total, one of which was Yew Tree Farm.  The famous old spinning gallery of the farm is hidden under her portrait but it can be seen here.  When Beatrix Potter died she left all her farms and 4 thousand acres of land to the National Trust, a charity that preserves and  protects historic places and spaces for future generations to enjoy. 

Here are the little characters Beatrix Potter created as loved today as they were then
 Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle
 Squirrel Nutkin and Jemima Puddle Duck
Tom Kitten and Benjamin Bunny
The story of each stamp can be seen on the GB Stamps site here

An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - Commemorative stamps - see more at   See It On A Postcard


FinnBadger said...

Great first day cover, and amazing how popular Beatrix Potter's characters are over a century after their publication.

Maria said...

How lovely! I enjoyed examining the detail of each watercolor stamp!

Visiting from Sunday Stamps :)

Bob Scotney said...

Our local Post Office sold out of these inside 2 days. Lovely stamps.

VioletSky said...

Her illustrations are so instantly recognizable. I am now lusting after this set...