As a little girl, I absolutely adored the Beatrix Potter stories.
Mum only had to start off "
Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits - and their names were - Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter."
and I'd burst into fits of giggles.
Even today, more than a few years on, the start of that story still makes me smile and feel good inside. And I still have the collection of the Beatrix Potter stories in a beautiful box on my bookshelf. They are just so beautifully illustrated.
Those of you who know and love the tales from Beatrix Potter and who've seen the film about her life staring Renée Zellweger will know the work she did to support the National Trust. When Beatrix died in 1943, she left 15 farms and over 4,000 acres of land to the National Trust. Hill Top Farm was kept exactly as it had been when she lived in it and today thousands of people visit it every year.
There are some lovely soft toys of the characters in the Beatrix Potter collection - Peter Rabbit, of course, then there's Jemima Puddleduck, Benjamin Bunny and Mrs Tiggy Winkle.
A few years ago, I gave my mother a beautiful soft toy - Jemima Puddleduck. To this day Jemima still sits in my mother's bedroom, and she does add a real touch to the corner she sits in. My mother and I still smile as we walk past her and see her.
You can buy them all from the National Trust's Online Shop. I've used it several times before and I've always found their service to be really good.
and this below is Mrs Tiggy Winkle
Click here to visit the National Trust's Online Shop and the Beatrix Potter collection. There are some lovely gifts and you'll be supporting the National Trust's work to preserve Britain's beautiful places at the same time :-)