|You can't have a celebration without cake!|
I often wonder what Beatrix would make of the ideas and initiatives we come up with, but the longer I work with her legacy, the more I come to realise that she was in fact years ahead of us. Beatrix was a shrewd businesswoman and innovator. She thoroughly exploited any opportunities that presented themselves, she was the first to see the potential of her characters as merchandising gold mines – long before Walt Disney was putting Minnie, Mickey and Donald onto lunch boxes and T-shirts, Beatrix was putting Peter, Jemima and Benjamin onto Tea sets, slippers and, well, pretty much anything. So a more appropriate question might be; are we living up to her entrepreneurial example? There certainly isn’t a shortage of ideas around here.
October may be our last month fully open but we’ve got plenty going on. Tuesday 15th is the actual anniversary date and if you’re lucky enough to be in Sawrey that day, look out for members of the team wearing appropriate accessories, you may even be offered cake… well it would be rude not to!
Remember that the current Gallery exhibition ends on 3rd November, so all the artwork on display will go into storage for at least 8-10 years. As well as the artwork; we will certainly miss the eight Pettitoes piggies who have been in residence for the children’s trail throughout the season. Hill Top will also close its doors for winter conservation work and repairs and say good bye to the wedding theme, which so many visitors have enjoyed this season.