As it had been raining she wore a different hat………..
With trepidation I stood back but with some prompting I began to approach our special guest. As I ran towards her for my typical 'in your face' embrace it became clear very quickly that she really was Beatrix Potter and in that moment in time….so hugs were not appropriate (and you will see by my expressions how embarrassed I was!)…….
This talented actress is in fact Judith Notley who has a lifetime experience of acting and directing…….
I had the opportunity of sharing my work with her but it was still somewhat difficult for me to relate to the mature Beatrix Potter (really Mrs Heelis) but she had the incredible talent of keeping one in that zone……...
Then it was the tears and hugs while Mrs Heelis prepared a surprise of her own…...
Out of her basket came a pet mouse which to start with looked real and then she read the "Tale of Peter Rabbit" to us all…….
As we ambled down to the veggie garden for photos Mrs Heelis still remained in that time and place……..
It was wonderful to hear the conversation between Paul and Beatrix as they shared stories of farming and sheep. If any of us diverted to current time Mrs Heelis had the amazing talent of bringing us back. One comment from her was the speed of our cameras and the familiarity of us all……but bit by bit she peeled off the layers to reveal a much smaller person - the lovely Judith. (She later told me she rarely does this when performing). I was sorry that a few of us were leaving for an optional visit to Ambleside especially when I learnt that she stayed for several more hours nattering with the others. But what a sensational way to celebrate the amazing talent and persona of a mature Beatrix Potter. I will be forever in debt to Helen and everyone who travelled so far to share in this memorable day. Thankyou Helen xx