Dateline: 14 October 2016, AD
I pulled up a piece of plastic mulch in my garden and really surprised this cute little rodent. I think it was in shock. I picked it up and it started biting my glove. After taking a few pictures, I let it go.
This mouse reminded me of Beatrix Potter, and I found the following mouse art by her...
Back in 2009, at my previous blog, I wrote the following about Beatrix Potter...
Beatrix Potter came from a family of means and was home schooled. She was an artist and loved to draw animals from a young age. In her mid-30s she tried to find a publisher for her Peter Rabbit book but no publisher was interested. So she self-published 250 copies of the book. After that, the book was picked up by a large publishing house and the rest is history. Beatrix Potter became wealthy from the several children’s books she wrote and illustrated. Now for the particularly endearing (to me, at least) part of the story...
What would you do if you became wealthy from the books you wrote? Personally, I’d buy a farm and land and take care of it. Well, it so happens that is exactly what Beatrix Potter did with her money. She began by purchasing Hill Top a farm in the Lake District of Scotland, an area where her family had vacationed for years. In time, Beatrix purchased 14 farms and 4,000 acres of land in that area. She purchased the land in order to preserve it from speculation and development. She was interested in preserving the ancient small-farm culture (called “fell farming” ) of the region. She herself became an avid sheep farmer. In some of the internet information about Beatrix Potter, she is referred to as a “countrywoman.” I like that term.
Beatrix Potter’s extensive land holdings went to a national trust when she died, so that the land would be preserved from development. Yes, that is endearing.
A couple years ago I bought myself a copy of the book, Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life. And I enjoyed it very much.