Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Prickles meets Mrs Tiggywinkle

Prickles and I left school on Thursday 10th of April and set off with my parents to Yorkshire. We stayed with my friend Emily and her family in Saltaire. The next morning Prickles and I went with Emily to her school. Her school is in the middle of Saltaire village. This village was built to house the millworkers by Sir Titus Salt a victorian mill owner. He also had built a hospital, school and a beautiful park so that his workers could enjoy themselves when they were not working in the mills. All the street names were called after members of his family but two streets are called Albert Road and Victoria Street after the King and Queen.

On Friday morning we set off to the Lake District as soon as my Dad had come back from seeing his friend. On the way we saw lots of sheep. Finally we got to the Borrowdale Hotel ,then we unpacked and went downstairs to see if anybody had arrived. My Auntie Muriel and Uncle John then Cousin Adrian and his friend Siobhan and his three sons Hugo who was the youngest then Rory who was the second youngest then Oli who was the oldest. Then Auntie Stella and Uncle Derek closely followed by Cousins Rosemary, Peter, Ben and Lucy. Our family had travelled from Dorset, Cornwall, Bristol, Suffolk and Yorkshire. That evening over dinner every one caught up with each others news from the past year

The next day everyone except Stella, Derek, Muriel, John, Rosemary, Mum and I set off to climb Helvellyn one of the biggest mountains in the country. John went to a pencil museum, the others went to a Farm house museum. Mum, Prickles and I went to Bowness to the Beatrix Potter experience. This was a lovely museum which displayed lifelike models of all the characters from her books. This was when Prickles met Mrs Tiggywinkle the Hedgehog who was a washerwoman. We then went to a small village called Sawrey and visited Hill Top Farm which is the House where Beatrix Potter lived when she wrote many of her famous books. The lady on the door gave me and Prickles a copy of Samuel Whiskers so that as we went round the rooms we could identify pieces of furniture which were in the illustrations in the book. It was lovely to think that Prickles and I were standing in the house where such famous characters were imagined.

The next day being Sunday it was time to say good bye to the other family members and head for home. We drove right across the Yorkshire Dales and visited Auntie Pam and Uncle Derek at Carlton-in-Coverdale before joining the A1 and heading home.

Prickles and I had a wonderful time in the Lake District.

by Katie Year 5 Class GH