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Gwaenynog Hall

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Gwaenynog Hall in Denbigh was the setting for the Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies – and we could see not a one!  This was the garden that stories are made from…and it was a real treat to be standing in it…and hoping that a few bunnies would come out to greet us – but alas, they were off in the woods playing.

Beatrix Potter's mother and my great-grandmother were sisters and she came here to stay with her Uncle Fred. This is going back to the 1890s and she came some 13 times. While she was here she got the inspiration to write the Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies and illustrate the book.

The garden at Gwaenynog Hall has been open to the public for around 15 years but they are trying to return the garden to what it probably looked like during the author's visits.  Janie’s youngest daughter, Frances, has taken the reins now and with help are on their way.

For our visit, even though it was September, we could see what this garden must look like during June when in peak flower.  Now we had lots of apples to munch on while we walked and talked.   Mr McGregors potting shed was there with some old watering cans hanging from the rafters and apples drying in bins.  It was pretty neat to be standing here and being a part of history and such a good story, even for just a moment.  Beatrix Potter passed away in 1943 but at least her bunnies can still be seen – or not!

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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