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Herb of the Week for 20th April
by Lynn Kirkland

Back to Childhood Delights

A friend and I went to see Miss Potter and what a delightful film it is.
Young and old fans of the Beatrix Potter books will love it and after viewing the film you will want to go and reread these beautiful books.
If you had not discovered them before going to the film I am sure you will be off to the book shop or library to find them.
Twenty three of these beautifully illustrated and charmingly written books came from the pen and paintbrush of Beatrix Potter.
Beatrix was born on July 28th 1866 and the film depicts this time so well.
Fascinated with animals and keeping rabbits as pets and indeed close friends, Beatrix Potter used her considerable talent as an artist to create the beginnings of the twenty three stories that would make her a rich and independent woman.
The film is also a love story and takes the viewers into the beautiful Lake District where one can visit today to see Hill Top farm where Beatrix lived.
The Beatrix potter tourist can have quite a themed visitor experience while in this area.
Closer to home why not think of creating your own little Beatrix Potter garden or if Peter rabbit is the favourite then a Peter rabbit garden.
Essential in this garden will be parsley and why not create a parsley heaven for your own bunny inhabitant by planting different varieties.
In the photo you can see in the foreground the tasty large leaved Italian parsley or as it is sometimes known, flat leaf parsley.
Closer to our bunny is the regular curly parsley and then you could find par-cel at a nursery which has parsley tops with a celery stem as a real bunny treat.
Parsley is not just good for rabbits. It has excellent amounts of iron and Vitamin C as well as other nutrients. Eat it at every opportunity raw or cooked.

Other herbs mentioned in Beatrix Potterís books are chamomile, mint, sage, parsley, thyme, rosemary and rue.
Involve the children or grandchildren and go shopping for rabbits or other Potter characters.
Read the books, create the garden with herbs and vegetables and if you do this with some young ones in your life then you may start them on a lifetime interest in gardening and reading.
And that in my opinion would be a very good thing indeed.

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