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Jeff Zycinski | 18:38 UK time, Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Lake Windermere

Strange weather here in the Lake District. Woke this morning with a torrent of water scudding off the skylight window of our rented cottage. BBC Radio Cumbria had subsequent reports of local flooding but missed the scoop that Noah was spotted buying timber and livestock.

We huddled together on the sofa eating buttered toast and watching a DVD copy of Miss Potter in which Renee Zellweger plays the part of Beatrix Potter and Ewan McGregor takes the role the young publisher who falls in love with her. Much is made of Potter's connection with the Lake District and the movie has some wonderful shots of Lake Windermere (although these may have been filmed on the Isle of Man).

This afternoon, the rain stopped (Noah was seen at B & Q returning his purchases ) and the sun shined. One of the best days we've had so far, in fact. So we went to the Lakeland visitor centre which has some wonderful woodland walks and views of Windermere. It also has an adventure playground - so the Zedettes were v. happy.

But thoughts of Beatrix Potter were never far away. The visitor centre has a little exhibition devoted to her - one of many you see in these parts - and every shop is stuffed full of Potter souvenirs.

Eat your heart out, J.K. Rowling.

Jeff Zycinski and Beatrix Potter

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