A Tale of Tails A Legend Born Tribute Story To Beatrix Potter

A Garden's Tale


The garden wept. Flowers dipped their heads, and rabbits scurried to their warrens, hiding their heads as though turning away from what was needing to be faced. There was a quiet that came over the garden. The only sound the pitter pat of raindrops tapping on leaves, and plopping to the ground, like tears falling from heaven.

Even the grass held its breath, the swooshing and swaying that was usually heard, a distant memory only to be recognised by the woods themselves, that knew by the sense of the earth that their world was holding its breath. A caterpillar humped its way over the cornerstone of a cobbled path, then, realising that something wasn’t quite right, stopped and turned its head to take in the scent of the quiet air.

Squirrels darted through the trees, gibbering and chatting to each other as though saying, what to do, what to do, and then hushed by their mothers, turned and buried their heads into their tiny hands. A crow, who had been watching this with interest, took flight from the tree, and swooped down to land on the porch of the house. Leaning closer, he tapped his beak against the small diamond window. Tap, tap, trying to get attention from the creature who he knew lived inside. But the quiet of the house confused him, and with a sigh, he swepped back up into the air, his wings causing a disturbance that set the warm still air in motion, and making leaves swirl and fall upon the ground.

Sunlight poured down, and the heat of the day began to disipate, leaving puddles of shadow beneath the flower pots that hung from the hook on the wall. Silence. Then, as the day began to creep slowly into night, a first stirring of movement.


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A hedgehog, his hunger overtaking his sense of confusion scuttled forward across the grass. The movement broke the spell and all the creatures of the garden seemed to stretch and, as though awakened from a deep sleep, wiped the dream from their minds. The wind, catching the movement, sighed, causing a gust of air to sweep across the landscape and touch the flowers. Their heads bopped back up and turned towards the setting sun. The rabbit shook himself and shuffled back out of his burrow. Raising his head to the sky, he twitched his little nose, and hopped over to the patch of carrots that were sprouting up from the earth. He began to munch on the tiny orange vegetable, and as though it was a signal to all the other animals, they began to search for food, and go about their daily business.

But the crow, who had flown back to stand on the branch of the tree, looked towards the house one last time. With a caw that sounded mysteriously like, goodbye, goodbye, he swepped his wings out to catch the air, and ascended to the sky.

The garden wiped its rainy tears and the grass began to sway as though singing. It knew a secret. As though the earth had whispered in the ear of corn growing by the fence leading into the field, it knew that the creature who had lived in the house would go on to write about them. Peter the rabbit, squirrel nutkin, and the small mouse that lived in the hedge would all be known by millions of children for years to come. Because Beatrix, that was her name, loved her garden and all the animals. And even though she had gone from this earth, she would be there in all the thoughts and minds of children.

The garden stretched and sang, the sweetest sound that to any human ears would be just the wind in the trees, and the flowers tipping and swaying,. Maybe a passer by would wonder at the sound that seemed to be saying Beatrix Potter, we love you.

Copyright Nell Rose

This was inspired by my Beatrix Potter Hub. It seemed to flow out of me onto the page, and I couldn't quite catch up with it! So I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BEATRIX POTTER

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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

Absolutely beautiful! Kept me interesting and wanting to keep reading to see what was wrong and why the animals were all on edge. Truly a beautiful story. Voted up and beautiful!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, tillsontitan, thank you! I actually wrote this first, for some reason, I have no idea why!, lol it suddenly popped into my head all in one go! maybe something made me think of her, then of course I decided to investigate her story, then wrote the hub, and totally forgot I had written this! weird stuff! lol that happens sometimes, I can be doing something else, then voila! out pops a story! thanks for being so quick! cheers nell


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

This was so sweet, so vivid, so altogether endearing. I could see this being in any library. Outstanding Nell!


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Oh wow Nell!! there's a genius in you showing itself here!! what an amazing hub. And a great tribute to a great lady. voted up

cheers carrie :-)


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

That was just beautiful Nell. Everything about the way you said it was just spot on. I'm envious and admiring at the same time.

Let it flow.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Nell, I really think you wrote such an amazing story. It is just beautiful and I enjoyed it very much.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

The descriptiveness. Oh how beautifully you described each animal, each plant. The instincts of the animals and plants as the rain stopped. I could picture every leaf and grass in the garden. That was truly wonderful.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Poet, thanks so much, I couldn't get the words down quick enough! goodness knows where it came from! lol wish it would do that every time I write a hub! cheers nell


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LuxmiH 5 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

Oh Nell!!!! I love the way you weave words into such an interesting tapestry. Makes me want to return to the innocence of childhood. Bravo! Encore!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, carrie, thank you, I just got the idea, then I did the beatrix hub, and nearly forgot this! ha ha thanks again nell


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Nell-This story was so moving, touching and inspiring. Even the animals knew that something had changed. I have goosebumps just thinking about it.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Nell, this is beautiful, reminds me of a Childrens book story, you said the words seemed to flow quickly, i can feel that. Very well done.

Subperb!!!!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, christopher, thanks for reading it, and I'm glad you liked it, I will carry on trying to flow! ha ha


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Pamela, I like to write a story sometimes because it gives me a chance to just throw down on paper, or a pc in this case! lol something that I can really feel, thanks for liking it, cheers nell


"Quill Again" 5 years ago

Captivating and the talent is shining here girl... congrats on this one... keep writing... you are amazing.

Blessings and Hugs from Canada


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Cardisa, thanks so much, I just tried to see it as it could be, and I love animals! lol between you and me, I talk to animals as though they are human! ha ha mind you, that could be a sign of madness or lonliness! not sure which! lol thanks again nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, LuxmiH, thanks so much, I am glad you liked it, now I have to sit and think what to write about next! lol I keep trying to be a business woman, write about selling etc, but my brain keeps pulling me back, never mind this is how I am meant to be I think! lol


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Minnetonka, I just wondered what the animals would feel like from their point of view, I wonder if they knew? lol thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Ruby, I couldn't catch up with it! lol the last time this happened was when I wrote a poem, years ago, and I sent it off and got it in an anthology! it usually happens when I wake up, but by the time I grab a pen its disappeared! lol thanks


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Quill, nice to see you, thanks so much, its a pity I can't write a book like this, it would be such a bonus! lol cheers nell


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

I don't see why you couldn't write a book Nell!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, tillsontitan, maybe one day! lol I did write one years ago, but it got the good old rejection letter, and I put it in a drawer and forgot about it! that was on an old typewriter! wow! to think of doing that these days! ha ha


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Oh my Nell. Had to go back to the title and double check because I thought for a moment I was reading one of your famous childrens fairy/wonderland type authors.But you've just shown a comparable level with this enchanting beauty of a write and its really no surprise at all.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

This was so beautiful, Nell. I love this tale. Thanks for share with us. Have a good day! Vote up..

Prasetio


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lindaclarke 5 years ago

Very well written. I loved this part: "The garden wiped its rainy tears and the grass began to sway as though singing." This is a beautiful description. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Alastar, thanks I just tried to make it come alive with the animals, mind you my brain seemed to slow down at the end, and I couldn't have written another word! ha ha thanks again nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, pras, thanks so much, and have a great weekend!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, linda, I am so glad you liked it! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

I was mesmerized by your beautiful story. I have always loved Beatrix Potter stories and the adventures her animals took. This reminded me of those times I when would hide under my bedsheets with a flashlight reading them. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, tipoague, thank you, I loved her stories too, and it seemed to inspire me, thanks for reading it, cheers nell


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Nell, I love when the 'words just flow' out of me, too. This is awesome and clever. Tell your muse 'thanks' from me, LOL


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Denise, I think my muse has gone back into hiding! ha ha thanks so much again, cheers nell


Aka Professor M 5 years ago

@Nell Rose; The intricate yet delicate weaving of those delightful characters and the setting would have been that which beatrix herself would truly appreciate, Nell Rose.

This was an expression of creativity that all writers and indeed authors will recognize as inspired and I thank you for sharing it here, with all of us! Voted up and pushed the buttons that apply with vigor, my friend!

Well Done Nell, Kudos!

Regards Mike (Aka Professor M!) ;D


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Ms. Nell Rose..I have chills running up and down my arms. The beautiful imagery is tantalizing and, heart stopping, too. Really imaginative...alive with anticipation...expectation...the animals and earth waiting...very wonderful!!! All UPs!!


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee

I love your story! Voted up and hope you continue to write them.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Mike, thank you so much! I love writing from the heart, I think we all need to do this sometimes, especially when we get writers block like I did! lol thanks again nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Lucky Cats, thanks for reading it, I just love beatrix potter and it seemed to get my imagination going! lol

Hi, beth, thanks so much, I am glad you enjoyed it, cheers nell


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

You are great being able to write such a wonderful story.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Hello hello, thanks so much!


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Lovely to read this Nell, lovely descriptions here.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, 2uesday, thanks so much, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi Nell,

I have some catching up to do and so glad I popped over here.

Your hubs are amazing and it is no wonder you have so many followers.

A brilliantly interesting hub which I vote up and up.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Thanks again Eiddwen!


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Nell, that was so cool! Great story. Loved it.

Voted up and up and away!

Tina


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Tina, where you been!? ha ha thanks for liking my story, and glad to see you back! cheers nell


purp-drag913 4 years ago

Beautiful visuals, Nell. I'll have to go to your site to study the lady more. I'm American and no little to nothing about her. Jane Austen, on the other hand...


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, purp drag, thanks for liking my story, she is an interesting lady, and very talented in her day, thanks nell


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Oh Nell this is so charming. You have caught Beatrix Potter's style of writing and what a tribute this is to her. Yes, you said it so well, children all over the world will always remember and keep her characters alive. So creative and enchanting Nell!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi suzette, thanks so much, I wrote this a while ago, and funnily enough saw beatrix potter on tv the other night! lol!

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