"Ah! Is that so? Indeed!" said the gentleman with sandy whiskers, looking curiously at Jemima. The first farm that Beatrix Potter owned was called Hill Top and she used it and its Lakeland surroundings in The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. Jemima was a real Hill Top duck who wasn’t good at hatching eggs and Beatrix Potter’s favourite sheepdog, Kep, features as the wise friend who rescues Jemima from the deceptively charming sandy-whiskered gentleman.