March 30, 2015

A Red Squirrel in the Cottage!

The Red-Wings Have Returned!
One morn, in the wee hours, the dogs were alarmed by the presence of a little red squirrel in the cottage. We secured the canines and, using boards, created a safe path to direct the squirrel out of doors. Before the little squirrel went out the door he paused and looked up at me, we had a moment of silent communication, and then he calmly went out the door.
The photograph above is of the little red squirrel or one of his relatives.



It has been a bitterly cold, blustery winter at Corgyncombe.
Above, is a photograph of our smokehouse covered with snow that I took several weeks ago. Now, the snow level is down a bit, a few inches below the latch of the smokehouse door. There is still quite a cover of snow about the landscape and it is snowing this afternoon! We could still have snowbanks in May at Corgyncombe.

The Red-Winged Blackbirds have been late in returning to Corgyncombe. Finally, on March 24th, the o-ka-lee of the Red-Wing was heard and what a welcome sound it was, indeed!


I took our Christmas tree down around St. Patrick's Day. We cut it in December and it was still holding its needles in March. It was just so pretty I hated to take it down. Whilst removing the ornaments, I recognized the white ball with pink roses as similar to the one shown on the dolls' Christmas tree in the Tasha Tudor Christmas video.

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March 7, 2015

Valentine's Day at Towpath Cottage!

Bobby Takes a Tumble!
 Hittys gathered round the table of old fashioned Valentines.
A Valentine Party of Tillie Tinkham's Sewing Circle was held at Towpath Cottage.

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Towpath Cottage is where Hitty Beth lives with her Mum who is our dear friend.
We enjoyed Valentine cookies and tea and lively conversation with Hitty Beth's Mum. We all had a delightful time!

Old fashioned Valentines were made and given.
The carved wooden dolls were made by talented doll carver Judy Brown.

Tillie Tinkham holding a Valentine.


Hitty Diane and little Andy looking at a lovely Valentine.


Sitting under the table Andy cuts out a special little Valentine for Hitty Diane. How she loves it!


Hitty Beth receives a flowered Valentine.


Tillie holds a pretty Valentine for Ima.


In the background one can see the opening for the stairway. Whilst the Hittys were assembling for their Valentine Party, Bobby, in his haste to rush up the stairway, tumbled down the stairs! Although he later recovered and was not permanently injured, Bobby had to sit out the party with an ice bag on his head.


Above is Bobby at the Forget-Me-Not Fair.

Bobby was in a hurry to get to the Valentine table to pick out the prettiest Valentine for Hitty Diane. Bobby was annoyed that he missed the party and very irked about Hitty Diane and Andy.


Last Autumn we serendipitously found a dollhouse for the little Hittys.
Here Bobby is trying to impress Hitty Diane by hopping up on the porch rail to peek in the bay window. Hitty Diane is alarmed and throws up her hands warning Bobby that he could fall and Nanny wouldn't like him balancing on the porch rail.


Bobby hopped over the porch rail and then he lost his balance and tumbled off. He felt quite smug until he tumbled off. This was before little Andy came to Corgyncombe....

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February 14, 2015

Hearts, Flowers and Tasha Tudor!

Valentine's Day and Delights from the Herbary!
Emma and "Little Dear One" at Old Sturbridge Village in the Salem Towne House garden.
What a warm, serene and delightful sight on this blustery, cold and snowy Valentine's Day!
Salem Towne was a cousin through old New England family lines to my great great great grandmother Sarah Towne.


Emma and her lovely clothing were made by talented dollmaker Margaret Flavin.

Emma brought the herbs from home. She picked them from the Corgyncombe Garden of Herbs. She fashioned them into a tussie mussie that includes feverfew, lavender, lemon thyme, and rose geranium.


The Herbary at Corgyncombe.


 I made a special Valentine cake using "The Tudor Family's Valentine Cake" receipt in Tasha Tudor's book "All for Love".
It is so delicious at Valentines tea!


During the Days of Valentines we display some of our Tasha Tudor Valentine delights at the Corgyncombe Library. In the upper left is Tasha's "Be Mine" Valentine Calendar. It has 14 doors to open with quotes behind them. The book in the upper right is Tasha Tudor's "A Time to Keep". "A Time to Keep" and "Around the Year" (not pictured) are such beautifully illustrated books for those who like to partake in all the seasons' monthly celebrations! There is always something nice to look forward to in the upcoming season. They are two of my favorite Tasha Tudor books and I highly recommend them. Below "A Time to Keep" is the "Dr. Cupid Corgi" Valentine card, "The Jenny Wren Book of Valentines", and the "Be Mine" Valentine card. In the lower right is "Dr. Cupid Corgi's Laboratory of Love" Valentine calendar with 14 doors to open. In the lower left are the wrappings from a gift that Tasha Tudor gave us. Next is "All for Love" filled with poetry, songs, and Tasha Tudor's Valentine traditions. It was a gift from my husband.

Tasha Tudor's work is always so cheerful and lovely, especially in February near Valentine's Day when it's cold and snowy outside! The "Be Mine" Valentine Calendar and "Dr. Cupid Corgi's Laboratory of Love" Valentine Calendar are such fun to open as Valentine's Day approaches! My daughter Sarah was the model for the little girl in Tasha Tudor's "Be Mine" Valentine Calendar and Valentine card.

Some of the photographs and some of the writings on this post are from previous Corgyncombe Courant posts that can be found here on the Corgyncombe Courant and from our previous postings elsewhere on the internet.

The Hittys, The Little Dolls of Pumpkin House, celebrated Valentine's Day yesterday at Towpath Cottage with our friends Hitty Beth and her Mum. We will feature Valentine's Day at Towpath Cottage in a future post!

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February 2, 2015

Tillie Tinkham's Sewing Circle at Towpath Cottage!

Little Girl and Dolly Play Time!
 The next meeting of Tillie Tinkham's Sewing Circle was held at Hitty Beth's dollhouse, "Towpath Cottage". Hitty Beth belongs to our dear friend and we were so happy to visit Hitty Beth and her wonderful dollhouse!

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Tillie Tinkham is measuring Hitty Beth for the new frock that she is helping the girls to make. The girls are learning to sew under the tutelage of Tillie Tinkham, the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe. The Hittys were made by talented doll carver Judy Brown.


Tillie Tinkham's Sewing Circle Emblem!
Tillie Tinkham on her tuffet with her golden metal thimble!


Little Hitty Diane peeks around the dress form, ever so quietly as to not disturb Tillie Tinkham as she is beginning to cut into the fabric.


After Tillie is done measuring, Hitty helps Hitty Beth put back on her lovely frock made by Judy Brown.


"Towpath Cottage"
The roof and front come off and inside are four rooms. The dollhouse is very old and has wooden casters to roll it around the floor. The Little Dolls of Pumpkin House and Tillie Tinkham were delighted to visit Hitty Beth
at Towpath Cottage!

A towpath is a path where boats were pulled along a canal by horses or mules.


My cousins and friends liked to come over to my play house and backyard to play. All three of us girls brought our dollies to play!


The playhouse my Daddy made for me.

Here is a link to our post at
the Corgyncombe Courant
about a previous
Tillie Tinkham's Sewing Circle Meeting:


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January 27, 2015

Christmas Tea and Tillie's Sewing Circle!

A Delightful Hitty Gathering!
Ima and Hitty



When a dear friend saw our Hittys she decided she wanted a Hitty of her very own! Before Christmas, our friend's Hitty Beth arrived!
Above, Ima calls to invite friends little Hitty Beth and her Mum to a meeting of Tillie Tinkham's Sewing Circle with Dundee Cake and Tea. Hitty Beth's Mum and I have been good friends for years.


Tillie Tinkham's Sewing Circle Emblem!
Tillie Tinkham on her tuffet with her golden metal thimble!


Ima and Hitty have been under the tutelage of Tillie Tinkham the seamstress mouse. Tillie is peeking out the door as her students arrive.


"The Mary Frances Sewing Book, or Adventures Among the Thimble People" published in 1913, written by Jane Eayre Fryer and illustrated by Jane Allen Boyer.

In the book Sewing Bird tells the little girl Mary Frances about the sewing lessons and all the things that she can make for her doll:

"Why, certainly, dear little Miss,
You can learn to make all this:
A pin-a-fore, some under-clothes,
A little 'kerchief for her nose;
Kimono, bloomers, little cap,
a nightie for her little nap;
A dress for morn, for afternoon,
A dress for parties, not too soon;
A little cape, a little bonnet --
perhaps with roses fastened on it; --
A nice warm coat to keep from chill,
A dainty sack, in case she's ill:
All this and more we'll gladly teach,
If you will do and follow each--
will you?"


The book has patterns for all these things
for a bigger doll than Hitty.


Threading the needle together!


When Hitty Beth arrived the two Hittys hugged and were so delighted to meet each other!


Hitty and Ima outside the apartment dollhouse, 863 Park Avenue, where Tillie gives sewing lessons at her shoppe "Tillie Tinkham's Frocks and Fashions" with Millinery and Tea Room.


Dundee cake and tea, and a special pitcher of Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille's milk for little Hitty Diane.
Ima and the Hittys were made by
talented doll carver Judy Brown.
Their furniture was made by talented Roy Bubbenmoyer.


The beeswax candles of the Advent Wreath over 863 Park Avenue are lit and the pretty music is playing.
The dollhouse, with its two large opening doors, reminds us of Beatrix Potter's doll's house at Hill Top.


Delicious Dundee Cake at Christmas Tea!

The receipt for Dundee Cake is in
"The Tasha Tudor Cookbook".
I never add the citron nor the raisins as called for in the receipt, but add more than the called for amount of currants and in addition to the almonds in the receipt, add walnuts.
This combination makes the most delicious Dundee cake!




Many things were discussed during tea. One of the fun things we share is our interest in genealogy.
Sarah and I were delightfully surprised when Hitty Beth's Mum brought us a photograph of my 5th great grandmother  Hannah (Austin) Rose's gravestone on Block Island, Rhode Island.

We have been researching the possibility that my 4th great grand Aunt Rosanna Rose settled on Islesboro, Maine and we found it so interesting that there had been a schooner named "Rosanna Rose" built at Islesboro. Because the original Hitty in the book "Hitty, Her First Hundred Years" by Rachel Field, was carved in Maine and had an adventure on a ship, the Hittys were excited to hear this! Rachel Field loved the islands off the coast of Maine.


 The Hittys, Ima and Tillie started a frock for Hitty Beth.
More of their sewing will be shown in a future post!


Here is a link to:
with Music from Jane Austen's time


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December 25, 2014

A Little Tasha Corgi, Oh, What Fun!

A Surprise for The Little Dolls of Pumpkin House!
Tasha Corgi was a lovely Christmas surprise for The Little Dolls of Pumpkin House! How they love her!



A festive Dundee cake with a pink lustre teapot at a Christmas candlelight tea.
Tasha Tudor was so fond of pink lustre.
The receipt for Dundee Cake is in "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook".
I never add the citron nor the raisins as called for in the receipt, but add more than the called for amount of currants and in addition to the almonds in the receipt, add walnuts.
This combination makes the most delicious Dundee cake!


Tasha Corgi has hopped upon the sled seat!
Tasha Corgi was made by Sylvia Mobley and painted by her to look like our first corgi, Tasha Elizabeth Corgi. Little Tasha Elizabeth Corgi even has a sweet little pink heart on her snout near her nose just like our real Tasha Corgi did!
Roy Bubbenmoyer made the old fashioned sled.
Hitty was made by talented doll carver Judy Brown.


Sarah and Tasha Corgi walking in the snow.


Corgyncombe Cottage

Some of the photographs and some of the writings on this post are from previous Corgyncombe Courant posts that can be found here on the Corgyncombe Courant and from our previous postings elsewhere on the internet.

I made the above photograph of Sarah and Tasha Corgi into a Valentine card that Tasha Tudor was delighted to receive. After Tasha received the card she illustrated the scene. The illustration appears in the book "The Art of Tasha Tudor". Tasha Corgi was named after Tasha Tudor, and Tasha Tudor was very honored and declared herself to be Tasha Corgi's Godmother. We have had six corgyn: Tasha Corgi, Katrina Corgi, Ethlyn Maria Weaver Corgi, Emily Jane Jones Shepard Corgi, Eliakim May Corgi, and Lydia Rebecca Sly Corgi. We are so grateful to Tasha for showing us through her illustrations how delightful corgyn can be!


Tasha Corgi made and painted by Sylvia Mobley.
See the sweet pink heart near her nose and her happy smile just like the real Tasha Corgi!


Pumpkin House
An Old New England House


A Very Merry Christmas
to our Dear Readers!


Here are links to our previous Christmas posts
for this year at the Corgyncombe Courant:



Here is a link to:
Esther Robertson's Web site
Esther's lovely stories and photographs of her Hittys and her miniature Tasha Corgi have inspired us!


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December 24, 2014

Making Christmas Wreaths with Hitty!

Shiny Red Ribbons and Greens!
Ima and Hitty fashion wreaths and bows from the greens that Ima and friend Carol have gathered.
Making wreaths from greens is such a festive way to celebrate Christmas!


Tasha Tudor illustrated many delightful Christmas cards with children making wreaths. At December teas, by the light of the Advent wreath, we enjoy looking at vintage Tasha Tudor cards.


Little Hitty Diane loves playing with the shiny red ribbons!


Ima and the Hittys with a finished wreath and bow.
Ima and the Hittys were made by talented doll carver Judy Brown.

Kitty loves playing with the shiny red ribbon, too!


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