May 26, 2018

Pinkster Festival!

A Special African Celebration!
Estelle has gathered the ingredients for making gingerbread cookies, which include Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille's fine milk and butter, Phidelia Finch's egg, and spices.


The Pinkster bush is fragrant and beautiful!

Pinkster Day was the day the Dutch observed Pentecost.

Those of African heritage along the Hudson River Valley in York State would gather together to celebrate Pinkster with week long festivities of joyous celebration with their traditional music and dancing. There were booths decorated with Pinkster blossoms, selling things such as gingerbread.

Click Here for Traditional Historic Celebration of Pinkster at Philipsburg Manor


Phidelia Finch at Corgyncombe








Estelle cuts out various animal shapes, such as rabbits, hens, fish, and squirrels.






Estelle sells her gingerbread cookies at a festive booth decorated with Pinkster blooms.

Estelle and her friends enjoy the sight and beautiful fragrance of the Pinkster!



Estelle's daughter Cordelia.

Sweet little Jennie.


Jennie's Mama

Jennie's Aunt Nellie










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May 13, 2018

Wilma Higgs and Her Children!

Portraits Displayed in Honor of Mother's Day!



Wilma Higgs and her husband William have two children, a little son, Willie Jr., and a baby daughter, Charlotte Mary Elspeth.


Everyone adores the little baby sister!
Little Charlotte was named after her doting Aunties Charlotte, Mary, and Elspeth Higgs.


Little Willie holds his baby sister.




Wilma is a loving Mum!


Gently rocking the cradle.


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March 30, 2018

Blustery, Cold, Snowy Nor'easters!!!

Baking Comforting Treats!
This winter season Corgyncombe has seen several Nor'easters in a row, resulting in deep snow, blustery winds, and below zero windchills!

Hannah has been doing a lot of baking in her cozy, warm kitchen.
She has decided to make an old fashioned gingerbread cake.


Hannah has gathered the ingredients which include Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille's fine milk and butter (goat's butter is white), and Phidelia Finch's egg. The jug holds treacle.

Phidelia Finch at Corgyncombe


Hannah creams the butter, sugar and spices well together.
 

The apple tree near the garden where the little wren lives in the nesting season.
When the snow disappears, early scented violets will grow nearby, amongst the first flowers of spring.




Early in the morn, 'tis so sweet to find dear little bird feet lead right up to my door. They are awaiting my coming forth with a bucket of bird seed, nourishment against the wind and cold.


A dear little sparrow atop some cornstalks in the snow of a Nor'easter.
The tassels on the cornstalks look much like the markings on the sparrow.




Hannah does her baking and cooking on a "Little Fanny" wood cookstove.




The scent of the spices in Hannah's gingerbread make her kitchen smell delightful!


After she washes dishes and tidies up, Hannah has a cup of tea.
She remembers the apple tree where the wren will return to and the fragrant violets that are now under all that snow and will bloom again in spring.







The snow is up to the spout on the pump.
'Tis snowing, blustery and cold!


Edward comes in from the barn and Hannah serves him a slice of her old fashioned gingerbread.


Gingerbread and warm goat's milk, a comforting treat on a cold winter's eve.

There is still snow aplenty on the fields, woods, gardens and lawns at Corgyncombe!

We hope our Dear Readers have a lovely Resurrection Sunday!


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March 17, 2018

Penelope Lindenwood in her Lovely Green Gown!

Shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day!

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My (Diane's) own great great grandmother Bridget Mulhall emigrated from Ireland in the mid-1800s.



Happy St. Patrick's Day to all our Dear Readers!


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February 14, 2018

Gathering Strawberries and Flowers for One Another!

Hannah and Edward!
Hannah went out and gathered wild strawberries for her Edward.

"It was a pretty sight, coming home, to see the women and children scattered about the meadows, gathering wild strawberries. This delightful fruit is very abundant here, growing everywhere, in the woods, along the road-sides, and in every meadow."
~ "Rural Hours" by Susan Fenimore Cooper

Ah yes, what a beautiful sight this must have been indeed, with the ladies and children dressed in the good taste of the day!


Corgyncombe Wild Strawberries
"Both raspberries and strawberries grow wild here in such profusion that few persons cultivate them."
~ "Rural Hours" by Susan Fenimore Cooper




"Fine strawberries from the fields this evening for tea... Strolled in the lane, enjoying the fragrant meadows..."
~ "Rural Hours" by Susan Fenimore Cooper


Strawberries that grow wild about meadows and lawn at Corgyncombe.




"A meadow is a delicate embroidery in colors, which you must examine closely to understand all its merits; the nearer you are,  the better. One must bend over the grass to find the blue violet in May, the red strawberry in June; one should be close at  hand to mark the first appearance of the simple field-blossoms, clover, red and white, buttercup and daisy, with the later  lily, and primrose, and meadow-tuft; one should be nigh to breathe the sweet and fresh perfume, which increases daily until the  mowers come with their scythes."
~ "Rural Hours" by Susan Fenimore Cooper


Susan Fenimore Cooper wrote the book "Rural Hours" as a journal of her frequent nature walks out and about the countryside. It was published in 1850.


Edward surprised his Hannah with a bouquet of lavender and rose!


Hannah sits in a chair that Seth Tudor made, a miniature replica of one that Tasha Tudor sat in do her artwork.


Lovely landscapes and countryside!






David Austin Roses at Corgyncombe

"Just now we are eager to feast our eyes upon a rose - a true, perfect rose - with all her beauties opening to the light, all  her silken petals unfolding in rich profusion about her fragrant heart."
~ "Rural Hours" by Susan Fenimore Cooper


Susan Fenimore Cooper was the daughter of James Fenimore Cooper, author of the "Leatherstocking Tales".





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