July 29, 2017

Beatrix Potter Birthday Celebration 2017!

Camomile Tea and a Clever Mouse!
In Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" Peter overdid it by eating too many lettuces, beans and radishes in Mr. McGregor's garden. Mr. McGregor then discovered Peter and gave him chase about the garden. When Peter finally escaped, his Mum "put him to bed" and gave him some camomile tea.

July 28th would have been Beatrix Potter's 151st Birthday.


My daughter Sarah and I are admirers of Beatrix Potter and feel a kinship with her. We enjoyed teas, elevenishes and delightful conversations with Tasha Tudor. What fun it would have been to have had Beatrix Potter with us also... what we all together could have talked about... bunnies, gardens, ducks, old houses, old barns, and other aspects of country life and landscapes!


Tillie Tinkham the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe and Hannah find some camomile flowers in the Corgyncombe Garden of Herbs.
Behind them is the lovely foliage of the Baptisia plant.


Baptisia in flower with Dame's Rocket in the background.


Tillie designed and sewed Hannah's lovely white pinafore apron.




Sweet violets, the first violets of spring at Corgyncombe.


Tillie Tinkham and Hannah enjoy a cup of camomile tea.
On the plate in front of them are some dried camomile flowers.
Hannah has a fresh camomile flower floating atop her tea and Tillie has some petals floating in her tiny cup.


"Poorly Peter" Rabbit and his cousin Benjamin in "The Tale of Benjamin Bunny" by Beatrix Potter.





When I was four I decided I needed a little house all my own. I used to go over to my neighbor Ginny's to play in her playhouse. I took my Daddy by the hand to see Ginny's playhouse. My Daddy soon set about the task of making me a playhouse.

In the photograph above, I was  pretending I was a bride. As you can see in the photograph, there is already a wash hanging on the line! Inside my little house I had my own iron and ironing board. In Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle", Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle takes in washing for the other characters in Beatrix Potter's stories.

I delighted in all the flowers that were around and about my little cottage. The view from the kitchen window looked up the hill where there was a white picket fence with pink and red climbing roses. Behind the playhouse there was another picket fence with an arbor that also had climbing roses. Pink and white peonies grew going down the hill past my Mum's clothes line. My Daddy picked me a bouquet of the peonies and I told him that I would someday use this bouquet when I married him. The sunflowers were on the edge of my Daddy's huge vegetable garden. When I  was growing up my family had goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. The barn for the animals was across the lawn and through the lilac hedge.

Beatrix Potter was an inspiration!


Me standing by the Mock Orange outside our back door. What a lovely scent as one comes and goes!
In Marta McDowell's "Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life", she mentions that Beatrix Potter had Mock Orange at Hill Top.


Tillie Tinkham has been the seamstress mouse for the dolls and critters at Corgyncombe for many years.
Above, Tillie, with golden thimble, and Hannah are inspecting and admiring the gathers on Hannah's new pinafore.
The Golden Thimble Society commenced as Tillie wanted to assist the Queen Anne English Wooden dolls with their needlework.




Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated "The Tailor of Gloucester", the story in which the mice help the tailor finish a very important garment in time.
Behind the Tailor mouse figurine is an old apothecary jar filled with dried roses.


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


Tillie Tinkham hand stitched the ruffled cap as she thought it was just the thing for Emma!
Emma wore it to a tea party with her friends!


Tillie Tinkham has a frock and millinery shop, "Tillie Tinkham's Frocks and Fashions", on the ground floor of the old dollhouse that came with the address 863 Park Avenue above the door. The little girl who originally owned it lived at 863 Park Avenue.

The dollhouse, with its two large opening doors, reminds us of Beatrix Potter's doll's house at Hill Top.


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 web site and our previous postings elsewhere on the internet.

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July 4, 2017

Gathering Stawberries About Meadow and Lawn!

Hitty Celebrates Independence Day!
Hitty and Tasha Corgi waving the flag!


We at the Corgyncombe Courant love how Tasha Tudor illustrates Independence Day in "Around The Year" and "A Time to Keep". Tasha shows picnics, flying and displaying the American flag, firecrackers, and fireworks. In "Around the Year" the page with the eagle, stars, and flags catches the eye of the Corgyncombe Courant.

My daughter Sarah and I have over twenty direct line ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War.

One of our more recent discoveries of a direct line Revolutionary War ancestor is Corporal Ephraim Harrindeen of Rhode Island.

Eliphel McGee stated about Ephraim Harrindeen:
"Ephraim Harrindeen came to warn my Brother in a General Alarm, I recollect that he appeared to be very resolute, and went away upon a run to perform his duty in warning the men belonging to his company."


We are inspired by our ancestor Ephraim Harrindeen's vigilance and fervor!


Hitty picking strawberries about meadow and lawn.
What a delight on the 4th of July!

"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. Happily for us, the wild strawberries rather increase than diminish in cultivated lands; they are even more common among the foreign grasses of the meadows than within the woods. The two varieties marked by our botanists are both found about our lake."
~ "Rural Hours", published 1850,
by Susan Fenimore Cooper


Happy Independence Day to our Dear Readers!


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May 1, 2017

Delightful May Day Ribbons and Flowers!

"Bounteous May, that dost inspire" ~ Milton
A circle of daffodils round the little apple tree along Corgi Creek. This morning when I brought the Maypole ribbons out, I was so delighted to hear and see the little wren that lives in the little house hung from the apple tree during the nesting season at Corgyncombe.


May Day punch and cupcakes at Corgyncombe.
The table is decorated with three bouquets of daffodils. Their scent is delightful! The garden was explored whilst enjoying the refreshments. I made cupcakes using the receipt for Becky's Birthday Cake from "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook".


A joyous May Day Celebration was held when Sarah's friend's came over to dance round the Maypole.
A tiny Maypole with bears, rabbits, and mouse can be seen in the corner of the stone and wattle fences.


"Song on May Morning"
Now the bright morning-star, day's harbinger,
Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her
The flowery May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose.
Hail, bounteous May, that dost inspire
Mirth, and youth, and warm desire;
Woods and groves are of thy dressing,
Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing.
Thus we salute thee with our early song,
And welcome thee, and wish thee long.
- John Milton


I learned to make May baskets like the May basket above in kindergarten from my teacher. My dear kindergarten teacher Mrs. Platt had also been my Mum's grade school teacher. We make our May baskets out of wallpaper from wallpaper sample books, lined with stiffer paper, in the shape of a cone with a handle. The wallpaper for our baskets is so much fun to pick out from all the samples! Sometimes we also make paper flowers to add to the May baskets, too!

Making May baskets is a May Day family tradition at Corgyncombe!

Our dolls and animal friends also make small May baskets of their own!

My May basket above is hung on "A Time to Keep" illustrated by Tasha Tudor! Tasha Tudor has done delightful illustrations of children leaving their May baskets at the door and children dancing around the Maypole with a joyful Corgi herding the children in a circle. In the borders round, there are beautiful spring flowers, robins, barns swallows, and a bluebird.


Lady's Keys and pink violets in May at Corgyncombe.




Head wreaths and tussie mussies for dolly friends that were sent out via Corgyncombe's Finch Post. Underneath the table, Tasha Corgi has a bunch of flowers in her mouth!

Lydia Lindenwood, lovely with a head wreath.


A basket full of handmade cone shaped May baskets and handmade crepe paper flowers.
I fashioned the daffodil and rose flowers out of crepe paper. I also made May Day cards with a  photograph of Sarah and her cousins dancing round in a circle and inside the card I wrote in calligraphy Milton's "Song on May Morning".



We at the Corgyncombe Courant hope all our Dear Readers have a joyous May Day!

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 web site and our previous postings elsewhere on the internet.

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April 16, 2017

Easter Egg Tree Reminiscent of a Tasha Tudor Illustration!

Ducklings Under the Easter Egg Tree!
Emma underneath the pussy willow tree.
An annual trip down to the lower forty, yielded a gathering of branches for our Easter egg tree.



 

One of our favorite eggs with a hand-painted dragonfly.


Emma holds a chick.


One of the Dibble Dabble sisters with small cards and eggs, to be sent to friends!





In "A Time to Keep" and "Seasons of Delight" both by Tasha Tudor, Tasha illustrated an Easter tree above an old cheese strainer with rabbits or ducklings underneath.

 Behind the Easter egg tree there are many Beatrix Potter figurines on the cupboard amongst the teapots and apothecary. The Beatrix Potter figurines are constant companions at tea time throughout the seasons.


Dilley Dibble Dabble and her duckling sisters quack and flap underneath the Easter tree. Dilley Dibble Dabble is the duckling in the pink frock.










Emma and her bunny love the little ducklings!
Oh, so cute!!!




Sarah loved watching and feeding the ducks, too!


We hope our Dear Readers have a lovely Resurrection Sunday!


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April 14, 2017

Tasha Tudor Hot Cross Buns for Good Friday Tea!

 
Charlotte, anticipating Good Friday Tea, made some Hot Cross Buns.


After the dough has risen, she puts the buns on a cookie sheet and allows them to rise again.

 
At the Corgyncombe Bakery, I make Hot Cross Buns, too. After the first rising, warm melted butter is added and the dough is kneaded a bit more.


The dough has risen again.


After rising, the dough is shaped into buns and set aside to rise again.


Setting the Hot Cross Buns out to cool.
The receipt for Hot Cross Buns is from "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook".

The buns have been frosted with a cross on top.

 
Chickalily joins Charlotte for Good Friday Tea with Charlotte's fresh Hot Cross Buns and Tasha Tudor's Welsh Breakfast Tea.
In her hand, Charlotte holds one of Sarah's handmade marbleized eggs.

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