August 28, 2017

Tasha Tudor Birthday Celebration 2017!

Hannah Bakes a Cake Much to Edward's Delight!
August 28th, 2017 would have been Tasha Tudor's 102nd birthday.

My daughter Sarah and I were so blessed to have Tasha for a friend.

Tasha Tudor's Birthday Celebration is more than just a one day celebration. It is, to us, every day kindred old fashioned tasks and the seasonal celebrations all throughout the year.

Tasha Tudor delighted, as we do, in refined, simple elegance, in a country way, and the combining of the every day old fashioned tasks as our ancestors did, with artistic skill that could be seen by the beauty in their accomplished results... such as baskets, clothing, gardens, pottery, textiles, furniture, food preparation,  architecture, and even their tools.

My daughter Sarah was the model for Tasha Tudor's illustrations of the little girl Kathy in "The Real Pretend".

We had many kindred interests in common with Tasha such as spinning, weaving, knitting, natural dyeing, dolls, corgyn, goats, birds, gardening (flowers, herbs, and vegetables), old fashioned clothing, boots and frocks,  fireplace and woodstove cookery, canning, sewing, quilting, old books, and the old ways of living.

These daily things remind us of Tasha.

How grateful we are to have been her friend and kindred spirit!


Hannah is using Tasha Tudor's receipt for "Becky' s Birthday Cake". She has gathered the ingredients which include Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille's fine milk and butter, and Phidelia Finch's eggs. The small stoneware bottle holds vanilla.




Phidelia Finch




Corgyncombe Dairy goat Carmella Lucille's milk in a hand-thrown salt-glazed milk jug made by a friend. The little yellowware jar with the lid was a delightful find I bought at an antique store for $10 and it was full of nutmeg.


Hannah mixing the batter.




At the bottom of her cake tins Hannah adds Rose Geranium leaves to flavour her cake.




Creaming the butter and sugar, then adding the egg yokes for "Becky's Birthday Cake" from "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook". In the cake pan to the left are some scented Rose geranium leaves.


Hannah does her baking and cooking on a "Little Fanny" wood cookstove.
Tasha Tudor's doll Emma has a wood cookstove just like it!

The doors in front can open to enjoy viewing the fire.



At the bottom of each cake tin I distributed four leaves and then poured the batter atop the leaves.
Above, the baked cakes.

When I worked at a museum most of the other farm ladies went south for the winter. I stayed and taught fireplace cookery and other old fashioned tasks to school groups. Because the kitchen would get so cold at night, I was the one who took home the Rose geranium to winter it over 'til spring. One of the older ladies who I worked with told me about flavoring a cake with Rose geranium leaves in the bottom of the pan with the batter poured over.


Hannah has decorated her cake with Rose geranium flowers and leaves.


The Rose geranium leaves have imparted their rose flavour into the cake. Delightfully delicious!!!





Edward is delighted with the lovely cake that Hannah has made!



The old teaset is decorated with hand painted leaves that bear a resemblance to old fashioned Rose Geranium leaves.

Many doll bouquets are to be found in the small pewter sugar bowl.
Above, the doll sugar bowl holds a bouquet of Rose geranium leaves and flowers. The old receipt box was found with an old handwritten label. Receipt is an old fashioned word for recipe.



Tea and Rose geranium cupcakes in the Corgyncombe Garden of Herbs.






Hannah spinning wool on her double treadle spinning wheel.  She is a talented spinstress and she spins a very even yarn!


Hannah's feet at the treadles.




A regular sized double treadle spinning wheel at the Woodstock Vermont History Center's Dana House Museum. The wheel is much like Hannah's wheel.

My 4th great grandparents Elias Jones and his wife Esther (Dana) Jones lived in Reading, Vermont, a town adjoining Woodstock. Esther and those who lived in the Dana House descended from the the same founding Dana family of early New England.

Elias Jones, a Revolutionary War soldier, was a representative of the town of Reading to the Vermont General Assembly. In 1807 the General Assembly met at Woodstock, Vermont.


Tasha Tudor spinning on my wheel.


Tillie Tinkham has been the seamstress mouse for the dolls and critters at Corgyncombe for many years.
The Golden Thimble Society commenced as Tillie wanted to assist the Queen Anne English Wooden dolls with their needlework.


The receipts for the cake and ice cream are from "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook".
Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille provided the cream and the milk used for the ice cream and cake.


Tasha Tudor in the garden at Corgi Cottage.
She looks so happy!

These are my own personal photographs of Tasha Tudor and her cottage.


Tasha's marble top cupboard where she rolled out her dough.

 The first time I entered Corgi Cottage kitchen Tasha was setting about making the evening meal. Tasha handed me the brass kettle (that is hanging at the end of the counter in the photograph above) full of carrots when I asked what I could do to help her. Perhaps it was because I was in Tasha's kitchen where there were so many wonderful things that I recognized from her illustrations, or the warm lighting in the kitchen, or perhaps it was being in the company of the keeper of Corgi Cottage kitchen......I looked up at Tasha and smiled and said "Tasha, your kitchen is so cozy!"


Tasha's kitchen.


Charlotte celebrating Tasha Tudor's birthday several years ago. Charlotte found a nice place in the shade to enjoy her tea, cake, and goat's milk ice cream. Her cake, decorated with forget-me-nots, is from The Corgyncombe Bakery and her goat ice cream is from The Corgyncombe Dairy.

Tasha Tudor's pump and sink.


The blue and white teapot that Tasha used for illustrations, on the stove, at the ready for teatime.

Tasha's wood cookstove.

Tulips at teatime.


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 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.

Please do not "Pin" our photographs.

Our email:
atthecottagegate@yahoo.com
If you receive an email you think is from me from this email, please make sure it is atthecottagegate@yahoo.com, and not just something that sounds similar.


Photographs, images, and text copyright © 2000-2017 Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson. All rights reserved. Photographs, images, and/or text may not be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson.

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