June 18, 2019

Jenny Wren Welcomes the Wren!

Spinning in the Corgyncombe Garden of Herbs!
Jenny Wren Lindenwood was delighted to welcome the Wren back this spring!






Fritillaria meleagris

It was a soggy, rainy wet May but the pearly drops on the flowers are so pretty!


Forget-Me-Nots




When the rain stops, Jenny Wren enjoys taking her spinning wheel out into the Corgyncombe Garden of Herbs. Sweet woodruff, forget-me-nots, lamb's-ears, chives, Lady's Keys and heart's ease provide a pleasing background. She loves to hear the birdies singing... especially the Wren.


Corgyncombe Wren


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March 18, 2019

Jenny Wren Spins Flax from the Distaff!

Spinning, A Family Tradition!
Jenny Wren Lindenwood spins flax from the distaff. The distaff was made several years ago by my doll Amelia, fashioned from the branches of pussy willows. Jenny Wren moistens the linen thread as she spins it with her saliva.

St. Distaff's Day, January 7th, was traditionally the time when the spinners returned to their spinning wheels after the Christmas festivities.



The U-shaped device is the flyer that has hooks on it to guide the thread. The flyer is mounted to the maidens (the two posts holding the flyer) with leathers, and the maidens make their home on what is called the mother-of-all. The mother-of-all is attached to the tensioning knob. Jenny Wren's spinning wheel is an accurate, working wheel.


Elizabeth Howe was my 7th great grandmother. According to "The History of Leominster" by David Wilder and the Howe Genealogy, whilst Elizabeth Howe was visiting her sister, her sister's house was attacked by Indians who killed several of the inhabitants. At the time Elizabeth had been spinning flax and singing. "The History of Leominster" says she "probably was spared on account of the sweet melody she was making with her voice. The Indians used to make her sing to them in her captivity." Elizabeth was taken captive and eventually redeemed and able to come home to the man who before her captivity she had planned to marry, Thomas Keyes.


Some of my handspun linen thread which has multiple uses at Corgyncombe Cottage.
My daughter Sarah and I descend from generations of spinners and shepherds. My 5th great grandmother was Martha Lyon May, wife of Eliakim May. Sarah and I have inherited a natural ability for turning fiber into thread. "The Lyon Memorial, Massachusetts Families" says: "The Hartford Courant, Jan. 6, 1766, had this item: Miss Levina Lyon, daughter of Capt. Nehemiah Lyon of Woodstock, and Miss Molly Ledoit carded and spun in one day 22 skeins of good tow yarn and a few days after, Martha Lyon, sister of Levina, spun 194 knots of good linen yarn in one day."

Many of my ancestors have listed in their old New England inventories spinning wheels, sheep, flax, hatchels, looms, and other fiber related equipment.


Ethlyn Corgi beside Jenny Wren.
A welcome cup of tea is kept warm on the footman by the fire.


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February 16, 2019

Quilted Cozy Contentment!

Dove Delivers Delightful Valentine Hearts!
Lady Ann




The Golden Thimble Society commenced as Tillie Tinkham, the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe for many years, wanted to assist the Queen Anne English Wooden dolls with their needlework.
 
The squares in the quilt are so small!
Lady Ann wears a golden thimble!


Lady Ann was named after my 9th great grandmother Lady Ann Borodell wife of Capt. George Denison, who lived near Mystic, Connecticut. Their daughter Margaret married James Brown, grandson of John Howland and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland who came on the Mayflower. James and Margaret were my 8th great grandparents. We also have many other Anns in our ancestral family.

The quilt reminds us of the quilt in "A is for Annabelle" written and illustrated by Tasha Tudor.


 Bleeding heart at Corgyncombe Gardens in the snow.


How delighted Lady Anne and the little doll are with the handwoven pocket hearts delivered by the dove! The woven heart in Lady Ann's hand is very small!


Dr. Cupid Corgi wears the wings of a dove at the Herbary at Corgyncombe!


The dovecote at Tasha Tudor's Corgi Cottage with the doves posing most delightfully for me!

This is my own personal photograph at Tasha Tudor's Corgi Cottage.




On the art stand made by Seth Tudor, son of Tasha Tudor, is the "New Cyclopaedia of Botany and Complete Book of Herbs", an advertising card with a lovely dove delivering a letter and a rose, and a trade card with forget-me-nots from an Apothecary in Bellows Falls, Vermont.







A woven heart makes a splendid Pocket full of Posies!



My Grandmum one day told me that she had a surprise for me. She went to her closet and took out this pieced quilt top. Grandmum told me how her grandfather (my great great grandfather), William A. Weaver, pieced this quilt top during the long hours while trying to recover from consumption. William developed pneumonia after chasing his run away oxen in the freezing cold air. Pneumonia turned into consumption, which eventually led to his death. I had recently started quilting and was delighted to have my great great grandfather's quilt top. I soon set about quilting a feather wreath design onto the quilt top.


The other day I pulled back the curtain and discovered, perched upon the hay rake on the porch was a pair of mourning doves. They were so pretty with their big eyes and grey and brown feathering!


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January 5, 2019

Hannah and Edward - Twelfth Night in the Parlour!

An Elegant Evening!
Hannah and Edward
 


Twelfth Night Cake decorated with swans.


A swan ornament I made.




which looks much like Hannah and Edward's cake.


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December 26, 2018

Hot Chocolate in the Parlour!

A Peaceful Evening!
When Jenny Wren Lindenwood arrived home she tended to her horse Molly, then took her Corgyn on their necessary outing.  She milked and fed her goats. She stokes up her parlour fire. On the footman in front of the fire, a pot of hot chocolate made with goat's milk is keeping warm.





Jenny Wren is delighted with her basket of greens and wreath.




Jenny Wren looks out her window and a sees a bright star over the Corgyncombe countryside and thinks of the star long ago o'er Bethlehem.


Jenny Wren settles in by the fire with her cup of hot chocolate and enjoys a peaceful, lovely evening!



We hope our Dear Readers had a Merry Christmas!


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December 22, 2018

Jenny Wren in the Loveliness of Winter!

Bringing Home the Greens!
Jenny Wren Lindenwood out and about with her horse Molly.



A frosty morn in Corgyncombe Country combines the beauty of the Cotswolds, Beatrix Potter's Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales and many other country places in England.

The winding country road leads past hedgerows and o'er hills and dales.

Most of my ancestors hailed from old England. Our English heritage is deeply ingrained in who we are and what we love!




A decoration on Jenny Wren's carriage.


O'er the old stone bridge.






Through village and countryside...










The wind doth blow in the high altitude of Corgyncombe!


Jenny Wren has lovely seasonal greens to decorate her parlour for Christmas.  When she arrives at home she intends to have some hot chocolate by the fire!


The bells on Molly make a cheerful sound!










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