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:


Our email:
atthecottagegate@yahoo.com


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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!


Our email:
atthecottagegate@yahoo.com


http://corgyncombecourant.blogspot.com/2014/12/a-little-tasha-corgi-oh-what-fun.html
copyright © 2014 Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson
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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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copyright © 2014 Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson
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December 23, 2014

Tasha Tudor Christmastide Delights!

Gathering Greens, Dundee Cakes and Birds!
Before the snow settled in for the winter Ima went out gathering greens with her friend Carol.
Ima was made by talented doll carver Judy Brown.

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In "Tasha Tudor's Advent Calendar, A Wreath of Days", Tasha speaks of gathering greens to make wreaths and garlands.


During the days before Christmas, delicious and festive Dundee cakes are enjoyed at tea time.
At the Corgyncombe Bakery I make many Dundee cakes in all different shapes and sizes.
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!


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.


Feeding and watching the birds are pleasant winter activities.
The birds are always such a joy to watch and to hear!
Birds have always been a favorite subject for Tasha Tudor at Christmas and throughout the year.


Our email:
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November 8, 2014

Hitty Visits the Tin Shop at Old Sturbridge Village!

The Lovely Glow of Autumn, Tin and Lantern Light!
Tin lantern made at Old Sturbridge Village with the double sunburst design.
How lovely the light of the design shines!
I love this little lantern and how cheerfully the lantern light sparkles!

Autumnal splendor at Old Sturbridge Village with the Fitch House and the Center Meetinghouse at the end of the common.


Outside the tin shop at Old Sturbridge Village.


Inside the tin shop the tinner punches a design for a lantern.




The work of the tinner is put to practical use in the butt'ry at the Freeman Farm as the lady fills a tin measure with water.

Our second cousin John May married Delia, one of the Freeman daughters. John May, Delia, and their children lived with Delia's parents at the Freeman Farm in the late 1830s.


On the drainer is a tin skimmer used to skim cream off the milk.


Looking out the window, of the hallway to the woodshed at the Pliny Freeman Farm, at the gathered harvest outside.


The squash harvest was then brought in and stored within the bedroom of the Pliny Freeman Farm.
There is a mellow beauty and autumnal glow to the gathered harvest put away to keep.

The large dark orange are Boston Marrow Squash and the large striped green is a green striped cushaw squash. The little green round one is called an American Citron Melon.


Pumpkins, squash, potatoes, apples and canned goods stored in the Corgyncombe Butt'ry.
This photograph is from our previous post
"Thanksgiving, The Old Way!".

Tasha Tudor illustrated a lovely butt'ry on
the cover of "The Butt'ry Shelf Cookbook".

I keep squash and pumpkins about the cottage, under tables and even under the dollhouse 863 Park Avenue where Tillie Tinkham, the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe, has a shoppe "Tillie Tinkham's Frocks & Fashions" with Millinery and Tea Room.
I have kept pumpkins at Corgyncombe Cottage until April.

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.


Squash seeds to save at the Freeman Farm.


Tin basins stored under the table at the Pliny Freeman Farm.
A basket of harvested carrots and some cucumbers alongside in a tin pan.


A receipt for Gourd Soup on the table at the Freeman Farm.


Nanny Nettie-Kin has had an abundance of squash at her Pumpkin House gardens and decides to make gourd soup.
Above, she is chopping the squash.


Nanny Nettie-Kin cooking her gourd soup on her old cast iron stove, which is called the "Ark".


 Nanny Nettie-Kin puts the gourd soup through a sieve.


Nanny Nettie-Kin serves gourd soup.
She went out in her herb garden and found the smallest leaves of sage to put atop the soup.
All the Hittys at Pumpkin House find it to be most delicious!


Tin measures and a funnel in the butt'ry at the Freeman Farm.


Hitty in the Tin shop.
As she stood there, the tinner thought I was only taking a photograph of the lantern.
I motioned to him to peek around the other side and he smiled as he saw Hitty.
Hitty said she liked this lantern and would like to bring one home!


Tin Lantern Light
The light of from the lantern creates a lovely design on the wall.


Tin Caddies
On the upper right is a nurse lamp.

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, tinware, textiles, furniture, food preparation, architecture, and even their tools.

How we appreciate the artisans in the old days and now, who through their talents and hard work make beautiful and well made things with their hands!

The tin shop at Old Sturbridge Village.


Pouring water from a tin measure into a tin basin for washing dishes at the Freeman Farm.


Tin turning tool.




Tin measures, graters, cookie cutters and sconces.


In the tin shop at Old Sturbridge Village, a tin kitchen used for roasting meat in front of the fire.


At Corgyncombe, a view of the turkey that faces the fire.
My Tasha Tudor reproduction tin kitchen made by Carl Giordano and sold by Tasha Tudor and Family.
I was so pleased when they became available as I wanted a reproduction of Tasha Tudor's tin kitchen.

As Tasha Tudor herself said, a turkey roasted in a tin kitchen is "Simply unsurpassed!"


Roasting a turkey outside in the Christmastide snow at Corgyncombe.

In Tasha Tudor's "Around the Year", Tasha has illustrated a tin kitchen with traditional Thanksgiving food around it. In "A Time to Keep", Tasha Tudor illustrated a lady basting the turkey in a tin kitchen in front of the fire. Hungry corgyn gather round, hoping for a taste of turkey. "The New England Butt'ry Shelf Cookbook" written by Mary Mason Campbell and illustrated by Tasha Tudor, also features an illustration of a woman using a tin kitchen with a table of Thanksgiving food. In "A Basket of Herbs", illustrated by Tasha Tudor, on the Sage pages there is a lady fixing a turkey to be put in the tin kitchen with hungry corgyn looking on.


Punched tin lanterns on display at the Early Lighting Exhibit at Old Sturbridge Village.


In the pasture along the fence line in front of the Freeman Farm at Old Sturbridge Village, this squirrel found an ear of corn of which he is removing kernels and then....


He digs a hole, deposits the corn kernels and covers them up.
He moved along the fence digging holes for kernels, bringing his ear of corn down the fence line of the pasture of the Freeman Farm.


Corgyncombe


Pumpkin House
An Old New England House


Nanny Nettie-Kin and the Little Dolls of Pumpkin House gathering the harvest by tin lantern light!


Nanny Nettie-Kin and the Little Dolls of Pumpkin House
bringing the harvest in to the hall of their Old New England House.
Many hands make light work.


And Tillie Tinkham comes and little paws help, too.


As the days get shorter, darkness comes early. A lantern that stays lit in the wind becomes handy. Alongside the lantern is a milk bucket made from tin the old way by a tinner, John Forshee.


Corgyncombe's tin collection made by
John Forshee of Cincinnatus, New York.
There are three different sizes of milk pans.
John Forshee and his father were both tinsmiths.

My great great great grand Aunt Parthenia (Shepard) Richards also lived in Cincinnatus, New York and her son James Richards was a tinner. Parthenia was second cousin to John May who lived at the Freeman Farm at Sturbridge.


The squash are stored in the hall of Pumpkin House,
which also serves as Nanny Nettie-Kin's Herbary.
Hitty had rushed upstairs with her favorite Pumpkin and hid it under the bed to later make a "Pumpkin Moonshine". Tasha Tudor wrote and illustrated the book "Pumpkin Moonshine" about a little girl who found a special pumpkin to make a pumpkin moonshine.


Sarah looking for the best pumpkin in the patch.
Tasha Tudor was delighted by this photograph that I took of my daughter Sarah.


Sarah of Corgyncombe was Tasha's model for the illustrations of the little girl Kathy in "The Real Pretend". Our Kitty was illustrated in the above pose and also as various ages on the cover. "The Real Pretend" was written by Joan Donaldson and illustrated by Tasha Tudor.


Pumpkin House
An Old New England House


Nanny Nettie-Kin and the Little Dolls of Pumpkin House
The beautiful autumnal leaves can be seen out the window.
Nanny Nettie-Kin, Hitty and Ima were made by talented doll carver Judy Brown.


A basket of acorn squash harvested from the Vegetable Garden at Corgyncombe.


A Small Little House for a Small Little Nanny and a Wee Little Mouse.
The Boston Marrow Squash alongside Nanny Nettie-Kin and Tillie Tinkham the seamstress mouse, in the "Small House" at Old Sturbridge Village.
Nanny Nettie-Kin and Tillie Tinkham love the Middlefield Sprig wallpaper! This wallpaper is a reproduction of the antique wallpaper found in Middlefield, New York, a town where my ancestors lived. It is the town where my great great grand uncle was a tinner in the 1800s.


Here is a link to:
the Receipt for Gourd Soup
at Old Sturbridge Village


Here is a link to:
working in his tin shop with old tools.
A fantastic video, you will love it!




Here is a link to:
Old Sturbridge Village


Our email:
atthecottagegate@yahoo.com


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copyright © 2014 Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson
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