May 31, 2009

Charlotte's First Tea at Corgyncombe

Charlotte has Arrived!
The lovely and delightful Charlotte arrived at Corgyncombe on Friday. She enjoyed Tasha Tudor's Welsh Breakfast Tea in the apothecary at Corgyncombe Cottage. Charlotte is very happy to make her new home at Corgyncombe. She was amused by some of the tales related to her by The Corgyncombe Courant Reporters.

Charlotte is an oft' used name in the Braddock family, ancestors of The Corgyncombe Courant reporters Diane and Sarah.

As Charlotte has kindred interests with those at Corgyncombe, she looks forward to the many old fashioned tasks and activities that will take place. Candlemaking, goat keeping, soap making, herbs, and making lavender wands were amongst the topics discussed at tea. After tea she opened her box and showed The Corgyncombe Courant Reporters the handsewn finery that she brought with her. Oh, what superb taste Charlotte has in frocks and clothing!

Charlotte enjoyed Tasha Tudor's Welsh Breakfast Tea.

Another day, Charlotte will allow The Corgyncombe Courant to feature more of her many treasures. But now there are gardens to weed and plant and goats to tend so you will have to be patient...


May 12, 2009

Out Amongst the Garden and Lawn

A Little Bouquet of May
After milking, Diane gathered a small bouquet of bleeding heart, lily of the valley, violets, and forget-me-nots. Bouquets about the cottage add such a cheer to the day and they are something special to look upon and a delight to smell every time you pass their way!

"The Flower Vase; Containing the Language of Flowers and Their Poetic Sentiments" by Miss S. C. Edgarton, published in 1844.

The book is open to the Violet page with lovely violets resting atop.
The lawn at Corgyncombe is full of blue violets.


May 6, 2009

The Corgyncombe Dairy

Bottles for Kiddles
Milkmaid and shepherdess Diane milks twice a day to keep the kiddles well fed.

Corgyncombe Milker

The goat kiddles up on the milking stand. They love to climb and practically fly about. They are so adorable to watch.

The spotted goat kiddle reminds The Corgyncombe Courant of some of Tasha Tudor's illustrations.


May 1, 2009

May Day!

Celebration of Lovely, Delightful May!

"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

"The Daffodils"
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
- William Wordsworth

"May Song"
Welcome to the happy May
Decked with all its flow'rets gay
Children, make your garments fair,
Joyous twine with wreaths your hair;
Leave your books, and hurry out.
With gladsome merriment and shout,
Where the flow'rets fresh and fair,
Fill with incense all the air.

When the brook with gladsome song
Dances merrily along,
Singing to the flowers blue,
Sparkling with the pearly dew;
Welcome May, so glad and free
Our youthful hearts rejoice in thee,
Why dost thou haste so swift away,
And take with thee the spring-time gay.

- B. F. Baker and L. H. Southard