July 29, 2011

Beatrix Potter's 145th Birthday!

Drying the Wash on a Rainy Day!
Yesterday was the 145th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birthday! In honor of Beatrix Potter's birthday the Corgyncombe Courant has decided to post some photographs from our 2008 Calendar to Count "The Days Until Christmas: Amelia's Favorite Things".

Our readers may remember that whilst collecting fly away laundry in the hedgerow, Amelia's niece Lucy found the little hedgehog and decided to name her after the prickly laun
dress in Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Mrs. Tiggywinkle". Mrs. Tiggywinkle insists that the children's stockings be kept clean. Lucy used her Corgyncombe Wash Board and soap to wash the stockings. She consulted with Mrs. Tiggywinkle who told her if they were clean enough yet or if they still needed a bit more scrubbing.

After washing the stockings to both her own and Mrs. Tiggywinkle's satisfaction, Lucy runs a line from chair to chair and hangs the stockings to dry with clothespins in the cozy kitchen, since it's raining outside. She and Mrs. Tiggywinkle decide it is time to take tea with bickies. Lucy pours a cup of Tasha Tudor's Welsh Breakfast Tea for herself and some in a saucer for her hedgehog. Lucy's cup and saucer, as well as the buttons on her pink pinny display delightful Beatrix Potter illustrations of Peter Rabbit. Lucy borrowed the pinny that was made several years ago, from a rabbit named Hoppy VanderHare. The buttons were chosen especially for Hoppy.

Mrs. Tiggywinkle suggests that Lucy check on the progress of the drying stockings.

"The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle" by Beatrix Potter

Here is a link to:
Photographs of Beatrix Potter
with Old Fashioned Frocks and Fashions


July 14, 2011

Corgyncombe's Independence Day Roses!

Lovely Scents Permeated Corgyncombe's Old Kitchen!
After the Independence Ball, the Rose Corsage was put in a vase to keep it fresh.
As the lavender was just beginning to bloom, a few sprigs of lavender were added.

The Independence Day Rose Corsage in full bloom.
Ahhh, the fragrance was lovely!

In the photograph above, Timmy Tinkham, brother to Tillie, has paused to give the roses a lingering sniff and inhales the beauteous scent!

~~~ In Doll, Mouse, and Good Birdie News ~~~

All the little mice at Corgyncombe were all a squeak because they heard the dolls discussing a letter that had arrived from their dear Melissa who is touring Europe! They all look forward to her arrival at Corgyncombe! The lovely old fashioned pink roses remind all at Corgyncombe of Melissa!

Dear Christie's kindred Eliza Dormouse has also found some fragrant roses to sniff at her lovely Rose Water Cottage and has also been busy doing out the wash!

Our friends the Mousekins are to be moving in to the most fabulous old brick Greek Revival! Tillie and her friends at Corgyncombe were delighted to see photographs of the Mousekins readying to move and thrilled to see even more photographs of Linnie's beautiful new old home!

All at Corgyncombe are sad to see Esther the Starling take flight from Cousin Jeri's cottage at Hopalong Hollow, but how exhilarating it would be to see her flying free in the sky!
What tender loving care Jeri has given Dear Esther!

In the photograph above, a card announcing the
"Grand Independence Ball".
The card states "Yourself with Ladies are Cordially Invited".
The roses Diane gathered from her old rose bush this past Independence Day, as well as the forget-me-nots that grow down by Corgi Creek.
Their fragrance was absolutely wonderful!

The above photograph was taken two years ago and features the roses from the same rose that blooms around Independence Day.

A special treat for Independence Tea, Carmella Lucille's Vanilla Ice Cream, made using the receipt for "Old-Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream" in "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook". It was made in Diane's old White Mountain Ice Cream Freezer. The receipt for "Washington Pie" is also in "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook". The design on the "Washington Pie", made by dusting confectioner's sugar over a doily and then taking the doily off, reminds one of spectacular fireworks. The "Washington Pie", made at the Corgyncombe Bakery, has raspberry jam filling and is delicious with Carmella Lucille's Vanilla Ice Cream! The old fashioned roses on the table are from Diane's garden. A scene showing George Washington gathered with his family is on the teapot.

'Tis time to make more delicious
Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille's Vanilla Ice Cream!!!


July 4, 2011

Independence Day!

Freedom to Pursue What One Loves Doing Best!
In the photograph above, a card announcing the "Grand Independence Ball".
The card states "Yourself with Ladies are Cordially Invited".
The roses Diane gathered from her old rose bush this Independence Day, as well as the forget-me-nots that grow down by Corgi Creek. Their fragrance is absolutely wonderful!

Independence Day, a day to celebrate freedom celebrating your favorite things!

Diane's Grandfather and her Uncles had a family band that would play for special occasions and events. Grandfather enjoyed playing the fiddle and calling the dances. Grandfather thought he played well. Diane's Mum, Sally Ann, recalls how she and her Mum, even though they loved banjo, fiddle, and guitar music, wouldn't go to the dances when Father was playing and calling because, as Grandmum would say, he couldn't carry a tune.

Sally Ann's three older brothers and her father played for dances.
The three brothers above all served during World War II. The brother in the middle died whilst in service.

Sally Ann and her brothers had numerous direct ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War, on both their Mother and Father's side of the family.

Diane's Grandfather would play in the evenings for the family at home. Sally Ann reports this as being painful! Sally Ann said that her father's musical attempts made her never want to play an instrument or sing!

In "Seasons of Delight, A Year on an Old-Fashioned Farm, A Three-Dimensional Pop-Up Picture Book", written and illustrated by Tasha Tudor, on the summer pages, Tasha has illustrated a moving couple dancing at a square dance. In her books that go through the year, Tasha Tudor frequently illustrated picnics for the 4th of July.

Here is a link to the Corgyncombe Courant's post with Grandmum and Grandfather's children:
Childhood Christmas Memories During the Depression!

Here is a link to the Corgyncombe Courant's post:
Charming, Quaint, and Romantic! Grandfather Goes Courtin'!

We at the Corgyncombe Courant wish our Dear Readers a Happy Independence Day!