April 19, 2014

Changing Seasons!

The Hittys Out Amongst the Spring Blooms!
Hitty Holly, thrilled to be amongst the Corgyncombe snowdrops!
Hitty Holly was carved by Judy Brown and made of Holly wood. Her frock and pinafore were made by Gail Wilson.

"The early flowers have a special beauty - I always shake with excitement when I find the first clump of snowdrops, fragile, pearl-pure, bending their heads lightly toward the icy dark ground." - Gladys Taber in "Stillmeadow Daybook"

April 12th was Susan Branch's birthday. Susan Branch is the author and illustrator of the lovely book "A Fine Romance, Falling in Love with the England Countryside".

April 12th was also Gladys Taber's birthday. She was famous for writing about her old house in the country that she called Stillmeadow.  Her old house reminds me of our old house in structure and also how it is pleasantly set in the landscape. Gladys wrote about the seasons, birds, flowers, cooking, her animals, and life in the country. I love seeing Gladys Taber's house in Southbury, Connecticut.

 Gladys Taber's Stillmeadow

 Corgyncombe Cottage

My ancestors the Stanclift family lived in the 1700s very close to where Gladys Taber lived in Connecticut. Gravestone carving was a tradition in the Stanclift family through the generations, the first of our Stanclifts to come to New England was a stone carver believed to have come from Yorkshire, England.

Last weekend, when the weather was nice, Ima took a walk along Corgi Creek at Corgyncombe to look for pussy willows. Ima smiles as she touches the soft pussy willow. She will have to tell Nanny Nettie-Kin where to find them, as Nanny Nettie-Kin wants to pick a bouquet.

"Spring has a special effect on us in the valley. The whole beautiful world invites us out, and we have an urge to wander. The gentle, rolling hills; the clear, winding brooks; the bright, rushing streams: all are filled with the rhythm of life, and we move with it too." - Gladys Taber in "Stillmeadow Calender"

Alas, after a few warm days the weather again turned drastically cold with wind, snow and ice.

 Here is the same pussy willow bush in the April snow and cold.

Icy cold Corgi Creek in April!

We wish our Dear Readers a Joyful Resurrection Sunday!

In "First Graces"
illustrated by Tasha Tudor:

On Easter
Joyfully, this Easter day,
I kneel, a little child, to pray;
Jesus, who hath conquered death,
Teach me, with my every breath,
To praise and worship thee.
- Sharon Banigan

copyright © 2014 Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson


Simply Shelley said...

Yes,your home does look very much like Still Meadow. I love reading the books by Gladys Taber. I always love seeing a new post from you...The Hittys are beautiful,enjoy the Spring weather....blessings

Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson said...

Dear Shelley,

Yes, Gladys Taber's books are a treat! Thank you for your kind words! A lovely Spring season to you, too!

Your friends,
Diane and daughter Sarah, and the Dolls and Tillie Tinkham the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe

Magpie Sue said...

I had nearly forgotten about Gladys Taber and her books. Thanks for reminding me!

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