August 28, 2015

Birthday Celebration Tasha Tudor Inspired Forget-Me-Not Dolls' Fair!

Celebrating Tasha Tudor's 100th Birthday Year!
Hitty Maple makes and sells pancakes at her booth at the Corgyncombe Forget-Me-Not Fair!
How cute she is! The beverage cooler holds refreshing Corgyncombe Apple Cider!

Today is the 100th anniversary of Tasha Tudor's birth on August 28th, 1915!

Nanny Nettie-Kin reminds us of Tasha Tudor and we and the dolls and critters of Corgyncombe will be celebrating this, the 100th year since Tasha Tudor's birth!

Tasha Tudor's Birthday Celebration is more than just a one day celebration. It is, to us, every day kindred old fashioned tasks and the seasonal celebrations all throughout the year.

Tasha Tudor was in our thoughts as we photographed the Dolls and critters at the Corgyncombe Forget-Me-Not Fair!

There are many jugs full of delicious Corgyncombe Maple Syrup for Hitty Maple's customers to put on their pancakes and also buy to take home.

  Hitty Maple makes the pancakes on the old cookstove, the "Ark", which was brought in from Nanny Nettie-Kin's kitchen. There is a pancake on the griddle that just about needs flipping over!

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.

Old Fashioned Doughnuts made in Nanny Nettie-Kin's kitchen!

Quackenbush excitedly quacks and flaps his wings and hops atop the bench and indicates that pancakes and doughnuts are amongst his favorite things! He is so happy to bring Dilley Dibble Dabble to visit this booth! Quackenbush and Dilley Dibble Dabble have been featured at the Corgyncombe Courant for years.

Earlier in the day they were seen crossing Corgi Creek, pausing on Forget-Me-Not Island to enjoy the Forget-Me-Nots before they swam across to the Fair!

 My daughter Sarah designed the fair booth and she and her father made it. Sarah, Tillie Tinkham the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe, and Nanny Nettie-Kin made the tent cover. The decorative edge was made with our fancy trim cutter and the tent was sewn on our old hand-crank Singer sewing machine.

I (Diane) remember fondly, many years ago, two elderly widow ladies Alice and Beulah who made and sold the best doughnuts! Their shop was on the corner with red and white check curtains at the window and red and white check decorating their shop. I can still see them making doughnuts in their pretty aprons and frocks! Such a warm and comforting memory!

Nanny Nettie Kin's Corgyncombe Forget-Me-Not seeds are sold at a booth at the Annual Corgyncombe Forget-Me-Not Fair.  Seeds to sow for a beauteous, bountiful sea of dainty forget-me-nots!

Nanny Nettie-Kin holds the Annual Corgyncombe Forget-Me-Not Fair to promote the delight and appreciation of her favorite flower, forget-me-nots! Tasha Tudor also loved forget-me-nots!

Dilley Dibble Dabble and Quackenbush at a Ducky Valentine Tea back in 2009!
Quackenbush had a special red paper hat made for the Valentine's Day occasion, which sports one of Post Mistress Phidelia Finch's feathers tucked in the side. The instructions for making the paper hat is in the book, "Tasha Tudor's Old-Fashioned Gifts". The Corgyncombe Courant reporters (Diane and Sarah) have had a personal lesson in paper hat making from Tasha Tudor herself!

Tasha Tudor had the children use buttons to buy goods for their dolls and animals. The currency for the dolls and critters at Corgyncombe is buttons and the goods at the Corgyncombe Forget-Me-Not Fair are purchased with buttons, as well.

Quackenbush says he will tell all his dearest friends about Hitty Maple's Pancakes and Doughnuts!

 Tasha Tudor illustrated delightfully festive fairs in her books "Corgiville Fair", "A Time to Keep", and "All for Love". "A Time to Keep" in September features the dolls' fair with booths for selling.

As Tasha Tudor herself wrote in "A Time to Keep" about the Doll Fair:
"It was great fun!"

Quakenbush, Dilley Dibble Dabble, and the Hittys agree!

In celebration of Tasha Tudor's 100th birthday year we have chosen a gathering of our photographs that we think are reflective of what we and Tasha Tudor loved! We hope you will enjoy them here at the Corgyncombe Courant!

The Corgyncombe Forget-Me-Not Fair will continue in several posts to come here at the Corgyncombe Courant!!!

Corgyncombe Butt'ry

A beverage cooler holding cider at Corgyncombe.

We had many kindred interests in common with Tasha such as spinning, weaving, knitting, natural dyeing, dolls, corgyn, goats, birds, gardening (flowers, herbs, and vegetables), old fashioned clothing, boots and frocks, fireplace and woodstove cookery, canning, sewing, quilting, old books, and the old ways of living.

These daily things remind us of Tasha.

How grateful we are to have been her friend and kindred spirit!

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.

We enjoy our Regency Ballroom CD.
Here is a link to where you can purchase one:
The Regency Ballroom CD
with Music from Jane Austen's time

Here is a link to Ima out gathering forget-me-nots with Tasha Corgi for the 2015 Fair:
Gathering Forget-Me-Nots for Tasha Tudor Inspired Dolls' Fair!
Celebrating Tasha Tudor's 100th Birthday Year!

Here is a link to last year's 2014:
Forget-Me-Not Fair at Corgyncombe!
To Sow a Sea of Forget-Me-Nots!

Here is a link to:
A Flower Favoured by Nanny Nettie-Kin and Tasha Tudor!
Oh, the Delight of Forget-Me-Nots!

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