November 29, 2015

Louisa May Alcott's Birthday; Hitty in the Garret at Orchard House!

Celebrating Tasha Tudor's 100th Birthday Year!
Hitty looks out from the garret window at "Orchard House".
There is a warm, cozy glow coming from within the windows.
Louisa May Alcott wrote "Little Women" at Orchard House.
In the book, Jo, the character for Louisa, did her writing up in the garret.

Today is the anniversary of Louisa May Alcott's birth.
She was born 183 years ago on November 29, 1832.

My 5th great grandfather Eliakim May was 1st cousin to Abigail (May) Alcott's grandfather Samuel May. Abigail (May) Alcott was Louisa's mother; "Marmee" in "Little Women".

Tasha Tudor illustrated "Little Women" and "A Round Dozen, Stories by Louisa May Alcott".

Ima points out "Little Women" whilst little Hitty Diane and Hitty Rachel admire the bobbin lace bookmark atop the Louisa May Alcott book.
This winter the dolls at Corgyncombe are going to read "Little Women" and Louisa May Alcott's "Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag" series which includes one of our favorite stories "An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving".

We gave Tasha one of our handmade bobbin lace bookmarks in the pattern called Love-in-a-mist, like the one pictured on the Louisa May Alcott book.

 Sarah making bobbin lace.

This is part of what Tasha wrote to us: "Dear Diane and Sarah, Such a delightful surprise the other day to receive your nice letter full of your news, and with the charming photographs of Sarah making lace! I assure you I am impressed no end by your new skill and really treasure the dainty lace Bookmarker. Thank you so very, very much!!!" She goes on to say, amongst other things, how she is eagerly awaiting spring...

We wrote to Tasha Tudor about some of our ancestral names and Louisa May Alcott being a cousin of ours through the May family. It was so special to share an interest in genealogy with Tasha Tudor. It is such an inspiration for Sarah in her genealogical researches.

The following is what Tasha Tudor wrote to us in another letter:

"That fine red envelope full of photographs and the pages of Family names, was no end impressive."
"Have fun with your genealogical researches. What fun!!"

Hitty agrees, "What fun!"

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