June 27, 2016

Hitty Makes a Daisy Chain!

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me...
Corgyncombe's newest Hitty has made a Daisy chain and danced about with it. She then stopped and held the daisy chain over Ima as she plucked daisy petals.

Two little lambs at Old Sturbridge Village.

Hitty dances about with her daisy chain.

The "Childcraft Poems of Early Childhood" book with Tasha Tudor's illustration of Mary's Lamb.

A little lamb in the pasture amongst the daisies looked up at Hitty Rachel when she visited the Freeman Farm at Old Sturbridge Village.

Hitty Rachel standing with her lamb on the windowsill at the the Mary's Little Lamb School House.

In "The Sunbonnet Babies' Book" written by Eulalie Osgood Grover and illustrated by Bertha L. Corbett, little Molly is making a daisy chain for May. Tasha Corgi stands in front of the book holding forget-me-nots.

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 writings elsewhere on the internet.

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June 24, 2016

Hitty Rachel Churns Butter at Old Sturbridge Village!

Pretty Spring Flowers at Old Sturbridge Village!
Hitty Rachel churning butter in the Butt'ry at the Freeman Farm at Old Sturbridge Village. Hitty noticed that the butter from the cow's cream is yellow whilst the butter from the goat's cream at home is white.

Our second cousin (related through the May family) John May married Delia, one of the Freeman daughters. John May, Delia, and their children lived with Delia's parents at the Freeman Farm in the late 1830s.

Hitty Hannah Austin Rose and Hitty Sue, thrilled to be in the Butt'ry at the Freeman Farm at Old Sturbridge Village.

In "Mother Goose", illustrated by Tasha Tudor, there is a lady named Mary churning in the dairy. This illustration has always been a favorite of ours.

Looking out the bedroom window at the Freeman Farm at Old Sturbridge Village, one sees a lilac bush. Beyond the pasture is the stone blacksmith shop built by Moses Wilder. We are researching the possibility that Moses Wilder was a cousin of ours through the Wilder and Sawyer families of early New England.

How we all love the sweet little lambs at the Freeman Farm at Old Sturbridge Village!

The Salem Towne House garden at Old Sturbridge Village.
Salem Towne was a cousin through old New England family lines to my great great great grandmother Sarah Towne.

Here are links to our previous posts in the series of
"Hitty's Journey and Adventures
at Old Sturbridge Village"
at the
Corgyncombe Courant:

Hitty Visits Old Sturbridge Village, Freeman Farm!

At Old Sturbridge Village Hitty Finds George Washington!

Hitty, Tasha Tudor Birthday Celebration,
and Asa Knight Store at Old Sturbridge Village!

Tasha Tudor and Old School House Remembrances!
Old Sturbridge Village School Attended by Izannah and Hitty!

Hitty Visits the Tin Shop at Old Sturbridge Village!
The Lovely Glow of Autumn, Tin and Lantern Light!

Hitty Visits the Shoemaker at Old Sturbridge Village!
Finding a Place to Rest Your Pegs!

Hitty Visits the Quaker Meetinghouse at Old Sturbridge Village!
To Be Most Content!

Hitty and Friends Waving from the Fence at Old Sturbridge Village!
Hitty Celebrates Independence Day!

Here is a link to:
Old Sturbridge Village

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June 6, 2016

A Homemade May Basket for Hitty Beth!

Reading of "The Rebellion of the Mules"
The Pumpkin House Hittys of Corgyncombe surprised their dear friend Hitty Beth at Towpath Cottage with a May basket! Ima and Hitty Rachel hung it on Hitty Beth's door, knocked, and then went to hide.

A May basket with a daffodil, violets and forget-me-nots.

In "A Time to Keep" Tasha Tudor has done delightful illustrations of children leaving their May baskets at the door and children dancing around the Maypole with a joyful Corgi herding the children in a circle.

Hitty Beth went downstairs, then out the door and found a pretty May basket full of May flowers!

Making May baskets is a May Day family tradition at Corgyncombe! I learned to make May baskets like the May basket above in kindergarten from my teacher. My dear kindergarten teacher Mrs. Platt had also been my Mum's grade school teacher. Now we have passed on that tradition to the Hittys.

The Towpath Cottage duckies George and Polly rushed downstairs and looked out the window as Hitty Beth was holding her May basket for them to see.
Hitty Beth figured it was from her friends from Corgyncombe because she had seen their handmade May baskets and handmade flowers before. Hitty Rachel, Ima, and Tillie Tinkham the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe had made the basket and flowers. Hitty Beth's Mum has attended many Corgyncombe May Day parties.

Hitty Rachel and Ima were overjoyed to see that Hitty Beth had found her May basket. They came out giggling from their hiding place. Hitty Beth called the girls inside Towpath Cottage and they all went upstairs to see Hitty Beth's wonderful furniture!

Hitty Beth's Towpath Cottage

Hitty Beth's baker's cupboard with its many delightful drawers and rolling pin holder. Her little Kitty is sitting on the stool.

Hitty Beth is so happy with her stove!

Hitty Beth's furniture was made by talented Roy Bubbenmoyer.

An old fashioned telephone so Hitty Beth can call her friends at Corgyncombe who also have an old fashioned phone at Pumpkin House!

As she had just baked a cake, Hitty Beth invited her friends to join her for refreshments at the table.
All the Hittys and Ima were made by talented doll carver Judy Brown.

The Corgyncombe Hittys brought along a recent delightful find, a book titled "Five Little Starrs on a Canal Boat" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy.  The five Starr children were spending their summer vacation traveling from one end of the Erie Canal to the other. Hitty Rachel and Ima gave Hitty Beth a choice of which chapter she would like read aloud and she chose "The Rebellion of the Mules". The mules were used to walk along the towpath pulling the canal boat.  The book is of special interest to Hitty Beth, as her Towpath Cottage is also along a canal.

In the chapter "The Rebellion of the Mules", a worker was hired at one of the stops as they travelled along the canal, to help with the mules. The Hittys begged to read on to the next chapter "How the Mules Told on the Driver" where it was found out that this worker was up to no good, withholding food from the mules and selling their food to other boats. As their food was lessened and they grew hungrier, the mules rebelled and then pointed out the stolen food and the nasty man who stole it.

The Hittys enjoyed reading part of the story and hoped to read more at their next gathering.

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