November 11, 2017

Remembrances on Veterans Day

Hoping the War Will Be Over Soon So We Can See Each Other Again...
The brother pictured above died whilst in the service.
He was only 19 and had a special sweetheart at home who he planned to marry.
In a letter to one of his brothers in the service he wrote that he was hoping the war would be over soon so that all the brothers could see each other again.


In his last letter home he wrote of his love for his family.
Also in the photograph above is one of the Western Union Telegrams sent when he died.
Sally Ann said that at the funeral there was not a dry eye in the church.
Her brother's favorite hymns were played at the service on the organ.
The older two brothers were unable to attend the funeral as one was in Panama and the other in Africa.


Uncle's Service Photo Album, Fort Andrews, Boston Harbor, Mass. The photograph is of him leaving home after his last leave.


Uncle with his Grandmum (his Father's Mum)
His Grandmum's ancestors in the Scott, Keyes, and Adams families served in the Revolutionary War.


Sally Ann, sad to see her brother leaving to go back to Fort Andrews.


Uncle and his Sweetheart


Sally Ann's baby brother, wearing his aviator hat, posed atop the mailbox in front of the family home. The family mailbox where news from home was sent and news from the three brothers in the service was eagerly watched and waited for.


Letters sent home by the three brothers.


Sally Ann's three older brothers and her father played for dances and special occasions.
The three brothers above all served during World War II.
The brother in the middle is the brother pictured at the top of this post, the one who died in the 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.


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 web site and our previous postings elsewhere on the internet.

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October 25, 2017

Corgyncombe Farmers' Market!

Nanny Nettie-Kin Loads Her Wagon and Readies for the Market!
Nanny Nettie-Kin readies her wagon for the Corgyncombe Farmers' Market.



Nanny Nettie-Kin and her wagon have arrived for the Corgyncombe Farmers' Market.
Hitty Delight, the most recent Hitty to come to Corgyncombe, accompanies Nanny.
What a lovely autumnal glow and wonderful day for the Corgyncombe Farmers' Market!


Corgyncombe Acorn Squash




Corgyncombe Broccoli




Corgyncombe carrots being readied for canning.




Corgyncombe cabbage and beans.



Corgyncombe Pumpkins




Corgyncombe cabbage

Hitty Delight helps Nanny Nettie-Kin unload the wagon.





Nanny Nettie-Kin's display at the
Corgyncombe Farmers' Market.
A jug of Corgyncombe maple syrup is up atop the display.

Corgyncombe Potatoes and Tomatoes




Corgyncombe onions


A lovely Autumnal display on our way to ancestral lands in Vermont.


"My Summer in a Garden" by Charles Dudley Warner is interesting and humorous to read during the weeks of vegetable gardening season. A quote from the book: "There is life in the ground; it goes into the seeds; and it also, when it is stirred up, goes into the man who stirs it. The hot sun on his back as he bends to his shovel or hoe, or contemplatively rakes the warm and fragrant loam, is better than much medicine." On the book is a Corgyncombe potato blossom.


Lovely Hitty Delight carries the basket of buttons used by the dolls as currency.
I oft' times carry a basket instead of a purse myself.
Tasha Tudor had the children use buttons to buy goods for their dolls and animals and Sparrow Post to deliver mail. The currency for the dolls at Corgyncombe is buttons, as well!


Corgyncombe Vegetables

Corgyncombe canned carrots.






Corgyncombe Butt'ry


The large golden dollhouse,
Pumpkin House,
an old New England House.


Nanny Nettie-Kin and the Little Dolls of Pumpkin House
bringing the harvest in to the hall of their Old New England House.
Many hands make light work.


And Tillie Tinkham, the seamstress mouse for the dolls at Corgyncombe, comes and little paws help, too.

 
The squash are stored in the hall of Pumpkin House,
which also serves as Nanny Nettie-Kin's Herbary.
Hitty had rushed upstairs with her favorite Pumpkin and hid it under the bed to later make a "Pumpkin Moonshine". Tasha Tudor wrote and illustrated the book "Pumpkin Moonshine" about a little girl who found a special pumpkin to make a pumpkin moonshine.


I acquired the sandstone sink in Connecticut where my ancestors, the Stanclift family, dwelt. In the above photograph I have a colander full of washed carrots from the Corgyncombe Vegetable Garden.
Gravestone carving was a tradition in the Stanclift family. The stone of the gravestones and the Corgyncombe Butt'ry sink are the same reddish brown sandstone. The sink, which was from a very old house in the area the Stanclifts lived, could well have been made by one of the Stanclifts.
Our Stanclift family came from Yorkshire, England in the 1680s.


Nanny Nettie-Kin has had an abundance of squash at her Pumpkin House gardens and decides to make gourd soup.
Above, she is chopping the squash.

The dolls at Corgyncombe and I have many things in common including a love of yellowware, baskets, gardening, and many old fashioned favorite things and old ways.


 Nanny Nettie-Kin cooking her gourd soup on her old cast iron stove, which is called the "Ark".


Nanny Nettie-Kin puts the gourd soup through a sieve.


Nanny Nettie-Kin serves gourd soup.
She went out in her herb garden and found the smallest leaves of sage to put atop the soup.
All the Hittys at Pumpkin House find it to be most delicious!


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 web site and our previous postings elsewhere on the internet.

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August 28, 2017

Tasha Tudor Birthday Celebration 2017!

Hannah Bakes a Cake Much to Edward's Delight!
August 28th, 2017 would have been Tasha Tudor's 102nd birthday.

My daughter Sarah and I were so blessed to have Tasha for a friend.

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 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, textiles, furniture, food preparation,  architecture, and even their tools.

My daughter Sarah was the model for Tasha Tudor's illustrations of the little girl Kathy in "The Real Pretend".

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!


Hannah is using Tasha Tudor's receipt for "Becky' s Birthday Cake". She has gathered the ingredients which include Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille's fine milk and butter, and Phidelia Finch's eggs. The small stoneware bottle holds vanilla.




Phidelia Finch




Corgyncombe Dairy goat Carmella Lucille's milk in a hand-thrown salt-glazed milk jug made by a friend. The little yellowware jar with the lid was a delightful find I bought at an antique store for $10 and it was full of nutmeg.


Hannah mixing the batter.




At the bottom of her cake tins Hannah adds Rose Geranium leaves to flavour her cake.




Creaming the butter and sugar, then adding the egg yokes for "Becky's Birthday Cake" from "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook". In the cake pan to the left are some scented Rose geranium leaves.


Hannah does her baking and cooking on a "Little Fanny" wood cookstove.
Tasha Tudor's doll Emma has a wood cookstove just like it!

The doors in front can open to enjoy viewing the fire.



At the bottom of each cake tin I distributed four leaves and then poured the batter atop the leaves.
Above, the baked cakes.

When I worked at a museum most of the other farm ladies went south for the winter. I stayed and taught fireplace cookery and other old fashioned tasks to school groups. Because the kitchen would get so cold at night, I was the one who took home the Rose geranium to winter it over 'til spring. One of the older ladies who I worked with told me about flavoring a cake with Rose geranium leaves in the bottom of the pan with the batter poured over.


Hannah has decorated her cake with Rose geranium flowers and leaves.


The Rose geranium leaves have imparted their rose flavour into the cake. Delightfully delicious!!!





Edward is delighted with the lovely cake that Hannah has made!



The old teaset is decorated with hand painted leaves that bear a resemblance to old fashioned Rose Geranium leaves.

Many doll bouquets are to be found in the small pewter sugar bowl.
Above, the doll sugar bowl holds a bouquet of Rose geranium leaves and flowers. The old receipt box was found with an old handwritten label. Receipt is an old fashioned word for recipe.



Tea and Rose geranium cupcakes in the Corgyncombe Garden of Herbs.






Hannah spinning wool on her double treadle spinning wheel.  She is a talented spinstress and she spins a very even yarn!


Hannah's feet at the treadles.




A regular sized double treadle spinning wheel at the Woodstock Vermont History Center's Dana House Museum. The wheel is much like Hannah's wheel.

My 4th great grandparents Elias Jones and his wife Esther (Dana) Jones lived in Reading, Vermont, a town adjoining Woodstock. Esther and those who lived in the Dana House descended from the the same founding Dana family of early New England.

Elias Jones, a Revolutionary War soldier, was a representative of the town of Reading to the Vermont General Assembly. In 1807 the General Assembly met at Woodstock, Vermont.


Tasha Tudor spinning on my wheel.


Tillie Tinkham has been the seamstress mouse for the dolls and critters at Corgyncombe for many years.
The Golden Thimble Society commenced as Tillie wanted to assist the Queen Anne English Wooden dolls with their needlework.


The receipts for the cake and ice cream are from "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook".
Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille provided the cream and the milk used for the ice cream and cake.


Tasha Tudor in the garden at Corgi Cottage.
She looks so happy!

These are my own personal photographs of Tasha Tudor and her cottage.


Tasha's marble top cupboard where she rolled out her dough.

 The first time I entered Corgi Cottage kitchen Tasha was setting about making the evening meal. Tasha handed me the brass kettle (that is hanging at the end of the counter in the photograph above) full of carrots when I asked what I could do to help her. Perhaps it was because I was in Tasha's kitchen where there were so many wonderful things that I recognized from her illustrations, or the warm lighting in the kitchen, or perhaps it was being in the company of the keeper of Corgi Cottage kitchen......I looked up at Tasha and smiled and said "Tasha, your kitchen is so cozy!"


Tasha's kitchen.


Charlotte celebrating Tasha Tudor's birthday several years ago. Charlotte found a nice place in the shade to enjoy her tea, cake, and goat's milk ice cream. Her cake, decorated with forget-me-nots, is from The Corgyncombe Bakery and her goat ice cream is from The Corgyncombe Dairy.

Tasha Tudor's pump and sink.


The blue and white teapot that Tasha used for illustrations, on the stove, at the ready for teatime.

Tasha's wood cookstove.

Tulips at teatime.


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 web site and our previous postings elsewhere on the internet.

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