May 1, 2017

Delightful May Day Ribbons and Flowers!

"Bounteous May, that dost inspire" ~ Milton
A circle of daffodils round the little apple tree along Corgi Creek. This morning when I brought the Maypole ribbons out, I was so delighted to hear and see the little wren that lives in the little house hung from the apple tree during the nesting season at Corgyncombe.


May Day punch and cupcakes at Corgyncombe.
The table is decorated with three bouquets of daffodils. Their scent is delightful! The garden was explored whilst enjoying the refreshments. I made cupcakes using the receipt for Becky's Birthday Cake from "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook".


A joyous May Day Celebration was held when Sarah's friend's came over to dance round the Maypole.
A tiny Maypole with bears, rabbits, and mouse can be seen in the corner of the stone and wattle fences.


"Song on May Morning"
Now the bright morning-star, day's harbinger,
Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her
The flowery May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose.
Hail, bounteous May, that dost inspire
Mirth, and youth, and warm desire;
Woods and groves are of thy dressing,
Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing.
Thus we salute thee with our early song,
And welcome thee, and wish thee long.
- John Milton


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. We make our May baskets out of wallpaper from wallpaper sample books, lined with stiffer paper, in the shape of a cone with a handle. The wallpaper for our baskets is so much fun to pick out from all the samples! Sometimes we also make paper flowers to add to the May baskets, too!

Making May baskets is a May Day family tradition at Corgyncombe!

Our dolls and animal friends also make small May baskets of their own!

My May basket above is hung on "A Time to Keep" illustrated by Tasha Tudor! 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. In the borders round, there are beautiful spring flowers, robins, barns swallows, and a bluebird.


Lady's Keys and pink violets in May at Corgyncombe.




Head wreaths and tussie mussies for dolly friends that were sent out via Corgyncombe's Finch Post. Underneath the table, Tasha Corgi has a bunch of flowers in her mouth!

Lydia Lindenwood, lovely with a head wreath.


A basket full of handmade cone shaped May baskets and handmade crepe paper flowers.
I fashioned the daffodil and rose flowers out of crepe paper. I also made May Day cards with a  photograph of Sarah and her cousins dancing round in a circle and inside the card I wrote in calligraphy Milton's "Song on May Morning".



We at the Corgyncombe Courant hope all our Dear Readers have a joyous May Day!

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April 16, 2017

Easter Egg Tree Reminiscent of a Tasha Tudor Illustration!

Ducklings Under the Easter Egg Tree!
Emma underneath the pussy willow tree.
An annual trip down to the lower forty, yielded a gathering of branches for our Easter egg tree.



 

One of our favorite eggs with a hand-painted dragonfly.


Emma holds a chick.


One of the Dibble Dabble sisters with small cards and eggs, to be sent to friends!





In "A Time to Keep" and "Seasons of Delight" both by Tasha Tudor, Tasha illustrated an Easter tree above an old cheese strainer with rabbits or ducklings underneath.

 Behind the Easter egg tree there are many Beatrix Potter figurines on the cupboard amongst the teapots and apothecary. The Beatrix Potter figurines are constant companions at tea time throughout the seasons.


Dilley Dibble Dabble and her duckling sisters quack and flap underneath the Easter tree. Dilley Dibble Dabble is the duckling in the pink frock.










Emma and her bunny love the little ducklings!
Oh, so cute!!!




Sarah loved watching and feeding the ducks, too!


We hope our Dear Readers have a lovely Resurrection Sunday!


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April 14, 2017

Tasha Tudor Hot Cross Buns for Good Friday Tea!

 
Charlotte, anticipating Good Friday Tea, made some Hot Cross Buns.


After the dough has risen, she puts the buns on a cookie sheet and allows them to rise again.

 
At the Corgyncombe Bakery, I make Hot Cross Buns, too. After the first rising, warm melted butter is added and the dough is kneaded a bit more.


The dough has risen again.


After rising, the dough is shaped into buns and set aside to rise again.


Setting the Hot Cross Buns out to cool.
The receipt for Hot Cross Buns is from "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook".

The buns have been frosted with a cross on top.

 
Chickalily joins Charlotte for Good Friday Tea with Charlotte's fresh Hot Cross Buns and Tasha Tudor's Welsh Breakfast Tea.
In her hand, Charlotte holds one of Sarah's handmade marbleized eggs.

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March 10, 2017

Hitty Arrived in Valentine's Storm!

Hot Cocoa, Sewing Lessons and Corgi Red Hair!
Hitty arrived just before Valentine's Day in cold and windy weather. We dressed her in warm flannel and Nanny Nettie-Kin gave her some hot cocoa.




Nanny Nettie-Kin giving the Hittys sewing lessons with her old fashioned sewing machine.


A little pincushion doll arrived with Hitty and Tillie Tinkham the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe was delighted with her!


Ima's cousin loves Tasha Corgi.
She says to Tasha Corgi "You have Corgi red hair just like me!"


Sarah and Katrina Corgi, both with, as Tasha Tudor would say to Sarah, "Corgi Red hair".


Ima's cousin loves Ima's little baby sister Lilibet and tends her in the cradle.




Hitty Harmony and her baby sister.


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February 22, 2017

"Rural Hours" Along the Lake with Susan Fenimore Cooper!

The Lindenwood Pet Squirrel!
Oft' times in old portraits a pet squirrel can be seen.
Lydia Lindenwood has a treat for her sister Pigeon Lindenwood's pet squirrel.


A squirrel atop the finial of the Turret at Castle Corgyncombe.




"Long walk of several miles on the lake.  We enjoyed the walk very much; it is particularly pleasant to wander about at will over so broad a field, confined to no track, and without an obstacle to arrest one's progress, all which gives a freedom to these walks upon the lake, beyond what we are accustomed to on terra firma, where roads, and fences, and bridges must be consulted at every turn."
~ "Rural Hours", published 1850,
by Susan Fenimore Cooper

During the Revolutionary War my 5th great grandfather William Scott came down the lake.
 


 


Lovely Isabelle Lindenwood and her delightful friend similarly frocked.


"Our winters are undoubtedly cold enough, but the weather is far from being always severe. We have many moderate days, and others, even in the heart of winter, which are soft and balmy, a warm wind blowing in your face from the south until you wonder how it could have found its way over the snow without being chilled. People always exclaim that such days are quite extraordinary, but in truth, there never passes a year without much weather that is unseasonably pleasant, if we would but remember it. And if we take the year throughout, this sort of weather, in all its varieties, will probably be found more favorably divided for us than we fancy. "
~ "Rural Hours", published 1850,
by Susan Fenimore Cooper


"It is St. Valentine's day, and valentines by the thousand are passing through the post-offices all over the country. Within the last few years, the number of these letters is said to have become really astonishing; we heard that 20,000 passed through the New York post-office last year, but one cannot vouch for the precise number."
~ "Rural Hours", published 1850,
by Susan Fenimore Cooper




Falling snowflakes.
 
Lydia Lindenwood with her younger sister Serendipity and their baby sister.


The grand hotel at the edge of the lake where I took dance lessons.


The Queen Anne English wooden dolls were made by talented dollmaker Kathy Patterson.


Lydia Lindenwood's younger sister Pigeon Lindenwood.
She loves animals and birds!
She is awaiting her new frock to be finished.
Pigeon also loves dance lessons!





"Fine day. The good people are beginning to use the lake for sleighs: it is now crossed by several roads, running in different directions."
"The broad, level field of white looks beautifully just now."
"During the last week in February, and in March, the lake is generally more used for sleighing than at any other period; we have seen heavily-loaded sleds, carrying stone and iron, passing over it at such times. The stage-sleighs, with four horses and eight or ten passengers, perhaps, occasionally go and come over the ice at that season. Our people are sometimes very daring in this way; they seldom leave the lake until some horse or sled has been lost; but happily, although there have been narrow escapes of this kind, no lives have yet been lost. "
~ "Rural Hours", published 1850,
by Susan Fenimore Cooper

How unfortunate and sad that some horses were lost to the weakened ice.

When the roads became muddy during thaws the lake was preferred to sleigh on.


"Pleasant morning in the woods. Much amused by squirrels...
Presently a beautiful red squirrel made his appearance, in the notch of a tall old pine, perhaps fifty feet from the ground. He paused every few steps to utter the peculiar cry which has given them the name of chickaree, for they often repeat it, and are noisy little creatures.  He came deliberately down the whole length of the trunk, chatting and waving his beautiful tail as he moved along. After leaving the tree he played about,  here and there, apparently in quest of nuts, and he frequently came very near us of his own accord."
~ "Rural Hours", published 1850,
by Susan Fenimore Cooper








Pigeon Lindenwood loves her pet squirrel!




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