When visiting Corgi Cottage last Fall, I tried to journal
and draw my memories right away!
I thought you may enjoy remembering with me!
~~In honor of Tasha Tudor's up coming
One Hundredth Birthday ~~
Aug 28 1915 - June 18 2008
Ashley Maggie May had never experienced
a "Road Trip" before, so she was very excited
to go! And Pixie approved greatly!!
So they packed up, and off they went....
to Vermont where Tasha Tudor once lived,
to see her home , gardens and family!
And Sadie excitedly approved!!!
It was GREAT FUN!!!
and it was Autumn and NY was quite beautiful.........
..but as we entered into this lovely state something
rather unique to Vermont's reputation
A spectacular beauty unique on to it self !
An ancient beauty that breaths history
and nostalgic sentiment!
(Play the soundtrack of the
"Last O The Mohican's " in your head)!
It was a wonderful drive
....and Ashley quietly approved...
The colors were magnificent!!
Ashley indubitably approved...
The scenery was spectacular!
...and Ashley ever approved...
...Ashley kept it in her heart....and silently approved...
and Ashley Maggie May
loved it ALL quite well!!
Soon we were real close...
Do You Know JESUS?
Read more here:http://www.proverbs31.org/doyouknowJesus/doYouKnowJesus.php
The tour starts at the "Rookery" Built by
Tasha's son Seth where crafts, art, prints
and books and such are sold
I decided to wear my 1970's vintage
Laura Ashley dress
because it seemed a perfect opportunity to!!
The weather was perfection!
I spotted my settle chair that was
my birthday present from HubbyBear
made by Seth
ready for pick up
..and Ashley Maggie May posed for pictures...
Winslow and Amy Tudor
brought their two sweet daughters
And we were greatly entertained by Ellie's
Ellie (Tasha's Great Granddaughter) is a
natural with her chickens, and perks right
up when the conversation is about them!
It was great fun to listen to her adventures
with her chickens!
Ellie gave me a feather!!
Ellie's Grandma Marjorie (Tudor) made her
a special dress just like the one Sylvie Ann
wore in Pumpkin Moonshine
first published book by Tasha Tudor
The door to the ROOKERY!!
Tasha's son Seth welcoming us
into the ROOKERY
The Rookery is named so for the crows that roosted
in the chimney cove peak that sits a top the house.
Inside the ROOKERY
Karen finding goodies!
Winslow bringing the settle to the camper!
Tasha's Family are sweet and personal,
and you can sense how they loved her
and miss her
Ashley met beautiful Nika
and it was lovely to get to know
Marjorie Tudor !!
(Doll maker and artist)
Ashley dearly APPROVED of
Seth's settle chair
(and planned where she would rest
in this new hiding place below the seat!!
Linnie met up with Christie
(Blog friends for years)
and they became the "little girls"
(that they already are)
I'd love to know what Seth was thinking
he sure had his hands full with us!
And they LOVED their Laura Ashley dresses!!!!
Christie wanted one of each !!
(me floating) hee
Mama Mildred Mousiekin also had
an eagerly anticipated meeting....
.....with her long time Pen-Pal friend
(Yes! Seth's eyes are really that blue)!!!
There are no photos allowed at tasha's Cottage
and gardens so I took some photos
from my "Seasons of Delight" book, by Tasha Tudor
to give the feel of what we approached
on the other side of the fence and the lay out
We gathered by the gate and determined which
group we were in and soon our group were following
Seth toward the home that we had imagined from
paintings and photographs!
As you enter
you immediately begin to recognize the spaces
and belongings that are shown in pictures and books!
Just how it was imagined only you may be surprised
that it is a bit tinier then pictures convey.
We are told to touch NOTHING, and we understand why!
For all is just as Tasha left it!!
An urge over came me, and I took off my shoes!!
And exposed my bare feet, as we stepped up unto the
floor, where Tasha had so often and regularly stepped.
(painting by Tasha)
We soon were standing in the
Here are some sketches I made later
The kitchen was quite tiny and a step up
from the center room!
There is a copper pump that works, made so
by Seth's clever use of a toilet pump part
(a picture of the same kind
copper pump at my house)
Beyond the kitchen is the Living room
with the main fireplace and where she did
most of her art
One of the highlights of my visit to
Corgi Cottage was a chance opportunity
to arrange Emma, baby and
Captain Thaddeus Crane in their chairs,
in a dollhouse display that Seth had built in
one of the loom rooms!
I had always wondered what her body was made of
and how she felt and moved.
As I knew this was a very rare event I held
it as an honor and consumed myself in the moment
and planted the experience deep into my memory!
And I may add that I understand why
Emma was Tasha's " Galatea" * for she is
very beautiful, and arranges quite
gracefully and eloquently!
And with a little help from the hand
she easily becomes alive! Captain Crane
and baby also complied to their positioning .
Emma and Captain Thaddeus Crane
(a similar appearance)
We were able to view Tasha's bathroom
and her toilet bowl was quite extravagant she also had
a beautiful copper tub! There was also a huge blue
antique oriental transfer grand
ceramic wash bowl with a drain for "sits" or feet!
On the wall she had a shelf with a children's
tea set of Lustreware!
(appearing much like these)
The attached barn was large and wonderfully made by Seth
and was a perfect place for the Nubian goats!
So many wonderful antiques were about, and so delightful to see!
Me By Me
Photo by: Margaret Hensel
We visited the Eric Sloane Museum
after visiting Corgi Cottage
and we saw many things there that were
the same in Tasha's home!
In the above picture
(A Diary of an Early American Boy- cabin)
there are some doors that resemble the ones on
Tasha's sunk-in green house where she would have her
composted soil delivered.
There were also many door handles as these
Here are many examples of what you may see in
Tasha's barn or home and yard
Artist and author Eric Sloane was a great influence of Seth Tudor)
Here are some things that I brought home from the vacation!
I wore "Corgi Cottage" soil for a while!!
Mama Mousiekin enjoys he Settee
I love the way the settee looks in the parlor
Happy 100 year Birthday
to Tasha Tudor who has inspired
so many to
Hope you enjoyed!!
Many warm Blessings, Linnie
Visit the on line store
of the Tasha Tudor Family: