Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Corgi cottage tour July 2015 and Doll Fair

Celebrating Tasha Tudor
100 years!
August 28, 1915-June 18, 2008 

After a HEAVY rain....
(that almost floated us away in the night)

..among a deep and heavy MIST

...deep beyond, along a narrow road.... the morning along a quite trail....

....a gathering occurred...

...a celebration of sorts...

....of JOY 
and remembrance ...

With a fill of thrills..

                     ..and miles...
                                                             ...... of smiles...

    and a lot of "Wellies" ......

aprons and dresses....

......and lots of "umbrellies" !!!

There was joyous chatter....

...and lots of laughter!!

                                                             Hugs and Reunions ...

for a joint celebration!!

All in anticipation ....

                     ...of a special tour!!

(Marjorie and Seth Tudor)

The Tudor family
were obliging and real,
among wondrous surroundings
with such lovely appeal

Amy Tudor

              Awaiting important instructions..
                                            as we all gathered around

                      we were all on our  way....                                                                  we were Corgi Cottage bound!!!

But before this occurred
we  took time first to see...

A place that is known
 for some "crows", if you please,
after "they" it was named
quite simply you see...

it was named by Miss Tasha

And in there the dolls waited
so pretty to see,
all lovingly hand crafted
by an artist named Marjorie 


Marjorie Tudor (artist)

Inside there were goodies..

...and a chair bought by 

aprons and books,
and sweet little corgis!


 And Alicia brought along,
                           some neat things to show....                    

..some things that inspired
 "Laura in the snow"!
"laura in the snow" by tasha tudor

There were "Tudors" about


so lovely and sweet

                   from cute mini doggies

to petite little feet 

A BOOK by one so special...
by a Tudor  named Ellie

Windslow with Ellie
With Daddy and Chickens
made you warm in your belly!

And a book signing too..
by that young author dear

 (and if you'd like your own copy
you can purchase it here):

(example from my garden)

Soon we were walking 
with the sun peeking 
past ferns and July flowers 
all drenched and anew!

(memory sketch by me)

Leaving my boots at the door
with bare feet entering in,
to a place that is cheerful
familiar and warm

There were things on the wall
all collected through time
upon beams that were hand hewn
by Tasha's own son


Then on through long hallways
the Butt'ry the kitchen...

the bathroom, the parlor
the library the 

((Tasha posed at 16 for a sculpture artist ))

We went upstairs,
then downstairs
then back through 
the barn,

and then we met  
Winslow and
went out to the garden!!

(examples from my garden)

                                                    (examples of what we saw,
 from my garden)

Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
                                     3 John 1:2
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(Linda winner of the Golden Key for the favorite booth)!

Soon we were gathered 
for the rest of that night,
while the full moon planned..
 to rise high 
and pink bright !

                                            (Famous Hitty Moms!!)


Ladies became "re-incarnated"
to "children" again....

..with a DOLL FAIR and dollies
and crafts, games and 


The Dolls brought their wares
and for BUTTONS were sold..

((buttons for ALL))!!

...such SWEET little
trinkets loved by ALL
young and old!!


There was mischief and playing...
and plenty of sweets,

Everyone there,
 got a "go"
at the treats!!

And the crafts were so fun,
we thought it so clever,

 we took so much home,
 it could not have been better!!

And then soon came a time
when some 
DOLLS arrived,

Made lovingly by 
artists and crafters alike

("Tudor" Dolls assembled and kits made available by Julia Marsh)


                                                                                                                                                                           (Photo by Julia Marsh)


Spring 2014 Doll News Cover
((read about the "Tudor Dolls"
 in Doll News, Spring 2014))

...they brought tears to some eyes
and other's sweet laughter!

( "A is fore Anna Bell" Dolls by Kristen Strand)


But that is not all,
 There were good things 
to eat...              

and the 
hand churned ice-cream
was really a treat!

                                                                        ( photo by Christie Jones Ray)

Some men got together...

and took turns with ease...

and the ice-cream was
and all  were pleased!!

 The Mousiekins and Eliza
were in on it too

they visited and played
till there was no more to do!!

Happy 100th Birthday to 
 Tasha Tudor!!
Who keeps on 
inspiring so many
"Take JOY"!! 
Tasha Tudor

(Thanks to HubbyBear
for bringing me there)!!


  1. Dearest Linnie, I am almost lost for words. Such friendship, such a wonderful gathering of kindreds in the name of Tasha Tudor ~~~ I love how you drew us in, up the misty path of that early morning {I'm glad you didn't get washed away!} Oh, how my heart sings joining you on this tour of The Rookery and so much more. One day, I will get there {though goodness only knows how as I do not fly any longer} and see it for myself, but for now I am content, for you have done such a wonderful and generous thing sharing here. Heartfelt gratitude ~~~Deb in Wales

  2. Superlative! Your sketches continue to amaze me; how ever does one capture the little details in such a short space of time? Although we haven't met in person, I felt as though I was sharing the adventure with old friends...Christie, Heather, young Audrey, and you. What a wonderful gathering and day of fellowship; I should think Tasha would be so pleased. Thank you so much for sharing, Linnie.

    Sharon in Alabama

  3. Dear Linnie, How marvelous it all was! Thank you for sharing and giving me joy! I just loved seeing all of you together! The dolls and doll houses--lovely! Your photos are just full of happiness. ♥

  4. Delightful post! Thank you for sharing your trip. It looked like a wonderful time. All of the dolls were so beautiful! It was so nice to have a chance to meet you last Saturday. : )


  5. Now, that's quite a party! Thank you, thank you for having me along. I am overwhelmed and must go back and enjoy...more slowly this time. A wonderful, wonderful post!!!!!

  6. Your tour for us readers was fantastic-I really felt just like I was with you! Wish I had been!

  7. Linnie,

    I so wish this was in book form for sale. It is so beautiful and seems
    just like the tour I was on so it recreated that time for me. I love your
    sketches and you have a magical way to describe the day. I enjoyed this so much. What a wonderful start to a beautiful day. Karen

  8. Oh Linnie! I just love the tale of your special trip to Corgi Cottage! What a special time shared with sweet kindreds. Wish I could have been thete but this pictorial feast for the eyes made me feel a part of it! Thank you, sweetheart! ♡♡♡

  9. So enjoyed this tour with all the familiar faces! Wish I could have been there!

    1. We wish you could have been there too Erin😊

  10. What a fantastic post! Thank you so much for sharing. Have a blessed day.

  11. Ah, what a memorable day! It cracks me up that my baby is flailing around in the background behind Brenna, lol! So wonderful to see you! Its my hope that we'll get to dart up and visit you properly at your home next time we are up that way (and there WILL be a next time!!)

  12. Lovely, lovely post. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. It was a wonderful time and think back on it frequently! This helped me relive it :)

  13. How absolutely FUN.

    Dear one, all I can say as I scroll down to see the fun, the beauty, the dolls, the participation of the children, women as well as THE MEN, is that WE ARE MADE IN OUR FATHER'S IMAGE. We are a creative people who have it in our hearts and souls to MAKE a world whether it's in community or in miniature. HOW I LOVE THIS!

    Now I am off to run to school where I also will be creating opportunities for my students to create their classroom community where we can all learn. But take me away, TAKE ME AWAY to a little cottage/cabin as this, and I could stay there until the day I go to Jesus. AND CHRISTY IS THERE! She's scheduled to come here to Minneapolis in OCtober!

    MUCH LOVE! Anita

  14. Oh dearest Linnie my friend, to read your comment this morning gave me a lift. YES, school starts on Monday with the kids, but all this week we've been in teacher meetings and preparing the classroom. I will remember to PLAY PLAY PLAY as says the mouse and the Tea Rat because this is what keeps me sane and helps me to remember who I am.

    MUCH LOVE TO YOU!!!!!!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing. I felt like I was there with you. Such fun to see all the smiling faces of those who were able to be there! Thank you, thank you!

  16. I am so glad you were able to do the sketches, you are really good! I like your wellies, a lot. Now, where was this doll fair? In the same location as the Tasha Tudor home? Some of those outfits on the dolls are just lovely, I am especially fond of any garb of the 1850's 60 era. I see a lot of it here.

  17. What a wonderful exciting post, you lucky girl.
    I adored all the photo's, well everything and thank you for doing this special post.
    I saw a photo of a lady who is on IG, maryaliceand me she is called on there and she is coming to England next year.
    Sorry I am so so late reading your post, school is back soon here in England so I will have a little more time.
    Fondly Michelle

  18. Wonderful pictures. I love Tasha Tudor too. We share a birthday. My birthday is August 28 too.
    The doll pictures are great too. It looks like you had a lot of fun.
    Have a great day.

  19. Linnie, this is such a lovely post! I've put a link to it on my new Take Joy Society post.