“When I’m working in the barn or house I often think of all the errors I’ve made in my life. But then I quickly put that behind me and think of water lilies. They will always eradicate unpleasant thoughts. Or goslings are equally comforting in their own way.” ~Tasha Tudor
Jacob is doing fine in Vermont, he is so busy we don’t hear from him very often but all his texts end in that happy LOL face — yellow circle with a big grin and laughter-tear eyes. He’s very busy with football; conditioning, practices, and meetings. I read the group text this morning in which he confessed that he finally put the sheets on his bed…after three days. He read the blog post I wrote and had to text me and say “great I’m crying right before my meeting, Mom.” oops. He’s coming back home next Sunday to get Ethan but Rich and I will be in PA getting Grace settled so we will miss seeing him. Vermont is an easy state to visit from Connecticut, I honestly LOVE the drive to the college because I pass several very nice antique stores and the Vermont Country Store, which is an amazing place to shop for unique items, including food.
So anyway, back to when I visited Aunt Colleen two weeks ago now. We had an afternoon just the two of us. Her girls babysat Seth and Sarah (they are the best babysitters). I wish I had taken more pictures with Colleen that day. We stopped first at an antique store that was inside of a big huge old house. We had just as much fun seeing the inside of that house as we did searching for treasures.
Then, we found a consignment shop basically in the middle of a very quiet shopping plaza, one of those places that you hesitate going inside because they don’t seem to have much business. However, we entered the store and had a simply delightful time prowling around and I was very excited to find Seth a Derek Jeter tshirt for only 2 dollars AND……..(this is most exciting)…..on a shelf of children’s books I found……
TASHA TUDOR BOOKS! THREE OF THEM!
This was the one I was most amazed by….because when I opened the cover I saw….
….that it was signed!!! (swoon)
My friends, it was ONE DOLLAR. ONE DOLLAR.
The first one was published in 1971, and this one was written in 1997.
“But then Caleb thought his end had come: He tripped over a taunt rope in a clump of hemlocks where he had thought to conceal himself. He fell flat, giving his chin a nasty whack. He just managed to retreat, undiscovered, to the shelter of some rocks that were covered by bushes.”
Naturally, the fact that there is a CALEB in the books makes them even better, as that is the name of my own dear fourth son, who is currently 12 years old.
The third book I bought (they were each one dollar) was a copy of Tasha Tudor’s Fairy Tales, and as it was very similar to the Bedtime Book (already tucked away on a shelf at my house in CT), we promptly left it with Aunt Mary, on her porch, with a note. She loved Tasha before I even did (as did my Mom).
When I got home I pulled all my books out of their various places in the house to take photos of them. It’s been too long since I last READ them (I’m currently reading Harry Potter #3) so I plan on doing that very soon, while wearing a long skirted old fashioned dress, a kerchief on my hair, while turning off the electricity in the house, seated next to a huge dollhouse I made myself, with lit candles, a stuffed owl, and tea that I brewed also myself in old English chinaware! Oh and I cannot forget the big vases of flowers from the garden, using homemade goat fertilizer to make them bloom extra lushly.
(dreams, only dreams)
This book is a treasure for lovers of old fashioned gardening.
“Daffodils are an optimistic flower, and foolproof. You know what Shakespeare said:
That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty.”
…I plant them in big clumps with a trusty shovel. I make several large holes all around and put quite a few in. That’s why it makes such a spectacular look when they bloom.” ~Tasha Tudor
Mother Goose book (of which I have two copies). . . . .
(all these books have been found in my wanderings through library book sales and second hand shops)
(She passed away in 2008 at 92 years of age)
“You should see my corgis at sunset in the snow. It’s their finest hour. About five o’clock they glow like copper. Then they come in and lie in front of the fire like a string of sausages.” ~Tasha Tudor
Another page of her delightful drawings. I have a print which I really need to get framed one of these days…..its of a small girl holding a chicken.
This newsletter/catalogue was tucked inside one of the books.
Joanna gave me this cookbook for Christmas in 2001, she is also a fan. All the cool girls are. (wink) If you haven’t seen her work, I challenge you to find her books at the local library and enjoy a quiet hour or two turning the pages, you will be whisked away into another world for a time, and come back gently with a soft smile on your face, determined to maybe try a few of the things she loved so much; her pets, cooking, gardening, drawing, creating.
This huge hawk sat at the top of our old dead pine tree for well over an hour early yesterday morning. As soon as I woke up I found myself down by the pond, in a soft rain, trying to get a good photo.
(Sarah was wearing her sister’s glasses). These three were cute yesterday, visiting on the porch, so I had to get a photo.
They brought me my camera, “We took pictures outside,” they explained, “he’s in the trash can.” ooooookay…….
Apparently they were pretending that he was Bugs Bunny (which explains the teeth) and because they didn’t have a proper rabbit hole, they used the almost-empty garbage bin. Yuck!
“I enjoy doing housework, ironing, washing, cooking, dishwashing. Whenever I get one of those questionnaires and they ask what is your profession, I always put down housewife. It’s an admirable profession, why apologize for it. You aren’t stupid because you’re a housewife. When you’re stirring the jam you can read Shakespeare.” ~Tasha Tudor
This post makes me smile so much. What a treasure to find a Tasha Tudor book that’s autographed! Also, someday I’d love to go to the Vermont Country Store. On my wishlist.
I’ve known about Tasha Tudor from previous blogs but I didn’t know she wrote about a Corgiville. Our Hank who just passed was a corgi mix. The pictures of those books made me smile.
Never heard of the books but they look sweet. You have a lot going on around you! I love hearing about everything!
Such a lovely time you had with your aunt. It’s wonderful y’all are So close! I love it when you can find sweet things at a low price. Bugs bunny in the trash can? So cute and imaginative!
Autographed!!!!!!!!!!! N.o. Way!!! U rocked that day. I want to come read them all. I think I’ve ordered from the library every one they can get. Some they can’t. We just adore Tasha Tudor. We watch her old VHS Christmas documentary as a recent holiday tradition. Have u seen it? And I want just — one –of those caterpillars in my kitchen. We look and look every year but never find them. I may just break down and order some.
HUGS AND LOTS of LOVE TO YOU!!!! I read your entire comment and want you to know that I care about you and wish we could chat over tea as well.