Wednesday, July 23, 2008

the road to Tasha's

~the road to Tasha Tudor's home in the woods of Vermont~

it's been over a month now since our dear
Tasha Tudor went home. I still find myself feeling as though I have lost a dear friend.
What an extraordinary person she was, what a wonderful life she made. Living her dreams in every way following her heart.
If only we all were so brave.
I took this road with my dear friend, Gayle, one hot summer morning and found myself in another world, as though I had stepped back in time and was a part of it all. The woodsmoke in the air, no noise but for bird song and the slight rustle of leaves.
I was not ready for how loudly my heart sang that morning
may God bless you, dear Tasha.
you've made a beautiful and indelible mark on my life and the lives of all those who found you.
a warm light,
bright and shining in our hearts.
I hope that this finds that she is right where she wanted to be.
Gone back to her life in the 1830's,
enjoying her flowers by the kitchen doorway this beautiful morning, Canton tea cup in hand with corgi puppies at her feet.


Gayle said...

Christe' I still have a feather from Tasha's dove cote and the memories of her beautiful garden. She was truly a role model for all of us who want to live with passion...

your friend, Gayle

Gayle said...

Christe' Good morning--I'm thinking of Tasha as I am picking flowers this morning...

Christine said...

oh,yes! I have mine,too...and remember the lupine seeds?!
I'm so glad that we were able to go on this adventure together.
I'm sure that we will never be the same.

thank you for coming by to visit this morning my friend.
xo, C

Miss.Maddie's said...

'Tis wonderful what one remembers about a person.
I had the privilege of viewing some of Tasha's costume collection at Williamsburg and it is that passion for history that I will savor from all the gracious things that she bestowed upon us.
May she have passed from this Earth and returned to the early 1800's like she wished.
xo Susan

mira said...

You are so lucky to have visited her home. What memories...and what a beautiful a beautiful tribute!

Mira :0)

Dorthe said...

I followed Tasha Tudor here in Denmark as well, -only through the books written upon her life, and the beautifull artickles in Victoria Magazine,and she truly made a big impression on me.What a fantastic life she have lived, I hope too she is happy back where she wants to be.

CARole said...

Good morning my friend. I do remember you telling me about your visit with Tasha. I was so happy for you to have that experience. It must have been wonderful. I didn't know that you went with Gayle, or maybe I did, but at the time I didn't know her. Now I do, which reminds me, I must write her today, it's been way too long.
Love to you

Christine said...

thank you dear ladyes,

really, it was a dream to visit Tasha and I'm so very glad that we did...
if you've ever read any of the wonderful books about her life & home, I must tell you that it was Exactly like stepping into those wonderful pictures...only more so with the scents, the sounds and the reality of actually standing there by her gate.
The deep blue lupine meadow was in bloom, wood smoke in the air and the sound of content sheep down in the pasture.
If you have a dream to do something, do it.
This experience stirred my soul.
love to you my friends,

Storybook Woods said...

I know I still feel her loss to. She will always hold a special place in our family. Clarice

Christine LeFever said...

Your tribute to Tasha is beautiful, Christe`. I'm so happy that you and Gayle made that journey.

I trust you still have your issues of her Take Joy magazine which I gave to you so happily, for Tasha's magazine was dear ~ and certainly assisted us as you and I together ruminated on her incredibly artful life.


Heather said...

I feel the same...well, like I lost a dear wise-cracking granny. She was amazing. I have no doubt she is exactly where she said she'd be. Perhaps some day we will visit her there :)

Miss.Maddie's said...

You changed the darling lass in your header and she is so sweet with her little basket purse, to gather summertime wishes and starlit dreams I assume?
Have a lovely week.
xo Susan

Stacey said...

Dearest Christe`,

On these rainy cool days of late, the smell of woodsmoke has kept my thoughts so much on Tasha and hopes that she has found her time and settled into it. May we all of the same heart eventually gather there. I hope as time continues on, to embrace this way of life more, not less. I hope this finds you and yours well during a busy summer.

Sandra Evertson said...

What a lovely little road...
Sandra Evertson

Becky said...

This is a sweet tribute to your dear friend. How lucky you are to have such a moment to remember.

Hope all is well.


Dixie Redmond said...

My library has the video Take Joy, and it was a joy to watch. How lucky you were to visit in person. Oh, my!

Christine said...

Going to your site my friend IS LIKE A TRIP to Tasha's. How wonderful you are. You are drawn to enhance everything you touch. Your mark is on so many lives, include me in that dear heart.

submitted by my dearest friend,

Nina Mason said...

Life on the farm must be busy, bush these days. I miss hearing from you, my dear friend. What are you up to? Hope all is well.


Ramona said...

Lovely...reading this has made my heart.

Smiles ~ Ramona

d e a r said...

Have you been in her garden? Have you had coffee with her in her kitchen?

I had that lovely, inspiering Tasha-Tudor-Garden-book...

When my ex-husband was in Japan, several years ago, (I am Swedish) he met an old lady there on the countryside that also had and enjoyed that gorgeous book. The old lady and I became a little bit friends, through letters - although we didn´t speak eachothers language - because we both liked Tasha.

The other day I lent my Tasha Tudor Garden book to a friend of mine, who is a writer/journalist who has written much about gardens. We are discussing making a book together - a garden book...

I hope Tacha is HAPPY now!!! She was an inspiration!

...And YOUR blog is BEAUUUTIFUL!

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