Friday, December 24, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
and running out into the sunny day to investigate ice covered puddles
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The sun has not come up over the hills just yet and I am here writing to you by candle light, with a proper cup of hot tea to drink and a sleepy kitten lying on my lap.
A perfect early morning to quietly reflect on how such an extraordinary woman,Tasha Tudor, touched my life completely.
Today would be her 95th birthday and in celebration of
the amazing life she led
I'll go about my day as I always do...enjoying each quiet moment and task.
Shortbread cookies will be baking for afternoon tea, hand sewing the hem of a small linen petticoat for a doll, reading a few pages of a treasured book of Tasha's extraordinary life...
and in keeping these little rituals we all feel the loss of her a little less and somehow,
we feel even more connected to her and to all those whose lives she touched.
Tonight as I cook over the fire and light our evening with hand made candles,
we go on.
Enjoying our family and each season as it comes, without rushing... it is the quiet celebrating of taking joy and the gentle side of life that she loved and bestowed on us all.
My gardens speak of her, with herbs and old roses and deep indigo lupine-late blooming this summer~the tangled potato & pumpkin patch and apples hanging from the trees down in the old orchard.
My attempt at knitting a shawl, slow going as I have so many irons in the fire, is snuggled in a basket by my chair. I hoped to have it ready by the time the first frost nipped my cheek on my early morning walks through the gardens.
As chilly as it is this morning, I know
I must knit a little more each evening now....
Monday, August 16, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
my dollye ladyes & poppets
~~ A quiet and peaceful morning was spent planting more herbs from the greenhouse
Saturday, May 15, 2010
old rail fence along the new garden and orchard~
Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne ~
heirloom Delaware chicks
heirloom tomato plants
with names like Mr Stripey, Pink Ox Heart,
Black Krim, Crimson Currant, red and yellow Brandywine
it seems to me, at least in my experience,
that early breeds of chicks are much livelier,
bright eyed and bushy tailed...
or these little women were just so pleased
to be out of their mailing box.
It was all I could do to keep them in the basket to have
their likeness taken.
~We're ready for warm days in the gardens
and soft evenings on the porch ~
I hope this finds you all enjoying the same
Monday, May 3, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Even the dollies have a tiny pansy bouquet in a wee cup.
Wishing you all a fine April morning
Monday, March 22, 2010
Spring makes me think of daffodils and the scent of lemon thyme
and wonderfully buttery crusted and "bite-into-a-fresh-lemon"
Lemon Curd Tarts.
It uses plenty of eggs...
the first time I made it, I had to make another batch...it was so good that by the time
I was finished "tasting" it, it was all gone.
It's very easy to make, you just need eggs, butter,sugar & fresh lemons, lots of them.
I dare you not to eat most of your first batch!
another lovely thing that's cooking
is that my work table in the doll house is filled with piles of
old fabrics, thread and sweet spring trimmings~
getting these and other little dolly dumplings ready for spring
they'll be making their own Easter baskets and coloring eggs soon...
and I hope to keep them out of the Lemon Tarts.
They each seem to have their own little spoons tucked into their pockets
under their skirts.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Did you know?....
A Simple Life has been so well received that it completely sold out within the first week and is already in it's second printing!
If you'd like to subscribe go here:
Jill's new magazine is featured in an article written in the NEW YORK TIMES.
Here’s the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/26/arts/design/26antiques.html?emc=eta1.
When you get to this web page, just scroll down past the article titled
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and you will see the actual article about "A Simple Life" magazine which is titled:"Rustic New Magazine".
~ Congratulations Jill! ~
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Sunday, February 14, 2010
~three of my favorite things ~
an early paper Valentine
sawtooth edged & folded
tied with old garnet ribbon & tarnished silver threads
resting on a wool pin keep, all on a lovely pewter plate.
a pretty little what-not, all.
I hope that this day of sweethearts and Valentine's
have brought all that your hearts desire....
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
"my dear Mistress Crocker, there is not enough fan fare for such an occasion", he snorted!!!
and so, without further adieu, he poked his snout into the end of the tin candle snuffer,
tossed it into the air
where it flipped precariously end over end
as if by magic
it landed perfectly on his bristled old head.
Right in between his sweet floppy
& spotted ears
"There now", says he, with a smile..."perhaps we can make something special of this occasion"!
and so, with that old tin candle snuffer as his Master of Ceremonies hat
the Honorable Fine Pigg schnuffled out (you can almost hear his accent, can't you?)
the names of 2 fine ladyes,
These ladyes will each receive a lovely pair of hand dipped beeswax candles that my
little family and I made this past fall in the old orchard.
and now Fine Pigg can go back to his nest in the old shoe...oh...I see he's already left....
thank you Fine Pigg!
Thank you all for your lovely notes of what makes you feel happy this time of year,
in between late winter & early spring. I was particularly happy to see that what makes us all happy are the simplest of things and yet the most valuable to us.
To all of you that live where it is snowing so wildly, we all send our best thoughts and prayers that you're snug and safe.
The sun will soon be out and melt it away into spring flowers.
I wanted to thank you all so much for your wonderful birthday wishes & greetings.
Some of you didn't have an email, so I thank you from here.
It was a lovely day out and dinner with family last evening.
~and oh yes, I did get my little tin nutmeg grater
and the lovely tin lantern for the barn is on order!
Won't that be a lovely light to carry out to the barn to make sure the hens are snugged for the night?!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
these store shelves in Old Sturbridge makes my heart just leap
I've had my eye on something special from the tinner...
a new tin nutmeg grater and a lantern for the barn.
I'll be back in the morning ~
I had totally forgotten it was my birthday this morning so will have the
Honorable Mr F. Pigg choose
a winner tomorrow morning!
have a wonderful day!
Friday, February 5, 2010
an old cupboard in my kitchen, wearing a worn and much loved bees wax heart, hanging from an early old gilt and blackened wavy glass mirror. somehow, just looking at it makes everything right in the world.
and my favorite...