Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Happy Birthday, dear Tasha Tudor, with love


 
A tinge of fragrant wood smoke is curling up from our chimney into the chilly air above our old farmhouse this early morning.
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 98th 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....
 
Each thing we do here as we live our lives close to the land, every dream we dream.
everything has it's roots growing deep in Tasha's garden.
The seeds that she planted in the hearts of those who loved her are
growing and stretching towards a deep blue summer sky today.
~
The garden that was planted in my heart the day I first read a story of her, first saw her gardens, stood by her barn door, amazed at how tiny she was, first hearing her voice and chuckled at her wry New England humor.
I was given a name for what I already loved...
but just didn't know...
a candle was lit...a garden planted...
and there, I found my kindred spirit.
What a gift she was to us.
and is still...
 
http://thepastoraldollmaker.blogspot.com/2008/07/road-to-tashas.html


The Tudor Family is having a very special giveaway to celebrate dear Tasha Tudor's 98th Birthday !!

Rookery Ramblings Tasha Tudor Day Giveaway


 
 
 
~this is a repost of my thoughts on Tasha's 95th birthday~
still feeling the same~ still missing her~

8 comments:

Heather said...

what a beautiful post, Christine. You were so fortunate to visit her garden and get to meet her. I know she must have given you such inspiration!~ She inspired me so much, and you inspire me too!~
wishing you a wonderful day~
h

Angie said...

Lovely, Christine. Yes. Let's take joy in all we do and appreciate the simple things because it is there that beauty resides.

Storybook Woods said...

Happy Tasha Tudor day!! You are one of the most Tasha people I know and like Tasha, you just take me into another world. A very beautiful world xox Clarice

Suzanne said...

What a lovely tribute to Tasha, Christine. Such soothing words in our hurry and rush world:-)

Vicki Stevens said...

So beautifully said. Tasha's love of the old ways and simple life has inspired me so much through the years, and I truly admire her "pioneer spirit". We can all learn a few lessons from the way she led her life - her special legacy to all of us. We who love Tasha are truly kindred spirits.

Vicki Stevens said...

So beautifully said, Christine. Tasha has been such an inspiration to me through the years, and I admire her immensely. Her love of the old-fashioned simple ways is something I always try to emulate in my own life. She left us a special legacy, and I believe that all of us who love and admire Tasha are truly "kindred spirits".

(Karen) Lisa Daley said...

Tasha Tudor was an amazing woman - I only knew her through her books but after find the first one at a yard sales, I was forever fascinated. I love to read about women who really live their dreams, and that she surely did!

(Karen) Lisa Daley said...

Tasha Tudor was an amazing woman - I only knew her through her books but after find the first one at a yard sales, I was forever fascinated. I love to read about women who really live their dreams, and that she surely did!