There is also a wonderful Tasha Tudor Giveaway happening !
( keep in mind it is only open to those in the USA so we Canadians are out of luck but shall of course partake in keeping Tasha's memory alive ☺ )
I had to smile because Tasha has been on my mind lately and reason being end of august & Sept. always remind me of my dear grandmother Grace .
I love this autumny picture it so reminds me of gathering kindling with my own Gramma ☺
Both of these ladies hold a very special place in my heart . The season of autumn always reminds me of my grandmother because her birthday was Oct.31st
I like Tasha have a special bond with my grandmother as she so dearly did with hers. Just as she mentioned in the video how she has a friend who believes in reincarnation if it is true she'd like to come back straight into her grandmothers era of the 1830's .I'm 100 yrs later and dream of the 1930's ☺
Tasha Tudor & my grandmother remind me of my own dream of that which I always believed to be true . one day a cottage in the country to live as close to nature as possible . When as a young teen I was asked by the school counsellor that which I wished to be when I grew up my reply was " I want to live in the woods with a cottage and a stream running nearby " I was told this was a fairy tale , a fantasy . How wrong that counsellor was ! As an adult the more I found out about Tasha Tudor and read her books etc. I would often cry , not out of sadness but out of gratitude for the gift of Tasha Tudor for living her dream . For reality was in my life a grown up , a respectful adult was my grandmother ! It was/is totally my reality I will one day live in a cottage in the woods just as my great grandmother , my grandmother & now yes my very own mother do . By the way when I figured out this counsellor was speaking in terms of career choice . I thought and came up with "police woman " I was then told " women don't do that kind of job " !
You can see why I home school ☺
Tasha Tudor was well aware also that people put her life into a fantasy world at times . She said openly " every family has their skeletons . Just as it is she lived her life and it was a truthful honest life it was real not pretend .
so my very first encounter with Tasha Tudor was when my grandmother gave me this book , a copy of the Secret Garden ! My Gramma knew me so well. ☺ To this day I am bananas about
The next book I would encounter by Tasha was her illustrated book of Fairy Tales.
This book was actually not for me it was a gift to my first born dd Natasha Rose from my sister .
She'd been to Europe one summer and found the book . She just bought it because the name was , yes Tasha , and yes we called Natasha Tasha or Tash and still do ☺ , as well my Natasha also has get this my maiden name ☺ when I read the story of Tasha Tudor and her name I thought is that not so similar is that not beautiful a wonderful story in itself .
The next book I encountered was this one my dear friend Sunshine had taken it out of the library and she thought I would really love it. Is it not how God works when we may be distracted and falling even. He sends us beautiful people who are on the path straight at that time anyway to remind us of who we are .
So get this , my friend Sunny , looks identical to Tasha Tudor ! I'm not kidding !
It would take me one more yr. after reading that book but it happened we found a home with a garden a big double lot and an apple tree in the center of it ! Unfortunately the tree died 3 yrs later but the garden has expanded and grown into my wild garden of my very own . For now I have a cottage in the city ☺
You know what I loved reading in the whole book , was her story of how she walked in and planted bulbs before anything was even built ! Now that is my kind of mentor ☺
After we purchased our home I would discover Tasha to a greater degree via homeschooling . Like my Grandmother also was a lover of the written word I began to look Tasha up online and discover new and exciting little facts etc. Reading about how she would set up little mailboxes and have letters waiting for her children etc. My own mother used to do the very same thing . My mother was not an artist like Tasha but she is very crafty and she'd always leave me a small note from my kitty cat Mrs. Ming ☺
Times spent at my grandmothers reading , fetching water from the well , helping her collect wood or gardening . Treasured times. Tasha Tudor reminds me of. I can remember my sister and I preparing what seemed all day a ballet for my grandmother & mother . We carefully put on our little white slips , wore head bands , mum & gramma packed a picnic and down the path to the lake we went. This was when the lake was always low still , no hydro dams ☺ we had chosen the perfect spot to perform our ballet in a shaded willow grove . beautiful cool white sand under our feet we leaped ,twirled , laughed then ate .
I could believe how alike to my grandmother and mother she was. Good literature , spending time in nature , the crafts cooking . Although my grandmother & mother ate well & simply everything was prepared wonderfully . My grandmother & mother also only drank tea . I don't know why that seems so calming to me but it is . Beverages sound so refreshing back then homemade ginger ale sitting in a crock in the cellar . I do remember the well water it was cold and had no taste .I liked to drink water back then , city water is all we have and it is horrid stuff !
I have learned cooking is a very spiritual experience , even cheese with crackers when done properly can move the soul ☺
Tasha Tudor's cookbook is another fav of mine the page with the chocolate frosting did rip due to frosting sticking the pages together lol yep that is how good it is ☺
Tasha's story of the cake coming down the stream for the birthday child reminded me of our own experience one hot summer afternoon while traveling to Alberta we stopped at a creek in the foothills . The water was ice cold and we had a huge big watermelon , the real kind with seeds ☺ afterwards we went to wash in the creek and cousins began floating our rinds down stream .We made watermelon boats ! So simple & so fun , it was such a lasting memory . My mother knows the name of that creek I must look it up .
I so love this picture of Tasha , the black & white
I have to say once again how grateful I am to have such healthy positive inspirational influences in my life for this then passes on to our own children and that is so very important . I try the best I can to share my grandmother Grace with my own children and they also have a beautiful relationship with their gramma now .
I think in honour of Tasha Tudor Day her blueberry muffins may be in order as well as a good cup of tea .
Below are a few more pictures I shall share .
Grace the Spring Maiden
Grace beginning her own little family
she really was a wonderful gramma
This is Grace just before she had Parkinson's disease
she would return to the cottage even long after her health failed
One of her last outings
At home book in hand , she always kept warm by placing a wool rug atop her legs ☺