Thursday, June 28, 2012

TAKE JOY~TASHA TUDOR~PART #2

Beautiful Vermont... The Green Mountain State...

As our group of eight was ushered into the connecting barn, her well worn garden implements now lay idle. Her yokes, scythe, pitchforks, tree barrels and enormous baskets remain exactly as she might have left them. In my mind's eye I visualize Tasha milking her Nubian goats, tending to her Fantail doves, cats, chickens or perhaps calling to Megan and Owyn, the last of her beloved Corgies. Her pets are gone now, Megan, the last of Tasha's Corgies, passed away this past spring while in the care of Seth and Marjorie. The antique birdcages that once held Tasha's exotic finches, cockatiels, parrots, and canaries are now empty- Tasha's presence is dearly missed. Next, we found ourselves placed in the hands of Winslow Tudor, Tasha's grandson. First on the agenda was Tasha's secret garden. The focal point being a large flowering crab apple tree which is encompassed by forget-me-nots and a wooden hexagonal bench built by Seth. It soon became apparent that Winslow had a special bond with his granny with a shared love and knowledge of gardening. A water lily pond is surrounded by azaleas, a red hawk had built her nest high in a tree close to the pond, being respectful we did not invade her territory. If you are a fan of Tasha Tudor you know she was very boastful of her gardens, and rightly so. Corgi Cottage is a place of enchantment, heirloom plants found as far as the eye can see...it was everything and more than what I had expected and hoped for...Tasha's family were very generous and patient with us as we made inquiries...goat's milk for health...manure tea for plants...tea in the afternoon...barefoot when possible...and always in the company of animals both inside and out...In my humble opinion there will never be another Tasha Tudor...but while she was here on earth I feel she made this world a better place. If you are a fan I know you would agree. place...Part #3~tomorrow: the Tasha Tudor Museum...

13 comments:

Larkrise garden girl said...

Oh Thank you Thank you for such a good tour. Your words created such a feeling of being there! Tasha Tudor was such a unique person and to be at her home what a wonderful experience! Hugs Cheri

MTWaggin said...

I'm loving these stories. Keep going....

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Julie, how exciting to be where Tasha lived and adored her flowers and animals. Love hearing about it, thanks so much for sharing,sadly, I don`t think I will ever make it there.I will stay tuned for part 3. Blessings Francine.

Farm Girl said...

I can't wait. I have stared at her garden in her pictures in books and in her drawings, so as you write I am trying to imagine from what I have seen it must look like. I am glad you can describe it.
I only wish now, I could go someday. It sort of makes me sad though, but I am glad you were able to walk through it all.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

How interesting and what a joy to see someone's legacy passed down.

Pondside said...

Of course, after reading your first post I had to go online and quickly revisit every beautiful scene. Thank you for this little bit of beauty!

Janice said...

Oh, it all sounds so marvelous!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Tasha indeed was a gifted and talented person. It sad to know that in the end her death caused such turmoil amongst her children.

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

I'm loving your descriptions...makes me feel like I'm there! She left such a legacy of beauty.
Hugs,
Courtney

Melody said...

Yeahhhhh! Part 2!!! That is great you asked about the frozen wildlife in the freezer! Was this a special one time tour or do they do this more often? It sounds incedible! Were there plants in the greenhouse? I think i'm going to have to watch my DVD this weekend now! Thank you SO much for sharing your trip ~ loving it! :)))

Ginny said...

WOW, I feel like I was with you on your tour. Thank you for sharing.

annie said...

I am a fan, I may never get to go there, but am So enjoying the journey with you!

Pamela@ Our Pioneer Homestead said...

OH I can't wait to see the museum!!!!! YAYE