August – Summer’s Queen

August – Summer’s Queen

August Moon over Vermont Summer Tasha Tudor Poetry handknit shawl

Enchanting August Moon over Vermont……

 

‘Fairest of Months! ripe Summer’s Queen                                                                                                    The hey-day of the year                                                                                                                           with robes  that gleam with sunny sheen,                                                                                           Sweet August doth appear.’                                                                                                                               ~ R. Combe Miller

I found this cheerful poem In the book ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’

August Summers queen Golden rod in Vermont

Golden Summer….

Goldenrod – Summer’s Queen!!

 

Upon reflection: do you like August? I would have to say that summer over all is not my favorite season of the year. The month of July and August I would be quick to say – NO Hot humid Hot!!  But……upon further reflection, My Birthday is this month, along with My daughter, granddaughter, Bethany and Tasha Tudor. And when I’m not in the south August can be rather pleasant on some days. Blueberries are ripe in Maine, beautiful wild flowers in the north-east, the wonderful farmers markers….. Do you like August”?

Take Joy ~ Melissa

 

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February Portrait ….

February Portrait ~ Emily Dickinson.

AN AMETHYST REMEMBRANCE

I held a jewel in my fingers

and  went to sleep.

The day was warm, and winds were prosy;

I said: “Twill Keep.”

I woke and chid my honest finger,-

The gem was gone;

And now an amethyst remembrance

Is all I own.

Poetry Emily Dickinson An Amethyst remembrance Tasha Tudor Rosemary for remembrance February leap year New England Buttry shelf Almanac

a sweet little picture from my book ‘Rosemary for Remembrance’ by Tasha Tudor. I hope your February leap year day is warm and your winds are prosy!

 

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Throughout her life, she seldom left her home and visitors were few. The people with whom she did come in contact, however, had an enormous impact on her poetry. She was particularly stirred by the Reverend Charles Wadsworth, whom she first met on a trip to Philadelphia. He left for the West Coast shortly after a visit to her home in 1860, and some critics believe his departure gave rise to the heartsick flow of verse from Dickinson in the years that followed. While it is certain that he was an important figure in her life, it is not clear that their relationship was romantic—she called him “my closest earthly friend.”

By the 1860s, Dickinson lived in almost complete isolation from the outside world, but actively maintained many correspondences and read widely. She spent a great deal of this time with her family. Her father, Edward Dickinson, was actively involved in state and national politics, serving in Congress for one term. Her brother, Austin, who attended law school and became an attorney, lived next door with his wife, Susan Gilbert. Dickinson’s younger sister, Lavinia, also lived at home for her entire life in similar isolation. Lavinia and Austin were not only family, but intellectual companions for Dickinson during her lifetime.

While Dickinson was extremely prolific as a poet and regularly enclosed poems in letters to friends, she was not publicly recognized during her lifetime. The first volume of her work was published posthumously in 1890 and the last in 1955. She died in Amherst in 1886.

February Portrait Emily Dickson leap year special unique touches letter writing

While I do not enclose poetry in my cards and letters I am known to include some dried petals. What fun when you open a letter and petal sprinkle out. I sometimes add little white ‘ feathery’ dove feathers!! My Gran- daughters love it!! Do you add special little touches to your mail?? This little water color posy is by Tasha Tudor and can be found in her book ‘Rosemary for Remembrance’

Upon her death, Dickinson’s family discovered forty handbound volumes of nearly 1,800 poems, or “fascicles” as they are sometimes called. Dickinson assembled these booklets by folding and sewing five or six sheets of stationery paper and copying what seem to be final versions of poems. The handwritten poems show a variety of dash-like marks of various sizes and directions (some are even vertical). The poems were initially unbound and published according to the aesthetics of her many early editors, who removed her unusual and varied dashes, replacing them with traditional punctuation. The current standard version of her poems replaces her dashes with an en-dash, which is a closer typographical approximation to her intention. The original order of the poems was not restored until 1981, when Ralph W. Franklin used the physical evidence of the paper itself to restore her intended order, relying on smudge marks, needle punctures, and other clues to reassemble the packets. Since then, many critics have argued that there is a thematic unity in these small collections, rather than their order being simply chronological or convenient. The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson (Belknap Press, 1981) is the only volume that keeps the order intact.

Some information on Emily Dickinson was found at:

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/emily-dickinson and at  Wikipedia.

Emily Dickinson was a jewel indeed and so is the book – ‘The New England Butt’ry shelf Almanac. By Mary Mason Campbell. Emily is featured for February’s portrait, February’s flower is the Amaranth, as I shared in my last post.

February Portrait Bird ~ THE SONG SPARROW

The most optimistic and hopeful bird we know is the Song Sparrow, who arrives in the garden – if indeed he has ever left it- to sing his first Song of Spring in the wintry cold and dark of February.

`The New England Butt’ry Almanac by Mary Mason Campbell

I sit and hear the blithe song-sparrow sing

His strain of rapture not to be suppressed…..

That song of perfect trust, of perfect cheer,

Courageous, constant, free of doubt or fear.

~Celia Thaxter

We have some lovely little sparrow living about us. They serenade Mitzy and I on our promenades. We also have doves that coo to us in the morning and a cardinal couple who sing to us from the trees out back as we sit in our rocking chair sipping  our tea. What lovely feathered friends to you have about you?

FEBRUARY ~ Portrait – Tea Time Delectable

~ Rosemary Butter –

~ Mother’s Ginger Tea Cakes

~ Quaker Maids

~Apricot filled cookies

~Doubles Chocolate Tea Cakes

~Gillian’s Tea Loaf

You can find the recipes for these delectables in the book – ‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’ By Mary Mason Campbell & Tasha Tudor

Happy leap year to you. I know I’m glad I had an extra day!!

You can find many of the books I mention in my post at:

http://tashatudorandfamily.com/

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Fair- Maids of February

FEBRUARY ~ from ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’

~One month is past , another has begun…..Hartley Coleridge

~ February bring no rain ‘Tis neither good for grass nor grain.

~ “In February, if thou hearest thunder,Thou shalt see a summer wonder”

~’ If Candlemas Day be fair & bright –  Winter will have another flight – But if Candlemas Day be clouds & rain – Winter is gone & will not come again.’

How was your Candlemas Day / Groundhog day? It was indeed fair & bright here and today we are having a little bit more winter like weather –  cool and rainy. Perfect weather for knitting and drinking tea.

Fair Maids of February Poetry Lord Alfred Tennyson The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Elegantlyhandmade,woedpress.com

Fair – Maids of February.
Snow drops.

The Snowdrops

Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid,
Ever as of old time,
Solitary firstling,
Coming in the cold time,
Prophet of the gay time,
Prophet of the May time,
Prophet of the roses,
Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid!     ~ Lord Alfred Tennysen

 

Speaking of flowers…. some say the violet is the birth flower of February. According to ‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’ the birthstone is Amethyst and the flower is Amaranth!?   Hmm, now I have heard of Amaranth as bird seed and even a health food and flour alternative but not as a flower representing a month of the year.

It is said that the ancient gods wore wreaths of it ; and Milton in his Paradise Lost crowns angels with it. Its meaning to the ancients was Immortality or Unfading Love.  ~ “The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac”

Amaranth Flower

Amaranth Flower

A quick google search led me here; http://flowerinfo.org/amaranth-flowers

The amaranth flower is a genus of roughly 60 species, which are all considered cosmopolitan. These annual herbs, which are native to North and South America, can grow between 1 to 6 feet in height, and are thought to be very long-lasting plants. This flower, which is a member of the amaranthaceae family and amaranthoideae subfamily, is made up of a small inflorescence which blossoms from an either drooping or erect spike. Their colors range from the well-known crimson red, to purple and even golden hues. Amaranth are thought to be very hardy plants which are resistant to most diseases; however, they are susceptible to frost, and are best grown in warmer weather.

The amaranth flower is one of the most useful blossoms around. These plants are not only loved for their ornamental applications, but also for their use as a food source, dye and medicine……

 

The language of the VIOLET = Humility, modesty, devotion, faithfulness

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Violets

The Lost Love ~

A violet by a mossy stone
Half-hidden from the eye!-
Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.

~William Wordsworth

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One of my little violets with a Tasha Tudor drawing of a pretty bouquet of flower. From Tasha’s book ‘Rosemary for Remembrance’ .  This picture and post will be the remembrance of the violet I accidentally plucked. I tried to pluck off the spent violets and this happened!

The Victorian Language of flowers Violets Rose geranium lavender jasmine calendula poetry Christina Rossetti American violet society elegnatlyhandmade.wordpress.com

My handmade sachets contain both flowers that I have collected and dried with some that I purchase from my local health store.  I like to include free sachets with a  purchase from my etsy shops. The brooch in this photo was purchased from my vintage shop; soeleganlyvintage.etsy.com. This customer also purchased my PDF shawl pattern from my eleganlyhandmade.etsy.com shop.

The language of my sachets :

~ Lavender = Devotion, luck, housewifely virtue, acknowledgment

~ Pink Rose Petals = bashful love –  love, victory,pride

~ Jasmine Petal = Grace, elegance, amiability

~ Rose (Attar) Geranium = Preference

The Language of Herbs

“Plants have a language of the creator intended for our translations” ~ Louis Agassiz

~From ‘A Basket of Herbs’ By Tasha Tudor and Mary Mason Campbell

 

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She was as sweet as violets in the spring…..
~Christina Rossetti

Who Hath Despised The Day OF Small Things?

As violets so be I recluse and sweet,
Cheerful as daisies unaccounted rare,
Still sunward-gazing from a lowly seat,
Still sweetening wintry air.

While half-awakened Spring lags incomplete,
While lofty forest trees tower bleak and bare,
Daisies and violets own remotest heat
And bloom and make them fair.

~ Christina Rossetti
I found this poem, along with more poems about the violet by Christina Rossetti Here:
Sweet Heart Valentines Day Red Tasha Tudor Style Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Vermont Wool mohair Hand knit shawl PDF Pattern elegantlyhandmade.etsty.com

My Lovely  “Cottage Elegance Sweet Heart Valentines Day Berry Red Shawl”  hand knit by me with cozy soft Vermont wool and Mohair yarn. I will offer this shawl on sale for the month of February – It is ready to ship. Enter coupon code 1TAKEJOY2015  at check out to receive 15 % off.  OR……

It’s the perfect time of year to sit by the fire and knit your own shawl Tasha Tudor Style “Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Shawl” So it a lovely time to offer a SALE for my PDF PATTERN.

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February PDF Pattern sale 20 % OFF enter coupon code ( starts with Numeral 1)  =  1LOVE2016 at check.

 

I hope you are having a sweet start to the lovely month of February.

~Melissa

You can find many of the Tasha Tudor books I mention in this post at her family’s site. They also have tickets available to tour Tasha’s house and gardens:

Tashatudorandgfamily.com

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Old ~ January

Then Came old January, wrapped well in many weed to keep the cold away….  faerie Queen, S. Spencer

Old January poetry S Spencer THe Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Edith Holden water colors

January – from ‘ The Diary Of An Edwardian Lady”

Happy New Year! I hope you are having a great start to the new year!

Country Diary of AN Edwardian lady Daisy poetry Old January 2016 Fletcher Wordsworth

“Daisies smelless but most quaint”. Fletcher
                                                Child of the Year!… Ready to salute the sun….Wordsworth                                               ‘The Country Diary Of AN Edwardian Lady’

I think you can see what book I have been enjoying. I do hope if your world has been wrapped in weeds, that it has at least been daisies!! I think in most parts of the country the daisies are most likely  – Frozen!!  In my part of the world they may be drowning and according to Edith Holden’s book, ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’ – “A wet January A wet Spring”. Oh Dear! We might as well wrap ourselves up in a nice cozy shawl and enjoy our favorite books. Have you ever watched the movie, ” A Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady”?

You can find a nice warm Tasha Tudor style shawl to wrap around you –  available in  my etsy shop.

I just sent my first shawl order for 2016 off to its new owner and she was quite pleased! Which makes me quite pleased!

“Perfect size, weight, and warmth. I love that this is a little smaller than most–I can pin it on and move around without catching on anything. And the soft grey color goes with anything I wear. LOVELY! Thank you!”

https://www.etsy.com/listing/166646477/tasha-tudor-style-vermont-100-percent?ref=shop_home_active_1

Tasha Tudor style shawl cottage elegance knitting pattern elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com

Tasha Tudor style Cottage Elegance Shawl.

It’s also a good time of year to knit yourself a nice warm shawl. It makes me happy to be able to say I have sold quite a few of my PDF pattern.  My PDF pattern contains full instructions to  knit your own T.T. style Shawl along with two variations and a Cottage scarf –  available in my etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit?ref=shop_home_feat_3

We do hope you had a Merry Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

You can find out more about Tasha Tudor and family at Tashatudorandfamily.com The family are preparing to offer this years (2016) tour tickets for sale – they sell out fast. Winslow Tudor (Tasha’s grandson) will be releasing a family cookbook this year and Marjorie (Seth’s wife) will be offering a watercolor class!! The T.T. museums exhibit this year will be Tasha’s garden!!!

~ Melissa

 

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Happy Birthday Bethany – August a Month of Birthdays!!

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From ‘A Time to Keep” by Tasha Tudor. Available at http://tashatudorandfamily.com/

My August is filled with many Happy Birthdays. My oldest daughter, my Gran-daughter, my niece and my birthdays are all in August –  along with my new friend! So we start the month of August off wishing Tasha Tudor’s daughter, Bethany a very happy  birthday.

                     ****AUGUST BIRTHDAY SALE***    

Every year I feature an August Sale on my Finished Shawls and my PDF pattern with instructions to knit your own shawl. So be sure to check my etsy shop listing for this years sale.

~ Here you will find my PDF pattern to knit your own Tasha Tudor style shawl:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit?ref=shop_home_feat_1

~ Here you will find My wool Tasha Tudor style Shawl :  https://www.etsy.com/listing/166646477/tasha-tudor-style-vermont-70-percent?ref=listing-shop-header-2

~ Here you find my Cotton Tasha Tudor Style shawl: https://www.etsy.com/listing/150994904/cotton-cottage-elegnace-tasha-tudor?ref=listing-shop-header-3

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And best of all – the birthday cake came floating down the river.
~ From the book ‘A Time to Keep’ by Tasha Tudor. Available at http://tashatudorandfamily.com/

 

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Tasha Tudor and her daughter’s Bethany and Efner.  – ‘Drawn from New England’ by Bethany Tudor

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Drawn From New England Tasha Tudor A Portrait In Words and Pictures – By Bethany Tudor

~ ‘Bethany describes in affectionate detail the world her mother created and made famous. The result is not merely the portrait of an artist, but also a celebration of her highly individual way of life.’ – Drawn From New England

Bethany has shared many fond memories she has of growing up as Tasha Tudor’s Daughter. She does indeed have much in common with her mother.

The Private World of Tasha Tudor. By Richard brown

The Private World of Tasha Tudor. By Richard brown

Bethany shares her mom’s love of birds. And like Tasha, Bethany is the owner of forty – something birds. She likes many of the same breeds as Tasha, such as the tiny Australian diamond dove, domesticated ring neck doves from African, African cape and Tambourine dove, Zebra finches, Fife and American singers Canaries and hand raised Cockatiels. When I ring Bethany up on the phone, it is so delightful hearing the bird song in the background.  Bethany breeds birds and has a great knowledge of them. I do enjoy learning about the different birds from her – both domestic and birds in the wild.

 

August Birthdays Bethany Tudor Tasha Tudor

Bethany was a frequent model. 
~ Drawn From New England – By Bethany Tudor

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Bethany loved to dress up in antique costumes and pose for her mother. – Drawn from New England by Bethany Tudor

August Birthday Bethany And Tasha Tudor

Drawn From New England ~ By Bethany Tudor

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Drawn From New England by Bethany Tudor

Just encase you were wondering – Bethany prefers to wear skirts. She finds them to be more comfortable than pants.

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Here I am with my new friends Bethany Tudor. Happy Birthday Bethany! I hope you enjoyed your chocolate mousse cake!!

For A Special Friend…..

‘Mem’ry has painted this perfect day

With colors that never fade,

And we find, at the end of a perfect day,

The soul of a friend we’ve made.”

~ Carrie Jacobs – Bond

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Old-fashioned Gardens

“All old-fashioned gardens had at least two things in common. They had roses; they all had herbs”. -‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’

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Old fashion – roses

While further enjoying this months chapter – June in ‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’. And with this month’s flower being Rose,  a little cottage we once lived in came to mind. The girls and I called it the “Old-fashioned Rose Cottage” – because, well ~ old-fashioned roses grew in abundance all around the cottage. That is what still survived in the flower borders / bed all the way around this antique cottage and in various locations throughout the yard!! They had the most Heavenly Scent!!! This is when I first starting really playing with roses. Rose- water for flavoring foods, such as rose petal teas and cakes, as well as for soothing our skin, along with jams, jellies and flavored honey. We also dried rose petal and hips for tea and potpourri.

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Seashore Rose Boutique

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Old- fashioned Roses

Gather thee rosebuds while ye may

Old time is still a-flying

And the same flower that smiles today

Tomorrow will be dying.

~ Robert Herrick

Cottage Elegance Rose poetry  Gather Rosebud while Robert Herrick Elegantlyhandmade

Make the most of life…. each day!!

 

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I have always enjoyed collecting petals along my daily path…… through my cottage garden.                    As in the ‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Cookbook’ (by Mary Mason Campbell and Tasha Tudor) oh, this book is so much more than just a cookbook!!!

Today’s petal collection ~  jasmine, rose petals, lavender and a few wild flowers. I enjoy the combination of these petals and the rose and lavender retain their color for a long time. This is what i call my Petal Potpourri!!

Have you ever made your own rose-water or maybe rose marmalade??

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I enjoy the scent of sea-shore rose and balsam combination of this petal collection.

For a little added elegance I like adding seashells and/or gemstones to my potpourri!!

I will just have to extend the herb garden visit into July ~ my herb garden is still flourishing , And just where did June go…….

 

 

June – Almanac – A Rose is Sweet

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A couple of my books that I am really enjoying…
finally!

I received my book “An Island Garden” by Celia Thaxter for my birthday last summer. I also received  the “New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac” by Mary Mason Campbell which was illustrated by Tasha Tudor, as a Christmas gift. I’m just now finding or making the time to really savor every word and drink in every illustration …… Now let me share a little with you…..

Buttry shelf Almanac Mary Mason Campbell tasha Tudor new england living Sea shore

And what a wonderful collation it is.

June Flower – THE ROSE – Rosa…

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Junes sweet little bird is THE HOUSE WREN.

One can express almost any sentiment through a gift of roses, depending on the color or kind, but roses generally have a connotation of love. ~ “The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac”

and a sweet drawing by Tasha Tudor.

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“A Rose is Sweet”  ….. ~ Lucy Larcom

A rose is sweet

      No matter where it grows;

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Seashore roses of Maine.

But our wild roses, flavored by the sea.

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Elegant Rosebuds by the seashore of Maine

And colored by the salt winds and much sun

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A Rose so sweet – and beautiful by the sea..

To healthiest intensity bloom

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We think the world has none more beautiful. ~ Lucy Larcom

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Lovely Maine seashore roses.

 

Tea with Anne ~ Carrage Ride with Matthew

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Welcome ~ Thank you for dropping by , on this lovely June Day. Pour a cup of tea and join me on our next stop on Prince Edward Island!
Pictured above ~ a lovely porcelain ~ Anne doll, she stands about 5 inches ~ please join our future Tea Times, because Anne may have guest stop by!! Then we have, my very pretty, bone china tea-cup, made in England. It depicts a lovely view of Green Gables. I purchased this cup, in one (yes, there is more than one), of the Green Gables museums. My cup is from the second museum, we will visit there on a future visit. I purchased my Anne Doll from the Silver Bush Green Gables Museum. The book is from the Ingleside Museum~ the museum / home of L.M. Montgomery’s father and Grandfather. We will also visit there, on a future tea time with Anne. There is a great story related to our purchase of my Anne of Green gables book~ from the 1940’s, with a special inscription!! So make sure to follow my blog ,so you do not miss any of our Tea with Anne ~ visits to P.E.I.

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On our visit today, we are going to stop by the Anne Of Green Gables, Silver Bush Museum at Park Corner. All photo’s are from our visit to this beautiful museum, Anne Of Green Gables  at silver Bush, Park Corner, P.E.I. ~

http://www.annemuseum.com/museum.php

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The Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silver Bush, Park Corner has a treasure around every corner. On this 110-acre property you will find a museum with beautiful flower gardens on the property, a view of the Lake of Shining Waters, Matthews Carriage Rides with some of the most beautiful scenery on Prince Edward Island.

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This is Matthew and his carriage. Matthew, as we all know is a very quiet man, but very willing to answer any questions you may have about Anne and L.M.M.

 

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Melissa, at the Lake at the lake of shining water. A lovely dream come true ~ standing by ‘The Lake of Shining Water’!!

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Now, back in the carriage….

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Winding through the lovely red roads, on Matthew’s carriage ride….

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Matthew has taken us to the lovely red seashores of P.E.I. ……

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…where we took a romantic stroll on the seashores of Green Gables!

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…the smooth beauty of drift wood!

The lake of shining water anne of green gables matthews carriage ride anne of green gales museum silver bush park corner prince edward island 150 celebration tea time with anne of green gables carriage ride to the seashores of PEI red roads

Oh, what treasures and memories, the seashore holds!!

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The romantic seashores of Green Gables….

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Taking in the beauty of the red cliffs, along the seashore….

 

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Then back to Green Gables….. oh, what a magical ride!!

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Once back in his barn, Matthew gets a little more chatty…If asked, he will tell you what he knows about the economics of the Island, the crops that are being grown that year~ this is actually, quite interesting, the whole Island works together on crop rotation. And Matthew is, naturally ~ a very good ~ caring horseman.

If you missed last Sundays Visit to P.E.I. you can view it here:

;https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/a-little-sunshine-for-your-day/

Please enjoy this video, of  Matthew’s carriage ride, around ‘The Lake of shining Waters”

 

Beatrix Potter’s Birthday – A Visit from Squirrel Nutkin

Happy Birthday to Beatrix Potter – A Visit from Squirrel Nutkin!!

Squirrel Nutkin

Squirrel Nutkin stopped by our camp to celebrate Beatrix Potter’s birthday ~ with a treat of some raw peanuts!!

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Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter.

Scamper the Squirrel

Here is Nutkin’s friend Scamper, they were squirreling about begging us to share our peanuts!

 

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Yes, yes give me some peanuts……with no respect!!

Scamper the Squirrel

I know you have more peanuts in there!!

Scamper the Squirrel & Friends

Please ~ more peanuts!!

youtube Squirrel Nutkin

For your enjoyment a youtube of Beatrix Potter’s story Squirrel Nutkin.

Squirrel Nutkin & ScamperHow could you How                                         could you resist that look?!

Love the fluffy tails....

Love the fluffy tails….

Here you find a free E-Book

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14872/14872-h/14872-h.htm

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BEATRIX POTTER

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Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 ~ 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustratornatural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit which celebrated the British landscape and country life.

Here you find one of my favorite adaptations of Beatrix Potter’s Peter rabbit series. Please do indulge yourself with this viewing while enjoying your Tea Time:

 

 

There is more to Beatrix Potter than her beloved  Peter Rabbit series…..

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She does seems like such a happy, peaceful, calm soul….

With the proceeds from the books and a legacy from an aunt, Potter bought Hill Top Farm in Near Sawrey, a tiny village in the English Lake District near Ambleside in 1905. Over the next several decades, she purchased additional farms to preserve the unique hill country landscape.

In 1913, at the age of 47, she married William Heelis, a respected local solicitor from Hawkshead.

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Potter was also a prize-winning breeder of Herdwick sheep and a prosperous farmer keenly interested in land preservation.

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She continued to write, illustrate and design spin-off merchandise based on her children’s books for Warne until the duties of land management and diminishing eyesight made it difficult to continue. Potter published over twenty-three books; the best known are those written between 1902 and 1922. She died on 22 December 1943 at her home in Near Sawrey at age 77, leaving almost all her property to the National Trust. She is credited with preserving much of the land that now comprises the Lake District National Park.

http://lakesworldheritage.co.uk/blog/2016/november/launch-of-new-national-trust-beatrix-potter-awards/

 

I wish you a beautiful day !

~Melissa

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My Best, Biggest, Flouriest Potato to you!!

Irish potato blessing

My best, biggest, and flouriest potato to you!!

In my Irish Kitchen – Today it’s all about potatoes……

Irish cooking

First put the kettle on for some Tay ( tea with an Irish accent)

Traditional Irish foods

Join the  Irish Chef  Melissa as we share some traditional Irish potato recipes ….

Irish Potato cakes

Irish Potato Griddle Cakes.

Boxty Recipes

2 cups grated raw potatoes

2 cups  leftover mashed potatoes

2 cups of flour

2 tsp  baking powder

2 tsp salt  – Ground pepper to taste

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 – 1/2 cup milk (more or less as needed)

1 Tbsp butter or oil (more or less as needed)

1. Mix together the grated raw potatoes.

2.Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper,then add to the potatoes. Stir in the beaten egg, mixing thoroughly.

3.Add milk until it makes a batter.
4. Drop by the tablespoonful onto a hot buttered griddles and cook over moderate heat until browned (3 to 4 minutes per side). serve hot with butter or applesauce.

Irish Celebrations

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Irish Cottage Home Decor 

An elegant way to add a wee touch of green  to your cottage / home for St Patrick’s Day – and everyday!

Irish Cottage Home decor St Patricks Day green handmade cottage home decor recipes folk lore

Irish Cottage Home Decor

Irish table decor

Hand – knit Dish Cloth, Mug rug, Pot holders, napkins –  in Irish Moss Stitch. Available in my etsy shop elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com

Potato blossom

Fields of Potato Blossom on P.E.I.

Fields of Potatoes

Potato Field of P.E.I. There was just  beautiful field after field, row after row of beautiful potatoes – yes, I say beautiful because it was fields of lovely flowers and you could smell their scent as you drove by!!

Blossom of a Potato!!!

Blossom of a Potato!!!

Heavenly Potato blossoms

Potato blossoms they smell heavenly – someone should make them into a perfume 😉

Rainbow over Dublin, Ireland

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                                                          Rainbow over Dublin                                                                                                                  May you be blessed always with, A sunbeam to warm you, A moonbeam to charm you,                              A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.

 

WEARING OF THE GREEN

Wearing of the green Elegant Jewelry for St Patricks day An Irish sketchbook in Photographs recipes and folklore elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com

Shades Of Irish Green lariat / necklace

https://www.etsy.com/listing/70112486/shades-of-irish-green-necklace-lariat?ref=shop_home_active_7

Thank you for stopping by my Irish Cottage.

Many Blessing to you ~ Melissa

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You may enjoy my Irish Cottage style knitting here:

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/irish-cottage-style-knitting-with-tasha-tudor/

And my newest blog post here: May You be Blessed

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/may-you-be-blessed/

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