Saturday, August 28, 2010

What Tasha teaches me...


 Time does seem to go faster the older we get!  It does not seem that long ago we were celebrating Tasha's birthday.  I celebrated Tasha earlier today with a morning tea on the deck.


I used the whimsical tea cosy purchased while thrifting last year as well as a delicious tea Stephanie brought back from England for me.  It still tastes great a year later!


I love this vintage china pattern, I have about six luncheon dishes and two cups/saucers in it.

Tea goodies were cheese and Pepperidge Farm cinnamon bread toasted with butter spread on it.  (I must have a protein with a carb.)  It was such a nice break before accomplishing some garden work.

Why would I celebrate Tasha's life... because she was such an inspiration.  Oh, I know... she was not a perfect person but then again (and this will come as a surprise to you, I am so certain)... neither am I.  :)


Tasha's lifestyle went against the flow of modern life.  She decided she enjoyed the old ways so that would be the life she lived.  Now, I am not in a position to live such a life completely nor would I want to... given circumstances to which I am bound.

However, I can look at what I admire about Tasha's life and surroundings and incorporate them into my own day-to-day living... such as...

...gardening, cooking from scratch, tea time, making things with our hands, surrounding our life with beauty, creating, and simplifying our days, not being afraid to spend time alone, enjoying the soft light of an oil lamp, giving attention to furry family members...

... making an art of my life.


I follow Tasha and Proverbs 31 by stocking up in the harvest for those times food is not plentiful... whether circumstances are national, local, or I'm broke... I can always bake or fix a simple meal.


Like Tasha's example, I continue to learn as I get older.  This year I am growing herbs I haven't before and drying them for the winter to come.  I always wondered why chefs raved about thyme until I grew my own... where have you been all my life?

Oh yes, you were the dried and tasteless ground leaves in the overpriced plastic container.  Live and learn... and that is what I plan to do.

I will continue to learn from Tasha about the simple things and the value they had to our modern life.

Continue the celebration of Tasha Tudor day at Storybook Woods... here.  I am off to peruse Tasha's cookbook again.  :)

11 comments:

Lanier said...

Love it, Brenda!! What a touching and inspiring post. (And you teach me a lot, too...for that I thank you...)

Terra said...

Brenda, like you I admire Tasha Tudor. I have a book about her that always inspires me to garden. This post makes me think you would be a fun friend to visit, which we do on our blogs.

Linda said...

Enjoyed your tribute to Tasha. I'm having fun today reading everyones posts. I want to live like Tasha did, but realistically I know I can't, but like you I can take things from her life and apply them to my own. Enjoy your day. Linda

Heather said...

what a lovely post and blog! And a perfect way to celebrate tasha :) Nice to meet you, and happy Tasha Tudor Day!~

Storybook Woods said...

Happy Tasha Tudor day Brenda. Beautiful post and soo well said. But are you sure your not perfect ;-) xoxox Clarice

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Brenda, I am so glad that you're experimenting and learning about growing your own herbs. Nothing tastes better than food lovingly prepared mixed with homegrown herbs. They are like old friends to me.

When my 2nd book came out I was invited to be a co-keynote speaker with Tasha. She was a hoot. Barefoot, a bit bedraggled, and frankly my dear, she didn't give a .....

Sending love,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Gumbo Lily said...

Wonderful post, Brenda. I love fresh thyme too and when you dry your own, it has SO much more flavor, doesn't it? We're never too old to learn something new.

Take joy!
Jody

Kay said...

"...gardening, cooking from scratch, tea time, making things with our hands, surrounding our life with beauty, creating, and simplifying our days, not being afraid to spend time alone, enjoying the soft light of an oil lamp, giving attention to furry family members... making an art of my life."

I love the same things... (except that hot tea)... getting back to the basics of the simple life. It is a restful life.

Jorgelina said...

what a lovely post and blog!
Happy Tasha Tudor day.
Wonderful ,Wonderful .
Hugs

Faerie Moon Creations said...

What a charming Tasha Tudor Post! I hope you enjoyed the day. I am sorry to be late. I'd love for you to hop by and read my humble offering:
http://faeriemooncreations.blogspot.com/2010/08/happy-tasha-tudor-day.html
Sincerely,
Theresa

Manuela@TPOH said...

I enjoyed your Tasha Tudor Day post!

Manuela