By Clarice Fox-Hughes
My daughters sat at the table surrounded by a sea of the most delightful books. They picked their favorite page and proceeded to sketch away. As we perused through each of Tasha Tudor’s books, we were drawn into a magical world. One of the things I loved about that day was my girls did not worry about making perfect sketches. For they knew Tasha would have told them, if she were there, to enjoy the moment. Not to copy her but to work from their hearts. Tasha’s message was loud and clear.
I remember that day and how Tasha Tudor’s death had inspired us to dedicate our afternoon tea to her and thus started Tasha Tudor Day. We wanted to take a moment to remember Tasha and how she inspired us to follow our hearts and to look for the blessings around us. Above all, she inspired us to be brave. To us Tasha is a hero of sorts because she lived her life on her terms. Granted it was a charming life full of corgis racing goats at the fair, dolls having tea parties, carving fierce and horrid pumpkin moonshines “as all true pumpkin moonshine should be” and birthday cakes floating down a stream. My girls know Tasha’s life was not always charming but she chose to see her life as charming.
This is the lesson we want to carry on. So on Tasha’s birthday, August 28th, we always celebrate Tasha Tudor Day. We put on our skirts (I think there is some unwritten rule somewhere that says you cannot wear pants on Tasha Tudor Day , make a pot of tea, sit in our garden looking at Tasha’s books and remember.
“Life isn’t long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is. Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!” Tasha Tudor
For those who are not familiar with Tasha Tudor, she was a writer and illustrator of nearly 100 books. Her first book, Pumpkin Moonshine, was published in 1938. She went on to win many awards, including Caldecott Honors. Her work is celebrated around the world. Tasha lived in a beautiful home hand-built by her son Seth. It looks like a home that was built in the 1830’s, as this was her favorite period of history. It is now a museum. I invite you to come by Tasha’s family blog (Rookery Rambling), mine (Storybook Woods) or my co-host Suzanne’s (Blueberry Cottage) to celebrate Tasha.
Clarice Fox-Hughes, is the writer of Storybook Woods. Where she blogs about cooking, crafting and making the most of what she has. She also has written a baking book and a novel Wren Bay, based upon her blog, with 41 of her recipes.