Our Journey to Vermont and Tasha Tudor's Farm

A Tasha Tudor  note card I purchased.
Visit their online store at  Tasha Tudor and Family for more wonderful stuff.
 We just returned from our fabulous, New England vacation, and enjoyed  the Corgi Cottage Tour of  Tasha Tudor's home  and garden. This was our second visit. The first time we toured only her gardens but this tour included her home, left exactly as it was since her passing at ninety- two years.

If you love old things, kitchen crocks, copper pots, antiques, old homes, pitcher pumps, linens,  flower gardens and corgis, the 1800's, you will love Tasha Tudor.   Upon moving from New Hampshire to her final destination of Marlboro, Vermont, she acquired property next door to her oldest son, Seth, who  built a replica of a cottage that Tasha wanted built. So he went and  measured it up and built it.  He used no power tools either.
Jeff and Seth conversing after the tour. 

He conducted our house tour and did a fantastic job. We learned so much about Tasha and though we never had the privelege to meet her, somehow I am sure we had a glimpse of her through his personality!

Her collections and her gardens have been beautifully displayed in many of her books and illustrations.
My first book about Tasha Tudor  Forever Christmas   was given to me as a gift from my husband Jeff  in 2001.
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Jeff also, unexpectedly took me on a  surprise  "road trip" one day after work   to purchase our first Corgi, Howard Lee Blue! We love the breed so much that we  have become Corgi breeders. Jeff now realizes, he tells everyone,  exactly  how much that Christmas gift has really cost him: 2 trips to Vermont and 3 Corgi purchases!!!! 

It was a joy to be with her family and  other Tasha Tudor followers and it was so interesting to hear how they  became connected. I was quite surprised when Seth told us she is a big hit in Japan too.  
Her lifestyle and gardens says it all.  If you get a chance to visit Vermont, plan to go.

If you  get a chance to  visit the New England states you will love it.  Here's a couple great places to stay.

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The Chesterfield Inn , Keene, New Hampshire.  

We ate a hearty  breakfast on the Porch Dining room where we  shared great conversation  with a couple from Washington state. Such conversations are only one of the many  reason why we like an Inn or Bed & Breakfast. Not only the breakfast (included) but the nice people you chat with. We love knowing the  history of the estate and the antique furnishings we adore!
I made this recipe two times and   added the sunflower seed topping on the second batch.  


I have included the link to their yummy Carrot Muffin recipe prepared at  the Chesterfield  Inn- OMG. I have made them twice now and they are sooooooo good!


 We also stayed at the  Swanhill Bed&Breakfast in Marlboro, Vermont 

Owners Richard and Wini  share many common interests  as we do so we once again had great conversations and a great time.  The blueberry pancakes Richard made the departing morning,  used  nickle-size blueberries picked from the estate, simply delicious.  I would recommend both places.

So Here's the Thing:  Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. If you have been dreaming of doing it someday, than just  do it. You won't be sorry. Today is actually that "someday"!

Take Joy!
Sherry
In front of the Rookery,  where you can buy all kinds of  Tasha related things!
Thank you Tasha and Family. We so appreciate all of you. 
What a treat. Finger sandwhiches and Stillwater Punch from Tasha's Cookbook!
This is Natalie, she writes the Rookery Ramblings blog hop on over. 


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  1. Love this post, Susan! I'm surprised I didn't find it sooner. It was our pleasure to have you on the tour again this year. Tell Jeff that you have purchased three corgis, so you obviously need to visit Vermont a third time, don't you think? We hope to have Tasha's dollhouse on display next year or soon! Take joy ~Natalie from Tasha Tudor and Family

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    1. Thanks Natalaie. You did mean Sherry, right? LOL. The dollhouse, OMG. I do hope to make it back again, though Jeff doesn't know it yet!

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    2. Oh silly me, Yes! Of course I meant Sherry! :-) I hope you don't mind I linked to this on our Facebook page...I hope you make some new Tasha Tudor friends!

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    3. Natalie, a link is great. I recently purchased some fabric from your Tasha Tudor Store. It is wonderful quality fabric. Wait till you see why I pulled out my sewing machine and made with it. I can't wait to finish the project in memory of Tasha. I will post my creation soon!

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  2. Great review! I did have the opportunity to meet Tasha Tudor right before her 90th birthday, but no pictures were allowed. I am sad I wasn't able to get one picture of the visit. How fortunate now to be able to visit the gardens and her home. Oh how I would love doing that.

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    1. Oh, Marilyn, how splendid that you met her. I did not. You must plan to do the Corgi Cottage tour. Did I say Must? Really. Truly. It is sooooo worth it.

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  3. Love Tasha , visited her museum this past July. I have been a fan for over 40 years. Love to collect Tasha items. So happy to find your blog. Mary in Va.

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  4. Love your blog. Tasha Tudor I have followed for over 40 years. I read her books to my children. I collect her art, books, etc. I visited her museum this summer. I aslo have the quote on my back door window, found at my dollar tree.lol Tasha would not approve. I will be celebrating her birthday with a cuppa tomorrow. Mary L.Va.

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  5. Oh my Mary, 40 years.Fantastic. I didn't learn of her until 2001. But have been hooked ever since I read Forever Christmas, the book my husband gave me.

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  6. So now we know where you might find your Thoreau quote, the Dollar Tree. Thanks.

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  7. It's a DREAM of mine to see Tasha's home! We were in Vermont one year too early - the tours opened the year after we were there. But I did visit her exhibit at the museum. I'm such a fan! Thanks for sharing this post about your visit there!
    Barbara
    www.joyfulpaws.com

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    1. Hi Barbara, good to know another like minded Tasha fan. I've been to the museum too, on my second visit. Now, what must you do to turn this DREAM into a Dream Come True? Do it for you. Figure a way to make it. You won't regret it, I assure you. But you'll regret it if you don't. Blessings! Sherry

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  8. Hello All,
    My name is Monica. My fiance and I have been living in Vermont on and off for about 7 years. This upcoming wkend my future mother in-law Kathy will be coming to visit us. Mrs. Gustavson as I still call her is a former 2nd grade teacher who absolutely LOVES Tasha Tudor. I was hoping to surprise her this weekend for a trip up to Marlboro to see the home and garden. John(my fiance) says the tickets have sold out. I was hoping this isnt true as I would make the number one daughter in law if I could get her to the home of an author/woman she truly loved. Any suggestions and/or help on how i can make her trip to Vermont memorable? Please let me know monica-rowan@sbcglobal.net.
    Thanks,
    Monica

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  9. Hi Monica, The Tours sell out in February but the next best place to be is the Tasha Tudor Museum in Marlboro.https://tashatudormuseum.org It is really great.I've shared a link.
    And then, the next best thing is to buy her one or both of the DVDS of Tasha Take Joy or Take Peace for about $30 from www.tashatudorandfamily.com
    Hope that helps you enjoy Tasha together for her visit.

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