Thursday, August 28, 2008

happy birthday tasha tudor

happy birthday tasha tudor! across the world today, many people will take the time to remember this wonderful woman. she lived her life in the ways of the 1830's on a secluded farm with her garden, her pets, and her art. this is an excerpt from the tasha tudor cookbook where she has a recipe for their family birthday cake:

"this receipt has been the family birthday cake for as long as i can remember. for many of my daughter bethany's birthday parties we placed the cake on a woodshingle raft, surrounded it with flowers, and floated it down our stream. we also had a shingle raft and a candle for each child's sandwich. we positioned the guests downstream, and when the right moment came we would light the candles and send the cake and its flotilla of shingle boats out into the stream. it was dark by then, so you can imagine the surprise of the guests at the sudden appearance of this fairy convoy."

can you imagine having a mother like that? it's well worth your time to read the books by tovah martin and richard w. brown that give us a glimpse into her life. i have the private world of tasha tudor, tasha tudor's garden, and tasha tudor's heirloom crafts plus the tasha tudor cookbook by tasha tudor.

in the private world of tasha tudor, by tasha tudor and richard w. brown, tasha concludes her book with this quote:

"i'm perfectly content. i have no other desires than to live right here with my dogs and my goats and my birds.

i think i've done a good job of life, but i have no message to give anyone. if i do have a philosophy, it is one best expressed by henry david thoreau: "if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." that is my credo. it is absolutely true. it is my whole life summed up."

i think you did a very good job of life, tasha tudor. you will be missed.

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