Every June, on Midsummer's Eve, we hold a splendid celebration known as the Stillwater Party. Stillwater is the name thought up by my younger son and me for a mock New England sect combining Shaker, Amish, and Quaker qualities. The Stillwaters believe that life should be enjoyed and appreciated and Nature revered.
Snow may still be on the ground here in the Green Mountains but the first day of spring is less than a week away. Before we know it the snow will melt, mud season will have begun, Easter will be upon us and the world will be on a steady path towards a season of beautiful blooms. Our thoughts turn to finding perfect Easter basket gifts for family and loved ones. Whether you’re preparing a traditional basket for children, a themed basket for a corgi lover, an avid crafter we have something for you.
As mentioned in our last email, we are offering six out-of-print titles from our archives this holiday season. The signed titles now available include The Dolls' Christmas, Give Us This Day, The Lord is My Shepherd, Drawn from New England and The Springs of Joy. The sixth title is The Private World of Tasha Tudor, unsigned copies only. Supplies limited.
Over twenty years ago, we started this family business with six new art prints and a collection of hard-to-find used books. Our business continued and every time I came across a new-to-me title, the treasure in my hands glowed with a beckoning joy. Within a few years, I was fortunate to have held a copy of each of Tasha’s nearly 100 titles which stretched all the way back to a 1938 first edition Pumpkin Moonshine.
The Tasha Tudor tradition of pampering beloved pets continues. A stone’s throw from Tasha’s house, her grandson Winslow lives with his wife Amy, two children Ellie and Katie, three dogs, three fish, and fifty-two chickens. Being much too delicate to live outside, two special chickens have taken up residence in a room just off the kitchen: Dove, a Japanese bantam, and Cami, a Porcelain d’Uccle.
The next episode of From Tasha's Forest: Summer Adventure Begins airs August 22 in Japan on NHK at 6:30 pm. The summer forest is a wonderland full of discoveries. Blooming flowers, migratory butterflies and mysterious mushrooms.
The beverage is one of Tasha's specialties. She made it from late spring through late summer, most frequently on the hottest days of the year, usually from July to August. She set the front porch table with a turkey red tablecloth, straw spoons, cups, sugar water, a plate of cookies, and a vase of flowers.