July 19, 2012
The summer has been going faster than the water striders Ellie loves to watch flit around the rain barrels (such as they are this dry summer). Can you believe it is nearly August? There is still so much to be done! Luckily, berries have been picked, and ice cream has been made, iced tea enjoyed, and of course, we were pleased to share the June splendor with many of our fans and friends during the summer Corgi Cottage Tours: Tasha's House & Garden.

Marjorie Tudor shares basket-making techniques with a group in Tasha's Marionette Theatre. We were so pleased to meet the very sweet Schaffer family {back row in photo} who joined us this year. Atticus Schaffer plays Brick Heck on the ABCFamily television show, The Middle. He and his family, his mother especially, are long-time Tudor fans. 

Ellie Tudor assures a Spitzenhaben that the tour guests are wonderful this year! This particular hen was looking for just the right spot to lay her egg, so Ellie brought her fresh dirt, a bushel basket, hay, and more to aid in the search.
Ellie and Natalie in Tasha's barn during a quiet moment on the tour. 
 Ellie finds endless entertainment in Granny's goat barn with her mother, Amy. She adores pretending to be a goat getting her grain from the bowl through the opening in the goat stall.
Marjorie Tudor (on far right) chats with Patti and Mary as the groups make their way to Tasha's garden through the nearly-gone-by lupine field. Everything bloomed so early and voluptuously this year. Although the lupine generally only begins to bloom in late June, this year it was spectacular for our early-June tours and nearly gone by late June.
Winslow (far left), brings his group from the lower terrace to the upper terrace of his Granny's garden. Winslow has been working diligently all summer to restore Tasha's garden.
The peonies were stunning this year with an overabundance (although, can one have an overabundance of flowers?) of luscious blooms.
It has been a lovely summer so far. We hope you can all say the same! 
Take Joy!