Assignment: Write a Post in the Style of a Favorite Author

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I am going to write a post in the style of Tasha Tudor.  I have admired this woman who is extremely artistic, creative and independent, a “kindred spirit”.  She set out to create an environment in her home and outdoors that replicates life in times past.  She created a life of hard work and self sufficiency, yes, but one that included beauty in everything she did.  I would love to do a similar thing with my own life.

“We view the world not as it is, but as we are.”  Yes, if we follow the media, we know there are really bad things going on here at home as well as overseas.  Some people would choose to make this the focus of their lives and keep up with all the horrors taking place.  I have done this myself but then ask myself, “why”?  Why not build the world I would love to live in?  Even if it extends only as far as what I own?  In my home and outer environment, why not create what truly feels safe and beautiful.  Do I have to place myself in the chaos and fear driven world outside my environment?  Does it exist within my perimeters?  No, it doesn’t so why bring it here in my mind?

I’m sure in the times of Tasha Tudor, famous author and illustrator of children’s books, there were plenty of things going on in the news that were hard and depressing but she chose to build a wall around the outside world and focus on the things she created within her own territory, starting with a home her son built for her in an exact replica of a home she admired in Vermont.  He built this using “old world” tools and skills while reciting a book from memory as he worked!  (It sounds like her offspring were as unique as their mother, choosing a life of style, grace and creativity.  Below are views of Tasha Tudor’s world.

Daffodils

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Poem “Daffodils”

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My granddaughter, on a special birthday one on one date with Grandma in lieu of a wrapped birthday present. We went shopping. She is wearing the little sundress and the sunglasses I bought her. She didn’t take the sunglasses off all day long. We also do a photo-shoot around town and I loved this one of her, squatting, sniffing the daffodils at Aunt Anna’s.

POEM: DAFFODILS BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH with Quote and Photos about Tasha Tudor’s Lifestyle and her Daffodils.

 

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

A great story about other daffodils from the book “The Private World of Tasha Tudor.”  

  • Tasha Tudor always wanted ‘to live on a secluded farm . . . with a garden and a menagerie of household pets and barnyard animals, and to illustrate children’s books.’ And that’s exactly what she did. This gorgeous book lovingly displays her life and her illustrations while recounting her personal philosophy of living an 1830’s style life. Review: Ms. Tudor’s ‘greatest pleasure is clearly her garden.’ After seeing the spectacular images of the blooms bursting from that rocky Vermont soil, your views of what can be done with gardens will be transformed forever.

    For example, she has over 1000 daffodils

“I always wanted to live in Vermont, and because I always get my own way, this is where I settled.  The first thing I did was plant daffodils ~ over a thousand.  The road was impassable, so I carried them in by backpack.  And my rhododendrons I brought in through a foot of snow in a wheelbarrow.”  Tasha Tudor

 

 

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Daffodil Bulbs