Remembering Tasha Tudor

Someone posted on the Five In A Row message boards about it.  Victoria Magazine posted an online tribute to her.  A friend of mine e-mailed to let me know about it.  The Tudor family put their thoughts on their family website about it.   My mother and I talked on the phone about it.  The passing of Tasha Tudor.  It has touched many.  I feel like I’ve lost a friend.

I surrounded myself this morning with some of my Tasha Tudor books and, tea cup in hand, re-read some of my favorite things about her.  Here are some of the books that I have…

Why did we love her so?  Tasha Tudor did many things with her family that fully model what those of us wanting a wholesome lifestyle are seeking to do.  If you feel like you were born in the wrong century, you could relate to her.  I think of things I’ve read…

“Tasha Tudor’s four children, Bethany, Seth, Tom, and Efner grew up close to nature…”  Drawn from New England

“Much of the Tudor family life centered around the fireplace…”  Drawn from New England

“Reading aloud is a family tradition…”  Drawn from New England

Her garden was absolutely breathtaking.  I have only seen pictures, but that’ll have to do.  And she did much of the work herself.  Whenever I think of Tasha, I think of her bare feet, often photographed as part of the articles that would appear about her gardens in popular gardening magazines.  Apparently bare-footed was how she liked to go about her gardening, when the weather permitted. 

She also had the most gorgeous collection of authentically old, period clothing.  Part of it was recently featured in Victoria Magazine.

It’s coincidental, but my mother and I talked on the phone of Tasha Tudor the day that she died, only she had not died yet.  We talked of her beauty.  From what I have read, she was a light eater.  She was so tiny and sweet in her long dresses and aprons and shawls — all things that I love.

“Tasha is as strong as a team of oxen, but at ninety-five pounds, even she has her limits.”  Tasha Tudor’s Garden

The fruits of her gardening efforts were very much a part of her life.

“This elderly woman still gathers her own firewood, grows flax in her fields, weaves and dyes the flax into fabric, and makes her own clothing.”  Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal

Though my mother has always had an interest in all things old and useful anyway, I still can’t help but think of Tasha when I look at my mother’s beautiful old aprons, bonnets, and reproduction dresses.  I think Tasha Tudor would have liked my mother’s bonnets. 

My mother and I talked often about Tasha Tudor and how we admired her life and her zeal to follow after the kind of lifestyle she wanted. Tasha Tudor influenced us to do the same.  I am sure I was already gardening in dresses, but when I was gardening in dresses and happened to think of Tasha Tudor at the same time, the “rebel” sort of feeling I got would make me smile.  I mean, who gardens in dresses?  I’m sure there are many of us who still do.

Well, I didn’t really know her, but I know I’m not the only one who admired her courage and would have loved the chance to meet her in person.

She made the world a more beautiful place.


  5 comments for “Remembering Tasha Tudor

  1. June 21, 2008 at 11:05 am

    What a nice post and tribute to what sounds like a wonderful women. I will have to go and buy some of her books. Never have I heard of her but now I wish I had sooner. She seems like someone I would love and her lifestyle sounds very much what I wish I could have. I wrote a post a few months back on what gardening to me meant when I was younger. Gardening in dresses was what I always had imagined as a wonderful picturesque way to garden.

  2. rue
    June 22, 2008 at 8:55 am

    I heard from another one of my blogging friends that she had died. It seems she wasn’t scared of dying and was hoping that she would go back to 1830 where she belonged. I hope that’s how it is. I too, feel that I was born in the wrong time. Funny that Rich does too.

    Beautiful tribute :)


  3. admin
    June 22, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Vanillalotus, I’ll look for the post you are talking about. I think Tasha Tudor must have been very independent (dare I say stubborn?) to have accomplished all she did.

    Rue, I sometimes feel that I was born in the wrong time period too. I wouldn’t have internet though. LOL. :) I like a healthy mix of modern and old, but I’d say more old than not.


  4. darla
    January 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I always garden in dresses, only in the past few years have I started wearing my own homemade dresses to work-in an office, but not in the true city and we have no dress code. I accidentally stumbled on a picture of Tasha Tudor recently, then searched and searched online-because she looks exactly as I pictured myself being as I aged and was struck by her simple beauty- and loved her dresses, scarves and aprons. Personally, the year 2013 will not see me doing much other than making more dresses in a better style-they are simple right now but very comfy for gardening. I have tried to be a more ‘current’ person-it simply does not suit me-I grew up on a farm in WA but our homestead was Montana, my family are artists, we are gardeners livestock and wheat farmers we used our farm as our main store-I don’t have a farm now, but can garden and plant and relax.I choose to wear what really feels right to me. And am enjoying learning more about others who do as well. Thank you for your postings on your site.

    • January 12, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Dear Darla, I loved reading about your lifestyle, your dresses, your farms and artist family! It sounds absolutely warm and enchanting! I love to garden, and am hoping to do well with it here in my new home. Thanks for reading! xoxo Lynn

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