|Is it as hard for you to believe|
as it is for me? August gone!
|One lovely thing we got to do this summer|
was to travel to Concord, Massachusetts.
Our dear friend had the most beautiful wedding
and we got to take in the local, rich history there.
|Always keeping an eye out for tea things, I was delighted to find|
these clothes pin tea dolls.
|Won't these be perfect for my|
tea themed Christmas Tree?
|The tag reads:|
"In the late 1700's flowered prints, chintz
or plaid skirts hung without hoops.
Ribbon was tied at the waist.
A fine white muslin cap was worn."
|We had the most wonderful tour of|
the home of the Alcotts.
|We had a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide who told us so many interesting things about Louisa May Alcott and the time period.|
|Aren't these book covers works of art?|
Louisa helped to support herself and her family with her writing.
She was an abolitionist and a feminist.
|A lovely illustration by|
Jesse Wilcox Smith.
She lived from 1863-1935 and illustrated
magazines and children's books.
You would recognize many of her familiar
and loved works. jessie willcox smith illustrations
|I remember watching this with my mother as a youngster.|
This version starred Katherine Hepburn and Joan Bennett.
I remember how we loved it and cried and cried when Beth died.
|This is from the 1949 movie version that starred June Allyson,|
Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh,
Mary Astor, Leon Ames and even Ellen Corby who later
played Grandma on The Waltons. Quite a cast.
|What a beautiful version this was and something to revisit every|
year, especially at Christmas time.
Another stellar cast: Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne, Claire Danes,
Christian Bale, Kirsten Dunst & Susan Sarandon.
|Louisa wrote this book for her mother.|
The artwork is gorgeous.
I believe in fairies, don't you?
Louisa wrote fairy tales & fairy poems as well.
|Fairies have moved into my garden...|
|They seem to be good gardeners...|
|and they seem to like shells, feathers & shiny things~|
Hope you can make yourself a nice cup of tea and perhaps find a good book for company.
Lady B gave me this beautiful set for two for my birthday.
|I love the design and use of colors together.|
Adapted from a Meissen plate in the collection of
The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
|Another quote well worth reading by Louisa:|
"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest
aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up
and see their beauty, believe in them and try
to follow where they lead."
from Dame Ruthie