Mrs. Taber wrote in one of her books, “The furnace was broken but we didn’t know it. It had kind of rusted away, we were told afterward. We also did not know how hard it is to manage a Yule log with a dull axe. In fact there were many things we did not know. Even if we had, I think we would have gone ahead just as recklessly…. our basic equipment… consisted of a staggering fortitude and no common sense. But we didn’t know it then.”
Gladys and Jill, the name in the book she gave her BFF Eleanor, began renovating the house. What they learned, post haste, was “the fatal truth about every sink, toilet, and tub in the house. “Well, one could not expect a man to drain the pipes before shooting his wife,” said Jill. “He didn’t think of it.” “Don’t you just love that Yankee pragmatism?”, I ask gleefully!
I cannot begin to think how many times I’ve turned to Mrs. Taber’s books for companionship, friendship, comfort, encouragement and to read extremely well written literature. Well, one would expect no less from an English and Writing major, eh? The location of Stillmeadow Farm was in Still Cove, I believe; I wonder if that was in the back of my mind when we found our farm in the Cove in Tazewell, VA? That’s certainly one reason we chose Thistle Cove Farm; we had a boatload of thistles, it was in the Cove and it’s a farm. I’m so silly and simple! -smile-
My little collection of books include: The Stillmeadow Road, Stillmeadow Sampler, Stillmeadow Seasons, Stillmeadow Album, Still Cove Journal, Spring Harvest and Another Path. I also have one of her cookbooks which is a joyful addition.
There is a Friends of Gladys Taber Club but, for some quirky reason, the link won’t open for me. Frustrating because I’d dearly love to join that small but faithful group.
At your earliest convenience, please visit Susan Branch and plan on spending some time delightful visiting her site, copying her delicious recipes and just plain enjoying yourself. If you’re so inclined, sign up for her newsletter, Willard, here. The following quote is from one of her pages: