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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Exploring Corgiville


Artists and writers often base their stories and illustrations on a real place.  So I went in search of the small village of Harrisville, New Hampshire that Tasha Tudor paid homage to in her Corgiville series.  It is off the main thoroughfare crossing southern New Hampshire, an adventure getting to in itself.  As the speed limit dropped I was greeted with this glimpse of Corgiville (aka Harrisville). . . .

I turned into the next lane that led to the town's library (in center of above photo and from across the pond in the below photo). . . .

Library
Church
Harrisville has several ponds like Corgiville, adding charm to its setting.  I could see the architectural features Tasha used for her buildings. . . .
"Corgiville Fair" by Tasha Tudor
As I strolled across the causeway (which, in Corgiville, is a covered bridge). . . .

. . . .I stopped to admire the sailboat that seemed to be placed there just for visitors like me. . . .

A walk up the lane and around the pond brought more lovely scenes. . . .









Across the pond was a building that was probably connected to the thriving textile mill industry in the town's historic past. . . .




I was delighted to find there was a shop open in one of the buildings called Harrisville Designs.  If you are into fiber arts you would have been thrilled. . . .






I have done needle felting so I couldn't resist purchasing this Learn to Felt with Harris Bear kit, if only for its box (the window panes are cut out so its like a small house).  It is drastically reduced on their website, but to purchase it for even less ($12.95) as I did in the store, made my visit to Corgiville (I mean Harrisville) even more magical. . . .
It was time to leave, but I wasn't ready....there were more picturesque moments to be captured. . . .



As I drove around the pond to head out of town I noticed the sign for the General Store.  It was up a small hill which gave you this view from the parking lot. . . .

I turned back around to snap the store front. . . .

And as I did several wagons of preschool children were being carted back to the Children's Center by their teachers. . . .

I don't think Corgiville could get any more charming than this!

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Take Joy!


33 comments:

  1. Just lovely, Cathy! The reflections in your photos are amazing and the music you have chosen is perfect. I hope you are well and are enjoying the cooler autumn weather. ♥

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    1. I would have loved for the leaves to have been in full Autumn color. Wouldn't that have been beautiful!

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  2. What an amazing visit, beautiful and the yarn store was a real delight.

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  3. What a perfectly delightful entry. I do believe you have captured the magical charms of Corgiville, aka Harrisville, just to perfection.
    I love the reflections you have captured. I seldom get such clean reflection for there is always too much wind.
    Why, I can see the exact shade of aubergine I've been looking for sitting right there on the shelves, amongst those cones of yarn.
    You will bring us a detailed description of Harris Bear's new felt wardrobe as it is made, won't you?

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    1. Aren't all those colors glorious! What a wonderful name for purple! I've heard it before, but I had no idea what color it was until I looked it up. It will be awhile before I make Harris Bear's outfit since I'm saving it for Olivia to make.

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  4. Beautiful photos. I'd not come across the name of Tasha Tudor until reading about her books on another blog a few months back. The wonderful thing about blogging is it takes you to places you never knew existed and brings new ideas and adventures

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    1. I'm so glad you are interested in Tasha Tudor. She was quite a character and very talented.

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  5. I am sorry, I didn't think ~ aubergine is our word for egg plant, so you will know it well. It has always been my favourite colour, well, one of a few favourites, and I love eating the fruit of the aubergine too.

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    1. This is more good information to know if I ever make it over there.

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  6. Harrisville looks such a beautiful place! It is wonderful to explore your country through your eyes too. It is good to compare the similarities and differences compared with here. The colour of all that wool is fantastic too. Sarah x

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    1. I love it when I come across a quaint village here in America. We have so few!

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  7. What a delightfully quaint village. And so colorful. Your photos are amazing -- all the red in the buildings and the reflections from the ponds… and the yarn … a true feast for the eyes. And the children passing by in the last photo … such a treat to visit your blog today.

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    1. I especially loved the last photo, too! I felt blessed to capture it. She was the last wagon to go by.

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  8. Oh my goodness! what an enchanting town! Those lucky kids, growing up in such a wonderful place...

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  9. Dearest Cathy!!! This post is absolutely CHARMING!!!
    Each beautiful and lovely image made me happier and happier as I scrolled
    through on your wonderful visit to this magical place!! :-) I enjoyed this so very much
    in every way!!
    Thank you for sharing I will have to come back again!!
    (I think I will try to visit here some time).
    I love the Harrisville Designs photos and the water reflections!!
    You have captured my dear!!
    Warm blessings and love, Linnie

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    1. Linnie, your enthusiasm warms my heart! It makes sharing even more enjoyable. Yes, you must visit Corgiville....and Pickety Place is not too far beyond.

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  10. What a lovely tour you have taken us on! Such an adorable town...I want to move there. And, the wagon full of children? Adorable! I would have had a hard time leaving, as well. Thank you for sharing "Corgiville" with us. ~ Donna =)

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    1. There were more little lanes I did not explore. I will have to go back next time I'm in the area.

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  11. What a delightful town! Wish I could have been there with you too. But you did such a good job of capturing the towns charm that I did feel like I was there too! Loved all of the pic's, especially, the reflections of the buildings located on the numerous ponds. Love, Sis xoxo

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    1. Yes, you would have really loved it! And it would have been fun to explore the village together. xoxoxo

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  12. What a delightful little town. It reminds me of Hudson Ohio, without the ponds, back in the day when it was still a sleepy little town. I have never been to New Hampshire and I am certainly overdue for a New England vacation. Someday, until then I travel vicariously through friends like you! And I would have definitely lost my granddaughter in the yarn shop! She has been knitting and crocheting for quite a few years and has such a lovely sense of color.
    Thank you for such a lovely post to start my work week!
    Chris

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    1. I will have to put Hudson, OH on my list to visit if we're ever in the area!

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  13. Hi Cathy! Oh I absolutely loved your post. Thank you for adding Tasha's picture for a good comparison. My husband and I spent a couple weeks in VT, NH and MA this summer after the Gathering and Tasha house tour. It was his first trip to New England. We live in OR, so it's far from home. It was a magical trip for us. We will certainly put this on the list to see next time. Just delightful.I may have to print this out and keep it with my Tasha thing. Thanks again.

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    1. Magical is a good word to use when thinking about Tasha Tudor. `•.¸.•´ ★
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      (¸.•´(¸.•´ (¸.•¨¯`* ♥

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  14. Five words - I want to live there. Truly, wouldn't that be great? Home sweet home in Corgiville/Harrisville, New Hampshire. And sign me up for push-pull duty on one of those kiddie wagons - my favorite people! PS I usually save photos from your posts, Cathy - at the very least one from every post. This time I saved nearly every photo. I've probably told you before but it bears repeating. You have a a great eye for choosing shots. My folder of "Morning Musings" photos is bigger than any of the others I keep, except where the source is unknown. That one is pretty big too. Take care and talk to you soon. 🍁

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  15. You know I love your travelogues, Cathy. It seems to me that your research gives you an inner feel or knowing about a place and then you are able to receive what the setting has to offer you, see it with your own creative eye and transport your readers into your journey. It is a wonderful gift you share with us.
    Olivia June is sure to love Ferris Bear. Perhaps with a story of his own visit to town... :)

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    1. Thank you, Elaine. (big smile!) I never thought about that, but perhaps that is why I don't enjoy web journals that just post lots of pictures without some kind of narrative. I'm just doing what I want to see myself. Harris Bear comes with his own story, so I probably wouldn't have thought to write my own for him--but I love the idea! Something to do with needing some clothes and learning how to make his own....finding the little village with all the fiber...hmmm....OR maybe I could let Olivia, when she's a little older....tell ME the story of Harris Bear and I'll write it down....and hopefully, by then, illustrate it. ❤️

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    2. Yes, Cathy, I believe you reach out with your happy expectations and find your joy in the experience. Perhaps a story by you will engage Olivia in the idea of her own storytelling and there will be a series for her to pass along - complete with illustrations!

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  16. I love visiting towns like this, we have so many here in our country. I think each one is a treasure. Would have loved that fiber shop. You are right, the box alone would be enough of an incentive to purchase the kit! Darling.

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