Monday, May 2, 2011

Red Efts

Red Efts are a familiar site in New England in muddy, soggy spring, but the first glance of one brings excitement indeed! I tweeted (more on twitter soon) two weeks ago that the Red Efts were crossing, as they make the journey from the muddy woods to the ponds. The Tudor family has long known this is a sure sign of spring, one of nature's many clues to us that winter will soon be banished for a few months of glorious Vermont summer.

So familiar, indeed, that Tasha included a watercolor of two boys discovering these creatures in Springs of Joy. {Check our Rare Book Shelf if you don't already own this wonderful Tudor volume. It's one of my personal favorites, and we have a few copies in stock.} This illustration is so characteristic of Tasha's work: old-fashioned children filled with an old-fashioned curiosity and excitement over nature. I'm sure Tasha was illustrating from her own life: her two sons or her two grandsons! Even little Elizabeth Tudor loves to wear her "puddle boots" to jump in puddles and loves to "smell the flowers."

 {Ellie showing Natalie "How to smell the flowers" in Granny Tasha's greenhouse, April 2011}


  1. Dear Natalie,

    I don't think I've ever seen a red eft, but they sure are cute! I love the little pink wellies, too. :)



  2. Dear Natalie,

    We enjoy seeing the Red Efts in spring. We always loved that illustration in "Springs of Joy"! Ellie looks so sweet in the greenhouse! My parents have photographs of me toddling after them whilst they were gardening.

    Your friends,
    Diane and daughter Sarah at the Corgyncombe Courant