Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Checking In After Irene

Hello everyone! So many of you have been so kind, wondering how all of us are doing after Irene devastated Vermont. From what I know, We are all safe & sound though many of our "crew" are stranded in towns cut off from roads. I am thankful and blessed to be safe. Everyone is checking in, and seems to be fine (though stranded). There has been much damage to our entire state infrastructure, and it will take quite some time before things are back to normal. It is so, so incredibly sad to be seeing the news of our beloved state completely ravaged. It has been breaking my heart, especially of our covered bridges being swallowed by the swollen rives. I don't think I've ever seen so many roads just disappear. It is overwhelming. 

 We would appreciate your prayers and thoughts for the coming weeks. 

There is no power at the Rookery (and I can't get there anyhow), so our offices are closed until further notice. We WILL be checking emails. 

Thank you all so much. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Why Twitter?

Photo copyright Richard Brown, page 103 The Private World of Tasha Tudor

Tasha kept record of inspiring quotations, thoughts, occasions, and quick sketches to save for later. She marked the arrivals of spring, corgis, goat kids, grandchildren, and record temperatures. The wall is marked with favorite greenhouses, phone numbers, and birthdays. Firsts of every kind, from the first iced tea on the porch to the first snow of winter. Sounds rather like our Twitter posts!

Over the past several months, some of you may have noticed the Twitter sidebar with short little comments over on the right-hand side of the blog. Twitter is one of those new-fangled "social media" websites that allows you 140 characters to type a "status" of sorts....a miniature blog post, a quotation, a link to a website, a link to a photo, or to leave a comment for someone else by using the @ sign. The message is then called a tweet.You can read more about what Twitter is and how it works here. It all seems rather computer-y and modern, and you may be thinking, "Tasha Tudor? Twitter? Wait a minute!"

Aside from being a great way to keep in touch with you for the smaller happenings at the Rookery (such as quotations from Winslow or comments from customers) that don't necessarily need a whole blog post, it's actually a rather Tasha Tudor-ish way to communicate. Remember all of those notes Tasha kept on the door frames and walls? I think she actually invented Twitter!

Twitter means the "chatter of birds" and I think Tasha would actually quite like that thought. The chatter of her friends, tweeting about the pretty little happenings in life....marking firsts, sharing quotations, noting arrivals. It rather sounds like fun, don't you think?

We like to think of the Rookery Ramblings twitter (@TashaTudor) as the door frame notes that we can share with all of you. You don't need to be a member of Twitter to read our posts; you can see them on the right-hand side, or click through here to the full Twitter page to read the archives. But we'd love to have a bit more "chatter of the birds" to start a conversation on Twitter!  If you are interested in following us on Twitter, here's a great resource to get you started. Then, you can interact with our posts, and post your own tidbits. We can't wait to see what you have to say in 140 characters!