Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


One of my favorite magazines

I was a "Charter Subscriber"
and I savor (and save) each copy.

Imagine my surprise, when inside, I found this

"The Bluebird of Happiness"

 Aynsley's Pembroke!

They showed it as a casual table scape.

They showed it as an Elegant table scape.

The copy said that:

Ansley's pretty Pembroke pattern has been around for 30 years, a respectable age for any china pattern.    But this delicate design of bluebirds and pink camellias is actually based on a pattern that was created much earlier, when founder John Aynsley was still at the helm of this 240 year old china company.     Pembroke reflects the 18th century fascination with birds and exotic plants newly imported from Asia.

I beg to differ on the 30 years.    For it was closer to 40 years ago that I first saw Pembroke at Thomas Pharmacy in Nevada, Missouri.    Half was a pharmacy and half was a gift shop.    An elegant gift shop.    For the brands it carried were Wedgwood and Waterford, Aynsley and Noritake.   In those years, it was the place where brides went to register their patterns.

I'd look at the china and dream about Pembroke.    I loved the 18th century style of it and thought it one of the most beautiful patterns ever.

But I never bought any.
Instead, Husband Jim and I picked out Wedgwood Runnymeade Blue as our 
"good" china.

Above, we've set a classic tea table with Pembroke.    A white damask tablecloth echoes the floral motifs on the translucent bone china plates, and blue napkins, trimmed in lace, pick up the pastel shades of blue and green in the bluebird that adorns each plate.

And with my Pembroke, I set a duplicate table.
My napkin is a bit different but it's blue, and my silver is plainer (but it's Jim's grandmothers)

A few years ago, I found some Pembroke on eBay and bought it.
for the Wedgwood left home when Daughter Sarah married.
She loved the china, she'd get the china eventually and instead of buying
something for her wedding and then getting the Runnymede . . . later, we gifted her with the Wedgwood as her engagement present.

So when I found some Pembroke on eBay, I decided that I still loved the pattern as much as I did in the 70's.    And I bought it!

Last year, last January, actually, a friend and I went to the town 40 miles east of here.
There was a great flea market we were told and on the way into town,
we stopped at a smaller flea market a block or so off the highway.

There . . . I found an almost complete set of Aynsley Pembroke

for $40
for all!

$40 for all
Eight plates, 8 cups and saucers, 8 salad plates, 8 bread and butter plates, 3 cream soup bowls and saucers and 8 fruit bowls.

And I passed it by!

But I had been cleaning, my china cabinets were full.
And what did I need with all that china!

For I had grandmother's Noritake as my "good" china!

Once home, I rearranged the china cabinet
Found that, indeed, I had room for all those pieces

And so the next week, I went over, determined to buy.

If it wasn't there -- it was meant to be that I not have it.
If it was --
Well, I may have just gotten the china deal of the century!

I ran to the back booth where the china was
And it was there!!!!
And it came home with me!

The back stamp of the china indicating that it was made in the 21st century

The two Pembrokes

The newer on the left
The older on the right
(which dates to the turn of the century)
They're almost 100 years apart in manufacture!

I'm more enamored with the older china
(But the Pembroke I fell in love with all those years ago
was really the newer one)

The cups are different
New on the left and older on the right
The pattern on the newer is on the outside of the cup
While on the older it is on the inside!

And the mark on the older
Doesn't mention "Pembroke" and if you look on eBay to find it,
it's often listed under 5683.

I do love my Pembroke
Both the new and the old

And whenever I serve an elegant tea,
it's my pattern of choice!
And I do favor the older cups.
Something about getting to the bottom of your cup and finding the bird inside!

And we have more Pembroke at Linderhof . . .

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi

perhaps my love of Pembroke Corgi's fuels my love for Aynsley's Pembroke!

It's Thursday, and I'm sharing my Pembroke with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.    I think this is the first time I've set a table and haven't eaten off of it!
But it was fun to recreate the layout in Tea Time Magazine!

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Long Weekend With Lucy

We're basking in grandparent glow!
We just got back from Minnesota
And a visit with grand girl Lucy
(and her parents -- Daughter Sarah and her Andy)

Lucy when her mother said that Nana and Mr. Scott were going to visit!

Our purpose --
to babysit so that Sarah and Andy could go out to dinner and a live show.

Of course, that babysitting comes with a four or five day stay!
(perhaps paying someone to babysit would be cheaper!)

I must say that in the 40 years since Sarah was small
things haven't changed all that much . . . 

Children can still be entranced by television --
Only now it's on demand and "Frozen" can be watched over and over and over again
(unlike when Sarah was small and you were at the mercy of whatever was one!)

But we only watched it once . . . 
Then we had dinner (ask me how many meatballs a little girl can eat)

And then Lucy and Mr. Scott watched Mr. Peabody and Sherman!

We didn't intend it to be a television night but it was!

But we did other things . . . 

Planted flowers

Ate cookies!
(She loves Nana cookies!)
(And Nana lets her have a cookie for breakfast --
but that's a Nana prerogative!)

And Mr. Scott read to her
Book after book after book after book!

She loves books!

It's good to be back home.
Dolly and Doogie really thought we were gone for good
And were so happy to see us again
(Lots of licks and wiggles)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Master Gardener . . . In Training

We've been visiting grand girl Lucy
(and her parents)
in Minnesota the last week

It's in Minnesota
And you've heard of the
"Duluth Trading Company"?
Well, although we were in Minneapolis and not Duluth,
we did go by their brick and mortar store

My purchase?

 My pair of 2015 gardening gloves
Only $4.95!

And I put them to use before I got home

For it's every Nana's responsibility to teach their grandchildren about gardening
(My grandmother taught me)

And she helped me plant the pansies for the flower box in front

Pretty pansies
(That got a good watering from the rain tonight!)

That will look pretty in a week or so
When they perk up and start to grow.
(I felt today as if I were in Kansas --
the wind blew so!   It certainly took a brave pansy
to withstand the drying winds of this afternoon)

Friday, April 10, 2015

The April Garden

This year the garden has to be one of the prettiest.
Tulips that didn't bloom last year are in full bloom
And jonquils 
(which I did plant last year)
and pansies and grape hyacinth
(why didn't I plant more of those?)

The herb garden centered with the fountain
now used as a planter

The thatched roof bird table!
A busy place for our feathered friends

And the fairy garden
It's in bloom as well
(and it needs some grape hyacinths for next year!)
(The fairies even have a little red roof potting shed similar to the one in Linderhof's garden)

And those tulips!

They are spectacular this year!

And don't tell, but the lilacs are budding!

Soon Linderhof will be filled with flowers again!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Dinner

We had company for dinner on Easter

The Spode Blue Room, a wee Waterford vase with a few grape hyacinths
and a packet of cookies to take home for afternoon tea

The centerpiece wheat grass in the blue and white shallow bowl with an old Victorian robin in the center and our blue Easter eggs around the rim!
A bottle of "Emerson" wine
A very special wine, indeed!

The lace tablecloth, damask napkins in silver rings, Jim's grandmother's cutlery

With food in place for we served family style!

A platter half filled with roast lamb and half filed with ham

Thin spears of asparagus, roasted

A coconut cake
Sigh -- not the lamb cake, that one didn't work out
This is Plan B -- the second cake I made Saturday for Easter.
Somehow coconut seems to be a flavor of Easter.

And after our guests left --
A good time was had by all!

It's Thursday and I'm sharing our Easter Dinner table with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tea With Friends

My good friend, Sally, had her daughter for a weeklong visit.
We had her to lunch at Linderhof
(see post last week)
And one morning  Sally called
"Alice made you some cookies"
she said and they were on their way over.

I quickly set the table
And put the kettle on!

In the dining room
As we were having work done and the dogs were confined to the breakfast room!

My F. Winkle Whieldon Ware in the Antique Pattern
I love the size and style of the cups
So different from most of my English china
And the plates too -- have angles rather than curves
And I don't use it often enough
Most of it was an Estate Sale find
(the rest was bought on eBay to fill out the set!)

It's blue and white but there are the flowers -- mostly pink flowers

We had another nice chat
And then they had to rush off
Alice had to pack!

The cookies?


It's Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday (and drooling over her new blue and white teapot!) and Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea.

It's Easter Monday -- the house is bare once again -- the eggs are back in the cupboards although there are spring flowers on tabletops -- the garden at Linderhof has been thriving!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

We at Linderhof
wish you and yours
Very Happy Easter!