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.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

It's Easter Time at Linderhof

On Ash Wednesday, we bring up a very special box from the basement. It contains a dozen hand painted real hens eggs. We hang them from branches in the dining room. Always in the dining room.
On a Lenten trip to Germany many years ago, we were charmed by their custom of the "Easter Egg Tree". We always stayed in bed and breakfasts and each seemed to have a vase full of spring branches from which they hung painted eggs.

That's why our Easter Egg Tree is always in the dining room!
When asking one of our hosts where one might find these eggs, we were told "Woolworths" -- and so to Woolworth's we went about mid trip. We chose a dozen eggs to bring home. The cost -- $12!

Every year since, we've hung our German Easter eggs on Ash Wednesday. They're a reminder of a special time, of many special places we visited, and we cherish each and every one.

The dining room table is reserved for the Easter lilies we'll buy the week before Easter. As poinsettias are for Christmas so are the lilies for Easter. It was a rite of my mother's and it is a rite of mine as well.
The breakfast room table, however, has my French wire egg holder with some Williams Sonoma Alabaster eggs that I got at a deep deep discount one year after Christmas, an ivy topiary and an iron rabbit -- my latest rabbit.
On a recent trip to the city, we went to Pottery Barn and found these lovely eggs which I placed in the egg holder. From the dining room, I got out one of my silver boiled egg serving pieces (complete with "egg spoons") and decided that they would be a great holder for the Alabaster eggs.

Forsythia is in vases in the living room -- my nod to spring but not necessarily Easter. From the reds and greens of Christmas, the bright yellow of the forsythia is like a ray of sunshine after the dreary winter.

We enjoy our eggs, both new and old. They're part of Linderhof's traditions.


Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Your silver egg holder with spoons is quite lovely. I enjoyed your story of the german custom of hanging eggs on branches. Thanks for sharing.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a fabulous egg tree. When I was in Germany I was so surprised to see such a huge Woolworth's in Munich. They had long been gone in the US. I love all of the eggs, they are so pretty. The silver egg server is gorgeous. I have never seen one. Just lovely. Hugs, Marty

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Love your egg vignettes....beautiful home!


Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

That is a lovely tradition with the egg tree. So beautiful! Linda

Nancy Yoakum said...

What a lovely tradition! I remember growing up and delicately blowing out the contents of eggs with my Mom so we could paint them and hang them on a tree. You have to be very careful, and take a sharp pin and put a hole at both ends of the egg. Sometimes we would decorate them with tissue paper, or just paint a design on them, then glue a loop of ribbon on them. So many nice traditions to pass on to each generation!

Sue said...

I adore you lovely Linderhof. Every think looks so beautiful. I thought it was an English home until I read your blog header.
Your eggs and the way you decorated with them and the story of the egg trees was delightful.
Thanks for sharing your home with us.

Amy said...

What lovely and treasured memories. Thanks for sharing.


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Beautiful! All of your egg displays are so lovely, and it is so great to have those German eggs. I love traditions, and it sounds like you do also. I still love those pretty silver egg cups. laurie

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my Met. Mon and your very gracious comments. I really do appreciate it. Hugs, Marty

Mary Bergfeld said...

Just beautiful, Martha. What a lovely tradition. I have an award for you. Stop by when you can to pick it up.

A Hint of Home said...

Your eggs are beautiful. They make great decorations at this time of year.

Anonymous said...

These are som great ideas! I love your egg tree and the new rabbit!
Happy Spring~
Robin Rane'
All Things Heart and Home

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Martha...

Just wanted to stop by to say thank you for coming by and taking a peek at my apothecary jar project! Thank you for your kind comments!

Oh...I just love the story about your handpainted eggs from Germany! They are beautiful and I love how you hung them on the little Easter trees! All of your decorated Easter eggs are have quite the collection going! Your beautiful silver egg server really caught my beautiful!!!

Warmest wishes,

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

I love all of your beautiful eggs...but that French egg holder is wonderful! It reminds me of one that I saw in Monet's kitchen at Giverny!! Great post...Debbie

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Charlene said...

What a sweet tradition. I do love the eggs hung on real branches instead of the fake little Easter trees sold at Michaels. This looks so pretty in that urn! And as you said, the memories of those special times in Germany are the best part of that tradition. Love it when things like that bring those happy times flooding into your heart & mind.

Pondside said...

We, too, brought the tradition of an Easter Egg tree home with us from Germany many years ago. Some years I'm able to find forsythia to add to the egg bouquet, but this year has been too cold and the bright yellow is still tight in the bud.
I wanted to let you know that I roasted a chicken last night according to your directions. It was delicious. You know, we raise our own hens, and I'd always thought I had the best and easiest recipe for roasting a hen - I've learned something new. Thank you!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I loved the story of your German eggs, Martha! They look beautiful hanging in your dining room :)