Linderhof


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, July 8, 2009

A Welcoming Breakfast

We were gone all last week to visit Daughter Sarah and her Andy in Minnesota. A dear friend watched the house and Cat while we were gone.

Imagine our surprise when we got home to find this in the breakfast room . . .

A clean white tablecloth on the table, one of my blue and white jugs filled with flowers . . .
And the table set for breakfast with my Spode plates and cups, my wheat juice glasses, and clean napkins in my silver napkin rings.
It has to be the best tablescape ever -- it was so welcoming after a very busy and exhausting week and a long tiring drive home.
I was so pleased with the care with with my dear friend set the table -- and added flowers from my garden as well.
But the best surprise of all was the plate of blueberry muffins on the kitchen counter AND the breakfast casserole and bottle of tomato juice that was in the fridge.

Having emptied the refrigerator before we left, it was nice to find breakfast fixings just waiting for us.

We were able to have a leisurely and good breakfast before we headed out to restock the fridge, pick up Oliver, the Corgi and gather our mound of mail.

It is nice to have friends!

Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see what other tablescapes there are this Thursday.

33 comments:

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

What a lovely neighbor!!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Oh those blue plates are gorgeous!

Happy Thursday!

Southerncook said...

What a wonderful surprise from a friend. Yes, Martha, it is great to have valued friends. Beautiful tablesetting also.

Carolyn

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a wonderful friend! How fabulous to come home to a pretty table setting AND breakfast waiting! laurie

Dana and Daisy said...

this is so relaxing to look at, soothing and cool like a summer breeze!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a sweet friend you have to do this for you, Martha! And I love that arrangement she did... so pretty and fresh. Blue and white with yellow always makes me happy.

Your Spode is beautiful, as is your silverware and napkin rings. Love your juice glasses, too. I'm so happy you shared this tablescape with us. Thanks for sharing...

Happy Tablescape Thursday!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Such a lovely homecoming greeting! Such a sweet and thoughtful neighbor. Your spode is lovely!

Thanks for sharing!

Tina

Deanna said...

That's an awesome friend to have!
Your dishes are lovely and the table looks so pretty.
I can just imagine the food must have been great.

~D~

susan said...

That tablescape and kitchen fairy NEVER shows up at my house! Tell her I'll be home from the beach in a week:)

ceekay said...

What a lovely friend and wonderful surprise!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Beautiful surprise! I recently bought a cake plate that matches your pitcher/vase. Nicely done!

Rosemary said...

How incredibly thoughtful! You have an amazing friend that went above and beyond her house sitting duties! What a beautiful story of friendship.
Nancy

A Bushel and Peck and Pigtails Paper Trails said...

Love those blue plates! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment I appreciate it!

Mary said...

What a sweetheart your friend must be! That was such a nice thing to do.
The yellow flowers were just perfect with your blue and white china.

Carrie said...

What an amazing gift. That sure makes coming home less stressful.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

What a wonderful friend you have. She certainly knew how to welcome you back home and make you feel loved.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

I love your beautiful dishes.....such a pretty, pretty table.

Barb

Frugal Fine Living said...

What a nice surprise and beautiful tablescape!

Jane

Kristi said...

How wonderful!

Fifi Flowers said...

Looks like a lovely breakfast room!

Carolyn said...

What a kind and thoughtful neighbour you have. i love it all but especially the pretty jug with flowers.
Carolyn

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

What a wonderful friend. I am looking after a neighbor's cat right now. They will be back next week. This is such a great idea, I think I will use it to welcome them home. Thanks for sharing.

Christi

Bill said...

YOU must be a wonderful neighbor--in order to have a friend who wants to do such a lovely thing for you!

Thank you for the thoughtful comment you left for me. Hope the rest of your day goes well.

Warm regards,
Bill @ Affordable Accoutrements

niartist said...

I'm so glad you're back, and that you had such a great trip! :) What a welcome home, huh!?! Wish I had friends like that! LOL! ;)

Mary said...

Beautiful blue and white tablescape! I have blue and white in my spare room and in the main bath, which is just across the hall. You are fortunate to have such a good friend - you must be very special to her!

Brenda said...

Well isn't that just the nicest thing to do! And the nicest thing to come home to find! I adore blue and white, so this sets my heart aflutter. Charmed by it all!
Brenda

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Beautiful tablescape...but even more beautiful is a friend like yours! Wow...I'm speechless...never had anyone do anything even close to that nice for me. Any houses for sale on your street...I think I need to move to where you live! :-)
Tell your friend we think she's pretty awesome! Susan

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Nice neighbor! Such a good idea, I may copy her! Pretty dishes!

Katherine

printersdevil said...

What a great friend and pretty tablescape.

bj said...

Friends like yours are priceless.!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Now that's th kind of neighbor to have! How sweet is that.

Alicia said...

Wow, that friend is definitely a keeper. I love your Spode dishes. I've decided to add Spode to my collection. The problem is I can't decide which color. Such a dilema. Thanks for sharing!
Alicia

Pam said...

You have a wonderful friend and I'm sure your friend feels the same about you. The table is lovely and the food sounds delicious. The photo of your home is very pretty on the header.