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.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 at Linderhof

Linderhof in 2009 . . . It's fun to look back at 2009 . . . Good food, good friends and good times were always to be had at Linderhof. And it was a busy year. Join me for a Year in Review at Linderhof. And if you want to see what everyone else has been doing in 2009, join Cindy at My Romantic Home.

The Christmas Tree -- the biggest part of our holiday decorations!

Tea is a ritual at Linderhof and in November we love ginger cookies. We love both the smell while their baking as well as the cookie themselves!

An estate sale find -- the German silver. Engraved with my German grandmother's initials. Could it be?

The pond with the one eared cat watching out for the fish swimming below.

Herbs are preserved in one way or another. The basil is turned into pesto and the tarragon gets put into my homemade wine vinegar.

Summer isn't summer without tomatoes and fresh heirloom tomatoes from the prairie are the best. There are few summer meals that aren't accompanied by a plate of sliced tomatoes.

The Secret Garden Tour -- Linderhof's third time on the tour and we enjoyed each and every visitor especially Nancy (Acorn Cottage) and Carrie (The Art and Flair of Being Domestic)
Herbs are a passion and giving herb classes is always fun. I love to share my knowledge of herbs with anyone and everyone!

Prairie strawberries are always the best and we can't wait until they come to market. Strawberries in some form are dessert every night until, alas, the strawberries are gone!

We can't wait for the first jonquil to bloom. The yard is full and bouquets are brought in every day to decorate tabletops during March. It's so nice to have garden flowers instead of fruit or florist flowers.

The Valentine's Luncheon is a gift to my friends. It's a ladies lunch and I enjoy making my friends feel special. Dessert is almost always chocolate!

A lady needs a desk and this is where, after breakfast, I take care of correspondence and once a month pay my bills. It looks out over the garden so there is something pleasant to see while I pay the dreaded bills.

The picture on the desk is a picture of the living room taken in 1930.

2009 was a good year at Linderhof. I'm looking forward to more visits with friends in 2010.

Join me at My Romantic Home for the "Year in Review"


Unknown said...

It was so good to meet you at your garden party.

Happy New Year!!

The Tablescaper said...

It's been such a wonderful year getting to know all of the great people in blog land. I so love your blog and all of your posts.

Looking forward to a wonderful 2010. Happy New Year.

- The Tablescaper

Schnitzel and the Trout said...

What a beautiful review of your lovely home. Happy New Year to you on the prairie and may this new year be the best ever.

Southerncook said...

LOVED this post. How clever but to give an over view of this past year at Linderhof. FABULOUS!!!!!


Anonymous said...

Wonderful review of your home!

Praying your 2010 brings many more pretty memories!


Linda K. said...

Love the silverware. Nice photos!
Pretty garden on the prarie!

Robin's Egg Blues

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos! I'm so glad I found you and your blog!

Wishing you and yours, a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Gentle hugs,
Aunt Amelia

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

And may I say how happy you make me, that you don't make us do Word Verification, in order to comment! :-)

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Looks like you had a wonderful, beautiful year at Linderholf. I love the old-fashioned tree. Ours was not as big when I was a child , but it was decorated in similar fashion & looked very much like your tree.I wish you a Happy & Blessed New Year !

Miss Gracie's House said...

Such pretty memories...Happy New Year to you!

Reggie Darling said...

Have a great 2010!

Unknown said...

I love your picture of your Christmas Tree. The lighting is perfect!

Very nice review!

Happy New Year!

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Beautiful photos...Happy New Year!!!

*Ulrike* said...

What a year! I enjoyed looking at all that you have done throughout the year. Have a very Happy New Year!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

you got very nice garden.. nicely captured the wonderful memories of 2009.

happy new year!!

Lorrie said...

Linderhof has had a wonderful year, full of friends, fun and creativity. Here's to more of the same in 2010.

Happy New Year!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Just ducking in to wish you Happy New Year! I'll be back next week. Have a wonderful holiday.

Cathy said...

A wonderful look back! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Cathy ♥

Pondside said...

Happy New Year,Martha!
I've enjoyed catching up on your recent posts - loved the one about your cosy spot because I too have a favorite spot....the chaise in my bedroom.

Rettabug said...

Oooooo, I am soooo glad you posted this look back or I would not have seen that you have a fabulous garden! I had just started blogging in June or July, so I missed that post. Its awesome!

Just think, only 2 more months till we see those March jonquils again. I can't wait. :-)

Carol said...

Everything is so lovely! I'll be back for more visits! Happy New Year!