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.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It Was a Wonderful Anniversary. . . .


Our 40th!

And it started early for we left the prairie for the ocean on November 15. To sail -- first on the Carnival Elation for four nights. Just the two of us.

To first Catalina Island -- where we rented a golf cart and toured the whole (or almost) island for four hours.
And then to Ensenada where we traveled by bus to the wine country and toured two wineries. Sampled some and brought some bottles home. Mexican wine (which is not available on the prairie) can be very good. We bought cabernet, a nabiola and a petite syrah.

And then we turned around and the next day after arriving back at San Diego, we met daughter Sarah and her Andy and boarded the Holland American Oosterdam for seven days at sea.
Actually, you can see our balconies (for we had adjoining rooms) -- see the black "windows" -- our rooms would be right above that!
Our first stop was in Mazatlan -- where we had a private tour of the city. A beautiful city -- especially the old part.

The weather was beautiful, the food was fabulous, the company divine! It was the best anniversary ever . . . and the second trip was our anniversary gift from our daughter and her Andy. How sweet is that?

But we didn't really have Thanksgiving (for that was our "date" and we dined on steak and cabernet and champagne -- not turkey) and November flew by for only two weeks of it was spent on the prairie.

It's Wednesday which means that Susan at A Southern Daydreamer is hosting Outdoor Wednesday and for a prairie girl, what better outdoor post that pictures of the sea. Please join Susan and her friends outside this Wednesday. (And I hope there isn't much snow!)

35 comments:

katrina said...

What a wonderful 40th anniversary - congratulations! TWO cruises? What a great way to celebrate!

Susan said...

Happy 40th! In our lives, we do not meet that many people anymore that have lived in a marriage that many years. Many, many more!!

Southerncook said...

Happy 40th anniversary to you both, Martha. I agree, it was a wonderful way to celebrate a 40th.

Loved your photos.

Carolyn

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful trip and special way to celebrate. How nice that your daughter and SIL joined you for part of the fun! We just celebrated our 35th this past summer.

La Table De Nana said...

What better way to spend this special anni w/ your DD and her Andy..

Looks like great fun..thanks for sharing ..you look so happy the 2 of you!! Congratulations again!!

LDH said...

Happy Anniversary! Looks like it was a very special one :)
Kindly, ldh

Quilt Works said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful way to celebrate!


... Visit my contribution "Martha's Vineyard Sunset"

Joyce said...

Happy Anniversary and glad you had two fun trips.
Joyce

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh Martha, what fun! Last year for our 30th anniversary, Howard and I cruised up to Canada on a Norwegian Line boat -- my first cruise, his 2nd. It was such fun, and I LOVED the balcony room! It's the only way he got me to agree to go cruising, by promising me I could hang a fishing line from my room balcony! (No, I didn't, but I'd have liked to!)

How nice of your daughter to treat you to a second cruise, too.
Cass

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Congrats you two! Looks like you both made very wise decisions years ago!

That ship is something to behold.

Hey-- I became one of your followers-- if you get a moment, stop by and say hi!

TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Now that's the way to celebrate!!! Happy anniversary to both of you!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Happy 40th Anniversary! This is a very special post!

Happy Outdoor Wed...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Light and Voices said...

Happy 40th Anniversary! May you share many more sunsets together. Joyce M

Jeanne Selep said...

What a wonderful anniversary. And Congratulations - Celebrating a marriage after 40 years tells of commitment and achievement. (From one who has made 2 decades - so far.)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Congratulations!!!
What a wonderful looking cruise and fabulous trip! Here's to many, many more! Cindy

Pondside said...

Perfect.........the celebration suited the occasion. Congratulations on your 40th! Wine, water, good food........perfect!

xinex said...

Happy Anniversary! What fun! I love going on a cruise, in fact we are going this weekend aboard the Oasis of the Seas, on its maiden voyage. I am really excited....Christine

Vickie's Michigan Garden (my backyard) said...

So glad you had such a beautiful trip for your anniversary. The pictures make it look just beautiful.
vickie

Vickie's Michigan Garden (my backyard) said...

So glad you had such a beautiful trip for your anniversary. The pictures make it look just beautiful.
vickie

eileeninmd said...

A wonderful anniversary trip. I love cruising. Great photos. Congrats.

luna miranda said...

what a fabulous celebration of your 40th anniversary! wishing you more anniversaries to celebrate. wonderful photos--thanks for sharing.

Martha said...

Claudia -- Thanks for being part of Linderhof's group. I've visited you before but did so again this morning -- loved the snow!

Martha said...

Cass, we did feed the gulls from our balcony! Daughter woke up our final morning with gulls flocking outside her balcony -- she knew Mom had been up and out feeding those birds.

After that room it will be hard to go back to steerage!

Hootin' Anni said...

40 years!!! Super!!! congrats. We celebrated our 41st this year. We both, you and I, are proud to tell everyone about our loving marriage...right?


My O W is now posted. Today a slide show of us attending the famous Texas King Ranchhand Breakfast. Come see a bit of 'history' if you can.

It's Here

Kammy said...

Congrats ! Looks like you had a blast !
Kammy

From the Kitchen said...

Wonderful celebration for your 40th!

Hootin' Anni said...

...to answer your question you left in my comments...

MARTHA Yes, it IS still owned by the "King" family....tho descendants now with different surnames ---Richard King only had daughters. And if there is a King Ranch recipe, it probably CAME from the ranch...there are tons of cookbooks from the area. Lots and lots of staff on the ranch, including cooks!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This looks like a wonderful way to celebrate your 40th anniversary, Martha. Congratulations on your anniversary!

When they started developing Branson Landing (the new one), we were thinking we didn't like it much, because we liked the old part of town away from the hustle and bustle of the strip. But we've decided the new landing is nice and there is still some of the old part of town just up the hill.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

It WAS a wonderful anniversary, you went to some of my favorite places. I love running around Catalina in a golf cart and I hope you saw The Kiss while you were in San Diego.

Funny, my post has Ensenada in it today also, but a bit of a different type of trip. lol

Happy Anniversary!

Martha said...

We did see the Kiss -- what a surprise for we didn't know anything about it (we ate at the Fish Market next door) and I loved the park dedicated to Bob Hope and his shows which entertained the soldiers! Great park!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Congratulations on your 40th anniversary!

Looks like you had a trip of a lifetime!

Mary said...

Martha, it looks like a wonderful way to celebrate your 40th anniversary. There are some celebrations that deserve having all stops pulled. In my book 40 years is one of them. I'm so glad you had such a good time. Hugs...Mary

Country Dreaming said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. Looks like a wonderfully warm trip(s).
40 years---that's super! Ken and I will celebrate our 10th this Friday. Time does fly.

Have a great day.

Melinda

Carrie said...

Wow!!! What an amazing 40th anniversary.

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

Wow sounds fantastic--must be a bit hard coming back to reality.