Linderhof


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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, January 24, 2010

Mrs. Boland's Forks


Mrs. Boland was our "landlady" for five years and our friend for the rest of her life. An English lady, she taught us how to brew the proper pot of tea, the pleasure of a pot of tea in the afternoon,and how to baste an egg for breakfast.

When my parents married, they moved into an apartment. The building owned by Mrs. Boland and her husband "Charlie". Their apartment was across the hall from ours and she and my mother would visit daily. Often over a cup of tea. While we children would quietly play -- often under the watchful eye of "Charlie". (One of my playtime activities would be to braid the bullion fringe of the ottoman!)

Sometimes, for tea, we would have cake. Always served on a china plate, with a wee linen tea napkin. The cake would be eaten with a silver fork.

These forks, small forks. In a set of six that the English so prefer. Perfect for tea cake.
Fancy but not too fancy. With a good weight in the hand which is important in silver cutlery.

When Mrs. Boland passed away, "Charlie" gave my mother these forks as a memory of his wife and mother's dear friend. She never used them, but wrapped them in tissue and stuck them in a drawer.

When mother passed away, I found the package of forks and found this remembrance of my childhood. I remembered all the cups of cambric tea that I shared with mother and Mrs. Boland. I remember the cakes that we ate with these very forks.
Engraved with a "B" for Boland.

It's Sunday which means that it's time for Silver Sunday with Beth at The Gypsy Fish. Please join Beth to see what everyone's silver treasures will be this week.

28 comments:

Allie and Pattie said...

They are lovely! I have some assorted silver sets of my grandmother's and have always thought it interesting that in Europe, sets of 6 were the norm. Luckily, I love mixing and matching:)

house things said...

What a nice memory. When I use certain pieces of silver that were handed down to me, I tend to think about who used them before us.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Those are lovely silver forks and a sweet memory of their history. Thanks for sharing.

La Table De Nana said...

Little treasures indeed..Mrs Boland would be pleased.

The Bramble Patch said...

What a great story :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a lovely reminder of a wonderful childhood memory.

Jane said...

Those are lovely forks and I love the story that accompanied them. Mrs. Boland would be very happy to know that you have them.
Jane

Julie said...

Hi Martha, What a wonderful story...I have things that belonged to my grandmother that I love to use...
Thank so much for the help with the butterfly cake server... I founf it and I am going to buy two ... one for me and one for a dear sweet friend for her B-Day...
Happy Pink Saturday
xoxo
Julie

Wizard of Was said...

Ah Martha,
What a lovely story and remberance of your Mrs. Boland. Each of our treasures should have such a wonderful story...thanks for sharing your amazing Silver forks, they are beautiful.
Gale

Pondside said...

What a lovely story.
When my grandmother died there was a big discussion among her five daughters and twelve sons about what to do with her china and silver. Some people may disagree, but I think the solution to the was a good one. The two services were broken up with each granddaughter receiving one place setting of silver and one of china as well as one serving piece. I received the meat platter and was later able to add a creamer and a gravy boat. I can't set a table with it, but I could acknowledge a special day for one of my children with the place setting - and will do the same for my grandchildren when they are a little older.

Blondie's Journal said...

Sweet story, Martha. The silver is lovely.

xoxo
Jane

Sherrie said...

The silver is beautiful but it is the story that is priceless. My posts always share a story as well. It is what makes each of our posts unique to us. Thank you for sharing.

Mary said...

Lucky you to have such a lovely memory. So glad you have the tea forks. Ah, Cambric tea. Now that brings back a memory for me as my mother would fix that for us kids.
Thanks for the memory~

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Beautiful forks and such wonderful childhood memories! Thanks for sharing!
Have a great Silver Sunday!
Hugs,
Julia

Carrie said...

They are very lovely. What a great family treasure.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Greetings, Such a lovely story and a blessing that you have saved the forks from hiding and are using them..they are truely to lovely to hide. I love to use my precious things. It makes each day a special event!
Your cake recipe is a keeper. I have a lovely french Gateau plate that was a gift that I just love to have a reason to use and this will be it. Thanks.

Mimi said...

What a wonderful childhood memory.

Mimi said...

What a wonderful childhood memory.

GardenofDaisies said...

I am so glad that you have these forks and that when you use them it brings back wonderful memories from your childhood. It is so sad when people have beautiful things, but tuck them away to keep them safe and never use them. Every day should be special enough to use pretty things!

ceekay said...

Lovely silverwear....love the monogram.

Sharlotte said...

Martha,
What a special set...they are so pretty and I love the monogram. Your story was just heartwarming, I could practically see the braids, tea, cakes, and apartments. How neat to have had such wonderful friends growing up. It sounds like a simplier time. Thanks so much for sharing!
Sharlotte

The Tablescaper said...

Beautiful forks.

- The Tablescaper

Gypsy Fish said...

Oh what a delightful story and to have such precious memories attatched. I'm sure Mrs. Boland would love to know that they mean so much to you...Thanks for coming....see you next Sunday!
{{gypsy hugs}}
Beth

Sarah said...

Lovely silver and a sweet story. Memories attached to something always makes it more special. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy said...

The flatware is so pretty and what a sweet story. Sorry my Sunday Silver visit is so late but I do love your silver post!
xoxo...Kathy

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hello Martha, I have enjoyed reading your last few posts, but having tea with Mrs. Boland just brought so many wonderful images to mind. Your silver is lovely and the monogram makes it all that more special. I had an aunt and uncle that lived in Fort Scott about 45 years ago. We went to visit them many times. They had a gorgeous older home with a sleeping porch on the second story. I have so many wonderful memories of that time.
Blessings,
Debra

Kate said...

Your story of Mrs. Boland was so sweet! Thank you for sharing! xo, kate

My Carolina Kitchen said...

You're not going to believe it but I have a set of the very same forks and they were passed down by an ancestor. I clicked your picture to make it larger and took a look to be sure. Mine are engraved with an L on them for Lischesky. I used them almost daily at our little pied a terre in Florida.
Sam