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.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Reprise -- Afternoon Tea Overlooking the Garden

An early post when I was a blogger "newbie" -- September 2008 -- almost two years ago! This was the first tea that I shared and it is still a favorite post.

My beloved blue and white sets the table (as it usually does) and there is good food to go with the freshly brewed tea.

It's Sunday which means that it's time to visit Chari at Happy to Design and see what other favorites there are this Sunday.

I love afternoon teas -- a habit that we adopted on our first trip to England where I fell in love with an English cream tea. It's still my favorite sort of tea -- scones, really good freshly baked ones, real Devonshire cream and strawbery jam. With a cup of real English tea -- either Typhoo or PG Tips and I am transported back to an olde English tearoom.

On a trip north I was able to snag some real Devonshire cream at a reasonable price and since I could not have a cream tea alone, I invited some friends to share tea with me.
My favorite scone receipt is not English but rather inspired from a favorite, Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa. Made plain for this tea without any dried fruit or currants. It's easy to do in the mixer and makes the flakest scones ever. They're the best breakfast scone when you add dried fruit, nuts and orange peel.

Besides the best scones and real Devonshire cream, I also had homemade strawberry jam with big plumb pieces of strawberry in the jam.

We also enjoyed madelines, a favorite cookie especially at tea time. This one inspired by a magazine receipt for a lemon basil cupcake. I made my favorite madelines and added lemon peel and chopped basil to the batter rather than the rosemary and orange I do so often.

We enjoyed the afternoon with pots and pots of tea, eating scones, jam and cream and leaving only crumbs of the lemon basil madelines.

Afternoon Tea at Linderhof

Barefoot Contessa Scones
Real Devonshire Cream
Fresh Strawberry Jam
Lemon Basil Madelines


4 cups plus 1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cold heavy cream
1 extra-large egg beaten with 2 tablespoons milk or water, for egg wash

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine 4 cups flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, the baking powder, and salt in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Blend in the cold butter at the lowest speed and mix until the butter is in pea-sized pieces. Combine the eggs and heavy cream and quickly add to the flour/butter mixture. Combine until just blended. The dough may be a bit sticky.

Dump the dough out onto a floured surface and be sure it is well combined. Flour your hands and a rolling pin and roll the dough out to 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick. You will see lumps of butter in the dough. Cut into squares with a 4-inch cutter and then cut in half diagonally to make triangles. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Brush the scones with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the outsides are crisp and the insides are done.

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Pink Man

In a corner of the dining room on a pedestal is a favorite of ours -- The Pink Man -- An Asian carving that husband Jim gifted me with eons ago. I'm not sure what he's made of but he is a special piece and he does brighten up that corner of the dining room.

He's an imposting figure and does deserve to be on a pedestal. The perfect place for him!
I love the creaminess of the material that he's made of -- he's detailed but not too much. He stands on a small rosewood stand atop the pedestal.

We love Asian art but finding good pieces now are far and fewer between than it used to be. We treasure each of our Asian pieces. Asian art is a big part of Linderhof. And a big part of our Asian art is in the dining room. Jim's Green Man started it all!

It's Saturday -- time for Pink Saturday -- please join Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for other pink Saturday participants.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Repirese -- A Respite from Garden Chores

I'm healing well and am back to doing daily chores but alas, I'm not allowed out in the garden for garden floors are notoriously uneven and a fall, now, would not be "a good thing".

My stamina, too, is not up to par and so I've not had company for lunch or dinner and therefore, I'm reprising a post from last year -- a garden post for I do yearn to be outside -- I do yearn to sip a glass of tea and have a nosh in the garden.

A great big thank you to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Tablescape Thursday. It's always a fun event and I so love seeing everyone's tablescapes. Everyone is so creative and has such beautiful dishes and centerpieces!

It's Spring at Linderhof and March means garden chores. All of those things that didn't get done in the fall (my Scarlet mentality -- tomorrow is another day -- spring is a long time away -- it's a beautiful Indian Summer day and I can go play) have to get done now!

So hours spent out in the garden raking and mulching and doing all of those odd garden chores that are just no fun!

But a respite is always in order . . . and today was no exception. With freshly baked lavender cookies (from last year's lavender crop) and a glass of green tea, I could take off my garden hat and sit at "our" table -- the small table that we often sit at in the garden.
The tablecloth is from Williams Sonoma and I have two -- one for each of the big tables but it works well on the little one.
Some lavender cookies and tea -- what could be better even if you're hot and sweaty and with dirt under your fingernails. You just feel better when there is a cloth on the table and the cookies are on a plate!
"Thyme in a Jar" is my centerpiece. Put together for the herb class that I'm teaching tomorrow night -- seven different kinds of thyme -- all in a jar! Don't you wish we could bottle time and use it later! The wee strawberry jar was my mother's and I hold it dear.
A small tablescape, this, my respite in the garden. But it is a busy week and company at Linderhof has been sparse although we hope to recitify that Friday!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Gift From the Birds

We feed the birds year round. Black sunflower seeds. It's a good basic food that attracts lots of varieties of birds (and sometimes squirrels). But not all birds are neat eaters like the blue jay or the chickadee. They scratch, they get into the feeders and seed gets on the ground and into the garden beds.

It's a struggle, early on, for there are all sorts of sunflower seedlings sprouting where we don't want sunflower seedlings. And try as I might, I never manage to get all of them.

Thus, in mid to late July and August, we receive a gift from the birds -- for the sunflowers bloom.
And they certainly brighten the breakfast room when placed in an old Mason's pitcher.

It's Outdoor Wednesday so please join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer to see what else is happening outdoors --

Monday, July 26, 2010

A Friend Stops By for Tea

Friend Cynthia emailed this morning that she'd like to stop by at 2 and she was bringing cookies. My response -- "I'll put the kettle on".

A casual tea and since neither of us take anything in our tea, just cups and saucers -- but a wee tea cloth tea napkin. There's no other way at Linderhof.

Besides a nice visit, we discussed fall classes that I would be teaching at her shop. Ideas flowed and I am eager for this fall's classes. Should be some fun Thursday nights at Life + Style!

My Spode was just right for the tea for two -- the Spode teapot and two teacups. There is nothing like blue and white Spode for afternoon tea.
The cookies were her perfected chocolate chip and some pecan cookies that her father favored.
Both were yummy and went very well with the real English tea I brewed.
Besides the cookies, Cynthia brought me a get-well gift. Cynthia knows me and my love of herbs -- her gift was this wonderful book which I shall treasure.
And after saying goodbye, after our visit, I poured myself the last cup of tea and went through the book cover to cover. It's a wonderful book. One I shall treasure. And parts of it may become part of my herb presentations.

It's Tuesday which means that it's party time -- tea party time mostly. Please join these wonderful sites:

Tabletop Tuesday hosted by Marty at A Stroll Thru Life

Tea Time Tuesday hosted by Terri at Artful Affirmations

Tea Cup Tuesday hosted by Martha at Martha's Favorites

Tea Pot and Tea Thing Tuesday hosted by Pam at A Breath of Fresh Air

Tea Time Tuesday with Lady Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor

Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen

Sunday, July 25, 2010

When Life Gives You Brown Bananas . . . .

Make Banana Bread!

We try not to buy too many bananas at a time but sometimes, our purchases get ahead of our consumption. We are then left with bananas starting to go brown and get soft.

Although we don't often buy bananas with the intent of baking with them, when we do find bananas a tad too ripe for eating, it's simple to make up a batch of banana bread.

This is a favorite recipe and it's easy and the ingredients simple and as we always keep nuts in the freezer, everything is always on hand to make these tasty loaves. We like, too, that the recipe makes two loaves -- one to enjoy now and one to freeze for later afternoon teas.
Anything looks good on a blue and white plate and I like the hominess of this bread against the pattern of the transferware.

This recipe came from a well-known bed and breakfast in Kansas City -- Southmoreland on The Plaza. Some think it's Kansas City's premier bed and breakfast.


4 eggs
1 cup butter, softened
4 ripe bananas
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350. Combine egg, butter and ripe bananas together in a blender. In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, sugar and baking powder. Fold in the blended wet ingredients. Add nuts and pour the mixture into two greased bread pans. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Start the toothpick test at 50 minutes and repeat at 3 minute intervals.

Makes 2 loaves

It's Monday and time for Blue Monday with Smiling Sally. Please see what other blues there are this Monday.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Reprise -- Lemon Pot De Creme

This was not a summer post but lemon pot de creme would be a good cool dessert for a summer dinner. Alas, our desserts the last couple of weeks have consisted of ice cream, I prefer Hagan Das vanilla bean or rum raisin while Husband Jim prefers anything Ben and Jerry and chocolate!

These are easy desserts but fancy desserts and I love the little cups that they're served in.

It's Sunday and time for Sunday Favorites so please join Chari At Happy to Design to see what other favorites there are this Sunday.

Pot de creme refers both to the dessert inside as well as the cup holding the dessert. A step up from ordinary pudding, it is a baked pudding and it is served in these perfect little cups. I have 8 -- but two sets of four. Both are white with gold rims so they look good on the table together. But, one is a bit smaller than the other.

These little cups that look so delicate are indeed not for the pot de creme mixture is poured into the cups and these little cups are then placed in a water bath and baked in the oven!

I have a great recipe for chocolate pot de creme from Dean and Deluca's -- it is truly chocolate to die for.

But it is January and tired of the apple and pear desserts, we chose to serve a lemon pot de creme for the Paperwhite Luncheon. Lemon is so refreshing and lemons are so plentiful in the market this time of the year.
Whether it is chocolate or lemon, a big dollop of sweetened whipped cream is a great topping. With lemon, a few shreds of lemon on top.
Each pot comes with it's own saucer and a wee little lid. These little cups, saucers and lids do make a great presentation when it comes to dessert.

This recipe is not a true pot de creme for it isn't baked (but then neither is my chocolate one) so it's more of a mousse than a pot de creme. Whatever you call it, it's nice and lemony and looks great served in these little pots.

Lemon Pot De Creme

4 egg yolks
grated zest of two lemons
1 envelope gelatin
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of lemon juice, strained
4 T. water
Whipped cream to garnish

In a mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, grated lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar. Place over gently simmering water, and whisk until thickened.

Remove from heat, then beat with whip on medium speed until cold and thick.

In a small heatproof bowl, combine the gelatin and water, allowing to soak for about 5 minutes.

Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool

Whip the cream on medium speed until it just holds it shape. Whisk the gelatin into the egg yolk mixture. Fold in the whipped cream. Pour into pot de creme cups. Chill

A Rebloom

The orchids live happily in the north window of the breakfast room on an old game table. their bloom lasts a long time and whether it's summer or winter it is nice to have bloom indoors. Our orchids are keepers -- we don't buy them just for the bloom and once gone, they're gone. They become part of the family. And often, they will rebloom.

Like this pretty splotched burgundy/purple and white one. Bought for it's coloring which was so unusual a couple of years ago. It's rebloom is as pretty as it was when we first bought it.
A pink "butterfly" orchid clip holds the stalk to the post so that the orchid doesn't sprawl all over.

Posts and clips are kept near the orchids in a vase on the floor -- ready to be used whenever the orchids bloom.

It's Pink Saturday so please join Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Strawberry Muffins

Hospitals are noted for not having tasting healthy treats and so on the afternoon, before we left for surgery the following morning, I took the very last of a box of strawberries and made muffins to take with us --

They were tasty and they were a good addition to the yogurt on my breakfast tray. They satisfied Husband's Jim need for a munchy mid-afternoon after surgery.
I don't bake often with strawberries -- my pies or tarts all use fresh berries. We prefer strawberries raw. But sometimes, I have a few left that are "past their prime" and so it's time for either muffins or bread. Either make a good nosh for afternoon tea or . . . . a good addition to the breakfast yogurt or . . . . .a good nosh when you're wife is in the hospital and you're bored!


2 1/4 c. flour
1/3 c. sugar
3 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 eggs
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
1 c. sliced strawberries

Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat eggs. Blend in oil, vanilla and milk. Add liquid to dry ingredients. Stir quickly just until moistened. Fold in strawberries.

Spoon into well greased 2 1/2 inch muffin tins or paper lined muffin cups.

I sprinkled each muffin with vanilla sugar before baking.

Bake at 400 for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

It's Friday which means that it's time to share Foodie Friday with all of our Friends over at Designs by Gollum. Please join Michael to see what else has been cooking this week.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Reprise -- A Provencal Luncheon

My healing continues -- I have graduated from walker to cane to "nothing" and that is a great feeling!

But, alas having company for lunch or dinner will be a while yet.

This was a favorite luncheon that I did last summer -- it is full of summer colors and the luncheon was full of summer flavors. It is one of my favorite tables of all times!

It's too hot for luncheon in the garden but a Provencal luncheon is just the thing to beat the heat.

The lavender is blooming profusely and I'm making wands or bottles of as much of it as I can -- the perfect centerpiece instead of flowers. And what better addition to the centerpiece of a Provencal table than a big bowl of lemons!
At Linderhof the dishes are always blue and white (or white edged with gold) and the blue and white goes well with the sunny yellow of the tablecloth. I set the table in the European style with the cutlery face down. A menu, of course, at each place and the napkins in my silver napkin rings.
The soup in little blue and white covered tureens from Nell Hills. Soup in the heat of summer? Ah, yes, a cold soup -- chilled cucumber soup garnished with a shower of garden chives.
Cool and refreshing and the perfect way to start a summer luncheon.
Dessert is an old favorite -- a German torten made with fresh peaches. A perfect way to end a Provencal luncheon.

Please join my friend Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see the other great tables set up for this Thursday.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hurricanes -- Part Deux

I like hurricanes. They are a great way to get a worry free fragrance free candlelight at Linderhof.

I had been looking for some hurricanes for the table at the bottom of the hall -- on line -- but the cheapest was $150 per pair and they were plain Jane.

I thought that I might order them in July as I really needed a pair for the table at the bottom of the hall.

And then we went to an Estate Sale . . . .

I found this pair for $40 each -- and they are perfect -- much more perfect that the ones I was looking at on-line and (with shipping and such) for half the price.

They are a thick engraved glass and hold a nice size pillar. (Fragrance free, of course) and the other night when the electric went out, they performed their job superbly.

And, too, when we have a dinner party they can be whisked to the dining room table as a change of pace to the candlesticks that we usually use when we have company for dinner.

It's Tuesday, time for Tabletop Tuesday with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Blues Have Invaded . . . . The Garden

We enjoy the garden birds -- even the ones considered "pests" . . . and to me the prettiest of the pesty birds is the Jay!

Another reason to like the Jay is that Mrs. Jay and Mr. Jay are so difficult to tell apart and even Teen Jays are like their parents that you have to look closely to tell you that they are part of this year's brood.
Every year we start with two and then along come mid to late July the garden is overrun with these blue birds. They are large and they are loud but we enjoy them and don't mind them in the garden.

They are not greedy feeders either -- for they take one sunflower seed at a time and fly off with it to first break it and then eat it.

The Jays were out in force the other day -- almost as if they were posing around the blue pot on the table under the pergola. It's color echoes their color.

The second picture is a parent and a baby -- I can only tell because first the baby was on another feeder and you could tell by it's wings that it was a teen and not an adult.

It's Monday and time for Blue Monday with Smiling Sally.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer Sweets

Our rose geranium flavors and adorns sweets throughout the year. It is one of the herb plants that we do bring inside during winter and one that does very well.

Although blooms on the plant are very rare, it's most useful purpose is to flavor and decorate cakes.

The original recipe calls for a three layer cake. With leaves placed in the bottom of each pan of the three layers, they delicately flavor the cake.
And for an herbal class, I took my cake and made them into cupcakes . . . with a leaf in the bottom of each cupcake, they had that delicate rose geranium flavor.

The icing (and/or filling) needs to be tinted pink. I'm not sure why but it is one of those cases of "it's always been done that way" and so, whenever I make rose geranium cake, I, too, tint the frosting pink.

You can use a recipe or you can use a cake mix and just line the bottom of your pans with the leaves. You can even do it with angel food cake -- that's is delicate and angel food cake should always be iced with pink!

It's Saturday and time for Pink Saturday with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. Please visit and see what other pinks there are this Saturday.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Linderhof As Art

There is a lot of art that hangs at Linderhof but some of that art is Linderhof. Hung at various places in the house until we built the breakfast room, we deemed the brick wall (the original west outside wall) was the perfect place for our two pieces of Linderhof art.

Bought many years apart, one is a pen and ink while the other is a watercolor.
The first is a pen and ink drawing of Linderhof made by a retired graphic artists who was a great detailist (look at all the bricks) but did take liberties with windows and such. He was a dear dear man and his price for the piece was very reasonable. Over the years, we've used the picture for note cards. Which are perfect for both thank you notes and for invitations.
The other is a water color. Done by a gentlemen who moved to Fort Scott and opened an art gallery. He was a versatile artist and dabbled in oil, pen and ink and watercolor. I had wanted a watercolor of Linderhof "forever" and was so pleased with his rendition.

I've not had this made into note cards, but I think that may happen sometime in the future -- in fact, I need note cards of both pictures.

But, I also am enamored by PVE Designs watercolors and that is next on my agenda -- a PVE watercolor of Linderhof. It will be perfect on the wall along with the other two!

It's Show and Tell Friday with Cindy at My Romantic Home -- and I'm sharing my two pieces of Linderhof as Art for Show and Tell Friday.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Reprise -- Breakfast in Bed

As I'm still recovering from total knee replacement, entertaining at Linderhof is on a definite hold until I am on my own two feet (do you realize how hard it is to move dishes with a walker?)

I am reposting a favorite and early Tablescape Thursday post -- for although I didn't get quite the pomp and circumstance of breakfast in bed, I was eagerly waited on hand and foot by Daughter Sarah who was home to do that -- just that!

Alas, no breakfast in bed for me for I'm downstairs on the sofa and so the pretty breakfast set will have to wait for another day and another time. Perhaps used for my first breakfast after I finally get back upstairs and back in my own bed!

What is one of the greatest luxuries in the world? Breakfast in bed, of course! Think of hotel room service only at home. Alas, it is not for me but rather for Daughter Sarah when she came for a visit -- alone. Time for me to pamper her as only a mother can. And so, upstairs with the breakfast tray and a favorite breakfast of hers.

A soft boiled egg -- 3 minutes, please. And whole wheat toast kept warm under the dome. A wee pot of coffee accompanied by cream and sugar. For pretty -- a small bouquet of flowers.
Bought years ago because I always wanted one. Think of English country homes and breakfast in bed served by a maid in a black dress with white apron. It has white roses on it and I bought it because I had wanted a breakfast set and this is the first one I found. It's called Adams Antique and it's by Steubenville.

The amazing thing is that the little white roses on it so match . . .
The wallpaper in the room. Papered YEARS after the breakfast set was bought. The breakfast set was not given a thought when the wallpaper was purchased for I wanted a yellow and white rose paper for the room and this one caught my fancy.

However, with the breakfast set on the bed, it truly seems as if it was bought to match the wallpaper.

I don't get a chance to pamper Daughter Sarah often and she appreciated the leisurely breakfast in bed. It's room service -- but at home!

Thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, who hosts Tablescape Thursday. It's so fun to participate and share the entertaining that we do at Linderhof.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Hungry Squirrel

We feed birds year round at Linderhof -- in real bird feeders, seed scattered on the ground, seed placed atop statues and such. And this St. Francis figure that at times is a bird feeder.
Other times it is a squirrel feeder. For today one of the squirrels (we know there are more but we rarely see more than one) decided to lunch at the just filled feeder.

Our squirrels are brown squirrels and Daughter Sarah comments that even though squirrels are cute, they are still rodents but with fluffy tails!

We' ve never named them and we don't know if one day to the next it really is the same squirrel. But we enjoy the squirrels as much as the birds and don't mind the bit of seed that they eat. (Well, bit is actually not a correct term -- they can empty this feeder in one sitting!)

Outdoors at Linderhof is now seen only from Indoors (and will be for a while until my knee is healed) -- but the breakfast room gives us great vistas to the back garden and even though we are indoors, it does seem you are surrounded by outdoors.

It's Wednesday and what better time than to visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

Monday, July 12, 2010


We love candlelight at Linderhof. We have lots of candlesticks -- silver and brass, two pair of silver candleabras -- one large and elegant -- too elegant actually for Linderhof -- and the other pair a smaller pair that came home with us from a trip to England.

But I also love hurricane style shades that candles fit into -- you don't have to worry about stray breezes and for safety, the candles are contained, thus the risk of fire is much less.

In our breakfast room, on the sideboard, this summer we placed one of our favorite hurricanes -- an item off the sale table at one of our favorite garden places. With a big fat pillar in it, it gives great light in the breakfast room.

The sideboard is in it's summer finery -- with two old silk flowers in pots from France and reproduction Staffordshire "poodles" (or lambs or lions). Every evening, we light the pillar for there is something special about a candlelit room.

In the winter, two ivy topiaries live there but change is nice and we do like this summer version. The topiaries summer in the garden!

It's Tuesday -- which means that it's time for Tabletop Tuesday. Please join Marty at A Stroll Thru Life to see the other fabulous tabletops this Tuesday!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A New Me!!!!

The last week at Linderhof has been different -- for I've not been home -- I've been getting a part of me "fixed"! I had total knee replacement surgery last Wednesday (on what I thought was my good leg (which the doctor says on a scale of 1 to 10 is a 10 -- perhaps that is my bad leg)).

And that is not the first part of me that's been replaced! I've had cataract surgery as well -- so my eyes are not my own either!

When I get my second -- the good knee replaced, I guess I will qualify as a bionic woman!!!!

Entertaining and even gardening will be curtailed during my convalescence. Cooking and tablesettings will be curtailed as well (it's hard to carry a table setting of dishes while handling a walker!).

And what a great Met Monday post -- what better metamorphosis than me!!!! Going from no good knees to one and then finally two!!!!

I'm sure that most Met Monday posts are more exciting than mine but I can't wait until it is all done and I'm finally superwoman!!!!

Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Reprise -- Mrs. Boland's Forks

I love silver -- whether it is my napkin keepers, cutlery, tea acroutements, or the silver things on my dressing table. And I do love cutlery --when we go to Estate Sales, I'm always the one pouring through the silver to see if there isn't something that's old, odd or engraved. Many times I'm successful.

But some things that I love are not things that I've bought but rather things with memories attached to them. These forks, which I love to use for tea and dessert fall into the latter category. They're precious to me and I do think of the remarkable woman whose initials are on them every time I use them.

It's Silver Sunday -- so please join Beth at The Gypsy Fish but it's also Sunday Favorites so please also join Chari at Happy to Design. I love these forks and love sharing them with you again.

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.