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.

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


GwendolynKay said...

What a dear friend you have. The cookies look scrumptious.. I too take my tea plain. Lovely teaset.

Allie and Pattie said...

Martha, I so hope your recovery is going well. What a sweet friend- I'm sure she's thrilled to have you teaching!
xoxo Pattie

Beth said...

Martha, The cookies look delicious! you are an amazing cook and you always set an elegant and pretty table - whether it be for dinner, or for for tea.
Hugs, Beth

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Another great post Martha...I love your tea pot and cups and how special to have a friend to bring cookies and a fun book all at the same time...Hope you have a GREAT week my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I can smell the cookies from here. Everything looks so pretty and peaceful. Have a wonderful week dear friend. Blessings, Martha

Bookie said...

Everything looks inviting, but since I have a love affair with blue and whites, the scenes are esp. lovely!

Snap said...

Your Spode set is beautiful. I love blue and white. Such a great friend you have to bring you a beautiful herb book and cookies! Hope you are making a swift recovery.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

It is so nice when friends can have tea on the spur of the moment.
In the semi-rural area I live in, I like to think of it as country hospitality.
The book your brought you is a very thoughful gift and her cookies look yummy.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a lovely friend and so thoughtful. Your tea is beautiful as always. I love the colors of the orange and the blue. Those are the colors I am going to use in my family room redo. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Lynn said...

Beautiful! Lovely setting, goodies and friend-enjoy!

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

You have one of my favorite books as well. Glad you are feeling better. So nice for you to have friends drop by!

Gee said...

Its always nice to have tea with our friends. Lovely teaset and thanks for sharing.

Pondside said...

What a sweet friend!
I tried to access the link, but the site couldn't be found.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

now the cookies smell good! and what a lovely time to have tea with your dear friend! and your Spode teaset just pretty!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What could one ask for...a good friend, good conversation and good food!!


Appleshoe said...

What a sweet friend you have. Some how cookies and tea always taste best when shared with someone you love. Take care.

Princesa Nadie said...

You have a lovely Blue Tea Cup Set and that book seems really pretty
Having a tea with you is a pleasure

bj said...

As always, your tea is lovely.
I'll HAVE to have at least ONE LUMP, please and....hmmm...4 cookies !!
Sounds like a nice sweet sugar high, to me..:))

Kathy said...

What an amazing book! Such a nice friend and love your opportunity to get together to collaborate classes! The Spode is perfect for anything!
Looking forward to more!
The book is now on my wish list..boy! It's sure growing!!!

Mary Bergfeld said...

How nice to spend the afternoon with such a good friend. The book sounds like a treasure. I hope the day finds you well. Blessings...Mary

Virginia said...

Everything looks so inviting.
Sweet Blessings,

Terri said...

Spode is so wonderful, especially your blue and white! What a lovely tea.
Thank you so much for sharing your tea cups with us today.

Marguerite (Tina) Smith Hart said...

How wonderful to have a friend come by for tea and what fun that she brought a gift! Spode is a wonderful afternoon tea companion. My aunt collected Spode for years and she would have nothing else.
Tina xo

Lady Katherine said...

No better way than to share Tea with a friend, that has come for a visit with wonderful cookies! The Teapot and cups are so lovely! I should do this more often! I know when your sick it is an hard to entertain guest! But with her lovely cookies and your Tea and great conversation on your Fall classes. What a way to recover! The book is wonderful! Tea and a Book! Love it! Thank you for joining me again for Tea! I loved how you enjoyed Tea With A Friend while recovering!

Carrie said...

Oh, such a nice tea interlude with your friend...Her gift book must have been a delightful read.