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, February 5, 2011

Reprise - The Gin Barrel

This was my first February post early on at Lines for Linderhof. The Gin Barrel still holds a special place at Linderhof. It's a piece we truly treasure -- both of us.

I'm joining Chari at Happy to Design for Favorites Sunday -- This is a favorite -- my first February post and the gin barrel.

An old English gin barrel from the early to mid 1800's. Bought as a Christmas present for husband Jim several years ago at an antique show in the city. Not one of our usual bargains for it was a costly piece.
It's pottery and a wonderful red color. It's purpose was to store gin in the pubs. It has a spigot from which the gin could be poured. In the early to mid 1800's pubs had ales, gins and whisky (which to us is Scotch). Vodka was still in Russia, rum in the Caribbean, and Bailey's Irish cream hadn't been invented yet!

It was a great surprise that Christmas when husband Jim opened his only Christmas present to find the gin barrel -- for he thought it had been bought from under him and he would never see it again!
And although we don't store gin in the barrel, we do enjoy that perfect martini, mostly every night and mostly in the breakfast room overlooking the garden.



From the Kitchen said...

I'd much prefer the wonderful gin barrel to "bathtub" gin!! And that garnish on your martini looks like a complete meal!! Cheers!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Oh I have never seen anything like that before! I am sure you were so excited for him to open it. How wonderful....

Sherry said...

Thank you! And you are the ultimate decorator and entertainer!

acorn hollow said...

so pretty! i am talking about the martini jk : ) that barrel is so wonderful. I love a cosmo now and again.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a beautiful antique and a wonderful surprise gift to your husband!


Anonymous said...

Ah, the Mother's milk!
Gorgeous barrel. I do love me a great martini. One of my pet peeves is this new thing of calling every drink served in a cocktail glass a "martini". A martini is gin and it, or, in a James Bond film, vodka and it.
I recently had a martini with Oregon made, Aviation Gin. Lovely.
Oregon makes good gin and sake as well as great wine.

Pondside said...

What a wonderful surprise for your husband - and what a beautiful addition to the decor at Linderhof. I don't remember reading this post the first time around, so I'm glad you re-posted it.

BumbleVee said...

wow....look at that.... a martini lunch!

hang in there Oliver...spring is coming.....

Marlis said...

Martha, that barrel is a wonderful treasure. How nice to surprise your husband in such a delightful way. I am totally enamored with it.. And that is one good looking martini!
Thanks for dropping in with your kind comments. They made my day.

Rose H (UK) said...

That's certainly a stunner, and not a common object even here in the UK...Can't remember ever seeing on 'in the flesh' only in museums. No wonder your husband was delighted - cheers!

Keetha Broyles said...

I think I remember your gin barrel - - - it is just lovely.

Anonymous said...

Yet another of Linderhof's wonderful treasures.
Thank you for sharing it with us!

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful Martha. Love the gift surprise story.

Maggie said...

Hi Martha,
As I sit here reading all the posts from Chari's Rerun Sunday gathering, this evening, I actually have a gin & tonic to hand!
Serendipity, je pense?
Your gin barrel is wonderful, cheers.

On Crooked Creek said...

Oh the look on your husband, Jim's face must have been priceless! Don't you love it when you find something so meaningful for a gift for that special person in your life? I know I do!Thank you for sharing this precious memory with us!

Ben said...

I don't know how you keep finding things that are not only beautiful, but so very interesting, Martha! Thanks for re-posting this.


Cathy said...

What a beautiful piece! I can imagine that hubby was thrilled when he opened his present on Christmas morning. Love the garnish on your evening martinis.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Martha...

What a great post, my friend! The gin barrel is fabulous but I also enjoyed reading about how you gifted it to your husband! That's awesome! I would have loved to see the look on his face...especially since he thought someone else had gotten it! Too cute! The gin barrel really is gorgeous...I love the colors and decorative patterns on it...lovely!!!

Well my dear, thank you so much for sharing this lovely post with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this past weekend! I do apologize for not getting by has been hectic at my place!

Have a wonderful week..
Chari @Happy To Design