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, April 4, 2011

East Coast Meets West Coast

There doesn't seem to be a lot of bloggers from Kansas. East coasters abound as do residents of California and Oregon and Washington. But there is definitely a drought of Kansas blogs.
So it was with much glee when I found On Crooked Creek. Pat and I "chitchatted" (read email) back and forth and soon On Crooked Creek was a friend of Linderhof.

Pat had lived not far from my little town on the prairie and she had relatives here. We bonded!

And so a week or so ago, I was thrilled for Pat to attend my Phun with Phyllo Class at Life+Style and since she was "in the neighborhood" invited her and her husband Mr. Ed to join Jim and I for tea!

So the East Coast of Kansas (Fort Scott) meets the West Coast of Kansas (near Wichita).

And, of course, the tea had to be special . . .served, of course, in the sunroom.

Blue and white, of course, for a fellow blogger. For everyone knows my love of all things blue and white. The Spode Blue Italian Cups and saucers and tea plates. A vase of hyacinths on the table and since it is Lent -- the two pottery French lamb molds.

Freshly ironed tea napkins, my English pastry forks and a bit of lace on the table to make it a little more special for company.

And the Spode Blue Room teapot. Perfect for company!

And cake, of course, a wonderful and simple Mincemeat cake. The kind of cake that's great for coffee or tea!

We talked and visited and Pat thoughtfully brought gifts (those adorable blue and white salt and pepper that you've seen in a few posts lately) and three adorable eggs for the dining room Easter Egg tree. We immediately hung them from the branches!

Jim and Mr. Ed had a lot in common (both being former military) and we left them with the tea and cake while I gave Pat a quick tour of Linderhof.

Before they left, Husband Jim managed to snap a picture of us in front of the fireplace. I'm on the left and Pat is on the right.

And the Phyllo Class wasn't the first class Pat had taken from me -- for in 2001, she had taken my Herb Class at the Community Center!!!! She still had her handouts and notes!!!

It truly proves that it is a small world!

It's Tuesday and time for tea parties. There isn't a better tea party than one which includes a fellow blogger -- join me

Tabletop Tuesday with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life

Tea Time Tuesday with Terri at Artful Affirmations

Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha at Martha's Favorites

Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday with Pam at Breath of Fresh Air

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

Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen

Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage


Betty said...

Your sun room looks beautifully decorating. I too love blue and white and yours looks so lovely.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

How nice that you've connected with a fellow blogger and could have her and hubby for tea.
Your table with the blue and whites is pretty and the cake looks yummy.

On Crooked Creek said...

Spring is for "new beginnings"...our friendship, not only a "new beginning"...but also blossoming on the prairie! "Mr. Ed" and I still talk of what a wonderful time was had by all at Linderhof. Goes to prove that when East meets West, amazing friendships flourish! Thank you, once again, for a lovely tea!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a lovely room, Martha! Your blue and white china is beautiful and looks fabulous for tea! I love mincemeat cake! How wonderful that you and your blogger friend were able to have tea together; nice that the husbands had much in common too. Thank you for joining me for tea today. It's always lovely to have you.


Anonymous said...

Oh How I love the Italian blue and white spode...such a lovely tablescape.A beautiful room! yvette@twistedvines


Yeah, I love blue and white! Your table for your friend looks beautiful and yummy, it looks like you had a nice time, so terrific it's a blogger friend! Wonderul!


bj said...

O, Martha...Linderhof has always seemed like a magical place to me..have always loved your teas in the sunroom. I know Pat was so thrilled to be there in person...and I know you loved having her and Mr. Ed.
I've never heard of a mincemeat cake...but bet it is wonderful.
I am thrilled, also, to put a face with your name. Both you ladies are so pretty.
Oh, and I am having a Danish Enamel House Sign might look good on your garden gate. :)

Pondside said...

Meeting another blogger can be such a lovely experience - one that I shared on the weekend, when I met a blogger from WA.
I just know that you two must have had the best time. How could it have been otherwise at that beautiful table?

Anonymous said...

Martha, your blue and white china looks so beautiful against the bare wood of your lovely table. I, too, am fond of blue and white.

How wonderful that you and Pat connected. Your Phun with Phyllo class sounds intriguing!

Thank you for letting us "share" your tea. I can almost taste the mincemeat cake (which looks delicious, by the way!).

Snap said...

It is a small world isn't it. How nice to connect with a blogger and share tea. I do love blue and white and your spode is lovely. Happy Tea Day!

Antiques And Teacups said...

How special to meet new friends! And I Love the blue and white tablescape. Just lovely!

Sonia said...

I'm in love with the blue Spode teapot!! So nice to share with a friend!

Miss Bloomers

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Martha,
what a sweet story about your new friend. Blogging is really amazing. Your table is very charming, so serene with the Hyacinths and the bluewhite china. Love to lace topper, too. You both look so delighted on the photo, I am sure, you had a wonderful time together.
Greetings, Johanna

Sweetladyelaine said...

A perfect table for friends! It is so wonderful to connect with a fellow blogger. I love your table of blue & white.
Blessings My friend,

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Martha,

What a delightful teatime you were able to enjoy with your lovely fellow blogger and her hubby!..,

I adore blue and white and that cake looks so very yummy as well!

Everything was just so picture perfect!

Thanks for joining Pam and I once again for TTTT and also for my 77th, Tuesday Tea For Two.

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

Anonymous said...

I love it when bloggers get together! Sounds like so much fun and the tea looks wonderful!

Savannah Granny said...

Martha, Such a wonderful opportunity to visit and get to know a fellow blogger.
You are, of course, the consumate hostess. I love the posts where you have entertained and given us a glimpse of what you cooked or baked.
The table and flowers are exquisite. Thanks for sharing.