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, May 7, 2011

Blue Row --

Blue Row
Our cottage in the Cotswolds for the next month. It's actually a row house and was originally four houses -- Blue Row is now two houses and we're living in this half. At one time, when the cottages were built in 1806 it was four houses -- which is why we have two doors. This history of Blue Row is really interesting and we feel fortunate to live in something so historic.

This is the garden side view of the house for the front of the house is right on the lane as houses so often are in England.

We're glad that it is two houses instead of four for it's rather roomy -- a nice entry hall, a dining room, kitchen, living room (or lounge) and three bedrooms upstairs. The stairs for both of the houses are here so we have both front and back stairs!

And in the dining room, I think this most fitting . . .

An herbal sampler!

And the kitchen

is not complete without a pot for tea . . . and a house is not complete without a bouquet of flowers on the dining room table!

A cozy corner in the living room -- perfect for catching up with the blog -- the picture over the desk was an early vacation find -- a great watercolor at the market in Lymington -- only $20!

A big cozy rock fireplace -- it will be so cozy if the temperatures drop!

And the dining room -- complete with dresser full of dishes -- alas, they're not blue and white!

With flowers on the table, our first dinner at Blue Row -- Chicken Catalan -- not homemade but bought at market and warmed in the oven. It was the perfect dinner after what seemed like a long day!

And with all suitcases inside and clothes put away, we both are tired.

But we are excited about tomorrow for we're on another adventure -- off to Great Malvern to meet another blogger -- Maggie from Normandy Life and her husband. She vacationing here in England from France and Husband Jim and I vacationing in England from Kansas!

Addendum: It couldn't be a more perfect ending to our first evening in the Cotswolds -- gently falling English rain and a favorite British mystery series, Rosemary and Thyme on the television tonight! A perfect end to a perfect day.


Rose H (UK) said...

What a gorgeous cottage Martha. I didn't realise you were over for a month :o) I'm presuming you've moved from Wiltshire?
Enjoy your day and meet up. My cousin used to live at Malvern Link which is very close to Great Malvern. A beautiful part of the country, I know you'll love it!
Rose H

BumbleVee said...

what fun...getting to meet another blogger as well as having such a fun time and having a lovely place to stay...

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The cottage looks cozy and it's exciting thaty you'll get to meet another blogger.
Have a Happy Mother's Day.

afternoon tea said...

What a lovely cottage, even if it doesn't have blue and white china. :)

Sherry said...

I am so envious of your trip! I know you are having an absolutely wonderful time.

Maggie said...

Your new place looks lovely, typical Cotswold cottage.
We'll be leaving in about 30 minutes, see you at The Bear & Ragged Staff at 12.30.
Soooooo looking forward to meeting you both at last!

KathyB. said...

A cottage in the Cotswolds, my dream! I am looking forward to reading more about it. It is lovely, well, charming is the better word. Charming and cozy.

On Crooked Creek said...

Ah~h~h...this romantic is quite smitten with your stay at Cotswold Cottage!!! Enjoy your meeting with another fellow blogger!

Dan said...

I'm really enjoying reading about your travels Martha! The Cotswolds is a wonderful part of the world. I particularly remember Burford and Bourton-on-the-Water when I visited the area many years ago.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh Martha, I am so envious that even the whites of my eyes are green with jealousy!!!
You are living my DREAM vacation!
I've been reading your entries, but haven't gotten round to commenting -- sorry! This is amazing ... that you are taking time to really settle in and know the areas you are visiting. Our trips to England have been so rushed -- no more than 2 weeks at a time. Hotels, packing and unpacking -- THIS is what I'd love to do. Especially a cottage in the Cotswolds! Of STONE!!!!!
I laughed when you told me you've seen lots of Cavaliers; we've never seen ANY on our trips, but we've seen Corgis.
How funny!
Have a wonderful, wonderful time and take LOADS of pictures. And please keep posting so I can continue to live vicariously thru your travels. A trip like this isn't in our future just yet!
Love, Cass (and Dion who saw the vet today, and got a good report for a "dog of his age." Poor old dear!)

Cass @ That Old House said...

PS Where is Ollie? Is he back in Kansas having wild parties while you are gone? Cass

Southerncook said...

Martha, I am sooooooooo enjoying your trip thorough your blog posts. What a fabulous trip. We are thinking of doing the same thing since I have been so inspired by your trip.


Pondside said...

Hello Martha - wonderful to see that you're on that fantastic trip! I haven't been around for a while, but I am looking forward to sitting with your holiday posts and enjoying (vicariously) your adventures!

Martha said...

Cass -- yes, Oliver is back at Linderhof with a dog sitter -- we decided at his age that that was best for as long as we're going to be gone. We have heard of rumors that there may be less bottle of wine in the cellar when we get back than when we left!!!!!