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.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Out and About in the Countryside

Our evenings are spent at Pitts Cottage -- first dinner (and then the "washing up") and television -- just like at Lnderhof!

But in the daytime, we go out and about to explore the countryside of the Salisbury Plains where we're living for this week!

Sunday, however, we headed North to the Cotswolds to a place near Shipston-on-Stour where Husband Jim participated in a 7 Mile walk sponsored by the local Rotarians. He raised $1800 for his charity, The Wounded Warriors. I was very proud of him!

I particpated, too -- a two mile walk -- one mile up and one mile back -- but at the top of the hill, just before I turned back -- I found the views breathtaking.

The gentle rolling hills of the Cotswolds, with sheep grazing in fields and the rape seed fields blooming a brilliant yellow. (Canola oil is made from rape seed!). The tiny cars you see is the place where the walk started -- they seemed so far away at the top of the hill!

And today, we traveled to Salisbury . . . which we've been to before -- twice! But it's Cathedral still is breathtaking!

Rising from the plains you can see the steeple for miles!

A great picture of the steeple from inside the Close.

We also shopped at the market (and an antique fair and antique shop!), had morning coffee, afternoon tea and lunch. A true outing!

We enjoy the British highways -- this is really a two lane road!!!! I'd hate to meet a lorry here!

And on the way home, we stopped by the site that is just five miles from our home . . .

Just a drive by -- for we're saving a real tour for when Daughter Sarah and her Andy come over.

But it is a neighbor and we thought we would go visiting!

The British Countryside is beautiful and I love the little villages -- one after another with quaint houses dating sometimes from the 1700's.

Where will we go tomorrow -- husband Jim hasn't told me!!!!

I did get something an the antique store . . . .

It's a tea set in a presentation box -- six teaspoons, a sugar tong, a jam spoon, a cream or butter knife and a sugar sifter. It's plate but has a pretty pattern on it, I think. And will be a wonderful remembrance of our trip to England.

It's Wednesday and time to join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday. This Wednesday, I'm sharing the British Countryside.


Lyn said...

I am so glad you are enjoying a trip in England, and you have been lucky with the weather.


How nice that is, you went to Jolly'o'England! So beautiful the country side, I love England and now it must be full with the joy of the Roral Wedding! I love your find, really nice spoon tea set!
Enjoy and have fun!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Thanks for showing me places I have been and bringing back memories of my trips. The silver set is wonderful, what a wonderful souviner!

Laura said...

I hail from the edge of the Peak District, where there are roads that are just wide enough for a car (and a small one at that)... If you come across another car coming in the opposite direction, one has to reverse until there's a lay-by which you can tuck in why they pass!! Many an hour spent stuck behind a tractor on those roads! Loving hearing your tales of the UK. Lx

GardenOfDaisies said...

What beautiful countryside! The cathedral really is magnificent! The silver teaspoon set is gorgeous, and it will love it's new home with you at Linderhoff.

Marilyn said...

We enjoyed a trip to the cathedral many years ago. It always amazes me the ages of the buildings in GB. I loved seeing the hedges being green as we were there in February and they were not in leaf yet. ♥♫

acorn hollow said...

So lovely and what wonderful pictures.

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Jealous, jealous, but happy you are having such great weather and experiences, Martha. Enjoy!

Marlis said...

This sounds like an utterly delightful trip. Love the remembrance you purchased. It's quite lovely. Have fun!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

It is so beautiful....In '98 my husband, son and I spent a month in the UK....Salisbury Cathedral was a place we visited. Many people believe it was part of the basis for Trollope's Barsetshire novels.

Amy said...

Looking forward each day for news on your holiday. I think maybe I see the Pitts Cottage in our future. Shortly....we're off to Adare, Ireland. The silver set will fit perfectly at Linderhof!

LindyLouMac said...

Calling by to visit another Outdoor Wednesday participant, it is a delight to share your trip to the Uk, especially as we know the Salisbury area well:)

Maggie said...

Hi Martha,
it looks as if you are having a great time here in the UK which makes me very happy!
Hope we get to meet at the weekend in Great Malvern

On Crooked Creek said...

Gorgeous country side . . .and then...what a fabulous find! A tea set! I'll be watching for an upcoming post once your stateside showcasing the tea set!!!