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, June 20, 2011

Tea On The Porch

Afternoon Tea at Linderhof was a ritual before we went to England. Mostly, however, it was just I who stopped at half past three for a cup of tea. But after six weeks of partaking of afternoon tea while we were in England, Husband Jim likes to stop as well for a cup of tea and a nosh as well.

Even when it is warm outside, unless the temperatures soar near 100, the screened front porch is comfortable.

There's something nice about taking tea outside rather than in (especially since our other choice is the breakfast room -- and the state of the garden . . . one cannot just relax!!!)

We have a table on the porch which is great for tea or for appetizers whenever we have a dinner party or even for a dinner for four.

It's used mostly, however, for afternoon tea -- or a morning cup of coffee while I peruse the mail!

With one of my summer ferns in a flower container from our favorite flower purveyor -- Fort Scott Greenhouse (which sadly is no longer) as a centerpiece, the tea tray fits snugly on the porch table.

The Johnson Brothers Indies cups and saucers and plate for our tea treat.

The teapot is the Blue Willow one -- for the Indies is a teapot for one and now that Husband Jim joins me, I need a bigger pot!!!

The tea treat is Mary's Apple Pecan Bread from the Farmer's Market. I've been far too busy this week to even think about baking but Mary's breads are wonderful and fill in the gap when I'm too busy to bake.

It's Tuesday and there is nothing better than sharing afternoon tea, thus, I'm joining the following tea parties today:

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


On Crooked Creek said...

Knowing how busy we were with just taking two weekends off this month. . .I can't begin to imagine how busy you and Husband Jim are!I'm thrilled to see that you are keeping your ritual of "taking tea". One does need a break every now and then!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Afternoon tea with your husband sounds delightful. Maybe we need a trip to England to get my hubby following this ritual too; for now it's just me.
Your blue and white china looks right at home on your porch, safe from rain and wind.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Martha,
What a delightful tea on the porch! I absolutely love your blue and white china! We had a very busy week last week and a cup of tea always helped me to relax. There is something oh so special about a cup of tea; must be the English in me! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time and have a lovely week.


Anonymous said...

You have a lovely place to enjoy tea with your husband. It's so very nice to meet you!

Pondside said...

It sounds like a wonderful treat - great place to relax at any time of the day.

The Charm of Home said...

I love your Johnson brothers pattern and that bread sounds delicious!
Delightful afternoon tea.

Linda Q said...

Hi Martha,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I always enjoy seeing your blog ( when I get time to read and enjoy blogging, like tonight) and your home. I like the afternoon tea idea, the born Brit that I am I should do that, even if Ron is not here with me. I am still drooling over your England trip. I am aiming for within the next 5 years that we are going. I have to see the land of my birth as an adult before I leave this Earth!
Hugs, Linda

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your front porch looks like the perfect place to relax and enjoy a slice of cake and cup of tea.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Martha,
thank you that you have time for tea although you are so busy. The vignettes look so lovely.
Best greetings, Johanna

Maggie said...

Your porch looks like the perfect place to sit & sip a cup of tea or coffee.
Glad to hear that Jim has picked up the afternoon tea habit too!

Snap said...

I would love to be able to take tea outside, but, alas ... it's too darn hot! I love Johnson Bros anything so I love your tea set. Enjoy your tea with your husband. Happy Tea Day!

Terri said...

Hello Martha, I so enjoyed your posts about England. Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with us.
I am off to the UK as well with my hubby for a while. I am thrilled to be going again. I only hope I have time to share about it too.
Your tea on the porch is lovely. The blue and white so clean and pretty. I love that Johnson Bro. pattern!

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

I love this...what a wonderful ritual. Would I be banned for asking for mine over ice? ;)


Everything we do with our hubbys it's so romantic and very delightful, we often do, it's great in this stage of our lives when we're along to enjoy quiet times. I love your tea cups and all your blue and white china. Lots of hugs, FABBY