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, November 7, 2011


That was me -- last Thursday.     When I answered the door, there was the friendly Fed Ex man (he is a familiar face at Linderhof -- we even give him cookies)  with a smile on his face and a big box in his hand!

Not one of our regular boxes -- husband Jim's cigar boxes or my book boxes from but a big skinny box.

It's always fun to find a Fed Ex box on your doorstep!

Much bigger than most of our usual boxes and with an up arrow -- so the box is not to be "tossed" around!

Inside of which . . .

It's a good thing it had instructions -- I would have "bulled" my way to get to the thing inside and no telling what damage I would have done!

Was another box -- with instructions on how to get the "goodie" inside -- out!

And inside was this!

I love orchids and this will be my most special one!

A beautiful white orchid -- a double!    I learned at Bird's Botanicals that doubles are very precious!    From friend Cass of That Old House.     What a treasure!

What is one to do when a dear friend gives you such a wonderful gift?

Invite her to tea, of course!

I issued the invitation and Cass "flew" through Cyberspace to Linderhof.

Since it was a rainy day at Linderhof, we set the tea table in the living room . . .

Only special guests have tea in the parlor.

Perfect for tea for two.

And the centerpiece?

The orchid makes a perfect centerpiece for the tea table.

The orchid, of course!     So that we both can sit and admire the beauty of this tropical treasure!   A gift from one friend to another.

We sipped tea out of . . .

I love the birds on Indies and the shape of the cups.

The Indies cup and saucer.     We're both in love with Johnson Brothers Indies pattern and we both have dishes in this pattern.    Mine (at least two cups, saucers, creamer and a wee teapot) came originally from England on a long ago trip.     Cass acquired hers here.     When I went to England this spring my goal was to find Cass that wee teapot.    But, alas, there was almost no Indies to be seen.   And definitely no teapots -- of any size!  

Since we were having tea in the living room (or parlor if you will), we had the hot water in the spirit kettle

Not for tea but for hot water.   In Victorian times, one was always on the tea table.

which is actually part of my tea set.    But the little flame keeps the water hot so that you can brew and pour tea . . .
I knew this was an older piece when I bought it but didn't realize how old until I got it home and searched the internet!
It shall always remind me of the Royal Wedding!

in the pot.     This is an Estate Sale find from just before our English trip.    It's English and far older than I had thought and it's price was the same as the dinner that I didn't go to that night.    In my feminine way of figuring things out, it cost me nothing!

The tea, a good Earl Grey, kept in the

My true treasure from our trip.

1850's tea caddy which was brought home from England this spring.    An always wanted and now have.   It has a key, because in Victorian times, it was kept locked and only the mistress of the house had the key -- tea was precious then.

The tea treat?

It's just a pound cake but it was an impromptu tea!

A pound cake, served on a Spode Blue Italian sandwich plate with a cake knife I brought home from England

I'm using a "new" linen tea cloth and the wee napkins are on the cake plates under the tea cups.

It's a cozy tea table.   All blue and white and silver with the golden glow of polish mahogany of the tea caddy.    The gift orchid presides over all.

The tea table -- a Craig's List find -- it's a Williamsburg reproduction and it is a beautiful table.

I love the legs on this piece.

Such nice carvings on it's legs with it's talon and ball foot (not claw and ball but talon).  

And it's not an ordinary tea table, but one with the birdcage mechanism which allows it to . . .

And the fact that it turns.

Turn to the left so that Cass can slice a slab of cake and then . . .

It turns to the right so that I can slice my slab of cake.

Cass sent a note with the orchid which read:

And so, for Cass -- the orchid in it's "home" -- when it isn't the star of a tea table!

On a table in the living room -- in the corner where there are two windows to give light to the orchid.
Cass was right -- it is in a smaller blue and white bowl -- a perfect place for such a splendid orchid!

It's Tuesday, so . . .

I'm joining the Tuesday Tea Parties --

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


Kerin said...

What a special present! How thoughtful and kind of your friend!

Love that 'Craigs List' table. I'd better check out their listings more often.

Hope you have a wonderful week. Sure seems that it's off to a great start!

Terri said...

Ah, friends! How sweet of her to send you such a precious gift! Tea together must have been the best part. Your tea setting of course, is fabulous, love the JB tea cups and saucers too! The tea pots and tea chest are fabulous as well. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

On Crooked Creek said...

How very precious to have such a dear friend...what ever would we do without our Blog Land friends! A cyber~space tea...perfect!

The Tablescaper said...

So lovely.

- The Tablescaper

Mary Bergfeld said...

The orchid is nearly as beautiful as your tea table. What a special gift to receive from a friend :-). Have a wonderful evening, Martha. Blessings...Mary

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Just beautiful in every way!

Rose H (UK) said...

What a dear friend you have to send you such a fabulous orchid!
How lovely your table looks too Martha :o)

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A double orchid! How kind of Cass to send you this treasure.
The tea table is lovely for such a special friend.

Pondside said...

What a wonderful FedEx delivery that was! I'm sure we'd all line up for a cyber tea at Linderhof.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Martha,
amazing, that FedEx can deliver such a delicate flower wrapped in a parcel. How nice of Cass to send it to you. And your tea setting is reall charming. All the wonderful things make the setting Royal looking. Thank you for sharing this tea time and enjoy the pretty orchid.
Best greetings, Johanna

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Dear Martha,
What a lovely gift from your friend Cass. Your table is fabulous and the tea, a treat for special friends. I love the JB Indies pattern too. Actually, I love anything made by JB. Thanks for sharing your beautiful orchid and tea for two with us today. Have a delightful week and enjoy your posies.


Cass @ That Old House said...

Well, Martha, I'll take the pound cake ... but what are YOU going to have?

You didn't mention that my sending the orchid was a small thank you for your sending that gorgeous big blue and white bowl to ME!

I had so much fun flying out to Linderhof ... on my broom.
A few bugs in my teeth, but it was worth it.

:-) What a sweet post, and I'm SO glad you like the orchid.

Love you, toots!


The orchid is gorgeous and so is the "Craigs List" tea table! Love the tea pots, tea box and tea cups, everything is lovely and the yummy cake too! Come over for some tea, you bring that yumminess! Hugs,

Susanne said...

Wow, what a delightful tea. I think I might have enjoyed it nearly as much as Cass.

Ivy and Elephants said...

What an awesome present from an awesome friend. I am loving the new linen and the bread plate. I can't wait to put cranberry bread on mine over Christmas. You gave me a wonder idea. Thanks so much!


Zaa said...

Lovely gift... Fabulous table.. The teatime ambiance looks quite complete and charming... I 'd love to settle in for a cup of tea... Thanks for sharing ..Hugs

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

What a beautiful, special gift you received from Cass. Equally lovely is your tea setting. Your antique tea caddy is so pretty. I have a nice reproduction but I love the wood grain on yours. Your silver is stunning to!


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Friendship! What a gift. And what a lovely tea. You have beautiful things and it's a joy to see them.