Linderhof


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, January 30, 2012

It's Blue for You and Blue for Me and Blue for Tea!


I write a column for our local paper, The Herald Tribune, which appears every Saturday.    I've been doing it for a long time now (since 1997) and have a nice readership both here in my little town on the prairie (That's "The Tribune")  and the little town 20 miles east of us (That's "The Herald").     We lived for 17 years in that little town so we have loads of acquaintances and lots of friends there.

I received an email from one of those acquaintances about some blue and white china that she had . . . would I like to look at it?    Would I like to look at it!!!!!   Of course!

So arrangements were made for her to come to Linderhof with china in tow and I invited her to share a cup of tea as well.

The breakfast room table all set up for tea and awaiting my friend's arrival.

Since it was a "blue and white" sort of day -- I set the table with an assortment of blue and white.

A mixture of blues make for a pretty table.

A Spode Blue Italian teapot, a Masons "muffin" dish filed with scones.   Meyer lemon curd in my Indies open sugar.

Spode Blue Italian cups, saucers and tea plates.     A pearl handled knife to spread the curd.

The hyacinths in bloom lending a heavenly aroma to the breakfast room.

And a trio of hyacinths for a centerpiece!



We drank tea, ate warm from the oven scones spread with homemade lemon curd  and chatted and had a grand time.

And the china she brought . . .


Alfred Meakin Blue Florette.    It's a lovely pattern and far different than any of my other blue and white.   And with a real English tea cup as well!

A set for 8 with 8 plates, cups, saucers, tea plates, soup bowls, fruit bowls, a vegetable dish, a platter and a sugar and creamer.

Sigh -- my china cabinets are bulging and I didn't feel that I could get another set of china in -- sigh -- but I do know where Sandy lives -- in case I change my mind!

It's Tuesday and I'm joining the Tuesday parties:






23 comments:

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a gorgeous post...cuz it's blue! I love both Blue Italian and Florette...wonderful pieces. It is always hard to pass on lovely china, but you can only house so much...darn it!
Ruth

Snap said...

I LOVE blue and white ...so clean and fresh looking! Lovely post. Happy Tea Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous post, Martha! You have such a beautiful collection of blue and white. Thank you for sharing with us.

Blessings,
Sandi

Jo's This and That said...

Lovely! Thanks for sharing Joann

kitty said...

I love your blue & white china! Your table looks gorgeous, too.

Maria Elena said...

Your table looks beautiful!
I love your china!

High Heeled Life said...

Martha you had me at "fresh from the oven" .. more and more I'm desiring the afternoon delights homemade. Beautiful setting. and I think a Tea Room (closet) is in your future... I managed to convince hubby to let me change the laundry walk-in linen closet into one for al my little treasures... xo HHL

Bookie said...

Yes, this is a very different blue and white...but so pretty. I certainly understand about bulging with dishes too!

Diann said...

The blue and white pieces are beautiful! And I love the yellow gold linen!

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

just so lovely...that blue set is completely amazing!

Scribbler said...

Do you make your own lemon curd? If so, would you share the recipe?

Pondside said...

The china on offer was beautiful and it must have been hard to hold the line! Like you, I am at the tipping point with china - if anything comes in, something has to go out!

KathyB. said...

Boy oh boy, that china would be quite a temptation for me too. Blue & white china are a weakness of mine. Like you, my cupboards are bulging with it and I have had to back off acquiring more, but still...

Your table setting is blue-tiful !

Johanna said...

Hi Martha,
what an auspicious phone call. And how exiting to have tea with the Lady and see her beautiful china. Blue and white looks very elegant when it is set like your table. Thank you for sharing with us.
Best greetings, Johanna

Blondie's Journal said...

This is such a beautiful set. I know it must have had you rearranging cabinets in your mind! lol! It sounds like you both had a lovely afternoon!

XO,
Jane

Rose H (UK) said...

Dear Martha, I'm certain your visitor would feel more than welcomewith such a fabulous spread.
I too have bulging cupboards, but seriously wonder if I could have let that delightful set walk back down the path....but you still may change your mind!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I always love to see your beautiful tablescapes. Stunning. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

shannon i olson said...

very pretty setting and how much fun to write a column, yeah you!! I am jealous.

Donna Heber said...

Oh, I just love your Spode Blue Italian teapot - it must be the Italian in me :-) Delicious looking scone on a wonderful looking table.

Southerncook said...

I can't email you but can read my emails through comcast, laughed out loud when I got yours about the book. Boy did I feel like such a lucky person. ( smiling from ear to ear).

Question for you, what did she want for the blue and white? Send me an email. BTW, I will meet up with and Sally and Bruce two weeks from Sat. Thought anymore about Little Rock?????

Carolyn

Bernideen said...

Your table looks really so lovely!

Zaa said...

Blue and white is always a favourite... Fabulous pattern... You might have to add onto your house( ha ha) so that you can add to your china collection...Maybe a Tearoom would fit the bill( Hee hee)... Lovely post... Hugs

Kathy said...

How marvelous for you! I was Reporter/Editor for our little town's local paper - the oldest business in town - for a couple years - it was a wonderful way to connect with the community. This set is gorgeous! They hyacinths do smell heavenly! Marvelous post, thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
God Bless,
Kathy