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.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Breakfast On the Porch

Thursday morning was a beautiful morning on the prairie.    It has been my custom this spring, when I first come downstairs, even before I have a cup (much less a pot) of tea that I go out and work in the garden a bit -- pulling pesky weeds and watering if need be.   No strenuous garden chores.    But I've always been of the "little drops of water - little grains of sand" theory about chores.    Do a little each day and there really aren't any big chores.

Then Ollie and I come inside  for tea, the paper and breakfast.    It was so pretty Thursday morning that I decided to have breakfast on the screened in front porch.     I fixed a tray in the kitchen (which included my reading glasses and the paper) and headed for the front porch!

All the necessities of breakfast -- a pot of P G Tipps tea (in my everyday Emile Henry teapot), a pitcher of milk (in a Emile Henry creamer), fruit, a cup (Spode Blue Italian) and toast and lemon curd.   And, a napkin, of course!

A cloth covering the tray (mother always said that a tray needs to be cloth covered) and for a centerpiece my new begonia -- bonfire -- with drippy orange blossoms!

The fruit -- my very own strawberries -- Fraies de bois -- my first harvest!    I planted them several years ago -- the birds got the first crop and last year we were gone . . . how sweet this small handful of berries were!     Washed and eaten off the stem -- no sugar, no cream -- just strawberry goodness!

And there's more teeny berries and more blossoms!    More strawberry breakfasts!

Inside Linderhof . . .

I always love parties -- whether it is luncheon or dinner -- for I'm left with a pretty bouquet on the dining room table!     Wednesday's bouquet put into the old blue and white tureen -- makes for a sumptuous centerpiece.  

And with the roses blooming in the garden

Another vase of roses for the breakfast room table.   These are pink and I've long forgotten what kind they are but they are a climber . . . and they are fragrant!    I love the reflection of the bouquet in the mirror!

I must admit that I had forgotten how nice it was to eat on the porch.    Since we built the breakfast room we don't do that as much!      Thursday's breakfast may be the start of something new!


Pondside said...

I can't imagine anything nicer than breakfast outside on a warm day. It's not warm enough here, yet, but I'll be following your example as soon as I can.

On Crooked Creek said...

Our deck is on the West side of our home and unbearable in the Summer heat! This is the time of year I love to have coffee with the birds and enjoy the bounty of the season! Lovely post...enjoy those strawberries!!!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

I love breakfast outside, what a wonderful way to start the morning. Love your inside photos especially the pink roses in the blue "vase".

podso said...

I love eating on our porch. In fact tomorrow I'll be scrubbing it all day. After winter and a spring of pollen flowing through the screens, it needs to be cleaned before we'll feel like eating there! I don't remember porches up north getting as dirty as mine does here where mildew abounds.


Beautiful porch and beautiful setting for breakfast, very inviting and lovely. Have a fun weekend al-fresco too!

Bernideen said...

I totally agree with you Martha. a little here and there and soon all is done. Your breakfast setting is so lovely as always.

Rowan said...

How wonderful it all looks! Breakfast outside is but a distant dream in the UK at the moment but as soon as I can I shall be out there.

Michelle said...

Your photos look like they are straight out of a magazine...lovely! Will have to keep my eyes peeled for one of those bonfire begonias...gorgeous!