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, July 13, 2012

Back To The Porch

It's been hot on the prairie -- triple digits which started in June.     This week, however, it was high 90s but with the humidity it still felt like triple digits!  

And rain -- I really can't remember our last rain.    We water but our chlorinated sprinkler water is no substitute for rain water!      

Last weekend there was rain.   All around us!    The little town to the south got 3 inches!    But, alas, none fell on our part of the prairie!

The grass crunches underfoot and some planters should have been watered twice a day and I didn't so their contents are "burnt to a crisp"!     Which reminds us that perhaps we don't need as many planters as we have!

Today after lunch, the sky darkened.    There were rumblings of thunder.    And the rain fell!    Not enough for it was a short lived rain.

But the rain came with a front -- a cool front and this afternoon the temperature was a mere 75!    I felt almost as if I needed a sweater!!!

A place that I've missed these triple digits days has been the front porch.    This afternoon, tea was taken once again on the porch!

A screened in porch is supposed to be furnished in wicker!

On the wicker table in the corner.    A book is often my tea companion.    A "new" cookbook that had some interesting recipes.    I'm looking for summery dessert recipes for the Lunch Bunch comes next week.

Even a wicker tray for the tea things!

My wee Asiatic Pheasant tea pot and matching cup.     It's filled with Earl Grey so no sugar or creamer for I take that black.  

A symphony of blue

A napkin makes a nice tea cloth -- always use a tea cloth -- mother taught me.     And the nosh -- thumbprint cookies with raspberry jam.

Bakery cookies will work in a pinch!

Not mine, alas.   It's been too hot to bake and so some bakery cookies came home with me.    They're small and Ollie was with me on the porch.    He deserves a treat now and again!

The coolness will not last -- it will warm up again tomorrow and we still have a small chance of rain.    I've lived on the prairie long enough to know that the heat will return and return with a vengeance.   The drought will continue.    This wasn't enough rain to break it.    

But on the prairie we take our opportunities when we can.    A cool afternoon because of a sudden shower means another afternoon of tea on the porch.


Bookie said...

Lucky for you, Martha! It was very hot here today. This evening hubby says it is cooler and we should take books outside. I will see.

Jocelyn said...

I love this spot. I could sit and read and drink tea all day long ;-) Of course not much else would get done!

Jocelyn @

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Glad you got a break and a chance to enjoy the porch!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Make hay when the sunshines...And, I guess, tea when it doesn't. You are wise about how to live, Martha.

Michelle said...

Such a delightful spot and I love seeing your blue & white set out for tea. Lovely!
xo, Michelle

Pondside said...

We've just started to dine outside, Martha, because 'til now it's been too cool to do so. I don't think I'd enjoy triple digits!

Mimi said...

We actually here in the desert SW have gotten rain for the last 3 days...nothing like a nice monsoon storm!!I love your front porch.....I have a patio...but since it is out back where the storms all blown in is always dusty...I could sweep and dusty out there everyday!!
Went swimming was only in the 90's today!!!
yeah for the cool down!!!

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

What a lovely spot for afternoon tea; so glad you have had a chance to enjoy it once again.

Looking forward to see what the Lunch Bunch has on its menu next time you meet. Your menus are always so appealing.

Rosemary said...

Love the wicker tray laden with a simple afternoon tea! Enjoy!

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha, refreshing your "Tea on the Porch" appears! We, too, have endured cooler temps this past week...but all too quickly the triple digits have returned to our side of the Prairie , as well! I've been taking my morning devotionals with coffe on the deck in the early mornings...heavenly!!!

Bernideen said...

Glad you got "even some" rain. I thought of this post when you said "summer desserts":

I thought it was interesting. I find we feelcolder after this very hot weather. During the fires - it was in the high 90's which was part of the problem here. It has cooled off now back to normal 80's and very cool at night. If we retire in Columbia, Mo - we shall have to "relearn" humidity and heat.

Southerncook said...

I know you must have enjoyed tea on your porch. We are HOT here too in N FL and have our usual humidity which makes it impossible to enjoy our screened porch even though I do have a fan it only moves around the hot air, not a good thing. Last evening we had a little shower to pop up too with a breeze so I enjoyed my glass of wine on the front porch. It's those few moments of pleasure that I enjoy the most. Loved your post.


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Martha
I can't imagine triple digits, we've been baking with high 80's and no rain either. When we do get some precipitation, it's a light rain for a short period of time.
Tea on a porch with wicker furniture would be ideal on a warm summer day. I've been having my afternoon tea inside with the A/C; seems the older I get, the less I can take the heat.
I've kept your email about the tearoom thing and am still thinking on the idea.
Stay cool,