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, September 3, 2012

A Rainy Saturday Tea

Rain on the prairie.    Nonexistent this summer.    And so we embraced the remnants of Isaac as he made his way north.

Two glorious days of rain.    A soaky rain.     Not a 2 inch in 5 minute type of rain but a gentle rain for most of the day!

We went to the Farmer's Market in the rain Saturday morning.   How could we not?    The rest of the day was spent doing what I call "puttering" -- little odds and ends that never seem to get done plus a nap!   (Rainy days are really nap days!)

But every afternoon at half past three, we always stop . . . for a cup of tea.

A quiet tea for me

Husband Jim was off on an errand and so I took tea in the breakfast room.    And my favorite thing to do when I take tea alone is to read while I sip and munch.

There's always a pile of books on a breakfast room chair for I love to read if  I'm alone for lunch or tea.

A new book.    Perfect English.    I adore the English style of decorating and I'm not sure you can really replicate that look.    For it's often things that are loved for ages and things collected not only over time but inherited as well.     But I do adore books about English decor and it was nice to add this one to my collection.

And the tea?

I think all blue and white go well together!

Earl Grey in the afternoon.   In the wee Johnson Brothers Indies pot with a matching cup and saucer and wee creamer.      The nosh?   Pumpkin bread from the Farmer's Market on a Spode Blue Italian plate.     I love mixing and matching my blue and white and don't give a thought to grabbing whatever piece I need from whatever pattern to set my table.     Especially for me!

I could almost hear the plants say "aah"!

I had a corgi on each side.    They're shameful beggars!     And yes, they did get a snack.    Who can say no to a corgi face?

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage  for Tea Time Tuesday.

Alas, Isaac moved on and Sunday was clear and sunny.    Monday was hot once again.    Fall will be most welcomed!


Rebecca said...

I would have been so comfortable at that table....

I'm going to look for that book. It looks positively charming!

On Crooked Creek said...

Although Husband Jim was out on an errand...sounds as if you had pleasant company on either side, indeed!!! Since we are both "at home"now...there are times when I welcome "Tea Time" for one! Ha!

Michelle said...

You spent Saturday morn how I would have loved to...but I was rushing around packing...we took the kids camping (their 1st time, as well as mine!) Took along two English Home mags to survive! HaHa! And I have the book, Perfect English, LOVE it and thumb through it on a regular basis. Ros Byam Shaw has a handful of books published and they are all utterly charming!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your tea table always looks so inviting Martha and a good book sometimes only gets read during afternoon tea here.

Bookie said...

I agree...any blue and white mix is good! I envy your ability to drink tea in afternoon...the caffeine kills us here. All tea drinking must be done in the morning so we can sleep and not have leg aches. And boy do we drink it then!!!

podso said...

What a cozy post for me to read on a rainy day here where I live! And earl grey--my current favorite as it was years ago. Love seeing my sister's dish pattern on your table! And a corgi on either side of you! Sounds dreamy!

Snap said...

Tea and rain and a good book really do go together! I love Johnson Bros anything! Corgis and tea time go together too! How British!!! Happy Tea Day!

One bolt short of a toolbox said...

This sounds like the most perfect afternoon.

Southerncook said...

Your book looks very interesting and your post was a reminder that it is that time of year to be thinking about making some Pumpkin Bread. I just happen to have some pumpkin in my pantry. There is nothing more comforting than a good read and a cup of tea on a rainy day.


Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Martha,
with Corgis on your side, the tea was really Royal British. Your tea tables are always so nice with the elegant blue tea sets. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tea time.
Best greetings, Johanna

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Martha,
Sounds like you had splendid company and I always enjoy seeing your tea table in blue and white. It is totally charming! I do love English decor myself and your book sounds wonderful.
Thank you so much for joining me and I hope you have a lovely week. We are supposed to receive some much needed rain ourselves tomorrow.


Two Cottages And Tea said...

Such a lovely tea for one! A rainy day with tea and a good book sounds so good to me. Its been very dry here lately. Thanks for sharing your tea!