Instead of "Lines from Linderhof" -- it's 'Ritings from Rockaway --
The location of That Old House . . . where we were guests of Howard and Cass.
|The conservatory -- I want one! What a great room!|
I've read Cass's blog for a long time and I can't tell you how exciting it is to see pictures come to life!
After our "harried" drive through New York City . . . we arrived and enjoyed a New York style deli lunch -- complete with
|Closer to prairie coleslaw and really yummy!|
|My first taste of real New York deli potato salad -- I am a convert!|
And potato salad. Quite different from my Grandmother's German potato salad and different from prairie potato salad -- no eggs, no pickles, no onion and no mustard! (Cass shared the recipe and found it odd that we added all of those extra ingredients to our potato salad!)
Part of our friendship lies in our fondness for china . . .
|Noritake -- it's not a Christmas pattern but doesn't that look like a Christmas ball?|
She has a cup and saucer . . .
|And I use mine at Christmas|
And I have plates. It's a Noritake pattern nicknamed "Christmas Bell" -- mine I found in a box at an auction and I use them sometimes for Christmas.
And we both have Johnson Brothers Indies . . .
|Cass's shelf of Johnson Brothers Indies -- it rivals mine in quantity. I don't have the darling coffee pot -- she does ! Sigh!|
And we both use it and often!
The next morning we headed to the "wilds" of New Jersey for thrifting and antiquing. One gets rather hungry traversing the wilds of thrift and antique shops.
Lunch was traditional East Coast Italian . . .
|Real East Coast Italian|
At a great Italian restaurant in Summerville.
|True New York Italian food!|
I had veal parmesan. A favorite and it was one of the best I've had!
After, we visited
An antique mall
Where Cass has a booth. The BEST booth in the whole antique mall. Everything you see is either on sale or for sale! Cass ships!
|They're tasty! And go down really easy!|
I've read about the famous Muttinis on That Old House and I got to taste one! Howard and Husband Jim preferred their Scotch neat and single malt!
|What a warm and welcoming parlor. Tuesday, we sipped muttinis and watched the rain.|
Morning coffee and evening muttinis were enjoyed in the charming parlor of That Old House
The morning we left . . . Cass used ANOTHER set of china
for breakfast (there seems to be an unlimited supply of china at That Old House)
Where we had real East Coast bagels. They put prairie bagel to shame. A favorite -- the pumpkin -- it tasted like pumpkin pie in bread form -- it was really good!
A visitor who watched while we had our breakfast. I'm sure he was looking for a handout.
And where did we stay while we were at That Old House? In the Pink Room, of course!
|A tall bed! I needed a step stool to get in. But a lovely guest room. I think Cass said she was putting a brass plaque on the door that reads "Jim and Martha slept here"!|
A charming guest room . . .
And after two days on the road . . .
We arrived back at Linderhof. It was good to be home.
The corgis were especially glad to see us!
Saturday afternoon, I took time to brew a pot of tea . . .
|When we left it was barely September and the shadows in the breakfast room were different. I love how the shadows change throughout the year -- long shadows of the first day of fall!|
Which I took in the sunroom. Using my Johnson Brothers Indies, of course! A book close at hand, as is my custom when I have tea alone.
|There is only one problem with the book -- I WANT all (or almost all) of the china patterns inside!|
The book -- a new one -- DISH. A perfect book for a dish lover. A parting gift from Cass.
Cass and I would joke on comments and in emails about being separated at birth since we had so many similar likes. On my first (and I thought only) trip East last year, we got to meet for lunch. That developed into a lasting friendship between the two of us!
When we found we were spending a week on Cape Cod, I immediately emailed Cass to tell her and that we would like to meet she and Howard -- hoping perhaps for a one night stay. She and Howard had other ideas and we spent 4 nights with them. Four fun filled talkative nights.
The seed of a friendship planted in a blog which grew to a sapling last year over a lunch is now a full blown tree.
We'd love to show those Easterners the Prairie!