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, October 22, 2012

A Book, A Cup of Tea and a Macaroon

Tea time at Linderhof
is every afternoon at half past three
(or thereabouts)

A time to stop what we're doing, put the kettle on 
and brew a pot of tea.

Generally, my Emile Henry is my every day teapot
And I use that (or one of the wee blue and white ones)
for afternoon tea

But the other day, I had a special tea treat and so . . .

The breakfast room in the afternoon is the "Tea Room"

I used one of my blue and white pots
along with a Spode blue and white cup and saucer and tea plate.

I've had a love affair with mysteries since I read my first Agatha Christie

And when it's just me I tend to read while I take afternoon tea
Mysteries, cozy mysteries
(for I don't like blood and gore -- just a good quiet body in the library found by the heroine much to her dismay!)

A special bookmark made for me by a special friend.   

Tea treats are not ALWAYS made by me.    Sometimes I buy them.
The day before I was in the city and stopped by a bakery,

And I bought a great coconut macaroon.
I'm a fool for coconut macaroons which is why I rarely make them.
This has to be one of the best I've had.

Dolly is always at my feet for tea.
Hoping for a handout.
I'm not as generous as Husband Jim.
She's had kibble and doesn't really need a sweet treat.

A half hour or so, the teapot is empty, there are only crumbs on the plate
And it's time to finish my afternoon chores.

It's Tuesday --

And I'm joining Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea and Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.


Pondside said...

Martha, your tea times are so very civilised! I need to take a page from your book.

Deb said...

I love the spode tea-cup and anything coconut has my number.
You're stronger than I am, Martha. I can't resist my dogs' eyes.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

There's nothing better than a good book, a pot of tea and a delicious treat!

Rowan said...

Cosy mysteries and coconut macaroons sound good to me:) I'm a coffee drinker though - in spite of being English I've never had a cup of tea in my life!

Bookie said...

Such a peaceful tea! Soon, winter will come giving us more days than we want for sitting around the tea pot. October is fading fast....we have been gone most of October...I am ready to sit a while, want a tea just like this one.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Martha,
Your tea time is lovely. I enjoy a good mystery too and I am right now reading the Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs. They are fun with not too much gore. Have you read them? Your blue and white is always so charming and that macaroon; yum! I shared my new blue and white this week. Thank you for coming to tea and have a beautiful day.


Beth in NEPA said...

Thanks for visiting my tea party entry. I LOVE blue china! and I LOVE to read so a perfect combination!

Tea in Texas said...

It always seems as if you have been to your house for a visit when reading your post! I enjoyed visiting your town when we went to see my son in Kirksville, Mo. He was in Oregon and we loved visiting him there and the beautiful scenery. Fortunately, he is back in Texas with his job. Lovely teapot!

Thnaks, Pam

From the Kitchen said...

Lovely! Since you like mysteries and England, you might enjoy the Susan Hill books set in modern day England. I've read them all and enjoyed each one.


Debra at HOMESPUN: said...

Coconut lover here too! And I remember reading lots of Agatha Christie over the years ...

Bernideen said...

I loved your comments - you made us laugh today!

lindaraxa said...

You are so right about watching Dolly and the treats. When Mother stays with me we always have espresso after lunch with a cookie. One for her, one for me and one for the Sous Chef. After she leaves, Lucy is like a Rolly Polly, she can barely move her stomach is so big. But its so hard to say no to those pleading eyes!

Bernideen said...

I am so glad you linked this to "Friends Sharing Tea" Martha - I was going to ask you too but felt like I might be becoming a "pain". I so enjoyed this post!

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Two Cottages And Tea said...

Your tea table is so lovely with all your beautiful blues. There is not much better than tea, sweets, and a good book!