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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Not Postcards But Pictures

When we travel,
one thing that we often bring home are pictures --
not photographs but etchings, engravings, watercolors

We've been doing that for a long time

And most of them are in the bathroom

Daily reminders of places we've been and things we've seen

The good thing is that they are usually easy to pack and even if framed, the glass can be easily replaced so we never worry about them

Pictures make great mementos of a trip.
(And acutally, you don't even have to buy them on the trip -- if you go to Estate Sales, you'll often find the ones that someone else bought on their trip -- and they're so much better because they have "age" on them!)

On our first trip "abroad", we spent a day in Bruges

A lovely city and my first taste of "Europe"
I was enchanted

It was the day of film and somehow all of the pictures I took didn't take.
We came home with only a piece of lace
And this -- bought at a Second Hand Store

 Which translated to English says:
"He who doesn't find happiness at home
Won't find it anywhere
He who doesn't see happiness at home
Will not find it elsewhere"

A big thank you to Pondside and Susan at Schnitzel and the Trout
for solving the mystery of what my Belgian sign said!

But, alas, that was all we had --
that bit of lace and the sign
Our memories of Bruges

And then friend Jean from Memphis gave me this picture one Christmas.
A pretty picture, she thought, I'm sure
But she didn't guess the special meaning behind it.
That finally I had a picture of an enchanting place 
that Husband Jim and I enjoyed so much.

And then last year, I found this picture out antiquing.    Similar houses but alas, the first picture had no
bridge or swans.

And then, when I was changing out the pictures in the guest room
for I framed and hung the Venice engravings we bought last year at an Estate Sale

I noticed that this picture had a description as well as an artists signature

It's a sweet little picture -- in a huge mat which makes more of a statement
Not sure of it's age but I love the thing gold and black frame.
I think these type of pictures look best in them.
And the price was reasonable

I got out the magnifying glass to see just what that writing was.

And lo and behold, it's a "Scenic view of Bruges"
And if you look at it and the one above it,
there are some similarities.
Including swans!

It's Wednesday and I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.

And I'll announce my giveaway winner tomorrow morning.     You can still get in the drawing by leaving a comment.    It's for a gently used copy of Anna Pump's Loaves and Fishes Party Cookbook
She's one of my culinary heroes!

It's Wednesday Morning . . . and the Random Number Generator is far easier than writing all those names on slips of paper and putting them in a hat!!!  (And then you always have one or two slips that elude the wastebasket . . . . and so you have those tiny slips of paper on the floor!)    

Drum roll, please . . . . . and the winner is . . . .

Penny from Lake Lure Cottage

Please send me your address and I will post the book post haste!    



Bernideen said...

How wonderful the last picture you showed - so special with this information!

LV said...

I enjoyed your post and travels. I enjoy taking pictures and hope in years to come someone will appreciate them.

Canadian Chickadee said...

What great stories! I love the picture in the old gold frame. Looks very opulent. Maybe a trip to the Antiques Roadshow is in order the next time it's in town?

And how great that you loved Bruges. So did I! I keep hoping we'll get back there, so far, no luck. But there's always next year!!

Hugs, Carol

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Lovely pictures! I love finding old pictures. You have a good eye for finding such things.

Light and Voices said...

I am having a cup of tea and enjoying your blog post this week.
JM Illinois

Lottie said...

Martha, the pictures are beautiful! We took a trip to the North Carolina coastline about twenty years ago when our sons were eight and ten. Had a great time! I bought prints of the lighthouses we visited and hung them in the den. We have enjoyed those pictures so much! Pictures are almost better than postcards or photographs!

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely prints @ Linderhof!
Amazing to find your "place" of interest in the print!!!
Congratulations to Penny!!!
Your Apricot Tea Bread is delicious!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!

Penny said...

Thank you so much Martha! Your Anna Pump cookbook has found a good home with me. I remember seeing her on The Barefoot Contessa and she seems to be such a sweet and classy lady. Her book will join her Summer on a Plate and all of Ina's books on my book shelf. I appreciate your generosity.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely mementoes of your travels ~ Beautiful!

A Creative Harbor ^_^

Denise said...

Hi Martha,

I've enjoyed your post, and I love your paintings of Bruges. My in-laws have traveled all over Europe, and they often bring back paintings, too. It adds a lot of interest to their home.

We bought two etchings by a local artist when we were in England. I've had them matted and framed, and they hang in our den. I love seeing them everyday.

Have a great week!

Denise at Forest Manor