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.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Blackwater . . . not a backwater

We decided to take the day away
just for fun
And so we headed

And a little town called

It's a tiny little berg

Population 162

Upon arriving

We were enchanted by the mushroom fairy houses
Made from tree stumps
How clever!

It's a one block town
And one of the stores is this amazing shop

Quality antiques from all periods
And the owner knew which family had owned many of the pieces for sale!

And as we walked the block,  we found

This charming park between two buildings

And if it hadn't been raining, we would have sat and enjoyed the little park

But we did have lunch

 At the Picket Fence

The Best!Home Made PieBy The Pie Lady Of Blackwater
Imogene Mersey

Mrs. Mersey is 93
She bakes all the pies!

 And that day she had quite an array.

Our lunch --
pie and coffee

My choice --

Coconut Cream

 A real coconut cream
With meringue
And toasted coconut on top

And I did bring home a remembrance

An amethyst hyacinth vase
They're rare
And if they're reasonable, I buy them every chance I get
This one was reasonable.

They're not used to hold cut hyacinths
But rather to force the bulbs in the middle of winter
When there is nothing blooming outside!

We had a grand time on our first visit to Blackwater
It's not all that far off of I-70, if you're on your way to Columbia or St. Louis from Kansas City
We'll be back sometime . . . . when we travel that way.

I'm joining The Tablescaper for Oh, The Places I've Been!     And this week I've been to Missouri!


Pondside said...

It sounds like it was a most worthwhile stop for you. I have never, ever found one of those hyacinth vases, though I've started to look since meeting you online. Oh well - the search is half the fun!

Martha said...

The search IS the fun! You'll find one and in a surprising place!

La Tea Dah said...

What a fun town! And Mrs. Mersey is amazing! Imagine doing that much daily baking at 93 years old. I suspect the pies were beyond delicious!

I love your little hyacinth container.

Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. Looked like great fun!

Gracious Hospitality

Bernideen said...

Of course I have seen the exit many times on my way to Columbia, Missouri and always wanted to stop but haven't. I love the pie lady! Imagine - still baking at 93!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a cute place. Man the pie!!!!

Entertaining Women said...

Mercy, Mercy, Mrs. Mersy! I'll bet that she has baked thousands of delicious pies. I love little side trips like this. Have a great time in Positano and Sorrento. In Sorrento there is an amazing linen shop right on the main town square. It's family owned and has been there for generations. The linens used to be made by local nuns. Spectacular things! The downstairs of the store sells interesting pieces. I'm excited to hear about what you think of it. Cherry Kay

The Tablescaper said...

Oh how I love this! How neat to visit such a tiny town (from the comfort of my sofa) and to learn of it's wonderful array of interests. Love the mushrooms and the maker of pies!

Happy to have you at "Oh, the PLACES I've been!"

- The Tablescape