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, November 18, 2013

Pastries and Coffee

We've been gone
To Italy and back
For a whole month!

And what a month it has been
Husband Jim started the tradition
of pre-breakfast pastries and coffee
on the balcony

of our hotel in Sorrento, Italy

A boutique ten room hotel just a half block from the main piazza in Sorrento.

We watched Sorrento wake up as we nibbled our pastries and sipped our coffee.

The week before Sorrento
we spent a week in Positano

In that pink villa on the hill

We did have breakfast each morning on the terrace
with a view of the hills of Positano while we watched the sun come over the hill.

But we did not have pre-breakfast pastries and coffee
For to get pastries

We had to climb 93 steps.
These are the "first" 60 something -- which leads down from the road to the first urn
and more steps.

No, we ate our yogurts and cereals with our tea or coffee or leftover cheese and salami
from the night before's antipasta.

No one wanted to climb to the top for fresh pastries!

The pastry and coffee tradition continued once we were on the
Celebrity Reflection.

As we cruised across the Atlantic, first one up would go for pastries and coffee
We'd sit on our balcony and watch the ocean.

And then we came home.
We have no balcony.
Our "pastries" on the prairie for the most part are doughnuts.

But Sunday morning (after arriving home late Saturday night)
I went to the market
For two important things . . .

Flowers for the table
Pastries for "pre-breakfast"
Alas, they are doughnuts
But they're cute pumpkin shaped ones

And I did set the table nicer than our two mugs and a plate of pastries
that we enjoyed on those balconies.
My beloved blue and white, of course,
which I so missed the month we were gone.

And no city waking up to view
And no ocean waves to watch
But we did gaze out on our very needy garden
Full of plants that need pulling,
leaves that need raking.

But that will be tomorrow.

For today, it was a chore that everyone who goes to Sorrento does . . . 

Make limoncello!

It's good to be back!
We left with green leaves on the trees and warmish temperatures
We arrived home to bare trees, cooler weather, and pots full of dead annuals.
There was a heavy frost while we were gone!
The begonias are gone for this year!

It is Tuesday and it I'm joining Sandy at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.    For my morning beverage both on ship and at home is tea!      And Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday.


Rebecca said...

Ahhhhhhh. Aren't you blessed?

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hmm, pre-breakfast pastry and coffee. Sounds like something I could get used to myself. The pumpkin donuts are cute.

Tea in Texas said...

Your donuts at so appealing and very cute. I found a shop called Sprinkles the make cupcakes, they decorate for every holiday even a wedding cake made from cupcakes. Look at so fun.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Coffee and pastries sound delightful to me! I always have to have my coffee in the morning but it's tea the rest of the day. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip but it's always nice to get back home. I love your blue and white Spode! Next week I will be sharing some Spode I found in Vancouver last Christmas. Thank you for sharing at Tea Time and have a lovely week, Martha.


Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

What a wonderful wonderful vacation - you lucky gal!!!

I hope to go to Italy soon - very soon! Your pics make me want it sooner rather than later for sure!

Beth said...

What a delightful trip, Martha! I enjoyed hearing about it. Your pumpkin donuts are cute as can be!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Wonderful 'traditions' while on your trip and love how you enjoy your own style at home!

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

How lucky are you?! Sounds like a dream trip. I love Italy, but then again, who doesn't?

Bernideen said...

I am probably the only one here but I have no idea what limoncello is....haven't learned about it. Beautiful table and dishes! Glad you had a wonderful trip.

Deb said...

Lucky you to have been in Italy for a month. Wonderful! I could get very used to having pre-breakfast pastries and coffee. I love that idea. Welcome back and glad to see your beautiful blue and white again. Deb

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

What a lovely post! Your table looks beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

OH what a wonderful thing to have a holiday in Italy! It does sound like pure delight. I'd love to go back and I've never been in the area you visited. Now you've set me to dreaming!

GardenOfDaisies said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time!! The steps up and down the streets of those seaside towns must really keep the residents in great shape! Can you imagine having to haul your kids and your groceries up those?

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my, I think anything would be fabulous in Italy. Great pics and I am green with envy. Hope you show more of your fabulous vacation. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Martha's Favorites said...

I would love to taste those donuts. They look yummy. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Pat said...

Lovely views of Italy!!!
Oh...those stairs!!! Don't think I'd have gone for pastries either, dear friend!!!
Welcome home, dear one. . .you've been missed!!!