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.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ash Wednesday Traditions

We have Ash Wednesday traditions
Following eating our fill of pancakes yesterday,
we decorate the house for
Lent and Easter

Pared down decorations
And no bunnies
are on tabletops or mantles

Instead, the winter potpourri in the blue and white bowl
is replaced by

My great great grandmother's china eggs
I'm not sure how old they are
They could be anywhere from the 1870s to the 1930s
They were treasured by my mother
And now they're treasured by me

And they're a perfect Lenten decoration
And although they're not hidden in a drawer or a closet
the rest of the year,
I find myself smiling as I pass the bowl of eggs,
Perhaps touching them in passing.

And thinking of Elvesa, my great great grandmother
Who also handled the eggs
All those years ago.

And now a 22 year tradition at Linderhof

The Easter Egg Tree
The eggs, real hens eggs, brought back from a Lenten trip to Germany
Where Easter Egg trees graced the dining rooms of our bed and breakfasts.

I was enchanted and went to "Woolworths" and bought a dozen.

Like the Germans, our tree is always in the dining room.
We've had some "accidents" but we still have the original dozen eggs.
Two have "holes" but those holes are also memories.

The branches this year came from a friend,
curly willow
Which actually are the perfect branch for an Easter egg tree!

And since our paperwhites are late this year,
they are the centerpiece of both the dining room

And breakfast room tables
And as slow as they've been,
the rest that are planted and not growing all that fast,
should keep those tables well supplied with flowering bulbs until Easter!

If not, grocery store tulips are a good fill in.

And I love forsythia, inside.
It's bright yellow color screams spring!
This, however, is faux for I lost my source
My mother-in-law's huge bush
When we sold her house.
I console myself with these silk blooms.

It's now Lent.
We'll go to church tonight for the Ash Wednesday services.

And we've decided what we'll give up for Lent.
Husband Jim has given up food!
(He's seriously dieting)
And I've decided to give up afternoon tea treats.

However, you do realize that Sunday is not considered Lent
And, therefore, you can indulge!

Since I've brought so much outdoors in, I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.


lindaraxa said...

It all looks beautiful. I am eyeing the forsythia bushes next door which are almost in bloom. Everything is so late here. The dafs just came out. So brave of you to give up your afternoon tea treats. I am joining you.

Martha said...

But don't forget lindaraxa -- Sundays are not part of Lent! :)