Linderhof


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.

Friday, May 30, 2014

It's Nice To Have a Friend . . .


Actually, it's nice to have two friends!

As all of you are aware, just before the Lunch Bunch
showed up last fall I heard a noise in the breakfast room
And went in to find . . .



That a shelf had collapsed

And the contents . . .
The Johnson Brothers Indies


Were on the floor
Most of them broken


But there were a few survivors

I decided that instead of replace all that I was broken, I would just
replace the pieces to give me the little "tea for two" set that I had
originally bought in England 20 years ago
the teapot, sugar and creamer
two cups and two sauces and two tea plates.

And I replaced them
And used them mostly when I had tea just for me
(for it is a wee teapot and holds just two cups!)

Friend Bernideen
contacted me that she had found a set in her town
And it was marked down
Way down

But I was adamant 
After losing so much china
I was happy to be basically back where I was 20 years ago
(with extra plates and salad plates)

That is until this morning

When Friend Rita called
And said that there was some china at the Catholic Church's Mega Yard Sale
And I needed to come quick!

Without fixing breakfast for Husband Jim
Alas, not even a cup of tea for myself,
I went

And friend Rita had put them aside for me



A small set of Indies
Obviously originally a set for 4
But there were four plates, three bowls, three cups, three saucers
and four tea plates

All for $25.00

Of course, I had to bring them home

And this afternoon, I baked my tea treat for the week


Shortbread

And this afternoon on the porch . . .


I had tea . . . with my Johnson Brothers Indies
And remembered dear Friend Rita
who looked after me this morning!

Oh, and it is always a good sale!

I brought home other treasures --



Some violets
One of which is blooming
I'm a sucker for African violets

But then I grew up with them
Mom, it seems, was a "violet whisperer"
Give her a leaf
And she'd have a blooming plant in no time!


11 comments:

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a find on the china. Beautiful!

Bernideen said...

I am thrilled for you - perfecto!!!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

I couldn't be happier for you.

Next time invite Rita over for tea- she really deserves it.

Such a joyful post!

Pat Cantwell said...

Martha,
Thank goodness for friend Rita!!!
Sorry about your mishap with the shelf.
"Mr. Ed" states that same thing will happen with our kitchen cabinets one day in the future. I'm not at all concerned. . .new cabinets might help that Galley style kitchen decor!!!
Love the vignette with your tea pot, cup and saucer!!! Enjoy many more "teas" @ Linderhof, dear friend!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

I like these dishes and have dinner plates which we use everyday. And everytime I've seen that photo of your plates broken on the floor it strikes me to the heart. So glad you have good friends to keep an eye out for you.

Pondside said...

You were meant to have that set, in one form or another!

Canadian Chickadee said...

Congratulations on your china find! That's wonderful. I agree with Pondside that it was meant to be.

Years ago, a friend had a partial set of dishes which she'd very much liked at one time, but so many had gotten broken that she really didn't have enough to use. When she heard that another friend was having a garage sale, she took her box of remaining china pieces over and dropped it off for her friend to sell.

Later that afternoon, my friend's mother dropped in for a suprise visit -- and proudly handed my friend her own bits of china, which her mom had purchased at the garage sale a few blocks away!

My friend kept the dishes, feeling it was meant to be!

Canadian Chickadee said...

Congratulations on your china find! That's wonderful. I agree with Pondside that it was meant to be.

Years ago, a friend had a partial set of dishes which she'd very much liked at one time, but so many had gotten broken that she really didn't have enough to use. When she heard that another friend was having a garage sale, she took her box of remaining china pieces over and dropped it off for her friend to sell.

Later that afternoon, my friend's mother dropped in for a suprise visit -- and proudly handed my friend her own bits of china, which her mom had purchased at the garage sale a few blocks away!

My friend kept the dishes, feeling it was meant to be!

racheld said...

My soul and heart flinch each time I see that picture of the slanted, injured shelf, and all the shards of such treasure lost on the floor. At almost the same time frame, a big top-shelf-around-the-ceiling of teapots took a tumble---Chris was stringing wire to an upstairs computer, and was up there, mightily hauling away at the slack BEHIND all my precious Halls and McCormick premiums and Shelleys and others loved just for themselves, and could not hear me as I shouted and frantically tried to stop the avalanche.

Though the first ones hadn't broken, falling onto a chair and the carpet, succeeding ones fell upon them, breaking almost all.

I have pictures of a great plastic tubful of remnants of past treasures, and haven't had the heart to post it yet. All the shine and all the colours are oddly still beautiful, even in their destruction.

I'm SO glad for your new find, and for the splendid friends who look out for you!

rachel

Deanna said...

So sorry about the broken dishes. Sigh. When my Grandma was alive her cup and saucer collection cabinet fell and down came a life time of dishes. She glued some back together. Still…it hurts.

You have had a good turn of events with the beautiful dishes. Good friends you have!

Blessings,
d

Southerncook said...

Martha, I can honestly say that I have never known anyone who always seems to find deals like you. What a great "find" thanks to your dear friend. I admit to actually beginning my own collection of the same pattern after admiring yours. I have ordered a couple of items on ebay and most of them arrived all broken. I never seem to find it around here but I keep looking. I really want that teapot and am on a search. I know you will enjoy your new dishes.

Carolyn