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, May 14, 2014

The First Meal . . .

With the changes in the breakfast room,
the first meal had to be special!

The table -- just perfect for two (although it will seat four)
layered with three tablecloths --
green, beige and white

Roses in the centerpiece echo the roses on the needlepoint chair seats

And the flowers in the Aynsley Pembroke china

The china that I admired for years and years and found a few pieces over the years
And then in January . . . at a flea market . . . a service for 8 for $30
Which I passed up!!!   Yes, passed up!!!!
(It was one of those what was I thinking moments --
but I had just did closets, cabinets and drawers and had no room!)
The week after, I rearranged, found room and so went back to the flea market
Hoping it was still there -- it was!!!!
I was lucky!    But it was January and there isn't as much traffic!
And since I gave my wedding china to Daughter Sarah, this sort of takes it's place!

China because it is a celebratory meal
The good silver as well as antique wine glasses
And the tablecloth that I bought in the Azores when we sailed for England
a few years ago to spend the Spring there.

It was a Spring meal

A light white pinot grigio,
Keith's Asparagus Soup
Chicken with morels
(the last of the morels)
White and wild rice

Rhubarb Fool for dessert

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

And because Kathleen is using fine china for May, I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish


Lulu said...

Absolutely charming in a special corner of the room. I love the idea of dining there.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Gorgeous china!!! It would be wonderful to dine in this pretty spot on these dishes with one special person! Linda

Canadian Chickadee said...

It does look utterly charming and the menu sounds delightful. I'm sure you enjoyed it immensely. xoxox

Seaview said...

All I can say is " it looks marvelous " !!!!!!
Love it !

Alycia Nichols said...

If it had to be special, I'd say you met that goal several times over. The china is so pretty. It reminds me of china that might have been used on the Titanic. I mean that in the best possible way...the Titanic had only the finest on board for its 1st class guests!

Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

Very pretty setting, and I am envious of the beautiful greenery just outside! You are lucky to have traveled to England, it must have been wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful china! You have used it so prettily on your small table...score!

hidden art of homemaking said...

This is just beautiful. I love the china and the roses and the tablecloth is so pretty..
Love, Mona

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Gorgeous china! I love your breakfast room with the brick wall and floors!

Scribbler said...

I caught up with your blog a couple of days ago. It used to come in my mail, but now it doesn't. I think this table does fit better and looks so elegant, the way you set it. (I do love that little English table you had in here before, so I hope you find a good use for it.)

Marilyn Miller said...

Lucky you for finding the china still there. It is beautiful!

Denise said...

Your meal sounds delicious, Martha! I love your Aynsley Pembroke china; it's beautiful and classic. I like the pattern and the colors; I love china patterns with color. I can't believe what a bargain you got on this group of china -- wow!! Hope you have a great day. :)

Denise at Forest Manor

Sarah said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you that the Aynsley Pembroke was still there. It is a charming pattern. I'd love to dine at this table for two.

Lady of the Manor said...

What a lovely setting! I love your breakfast room and that china is perfect! So glad it was still available when you went back.

Rosemary said...

Special and beautiful - great combination!

Pat said...

Lovely tablescape, dear friend!
I kept scrolling back up to the top as I am quite smitten with the layering of tablecloths!!!

Nellie's Cozy Place said...

What an amazing deal you got on that absolutely gorgeous china. Very pretty table.
Sorry to hear you had an implosion too, very scary isn't it, and amazing the destruction in just
Thanks so much for coming by my blog and for your sweet comments, they were very appreciated.
Blessings, Nellie

Candy S said...

I love the sweet birds on your china. What an incredible find. You are lucky I didn't get to that flea market before you. I would not have hesitated for one second to snatch up this beautiful china. The table for two and the roses make for a wonderfully romantic table.