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 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday
The start of Lent

 The day we get a cross of ashes on our forehead during our church services

Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust

It's also the day 

That we get out the dozen handprinted real hens eggs  that we bought over 25 years ago on a
Lenten trip to Germany

We've always put them in the dining room
For that's where the Easter egg tree always was in Germany
We inquired about them from our bed and breakfast hosts
Bought them at Woolworth's  for around 1M each
A nice remembrance of a wonderful trip
And we're purists . . . no other eggs on our tree
Whenever I think I should add another egg, I think how special these 12 are
And I don't want to spoil that specialness with any new addition!

This year we decided to add some rabbits

On the buffet in the dining room
In Germany, it would have been an Easter cactus
Every bed and breakfast had an Easter egg tree and an Easter cactus in their dining room!

Besides being the Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent,
it's also St. David's Day
(The Patron Saint of Wales)
My brother is a David
And now that I've found out how much British I am, it's only right that we celebrate
this Welsh holiday

Daffodils on the tea table this afternoon

A cock-a-leekie pie for dinner

The Brits are so into savory pies for dinner and this pie full of chicken and leeks
is yummy and cock-a-leekie soup is almost a British National Dish!

Of course, based on our experience in Wales, it should be something
with lamb . . . there are, after all more sheep than there are Welch in Wales!


Bernideen said...

All very lovely! Spring is coming. After our warm day this week I was freezing!

Anonymous said...

What a delightful post. Love the look of your Easter tree, the information about an Easter cactus (a new one to me!) and the photo of your mouthwatering cockaleekie pie, in honor of St. David's Day. xoxox Carol aka Canadian Chickadee