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.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020


Yesterday, as I cleaned I thought of 
"Doors Eye View"
That first peek into a room through a door
Be it the front door
or a door to another room

Rooms tell a story
But so do those first peeks
The first thing you see before you enter a room

Join me as we look through the doors of Linderhof . . .

The door from the dining room to the breakfast room
Originally is was just a window
But when we added the breakfast room, that window became a door
The breakfast room table with a bit of lace
Duncan Phyfe chairs that we bought 30 some odd years ago
(and which we have recovered over and over again)
And a peek into the garden at Linderhof
A brick floor
(because Linderhof is brick)
And Mollie
who had just come in from squirrel chasing!

The door from the dining room to the kitchen
And yes, there is a real door
Not original for it was gone before we bought Linderhof
but a salvaged one which matches the rest of the doors at Linderhof
Normally, it is open, but it can be closed when we have company
so no one has to stare at dirty dishes and food prep
It's not a fancy kitchen but we feel that with the marble countertops
and the glass upper cabinets that it has the feel of a 20s kitchen
And we very much like the green lowers and cream uppers
(Husband in's suggestion)
And there are always plants on the windowsill by the sink
These are Parma violets

The door from the kitchen to the dining room
An old clock, a dog toy under the sideboard, the armoire that holds our glasses
and "Green Man" which is over the sideboard
Husband Jim bought him when he was 19 from an art gallery in Taiwan
when he was on R and R from Vietnam
He's always hung in our dining room no matter where we've lived

The "door" from the living room to dining room
It's an arch really
You can see into the breakfast room just beyond
And the garden beyond that
Candles and flowers are always on the table
(well, mostly flowers are on the table -- sometimes in the winter it's fruit)
And "Green Man" is obviously a focal point of the room!

The door from the front porch into the living room
This is the view as you walk into the house
An antique corner chair
(and you can tell it's an antique because it is low)
is extra seating
"My" chair, a lamp from a dear friend, the red cabinet holds the television
and you can just barely see one of the pair of  antique wing chairs
On top of the bookshelves is Jim's Asian collection

The door between upstairs hall and stairs
They're wee French doors which can be shut
"matching windows" on the wall
My Grandmother's chest, two antique lamps and an old blue transfer ware bowl of potpourri

The door from the hall into the spare room
It was Daughter Sarah's room but now it is our spare room
Yellow wallpaper, lace curtains, an old iron bed with an old crochet bedspread,  hooked rug, samplers and an antique lamp

The door from the hall to the bathroom
The original tub but everything else we've put in --
the tile (replaced pressboard tile from the 20s), the shower, the pedestal sink (the original was removed just before we bought the house -- how sad), and the floor although original looking is "new" -- put in by us because a former owner had glued carpet to the original tile and to get the carpet up, the tile came with it.     We found this at a company in New York and reinstalled the original tile.
(this was before it was the thing to do and it's not new looking and never was -- no one would guess that it's only been there 30 years or so)

The door from the hall into the Front Bedroom
When I first walked in and saw that fireplace, I would have signed a contract right then and there.
It was an always wanted, a never thought I would have!
Part of my Royal Doulton ladies dance across the top of the mantle and my parents wedding present clock centers the mantle
More antique lamps on the chest

The door from the Front Bedroom into the sunroom
French doors -- they abound upstairs -- there are 3 sets!
The sunroom is the room that made a two bedroom house a possibility
Floor to ceiling bookcases house a lot of my cookbook collection, two comfy leather chairs, an antique floor lamp and walls of windows.

The door from the Front Bedroom into the dressing room
It's really too small to call a dressing room for I don't dress there, but it does have a full size window.
It's a closet really, with French doors to shut it off from the bedroom, but because of the window I decided to put 
 my "vanity" -- an old Sheraton table that I got at a sale at Cottey College in Nevada in it, plus  a Victorian chair, two antique lamps and my lotions and potions.
The pictures are of Canterbury -- the cathedral and the Christchurch gate.
Christchurch gate because next to it is a hotel that I stayed at in 1994 and both pictures of the gate show my window! 

I like how doors allow us peeks into rooms showing us small vignettes 
without being overwhelmed by the whole room.   

Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Fence That Bill Built

When we moved to Linderhof 32 years ago, there was a "privacy" fence on the back property line
It replaced a privet hedge that was probably planted when the house was built

It was made out of plain boards and considering the low cost of erecting the fence,
it lasted 35 years which is probably 10 years longer than it should!

It looked rickety 
(like if our dogs weighed 200 pounds instead of 20 a good lunge at the fence and down it would come!)

So we hired a fence builder
A "fence whisperer"
Bill Lalman

And the day finally came when he appeared
To build us a new fence!

Here yesterday, gone today
(no fence which meant that the dogs only could go out front and only on a leash --
they were not happy dogs.
Mollie laid on the breakfast room floor looking out at the garden - HER garden)

They dug the holes for the posts
Not by hand -- they had a BIG hole digging machine!

Then you put in the posts
In concrete for you don't want your fence to fall down!

Cross boards to hold the upright boards

And fence building began!

Every good fence builder needs a break
And so I baked some oatmeal, raisin, pecan cookies for them!
And they ate them all!

The new fence
It's taller than the old one
(which is good for the garden seems more private)
We definitely don't have to worry about the dogs getting out of any nooks and crannies
for it hugs the ground

And from our alley
Doesn't that fence look like a masterpiece
If the old one lasted 35 years, this one will last 100!

Thanks to Bill Lalman and his crew for the wonderful job
that they did on our back fence.
If you live in SE Kansas and want a fence built,
Bill's your guy!