Tuesday's Visual Treat - Day 2/ Inspired by Gardens

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Peeps,

With the focus on taking in every minute of life, it seems only logical that experiencing the pleasure of dining al fresco creeps upwards in one's consciousness.  After all, the evenings are balmy and the light is still magical way beyond dusk; thus the opportunity to contemplate the garden must not be wasted.  Lady Emblom has already set up an impromptu dining room on her patio.  Between the garden shed and vegetable beds, she has carefully positioned a round table and four sturdy, comfortable wicker armchairs painted engine-red.  When setting her table, she always first covers the tabletop with colorful Moroccan-style linens, and then lots of candles in assorted sizes and shapes.  She prefers to use old china plates, mixed patterns of crystal glassware, and vintage silver found inexpensively at estate sales; she said that setting a pretty table reminds her of growing up in small-town Illinois, of a favorite Grandmother who insisted on long naps in the afternoon, and politeness in a time and place where a lady's purse and pumps were carefully matched.  Last year the entire family could be seen dining under the stars practically every night through the 4th of July, when it becomes unbearable warm and mosquitoes claim ownership of backyards and patios.  Thankfully, we have many many evenings ahead of us for relaxed suppers under the stars with friends, who not unlike ourselves, crave peace and simplicity in a increasingly discordant and seemingly chaotic world.  Deep breathe.  Deep breathe.  Deep breathe.  Enjoy the visual treat and keep on grooving!!

Best,
Shane 

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