Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summer Dining

The only private yard we currently have is behind the house and is small and narrow. Our patio table just won't fit back here. Determined to enjoy these fleeting summer days, I dragged one of my work tables outside and set up a small dining area - just right for two.

It was a simple supper - Cream of Broccoli Soup and a salad with orange, yellow and red tomatoes. I also made some Herbed Summer Bread from a cookbook by Patricia Wells. Eating outdoors seems festive even if the fare is plain. We just sat back and enjoyed the warmth of the sun, seen all too rarely these days.

These pretty blue flowers are blooming just now. I don't know what they are. If anyone can identify them, I'd love to know so I can look them up and see how to divide them (they must be perennial) and if they are on the deer's preferred menu or not.

Thank you to all who have expressed concern and prayers for Colin. It means so much. And while we all know and want Colin's cancer to go away and that his life be restored, we also recognize that death is part of this earthly life we live. This weekend his 3 siblings flew in to spend time together with him. His parents are there as well. There are many tears, interspersed with hugs, laughter and reminiscing. If you are interested, they have a blog, but I warn you, be prepared with tissues.


  1. beautiful table. I can't quite picture this spot in your yard, though.

  2. Your blue flower is known as Johnson's blue, one of the geranium family. They do tend to wander through the garden but are so pretty.

  3. Looks lovely Lorrie! Your dinner sounds yummy especially the bread. You will have to post the recipe as i have just started to make my own bread.
    Hope this summer weather warms up!
    Going to Parksville this long weekend.
    Pamela xo

  4. Lovely dinner setting. Since it's almost a hundred degrees here in's hard for me to relate. ha!

  5. You set a lovely table. I'm glad that the sun cooperated long enough for you to enjoy a meal in the garden.

  6. So glad you got to enjoy such a lovely meal al fresco with a delighful little tablescape.

    I am SO sorry to hear of your Colin and will pray for him and the difficult, but glad that there is hope and eternal life thru our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    Blessings, dear pen pal....B.

    P.S. Received your lovely letter, enjoyed reading it, and will write this week.

  7. Can you believe that we haven't eaten outside once yet? I'm ready, but it still feels too cool in the evening to sit outside.
    Your table is pretty - and those blue flowers are lovely. I'll trade you ferns for a clump!
    Let me know when you'll be down and I'll have a bag of ferns ready!

  8. Beautiful little backyard table!

    Thanks for the link to Colin's blog. We were with friends tonight...and talked of Colin's journey. We are all praying for him and his family.

  9. You've made a peaceful little corner of earth. It looks just perfect. Your touches are perfect. I also just read Colin's post below and some of his blog. My heart and prayers are with him and his family and you all. God bless.

  10. Hello Lorrie,
    It's a kind and loving gesture to make your table so pretty. Dining alfresco is magical! You took the time to make a meal a celebration~

    Will go to Colin's family blog now.

  11. Dining outside is so special, isn't it? But I am disfigured today after a weekend of dining outside with my family (most welcome) and the mosquitos (very unwelcome). I have come up in horrible big bumps. I take it you have to face the same problem?

  12. Lorrie, I am so very very sorry about your nephew... it is so short of a life but we do not always understand Gods will. Thinking of you and your family.

    Your table setting is beautiful, just perfect to enjoy with the one you love! Your dinner sounds yummy!


  13. It looks just beautiful Lorrie - enjoy the summer as you can. So sorry to hear about Colin. Thinking of him and his beloveds...

    xo Terri

  14. How beautiful the flowers make it all.

    Love the old wooden church.


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