Wednesday, December 24, 2014

What is revealed

...when the cover is lifted.

Have I mentioned that we have not seen the sun since we landed early on Sun(SUN)day morning?

What is this, England?

Above, not England, not New York, but Cape Town, under the tree, a lunch for four, made by my mother. Mushrooms a la Grecque, a family staple (I ate too many with the juice spooned over that brown bread), and tomatoes with mozzarella and basil from the garden. Summer food. First hidden beneath the gosammer-light throw that she stitched together from vintage handkerchiefs I had found in a junk shop on Brooklyn's 5th Avenue in the days when a junk shop could afford the rent on Brooklyn's 5th Avenue. They were neatly tissue-wrapped in a box, and handsewn, forgotten from long ago. The butter in the dish is from Oep ve Koep in Paternoster - we bought four bricks - and I think it's the nicest butter I have ever eaten. Plaasbotter (farm butter), heavily salted and slightly tangy, possibly cultured.

That's it.

May you find some sunshine, somewhere, even if it is within. Sometimes you have to dig away to find where you buried it for later.


  1. Beautiful.
    I think both you and we can expect a bit of sun tomorrow.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Oh, it looks heavenly! All I want for Christmas is a day of sunshine...we've had overcast skies too long. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday!

  3. Have a wonderful holiday!

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  5. Oh, and wishing you an Vince a peaceful holiday.

  6. Please don't dismiss England or its weather! We have had a gloriously long summer....even today feels mild and bright.

  7. Please don't dismiss the English weather. We have had a gloriously long summer. Even today is mild and bright

    1. Does bright mean sun in a blue sky? :-)

      I would never dismiss England, but I am not in love with its often grey skies.

  8. It has been grey skies around here too. When the sun does peek out, on a dry day, you want to drop what you are doing and just stand still outside. That happened today! Thanks for the photo of your mother's hanky project. I cannot resist buying antique delicate handkerchiefs and now know how to put them to good use! Merry Christmas.


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