Friday, April 17, 2015

Old Friends

Oriental magnolia

Elizabeth and I have known each other for about sixty years (she and John and I were in the same class in junior high school  back in Tampa.) Now she lives in our part of the world and yesterday she and I went to visit my friend Louise -- whom I've only known for about forty years. . . . 


 It's always a pleasure to visit Langsner's beautiful farm and to drool over Louise's gorgeous garden. 
 Wonderful raised beds, already producing . . .

A woven willow gate . . .


And then there was lunch -- Louise was trying out recipes for her GARDEN KITCHEN BLOG and we were more than willing to be guinea pigs.  Above is kuku -- an Iranian version of a frittata -- egg binding together herbs and greens -- delicious!


There was a velvety soup of pureed garbanzos, sorrel, and watercress, sourdough bread, various tasty spreads and a rhubarb salsa, preserved lemons, and a magnificent salad.  I hope that every one of these dishes shows up (with recipes) on Louise's blog soon.


After lunch we went for a walk in the woods -- Louise had spotted a rare Showy Orchis the day before and she led us to it. 

This was the first one I'd ever seen -- a tiny little treasure!


So many pretties!


And back at the house, Dorcas, the door cat greeted us.

It was a fine day, spent in the best of company. I am so lucky.

 

9 comments:

Ms. A said...

I wish I was more of a gardening type, or even a cooking type. Thankfully, my Daughter is! She didn't get it from me.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Sounds like a splendid day visiting with old friends. We all should have more days such as this.
Sam

Kath Marsh said...

Wonderful day, and joyful photographs! Thank you .

Barbara Rogers said...

Great marriage of old friends (sharing laughs I'm sure) good food, beautiful gardens, and discovering a new wildflower for you. And your sharing it here makes it part of my life, thanks!

Jim Egerton said...

All the photos are so good. Beautiful place. The one I like the best is the calico cat. We had one and it was the sweetest animal. She never wandered. Never hissed just needed petting and holding.

Cathy Keller said...

Indeed, Spring is finally showing us her beauty here too! Have a grand weekend!!

L. D. said...

Gardens, nature, food and cats makes for a perfect blog.

Carol Crump Bryner said...

You are most definitely lucky. Long time friendships are the best. And what a treat to see that pink flower.

Frances said...

Pretty fabulous post (and no snakes) celebrating long continued friendships. I do treasure my own, as the decades of lives and experiences pile up.

I did click to the link nd think that I might be giving my wonderful, if neglected, crepe pan its firsr workout of this century.

Vicki, it's a lovely post. And I am cutting my comment short before I do get into a ramble on.

xo