Monday, September 14, 2009

Cheese and crackers for lunch

After a morning of mundane errands, my husband asked if I would open ‘that other bottle of wine you bought yesterday’. I was surprised because it was early still, just after the lunch hour but we hadn’t eaten yet.

So we prepared a plate of cheese and crackers and took our glasses outside underneath the umbrella off the patio by the breakfast nook, and we had ourselves a lovely little time.

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George joined us and seems to be posing in this doggie portrait of nobility.

I’m cracking myself up here.

Seriously, “a doggie portrait of nobility?”

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The wine was a chardonnay from California’s Russian River Valley, a favorite of my husband’s. The crackers were Carr’s and the cheese was a sharp cheddar.

That may sound like the beginning of a lovely story, but really all we were doing was sitting outside under the umbrella enjoying the afternoon.

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I came inside for the long lens at one point and snapped this picture of my husband and George through the screen in the breakfast nook.

George must have heard a squirrel.

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It was a perfect September day which began with thick fog in the early hours. But by late morning, the sun was shining and the sky was blue.

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This plane, which probably originated from Philadelphia Airport, travels west to points unknown.

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And our favorite boy catches a frisbee in the yard as we sip our wine and enjoy each other’s company.

It was just that kind of day. And for that, I am thankful.

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

A shout out to El and Seamus, family who live in Canada. Hi, El! Mum told me today that you read my blog and I just wanted to say “hello”!

38 comments:

Deb said...

Sounds like a perfect day to me!

FireLight said...

Kate, I swear he is saying, "I do see a squirrel, but even so....I am nobility, Mom."
I think your wine and cheese outing was just the ticket!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Beautiful weather; wine and cheese for lunch; enjoying and appreciating the beauty of the day with people who love you.

It doesn't get any better than that.

Mary said...

We spent the afternoon on the deck... got to take advantage of every beautiful day! Glad you enjoyed your day of rest. ;)

Gail said...

What a simply perfect day!

JC said...

Oh My ...
That dog of yours ..
Gorgeous ...

Let alone the wine & cheese on a Sunday afternoon with your hubby.

I'm jelly ...

(don't tell the girls though)

Barb said...

George is beautiful! Just stopped by to say hello after seeing you on rxbambi (she's my sis).

MrsMama said...

How utterly delightful! Sounds like the perfect end to Summer.

Char said...

sounds like a perfect day to me

rxBambi said...

thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! cheese and crackers with wine is pretty much my all time favorite food. I can (and often do) eat it for dinner or a snack. Occasionally for lunch (if there's no one around needing me becuase I'm worthless afterword!) Haven't tried it for breakfast, but I see no reason not to do so. Can we say mimosa?
Your blog looks wonderful and I am excited to meet a new bloggy friend... especially one with good taste in wine. Frei Bros is a fave here too...

Sugar Creek Beads said...

I am just crazy about your photos! You make each one a work of art and I would love to see the one with the cool glasses of wine framed amd in my dining room, so beautiful. I am so glad you had such a lovely day. Wasn't the sky so blue in Maryland today, it seemed like all was right in the world for atleast a few moments. Jeanne

Hilary said...

Sounds lovely. Glad you had a nice day.

Donalyn said...

Certainly one of our favorite ways to spend an afternoon. Today though, we were both so busy that our shirt-tails never touched us all day! Till cocktail hour - Shiraz and pretzels and an all black dog. :)

bv said...

kate..the photo of the wine glasses.
perfect. posters, you must make!
also, i love that you had a lovely afternoon...
bv

cottage farm villa (cottagecharm) said...

K a t e ~ what a lovely afternoon to read about ~ thank you for sharing :) Have a beautiful week.

Hilary said...

It sounds like such a civilized luxury! I haven't had wine in the afternoon in a long time... I'm due!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Wine and cheese sounds good....only have eyes for your fella George, though!

Riet said...

All lovely pictures. Your dog is gorgeous.
Riet

Amy said...

What a delightful day and lovely photos..you are good at capturing a moment...almost felt like I was looking through the screen door with you at your husband and George ;-) Or up at the sky at the plane passing overhead...nice :-)Hope you have a lovely Monday :-)

Laura ~Peach~ said...

sounds like a perfect day to me !!! love george and the pic from inside the house too!

The Weaver of Grass said...

One perfect day, Kate - you will remember it always - we all have days like that - they are days to be treasured. George has a lovely smile on his face too.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Kate: That's it. Love, peace, nature, vino, sunshine, loved ones, safety, conversation - a perfect afternoon.

Those shots of your dog are fabulous - I especially liked the second one. He is beautiful! Oh, and your husband, from behind, is beautiful too. (Don't want to ignore him and just praise the dog!)

Tim King said...

"That may sound like the beginning of a lovely story, but really all we were doing was sitting outside under the umbrella enjoying the afternoon."

That is a lovely story, sitting outside on a fine September day with food and wine and someone you love.

-TimK

Shelby said...

stunning photos of my perfect dream day :)

so enjoyed the visit here today.. cheers!

willow said...

We had a day just like yours. That George is the most photographic dog ever. He's so handsome and does pose for you ever-so-nobly.

Daryl said...

Hard to wrap my mind around a couple enjoying a Sunday afternoon in the fall WITHOUT football on the TV ... sigh ... its a dream of mine ...

Mental P Mama said...

Just wonderful.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Seems you had a stunning afternoon. Give me a call next time I'might hop over for that wine and I'll bring some real good French and Dutch cheese. What about that? Happy week to you. Dagmar

CarlaHR said...

Sometimes husbands do come up with good ideas!! Glad you enjoyed your afternoon in the sun - something to remember on a cold and blustery winter day.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

That sky looks amazing, it isn't often we see one so blue.

CJ xx

beas natur said...

I never get tired of looking at good photoes, and your George is a wonderful modell..dog.

TSannie said...

Sounds like a delightful afternoon!

Caroline said...

What a perfect lunch and day! I love wines from the Russian River valley...was there this summer...so wonderful!!

noble pig said...

It's the small, what seems like insignificant meals that often mean so much.

susie said...

What a lovely way to spend the day. I can't wait until I get my patio finished next year (yes, it's cooling off here rather quickly now) and can sit out there on an afternoon watching the clouds float by.

Oliag said...

...my favorite kind of day...it doesn't happen often enough...Chardonnay,Carrs crackers, and cheddar...a nice September sound to it...

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Ahhh what a day!
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