Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Late Supper: A Tablescaping Story


A cold, foggy December night cries out for a story--a tablescaping story.

In my mind's eye, I see a country doctor coming home after a long day. It's late, he's chilled to the marrow--and hungry.

Instead of setting the dining table, I've placed everything on a large tole tray and cleared a spot on the living room desk. Perfect--he'll love this because the desk faces the fireplace.Then I added snowglobes and faux pearls, and mismatched crystal.

While I put finishing touches on the meal, the tired doctor can listen to Bach and sort his mail.

Come on, darlin, sit down--and yes, those are my pearls doubling as a napkin ring.

Behind the desk, the mirrored armoire reflects the little "tablescape for one."


I know this doctor loves snowglobes (because he bought them for me). Now and then, he'll pick one up and gently shake it. And he'll remember when we were in Paris, and it was cold and rainy--just like this night on our foggy mountain top.


I found this black-and-white transferware plate many years ago. It normally hangs on the wall with two others. It has no marking. The silver belonged to my maternal grandmother, the unique, unforgettable Mimi.


A make-believe meal calls for shepherd's pie, cheese and fruit, and crusty French bread, along with a glass of burgundy.

For dessert, apple cobbler with whipped cream. The doctor reaches for the napkin, shakes it out, and loops the pearls over the statue--not too weary for a bit of humor.


Bon appetite.
And happy plate collecting to all.

49 comments:

  1. Lucky Doctor Gollum to come home to this beautiful dinner and wine..and what might happen later !! great post...love that armoire it a beauty..and the black and white..you and Susan are right up there with dishes Gollum...do you like Chintz or R.S.Prussia at all?? Hope you have a safe and blessed day..hugs and smiles Gloria

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  2. I believe there is on lucky doctor in the house tonight. This was so romantic and beautiful. The glow of the candles and the memories alone will make a nice evening..but the humor of the pearls being drapped tells a different story.. The meal sounds delicious... this was a "wonderful" story..hope he got warmed up... hugs ~lynne~

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  3. I hope the doctor got home and enjoyed the dinner. No late calls. Everything is beautiful.

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  4. This is beautiful & loved the story! ♥ Diane

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  5. This is kind of a sexy story. oooh.. Love that Eiffel tower globe. I am thinkn this ended with some hot SEX. (excuse me, making love)... lol. mishelle

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  6. hehe great minds think alike Gollum, must be the season!, your place setting is beautiful I think the black and white transfer plate is one of my faves, unique idea using your pearls for the napkin ring, your story was perfect.
    I just cooked up a big batch of Shepherds pie for my son he will be here on Friday and is bringing my dishes so the least I can do is make his fave food. I think this is the coldest I have ever known CA to be. Kathy.

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  7. Oh Gollum, I love it! I just know Dr. Gollum enjoyed that special supper by the fire. I must say you are making me think that I might occasionally take my plates off the wall and actually use them! lol The snow globe from Paris is so special! A wonderful meal by candlelight!...Debbie

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  8. I loved the story and the table setting is enchanting! Wishing I was the country doc getting pampered.

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  9. Lovely ~ romantic ~ enchanting! Love, Linda

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  10. So, so, so pretty. All of it!!

    xo Isa

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  11. love the pictures.. i really love your snow globes too.. so romantic!

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  12. Oh gollum girl how beautiful, romantic and charming! What a lucky doctor he is! I really love the snow globe with the eiffel tower! And it's after midnight and I'm suddenly craving some shephards pie by candlelight.....*winks* Vanna

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  13. A beatiful tablescape, and an intriguing story!

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  14. Just lovely, but I bet Dr. Gollum really would have appreciated it if after you'd gone through all that trouble, you'd really fed him there! LOL

    Justine :o )

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  15. Dear Gollum,

    I enjoyed your little tale of seduction (as some see it). I'm afraid that it would have been wasted on my DH. I've often thought of putting one of my little round tables, dressed in my finest table lines and the two place settings, that I started when we were first married, in the foyer. Of course candle light would luminate the area, which always reminds me of a place taken out of one of Hemmingway's homes. I don't know why, but that is the feeling that I get when I sit in there. Of course my DH would think I had gone mad, if I did something like that. The most I can get away with is candle light on our breakfast table on Sundays. He is such a pratical man, something like that he just wouldn't understand.
    I've bee writing too, but have turned my writing,for now, to stories for my niece. She asked me to please write about our family, the ones that all passed before she was born. She had heard very little, from her mother, my sister, and asked me to give her my view about my parents, grandparents, etc. So along with some family recipes, that will be the Christams gift this year, for my Goddaughter.

    Hugs
    'D'

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  16. Such a lucky doctor. The tablescape is just gorgeous and looks so warm and cozy by the fire. Love the pearls and snow globes. Marty

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  17. So very lovely! Nice Job Gollum;) French

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  18. This is one of the prettiest tablescapes ever...the story told with it makes it all the better! The reflection in the mirrored armoire is priceless... ;-) Bo

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  19. That was beautiful! What a lucky man! I'm a wee bit envious of all your beautiful things...those candlesticks, the dishes, the snow globes, it's all so beautiful!!!! Everything is so gorgeous!!!

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  20. Morning, Dear Gollum! Oh, what a wonderful story and the tablescape is beautiful. Lucky Dr. Gollum, to be treated so royaly by the Gollum with the mostum!! Now was that statue male or female?
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  21. Good Morning Gollum,

    Your table scape for Dr. Gollum had such a tender touch! The pearls gave the whole setting an old-fashioned, dreamy backdrop! I absolutely loved it! The plate you used was soooo splendid! I bet Dr. Gollum fell in love all over again! :)

    xoxoxoxoxoxo
    Donna Marie

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  22. How utterly charming ... I felt as though I had a "seat" in the front row of this production. As usual, your words are the perfect accompaniment to your photos.
    Bon Appetite!

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  23. What a beautiful home. I love love love the romantic table for one!

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  24. Wow Gollum this was a romantic thing for you to do... I hope he loved it as much as I loved seeing it... Have a fabulous Wednesday...

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  25. OH GOLLUM,YOU ARE SO VERY AWESOME.YOU HAVE BUILT YOURSELF A FAIRY TALE LIFE.EVERYTHING YOU DO IS OUT OF THIS WORLD LOVELY...ANN

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  26. Oh, you are GOOD! I have reread this a few times and of course love looking at the gorgeous place setting and envisioning the dr. My favorites are the mismatched crystal candlesticks and the footsteps in the snow in your header. Well, I also love the place, the special, special silverware, the pearls. Are you getting the idea that I love all of this post???? Good, good, good....
    Donna

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  27. Oh I am sure doctor never stays late into the night at the office as he is always on the edge of his seat anticipating what his loving free- spirit wife has been planning during the day. It makes work bearable- even enjoyable - Oh my, how blessed he feels!

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  28. Oh, thank you all so much for the comments. Actually, I made a real Shepherd's Pie -- I used a packet mix from the British food aisle in Publix, and to tell the truth, I was a little disappointed. The mashed potatoes on top were the best part. The cobbler came from the Publix deli, and it was ambrosial.

    The statue is *male*.
    :-)

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  29. Just perfect. Lovely, romantic and cozy evening. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am honored to have you visit.

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  30. Gollum, what a sweet and gracious little story along with your beautiful and "rich" looking romantic setting for one! I LOVE the black and white transferware and have my kitchen wall decorated with some that belonged to my husband's Grandmother. Love that black tole tray and statue! You're good girl!
    Sue

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  31. Nice of you Gollum to take the chill out of the good Dr. tonite.
    What a lovely story and it's a tale of your own family on a cold wintery nite. Love the story,
    blossom

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  32. Wow a published author asking me my opinion on books. Okay, childrens' books, but still. lol.

    Thank you for your inquiry about my hand. The hand part is pretty much healed. The finger, not so much, but it's on its way. Unfortunately I have to do physical therapy myself on my finger and it hurts but I have to do it if I want full function back.

    I'm going a separate comment regarding the childrens' books.

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  33. You are such a kind hearted wife. This was so sweet.

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  34. All of my daughters loved the book King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood. I must admit, I loved the illustrations by her husband Don Wood. It's an excellent book for when your granddaughter is 3 or 4 years old.

    http://www.amazon.com/King-Bidgoods-Bathtub-Audrey-Wood/dp/0152427309

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  35. Okay, I blogged it like you suggested. Good thing too. Your comment page probably would have cut me off once I started rambling.

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  36. Beautiful table setting...and I adore that plate! Toile is such a magical thing!

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  37. Gollum,
    I just remembered... they LOVE Lift the Flap books. Their favorites were Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and Let's Go to the Zoo, a Fisher-Price book.

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  38. Oh... and I meant to say You're very welcome!

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  39. Your dinner setting on the tray is lovely. a very festive and unique idea, Loved it!!

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  40. I think everyone already said it.....sooooooo....DITTO :)

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  41. That was fun! :) Your setting was perfect for the story too!

    Buffie

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  42. Gollum,

    Rachel Ray made a Shepherd's Pie on her show last week, it looked so good I went to her web site and copied the recipe. I hope to make it next week. It's so hard to get my Italian husband to try something different, but he did ask for Corned Beef for next week. So maybe I can soften him up for the S.Pie too.

    Hugs
    'D'

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  43. Ooh Gollum, such an enchanting tale.....leaves me wanting more....everything is so beautiful. ~ Robyn

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  44. Thank you for the lovely story.
    Roberta Anne

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  45. What a lucky Dr. Gollum! I'm still thinking about the glass of burgundy with shepherds pie...perfect combination! Makes me think of The Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta. Have you ever been to any of their plays...awesome place! Lovely story! Susan

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  46. Hi Gollum~
    What a beautiful story and a beautiful home...so romantic!Your gratitude shines throughtout for your hubby and home...
    Merry Christmas!
    xxxooo Ruth

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  47. Your Christmas decor is stunning! I use feathers too in my tree and the bronze, gold, white color scheme...oh and I throw in some of my Leopard ornaments. I'm ready to settle down now and enjoy the next week without the hustle & bustle! I'm hosting a Christmas Cookie Recipe Exchange on my blog, please come participate & spread the word. Thanks!

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  48. Good morning Gollum :)

    Beautiful story. Mimi's silver wouldn't happen to be Gorham Buttercup would it??

    Hugs,
    rue

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  49. Gollum...I love that YOU love your doctor so much....
    Merry Christmas..

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