Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday: Early Supper

Pull up a chair and join us in the yard for an early supper.
The menu is simple: salad, bread, fruit, scones, and wine.
The sun won't go down for a while, but a cool breeze is stirring, and we'll have plenty of time to talk.
A tiered plate rack makes good use of vertical space.
Yesterday, I was enjoying pinkness, but today, I'm loving cherry red. I love how a tablecloth and napkins can make such dramatic changes.

Anyone want a blueberry scone?

We're on a huge fruit kick. Dr. G is always telling his patients to eat more fruit!

No dressing on the salad except for lemon juice and a hint of extra virgin olive oil.
A closer look at the tablecloth. In the 1940s and 1950s, tablecloths were the best ever. Whoever made them got it right--cheerful patterns and colors.
The beehive is actually a plate cover--practical for outdoor meals in the "wilds" of gollumland.
Outdoor Wednesday wouldn't be complete without a photo of our donkeys: Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Homer, and Juno.
For a sampling of the great outdoors, please visit Susan's blog, A Southern Daydreamer, http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ .


70 comments:

  1. What a wonderful outdoor light supper! Salad, bread, fruit and wine are some of my very favorite things. This reminds me I've got some cherries downstairs in the fridge that are calling my name. As always, beautiful tablescape too!

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  2. Oh, how wonderful!! Everything looks so delicious. Love the tablecloth. I need to get my tablecloths out and use them more often.

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  3. I love all of the red .. so summer! Love that beehive dish cover!

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  4. What a treat!
    Your meal is very appetizing on the patio in the out of doors.
    What a view and lovely atmosphere.
    W o W!
    Blessings,
    ~Deanna~

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  5. A wonderful feast for the eyes and lips! Love the tablecloth! ☺ Diane

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  6. This is gorgeous!!

    If it ever stops raining, we're going to have lunch in the yard!

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  7. Oh what fun! I love this outdoor setting. The red polka dot plates are very cute. Love that tablecloth!! Looks like the perfect light meal for a hot night :0)

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  8. Happy Outdoor Wednesday Michael! I have been eating more fruits and salads lately.... I think it is because it is too hot to cook sometimes lately! Everything looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

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  9. Refreshingly light, and beautifully presented in the most perfect of settings. You must follow Doctor's orders and it so easy to do with yummy cherries and sweet watermelon. ~ Robyn

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  10. Oh my goodness, how I love this. Let me count the ways. I love, love red. And that era of vintage table cloths. And the menu is fantastic. Light and healthy. The outdoors is my spot. The Adirondack chairs are just what I'm looking for. Polka dots are my personal favorite. And let's see..."mine" is Dr. K! (He deals more with "fruity" than fruit. As in working at a state mental hospital. Dare I say that? Well, I did.) You go straight to my blog roll for this one!
    Brenda

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  11. Such a nice light meal. I LOVE the first photo, the one with the sun beams! Love the red too!

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  12. Hi !
    I love your food- I mean outdoor setting , LOL ! I should know not to look at your blog before meal time (silly girl)!
    You have five donkeys ?? I only have one and he's quite the little personality !
    Love the flatware and all the red !
    Really loving your new blog decore - I am still working mine out..
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  13. Well, G, great minds must run alike, huh? I am devouring cherries these days and just yesterday bought watermelon, nectarines, apples and GORGEOUS, yummy blackberries! Yummilicious! I adore that tablecloth! It is so wonderful!!!! And I have the red and white polka dot plates too! Hope you enjoyed your wonderful, early, light dinner. It all looks wonderful! I hope Dr. G appreciates all you do. I sure do!!!:):) Hugs, Pinky

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  14. Love the tablecloth as it reminds me of my childhood. Both my parents and my grandparents had those cloths on the table for every meal. And every week, there were a stack of them to be starched and ironed. The view is just as pretty as the tablecloth.
    Sally

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  15. What a nice way to enjoy dinner :) I love that tablecloth too! So cute!

    All the best,
    Allison

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  16. Given that red and white are my favorite color combination AND I am a huge fan of adirondack chairs, you can only imagine how I have drooled over these photos. Those polka dot plates are to die for!

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  17. what a wonderful dinner!!! Hey...was just wondering how your Roses are doing this year?

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  18. What a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors. Love the Greek donkeys! Lovely table in a lovely setting.

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  19. Now that's the way to do it!! A beautiful table, beautiful surroundings and a wonderful person to share it with. I imagine your husband treasures the time you take to make these moments special.

    Jennifer

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  20. Looks healthy and refreshing and of course wine is made from grapes so basically is a fruit as well. Have a couple of servings.

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  21. What a beautiful summer meal. And such a gorgeous setting. I love the red and white - it's just so happy. And the beehive plate cover is just wonderful. Happy Outdoor Wednesday. Kathy

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  22. Wha an idyllic setting. I can even image it without any bugs, bees or mosquitoes! Charming!

    ~Susan

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  23. I could live on your "simple menu" for a long long time!

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  24. How refreshing! Love the vintage table cloth! But I'd have to have ranch on that salad. ;)

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  25. Go to my cooking blog-- I have a bloggy award to give to you.

    --Carrie

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  26. Evening, Dear Gollum! Oh, what a wonderful spot to have a light dinner! Everything is so lovely! I adore your olden tablecloth. You're so right - they were made very well and the colors stay put! :)
    I love your bee hive cover up!
    Oh, tell Dr. Gollum I'm eating fruit all day long! :)
    BE a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  27. All your sunshine is so inviting since all I've seen is dreary rain!
    Love the red..especially the plate stand with polka dot plates!
    Just beautiful...

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  28. That vintage cloth is adorable! This is such a charming setting for a picnic. Love those polka dot plates, and I want one of those great beehive food covers! laurie

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  29. I just love the red and white tablecloth, red glasses and polka dot plates! So pretty and happy. Makes me smile! Thanks for the inspiration! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous. There's something to be said for gingham and colourful patterns and prints.mmm

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  31. Thanks for inviting us! I love that menu, so light and fresh! And yes tablecloths back then sure added to the menu and the overall table... ;-)

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  32. Look how beautiful it all looks and doesn't that red just pop off the screen. xo Joan

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  33. Dear Mrs. G, Wonderful post, but what else would we see on your blog.

    Thanks for having us over for a lite supper and Happy Outdoor Wednesday to you.

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  34. Oh I love that chair and tablecloth. What a lovely place to have a little snack and a spot of tea.

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  35. I love the photo with the sun shining over the chair...beautiful.

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  36. This post screams Summer!

    Love the scones and watermelon.

    Very pretty table.

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  37. Just the right place to have supper. Having the view when the sun sets and you get to have company of the gods LoL Cool names for the donkeys.

    Seriously though, I think it's a nice way to end the day - to be able to witness the beauty God gave us even through the end of day.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday and yes I would love to try the scones :-)

    Li

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  38. This is absolutely beautiful. Everything looks perfect. I really love the vintage cloth. and your donkeys!!
    My FF post that's ready for tomorrow is outside eating, too. Not nearly as pretty as yours!!
    hugs, bj

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  39. Simply lovely; my kind of dinner and out door atmosphere. The table linen is so pretty and the bee hive food cover is adorable.
    Food covers are a must at our house since we eat our on the back porch every evening.

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  40. Yes, table for one please! Your OW post is so enticing...would luv to join you!
    -marie

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  41. Hi!
    Beautiful!!! I love that tablecloth! Brings back lots of memories of my mom's kitchen. Have a great day!!

    Sherrie

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  42. Hi,
    Wonderful post. It brings to mind the lazy days of summer. I agree they did know how to make those tablecloths fresh and cheery, it reminds me of my grandma. Her aprons had that look too.
    Maryrose

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  43. What a lovely table, I adore the old table cloths, too. Your adirondack chair looks so comfy and the food looks absolutely delish! I will be there soon! Hugs, ~cindy s~

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  44. What a beautiful setting. I love meals like that in the summer. Light and refreshing!!! Aren't old tablecloths so wonderful? They just cheer up any room!! Love & blessings from NC!

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  45. Looks beautiful and yummy!! Now you better make sure the gate is closed because your donkeys would love to help you eat all that delicious food!..;)

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  46. What a lovely setting and yes, I'd like a blueberry scone, please.

    As many others have commented, I also love vintage tablecloths. They are so bright and cheerful — perfect for a summer meal.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

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  47. I was going to write your contribution to Outdoor Wednesday was like a tone poem - which it is - but then I read the names of your donkeys and started laughing in a most un-lady like fashion. I love to come here where all is a reminder of the good and gentle life. Have a wonderful day.

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  48. Love your Outdoor post...Just beautiful and look delicious! Great photos...Happy Outfoor Wednesday.katherinellen

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  49. I would love to have a dinner like that but we will have no such luck! It is freezing here...you would think that it was still winter. Only we have rain instead of snow. We have been informed by the weather people that it might snow this week though :-(

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  50. Lovely! THanks so much for sharing and happy Outdoor Wednesday!

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  51. This is such an inviting scene. I love eating outside in the Spring or just enjoying Happy Hour outdoors.
    Often when we visit wineries, we'll take a light picnic and some have outdoor seating, sometimes a little entertainment, lovely.
    Thanks for sharing. The Scones look deliscous
    Mama Bear

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  52. I love the vintage tablecloth. I have a couple, too. I'll have to get them out and share for TT. I have been on a scones kick lately. I've made raisin, cranberry & pecan and orange. I'll have to try the blueberry.

    Donkeys, you have donkeys? How cool is that?

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  53. What a lovely outdoor. I like the designed. Really great.

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  54. Happy outdoor Wednesday Gollum, This just says summer to me, I love the way you have combined the checks, polka dots and florals, so fresh and inviting, I just saw on another blog a guy in Belgium who hand makes bee hives, beautiful. Your views are incredible, enjoy your wonderful supper, hugs, Kathy

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  55. Your outdoor looks so comforting to me...I can see me with a good book enjoy the beauty of the day. So how do you manage to eat outdoors without being bugged out by mosquitoes or flies...ugh.

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  56. Oh, I love the white and red! It's so crisp and beautiful, M! And I love that beehive cover!

    Justine :o )

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  57. What a lovely setting. The first thing I noticed was that wonderful tablecloth! Then my eyes settled on those adorable polka dotted plates!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!
    Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

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  58. I swear...(not really) if I keep blogging much longer I am not going to be able to fit into this chair...THE FOOD! It's bad enough in my family...but...oh heck with it. I'm on my way over!!

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  59. This is all so gorgeous! It looks like a magazine shoot!! BEAUTIFUL!

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  60. Beautiful photography, beautiful styling. Just beautiful!

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  61. Vintage tablecloths certainly was an excellent choice to serve that wonderful meal. I like how you presented things to eat on a three tier tray.
    Joyce M

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  62. Wonderful post..it all looks and I bet tastes, wonderful in your great outdoors!

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  63. I love this great post and the pictures of a wonderful outdoors picnic so fun and reminds me of stuff in the past

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  64. Michael,
    You have created a lovely and beautiful setting to enjoy a graceful meal. I am arriving a tad (hopefully) fashionably late to view Outdoor Wednesday. Your beehive cover is clever so unexpected and quaint!
    Cathy

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  65. As always, very pretty. I, too, collect vintage tablecloths. I saw the woven beehive covers at Big Lots last year, but didn't get one as I wasn't quite sure what to do with it. Now I regret that decision. Guess I will continue to use my red wire bowl/plate cover to keep the flies away.

    Connie

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