The Hour of Meeting and Farewell

"Man's feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell." 
~John Paul Richter

I will apologize now for my prolonged absence.  It has been a series of events that have led to me being away for far too long, but I have returned and with all sorts of things to share.

First up, the garden.  We had my nephew here a week or so ago and he was a great help in the last of the harvest ("Hey this is fun, you guys.  The tomatoes are so little!!").  We brought in about a bushel of tomatoes and lots of peppers and cherry tomatoes as well as a couple more butternut squash.  It was all turned over and it was a monstous task.  One that required the purchase of a new tiller.  

This is the finished product.  Lovely, empty space.  Those are the herbs behind it.  They will all come back next year and are still producing so we left them alone.  It's finished.  Big sigh.  

We also planted and mulched and trimmed and pruned and shoveled and swept and stacked and cooked.  And I am exhausted, to say the least.  

Last weekend we had an informal gathering to celebrate our wedding this past summer with some lifelong friends that were not able to attend in July and it was a beautiful evening.  The photos below are of the event.  

The back yard showed well after the two weeks of work. 

Sitting area by the fire pit, bar tops, and cake table. 

I did the fall arrangements and tables were decorated with photos from the wedding.

This was the only decent food shot of the evening.  I won't go into my bitterness about that here, but I was at a dead run moments before go time.  Not my finest hour for sure.  It's always a joy to brief the hot bar tender while you are sweating like a farm animal.  Good times.

The menu was casual, heavy hors d'ouerve fare.  Just something to snack on so your drinks don't catch up to you too fast.
~Artisanal cheeses from the wedding (Azeitao- Spain, Robiola due Latti- Italy, Aged Gouda- Holland) with bread and crackers and Roasted Garlic Onion Jam
~Tenderloin Steak Medallions wrapped in Bacon
~Prosciutto and Cherry Tomatoes with Pesto
~Mini Smoked Salmon Grilled Cheese with Dill Havarti and Caramelized Red Onion (another off of the wedding menu)
~Hummus with Pita and Olives
~Butternut Squash Soup Shooters with Fresh Nutmeg
~Chocolate Fondue with Fruit, Marshmallows, and Homemade Pound Cake (courtesy of baking goddess Donna)
~Tiered Cake- Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Lemon Cake with Raspberry Filling (courtesy of The Sugar Woods.  She is fantastic.  I could do a blog on her alone.)

The bar was simple with wine, champagne, craft beers, and several different bourbons.

I have had quite a few learning experiences over the last few weeks about a plethora of things.  The quote at the top seemed fitting to this time of goodbye/hello.  I seem to be feeling everything so intensely right now (double edged sword of it being my season and all).  The acute sadness of warm weather gone, the giddy anticipation of fall and upcoming holidays and the wonderful events it holds, the utter and profound exhaustion (and disappointment?  melancholy?..about what I am not sure) of this last event and all of the prep that it took has left my well empty.  It will be good to fill it again with friends at events that are not mine to host.  Some walks in the woods with the hound wouldn't hurt either.

This next weekend holds a birthday celebration with friends and an annual fall festival that is one of my very favorite things in the world with some of my very favorite friends in the world.  I can't wait to be in boots and a sweater sipping a bourbon.  I'll be sure to post pictures.  Take care, friends.  


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  1. Love your yard. LOVE your pumpkin centerpieces. Love, love, love!