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My new vase and some roses from my garden

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Roses from my garden (they smell like sweet rose and lemon), white astrantia, and variegated pittosporum in my new vase from Tail of the Yak, Berkeley

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I love the backs of these–the white petals with the green tips

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Fighting the Humpday Hangover with Peonies

I found these red ones at Bloomies the other day and couldn’t resist.  So gorgeous with the yellow stamens.  Impossible to photograph though–so deep/dark/rich a color.  I didn’t expose correctly, but these at least give you the idea, if not translate the true life brilliance.

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While I somehow seemed to have slept through ranunculus season, I think I’m doing a good job of enjoying peony season to the fullest.

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My Table, Friday May 29, 2009

A story in pictures, and a few words.

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Acme Bread Company Baguette

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From left: Harley Farms (Pescadero, California) “Monet:” goat cheese with a layer of Herbs de Provence and decorated with edible flowers, the infamous Fleur Verte: goat cheese coated with dried thyme, tarragon, and crushed pink peppercorns, and Fresco Italia’s Quattro Stagioni soft cow’s milk round with edible flower

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Some readers might remember my adoration for txacolina, a mineral-rich white wine from the Basque region of Spain.  Urki’s Getariako Txakolina is a new discovery from Paul Marcus.  It is a beautiful experience.  The cork smelled of vanilla and flowers, and the txacolina was crisp and dry as expected, and citrus-y too, yet gentle (perhaps gentler than the Xarmant Txakolina), effervescent, but without any sour bite.  

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The light bubbles as seen through William Yeoward’s Pearl goblet

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Et fin!

All photographs taken with the Canon Powershot G10, an amazing camera I borrowed from I.  Highly recommended.  It makes everything and everyone look beautiful. 

New linen placemats and napkins with hummingbird pattern from my mother.  Towle “Old Lace” silver.  Mottahedeh plats with raised swan design.  Laguiole cheese knife.  Roses from my garden.

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A Thank You Bouquet for a Friend

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Peonies, Graham Thomas garden roses, and wisteria leaves

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Yountville and the French Laundry Garden

I had such a great weekend in Napa last weekend with so many adventures I almost forgot to share this one!  It would have been a shame too, since this was a true highlight for me.  

While I didn’t get to eat at the French Laundry, I did take a walk through its gorgeous vegetable garden.  Here is my visit in pictures.

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A pretty little meadow in an empty lot to the garden’s south

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Bachelors buttons hold a special place in my heart; used to grow them as a young girl.

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The French Laundry Garden

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Carrots!

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The fava beans I ate at Ad Hoc on Saturday night

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more fava beans

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Centerpiece

I made this quickly for I. to take to dinner with his mother and brothers so she could have a special centerpiece. 

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White hydrangea, lilac, tulips, camelia leaves

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It’s Raining in Rockridge

I responded to the day by going out and relieving Bloomies of some of their merchandise, lest it get damaged in the rain.  

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Nothing like big bright yellow peonies (and a fun mini pineapple) to lift the rain cloud from over your head!

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