Stopping in to visit an old friend today, we return with an unexpected bounty… thus extending a lovely rainswept afternoon though the remaining days of this last ‘official’ week of summer.  Above, kale, fresh picked before our very eyes.

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An armload of all manner of fresh grown herbs, carefully rooted shoots of stick cactus – nothing short of amazing – and yes, there you see a baby ginkgo tree.


A ginko tree!!!  For me!  I’ve had a good day.  A summer afternoon to remember – a soaking rain, a warm oven, a lush garden, the warm hospitality of a talented friend, and talk of simpler times.  And if I only had a photo of the beautiful homemade popovers, luscious raspberries, and gorgeous cheese on offer you would be green with envy.  My lesson for the day: spend more time with gardeners, while hoping to become a better one.  Oh, and scour the tag sales to find one of those popover pans in order to be sure to pay this visit forward.

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