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This Is How We Do It

We three Englishes enjoyed an al fresco lunch today. We nibbled on a cobbled together “Ploughman’s lunch”, featuring local cheese from Spinning Spider, meat from Hickory Nut Gap farm, dill spears, an olive & caper berry medley (thanks, Nicole, for passing these over to us after last week’s picnic!), an aged Cheddar, beet pie with horseradish cream, and fresh iced tea. The wee-est amongst us feasted on N.C.-grown sweet potatoes.


Nothing beats eating outside. Its long been my favorite way to dine. When Hubs lived in Vermont long ago, he used to eat outdoors even during the cruelest winter days. Huxley seems to dig it, too.

We’re off to Charlotte tomorrow to celebrate my nephew Jimmy’s first birthday. It’ll be a treat having the cousins, only 3 1/2 months apart in age, play together, giggle together, and just be boys together.

May you all have a lovely weekend. I’m thinking we’ll gather some folks chez English this Monday for the holiday. We picked up a kiddie pool for Huxley, the blueberries & wineberries are in high gear, the breeze is just fine, and we love entertaining.

Wherever you are, whatever you do, may it be grand!

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