The book club gathered this week at a charming Maine cottage for a spirited discussion of Desperate Characters by Paula Fox as we enjoyed a tasty lunch. As always, I am delighted by the effort of a hostess to make dining a special pleasure.
Taking comfort one step further were the vases simply arranged with a few colorful stems from right outside the cottage. Access to blooming things, be they wild or cultivated, is another of the things I love about Maine. No home ever need be without them!
The hostess did not know the answers. She and her husband saw the table some years ago, liked it, made it theirs. What an absolute find!
My mind is reeling with images of voyages on the open sea and the sailors aboard the good ship Achilles. There is surely a story here that would tell of their conflicts, their homesickness, their adventure. Oh, if that table could talk and if the story could be written!
Should we give it a try?
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