hospitality

July 19, 2016

We are preparing to host a rather large gathering of friends and family at our place end of the month. Many preparations are underway. “List” and “task” are daily words in our household. In Simple Abundance today, Sarah speaks of hospitality and everything it seems to entail. She reminds us of how frenzied we can become attempting to create the perfect atmosphere and she offers suggestions for keeping it simple, such as hosting a potluck or keeping the fare minimal, focusing on one course as a theme.

She wraps up the day’s entry with this quote from Mireille Johnston, “family and friends will sit at your table exalted and firmly convinced that while the cloudy future may be in the laps of the gods, the glorious present is happily on their plates. And they will leave reassured by the knowledge that the energy and grace, the carefree laughter, and stimulating smells, the power of these great simple dishes – all of these miracles and more can be summoned up again at will.”

As I was doing this and that in the yard, with the general intent of tidying up, I saw a butterfly. She was a new one to me. I watched her for five to ten minutes, flitting here and there. I almost gave up trying to photograph her. She finally settled down and I was able to get a few good photos of this beautiful little creature.

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  • Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog July 19, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Nice shot! 🙂
    It’s an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail… a female.

    • thewoodlandgardener July 19, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      Thanks! Good to have a name for her, wish I knew more butterflies to match them up with a name on sight. At least now I know one more 🙂

    • tippysmom2 July 20, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Yes. One of my favorite butterflies.

  • gardentourist July 29, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Although you were in a hurry doing things, you stopped… it’s not that common… I’d dare to say that the beautiful pic is about you! 🙂

    • thewoodlandgardener July 30, 2016 at 12:31 am

      Aww, thanks! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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