Every June, we look forward to a patio breakfast celebrating our dear neighbor Honey’s birthday. She likes strawberries more than anyone I know, and so we take advantage of the perfection of the berries and enjoy a little morning-party with her.
The table, in the leaf-dapples of the early sunshine. The old pink wisteria tablecloth is one of my favorites, and the silver, napkins, coffeepot and most of the serving dishes are from Goodwill---I especially love the plates---a set of eight in that wonderful pink glass.
Honey is originally from
a real War Bride, and she’s just about the best neighbor you could imagine. She’s
kind and smart and always so happy to see us, and we all treasure our times
Sweetpea will hear her in the yard and shout, “Come on OVER!” and we can make the simplest moment into special---Honey will sit down to doll-tea on a cardboard box if that’s what you’re serving.
We usually share bread and cheese and fruit and good strong coffee together on her birthday
There were big old fat strawberries, bread and butter, and a dish of southern Paminna Cheese with crackers.
She and Caro are our cheese aficionados, for they both like any and all---for this picture, the brie and bleu and the St. Andre are on the platter with the grapes and cherries and a dish of Caro’s homemade apricot-pineapple conserve, and the Limburger is WAY over yonder on another little table.
Bread and butter and a luscious spoonful of Lil and Ben’s wonderful Blueberry Preserves.
One of the reasons we bought this house a long time ago was this lovely neighbor who came smiling out of her gate to welcome us each time we came back to take another look at the house. We fence-chatted about the neighborhood, the children who had grown up here beside her own, the parks and tree-lined streets and the close amenities (At the time, a small strip-mall within stepping-distance boasted a wonderful chain grocery store, a drugstore, a small-town-type hardware store, a beauty shop, a barber shop, a wash-a-teria, a video rental and a Chinese restaurant---even snowed in, we could get along almost forever without cranking up the car).
Some of those little necessaries have faded now, by economy and progress, but we still have our dear neighbor, right next door.
And I see I’m just in time to link in to
’S Pink Saturday. BEVERLY