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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Blessing The Ordinary




This may be my last ordinary day of summer for awhile. Ordinary in a very good way, as when you say "I wish things would just get back to normal." Whatever normal is. But I've been taking time out for the kind of days that I've always imagined were normal in my crazy busy days of years and years. Now waking to the dawn. Not having to go anywhere or do anything. A sort of string of Sundays or weekends or vacation days. Bliss.





 I woke up wanting green in my life. Green on my table, on the china, and in the food.



Wanting the simpleness of  fresh veggies when it's too hot to cook and sort of mindless to do it anyway. This recipe is from our friend Ina, again. The barefoot contessa of barefoot ways.

Flat Beans With Pecorino







I'll be putting my shoes back on again very soon, and making way for more active fun and frolic in the summer sun. Glad for the opportunity, and back to wondering what I ever did with all my free time. But today I just have ordinary on the table. . . .






























































































 Let the fun and games begin!
Hope it's going well for you too whatever you're up to!

Jacqueline




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40 comments:

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

That is anything but ordinary, Jacqueline - just lovely, in fact!

You have an amazing way of making (what appears to be) ordinary into something quite extraordinary!

Enjoy every moment of your summertime, friend! ♥

zapach piwonii said...

Beautiful tablecloth and arrangements. Yours sincerely

Curtains in My Tree said...

those green and white bowls looks delicious

very lovely pictures

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Jacqueline: Thanks for the recipe. I'm always excited to get a new one from her majesty, the B.C...I swear, you are the only person who can make the bottom of a glass look beautiful. Your posts are always so wonderful..Happy Thursday..Judy

Cozy Little House said...

You take the most evocative photos! Love your white and green.
Brenda

Olive Cooper said...

You do ordinary but then you don't. The bowls have soul. Big Soul.

Bella said...

Hi J,
Well happy summer to you!!
Gorgeous, and much more than ordinary! I love that it looks like a fresh cool summer day at your place, when I know it's not (100 ouch! we are still breaking the 70's I made soup two days ago :-( ) The Green and white, delicious, the stunning shots of the clear glass (love that lighting!), make the day look as cool as it is long...
Happy adventures to you!
Hugs,
Bella

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Love your pretty green and white bowls. Great touch of color.

helen tilston said...

Hello Jacqueline

Your post is a beautiful tribute to summer time. Thanks for the recipe

Helen xx

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

I'd say this is extraordinary! Love the bowls...very unique.
Blessings, Susie

Blondie's Journal said...

Your table is beautiful...anything but ordinary! :)

XO,
Jane

Salmagundi said...

You cherish everyday life so beautifully! Sally

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I love green in my house, the color of your beautiful bowls. The annabelle hydrangea's are turning that color green...think I will cut some and bring them in!

Carol said...

Lovely bowls. And wonderful whites!

Lavender Cottage said...

Your table looks cool and summery with all the white and hint of green. The beans look delicious, hope you got your craving for green sated.
Judith

Dani said...

Hi Jacqueline,
You made me to remember My grandparents farm! It's all só beautifful!
Would like to invite you to visit My blog about the napkins I do for sale!
www.porta-guardanapos-dani.blogspot.com
Thanks for sharing all this beautys!
Love from Brasil
Dani

Deb said...

Most beautiful ordinary I've ever seen. Hugs

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

I long for ordinary...because the ordinary can be quite extraordinary. Lovely post as always.

Marina said...

Hi Jacqueline, wonderful-wonderful post! Your blog is a place to have a peaceful moment... love coming here.
What do you use to make your linens so white? I came across a few vintage pieces but they have some yellow marks. I would like to get rid of it. Any suggestions? Thanks! :)

Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

I so adore green...thank you for always offering such beautiful pictures & such thoughtful details.
Summer is indeed here.
Kari

Marlis said...

The first time through I was fixated on the lovely piece of drawnthread work. Oh it's such a treasure. The next time, I got to actually see the lovely china. and then I finally read the words on the last go through.. What a lovely post.. Extraordinary!! Have a blessed summer. xo marlis

Sarah said...

Waving hi from up the road in SF. Beautiful post as always.

jeanetteann said...

I just love your close up shots. The bowl of a spoon,or the stem of a glass,even the texture of the linen. Lovely xxoo

Art and Sand said...

There is NOTHING ordinary about your lovely linens and table. Many people don't sit down to a beautiful table like that. Just lovely!

Art and Sand said...

Lovely pops of color!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Oh, the spoons! So beautiful in their simplicity. And the green pattern of the bowls ... so pretty. Don't think I've ever seen that before. I love the way you arrange everything!

LaPouyette said...

Love your table setting! Especially the French wine glasses!

Lovely, fresh and summery images!

Greetings from the Perigord,
karin

RobinfromCA said...

I love seeing all of the different angles of your creative table settings and decorations. The green and white looks so refreshing and cool!
Robin

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh, everything looks sooo wonderful! You are so good at taking terrific pictures!
Thank you for sharing!
Leticia

Cindy said...

You are amazing... you take the ordinary everyday and make it a work of art. Just a spoon, and it looks like the most beautiful thing i've ever seen... unbelievable. I think you could photograph a piece of toilet paper and and make it beautiful !

Cindy

June said...

I love the magic of ordinary days too Jacqueline. Your beautiful tableware and photos just made my day!
hugs from here...

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Beautiful, Jacqueline...that kind of ordinary looks perfect to me!

Zuzu said...

This is ordinary? Wow. It's perfection. :)
Enjoy!!!
~ Zuzu

Alycia Nichols said...

You always have a way of making "ordinary" look absolutely extraordinary in every sense of the word! This time is no exception! Gorgeous!!! I could just melt away into the serenity of it all!!!!!!!!! The green just brings everything completely to earth while the white seems to purify everything in its path. Beautiful!!!

Jen said...

I lost you for a while, but I tracked you down!
Beans and pecorino sounds delicious. Green is my favorite color, and it looks great among your whites. You could make anything look good!

janice15 said...

Lovely green bowls and beans, and lovely linen as always...I always enjoy your photography. I could just look and look forever...have a blessed evening with love Janice

Susan said...

Exquisite linens, such pretty green bowls, lovely frame & botanical print...how I love to visit here Jacqueline!
Enjoy those fun summer days...

A Cottage Muse said...

So beautiful and I love the way you inspire me to look around my own home and notice the smallest of details!

Happy WW!

Sherry said...

I love green and white. It is just beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Haworth said...

I've come to think that 'ordinary' is a very, very GOOD thing, Jacqueline! (And very pretty the way you portray it in these lovely photos.) I hope your summer had lots of restful ordinary in it.

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