The two cheese posts earlier today deeply affected Johanna and me, raising out of our early morning stupor and fanning our ever-kindled lust for cheese into a bright flame. So we waited anxiously until 10:00 so we could drive to the cheese shop in the next town over.
There we sampled–as we always do–enough cheeses from the deliciously crowded display case to bring the counterperson just to the first faint signs of annoyance.
Then we dropped $50 on a wedge of Bellavitano (semi dry and mild), a hunk of cheddar with carmelized onions (creamy and rich), a jar of baby sour gherkin pickles, and a bottle of wine.
Which we are enjoying–even as I write–in our recently spruced up back room, with the cool breeze coming through the screens, the windchimes gently tintinnabulating, and in the background the aqueous melody of our waterfall.
Addendum: Here is a photo of the plates of of which we’re eating. After several years of fruitless searching for new dinnerware to replace our rapidly diminishing stock of old Chinette (we are very much in agreement on design and style, but could not find anything that really excited either of us), Johanna stumbled across these, which we knew instantly we had to have. The design is derived from windows in a Frank Lloyd Wright house, Graycliff–that is, he did not design the plates, but he designed the window from which the plate design was derived. The plates were designed and sold by the historic trust that maintains the house, and were made by a just recently closed pottery company that had frequently worked with Wright. When Johanna contacted them, they said they had meant to pull the design from their display case, because they had only a very limited quantity left (but sufficient to give us a full set of dinner and salad plates, cereal/ice cream bowls, and serving bowls). It was nip and tuck to get them, and they can never be gotten again. (Window image source: Wikipedia)