Dinner with James

We’ll be dining in the kitchen…surrounded with the savory aromas of a holiday meal all day in preparation. The reclaimed, battered and bruised farm table is covered with a treasured cloth sprinkled with rose images that mirror a Renaissance floral still-life. It is etched with faint stains from many meals now past, and creased permanently from years of being tucked away in the drawer used only for special occasions. Yes, this would be one of those occasions in the making.

Just for you.

Flatware. China. Wine glass. In place. Crackers on the platter waiting for the cheese to arrive.

Oven roasted, butter-basted breast of chicken. Baked skin-on potatoes and brussel sprouts. Par-boiled parsnips.

Flakey pastry,  sugar-crusted currant and toasted pecan wee pies, sitting in a puddle of Chantilly cream. (Make that two for me, please.)

And…the one festive fig.

Light the candles.

Pour the wine.

NOTE: Most all of the images I use for my watercolour inspirations are photographs I’ve personally taken.  “Dinner with James”,  however, was a personal photograph of James he shared with me, and was used with his permission.  Well-known East Sussex, Seaford photographer James Taylor of  and I have collaborated before on another project OUR BENCH. Many thanks and smiles to James as I’ve not only borrowed his image this time (again with permission) but his kitchen, as well.  [It seems, James…you are having company for dinner…..! R]



  1. This looks perfect, and I’ll be there by 6pm, and the line that sold me (outside of the incredible painting…) is the perfectly imagined “…etched with faint stains from many meals now past” 🙂


  2. Absolutely wonderful R. and not a scrap of food left on the plate. This truly wonderful, vivid painting and words have warmed the cockles of my heart. You are one in a million and smiling like mad this side of the pond. Have a wonderful rest of the week. J.


  3. Close examination of the painting shows layers of complexity … so your accompanying words it the topping of the cake that captures the imagination. Well done!!!! … and all sounds wonderful, so keep all warm as I’m checking flight availability.

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      1. Now there’s a invitation! 😀 …

        Speaking of food, but off topic from above, just saw a bit on Portland’s own Blue Star Donuts … Do you recommend them?


          1. Only 3 Blue Stars, and all in your city. I’ve also heard/seen (via TV) high praise for VooDoo …. but I detect your preference for Blue Star..


    1. Your name is right at the top of the next dinner invite list. Dress is oh-so casual. See you then….and yes…our weekend was great…sunshine and warm…shorts and flipflop weather. True story!


  4. Better make it an extended table. This sounds like just the party I would love to attend. Interesting people, good conversations, good food, great wine, and lots of laughter. Count me in!

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  5. I am on my way! Save me a seat beside you! I bring biscotti for later… when we are at the coffee stage… or not, very good dipped in wine too. Speaking of which, I’ve a bottle or two with me.

    Or we can save them for tomorrow morning or midnight snack; after all, we’ll be chatting deep into the night and just may find ourselves feelikng peckish…

    Please, wait for me!

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    1. I wouldn’t even think of beginning without you!!! You should know that. I’ve got delicious ground coffee for your biscotti with more Chantilly cream. We may never make it to bed…..just a warning!

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    1. Hehehe,me too! I’ll bring an extension for the table! 🙂 It’s so gemüüüüütlich to wine and dine in your company in the cozy kitchen. 🙂

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