Thursday, March 26, 2009

French wine, cheese and ham, join me for drinks

At the end of a long week and with Easter holidays coming up, the nicest way to relax with friends is just to stop and have a glass of wine together in the garden. We have a few weeks left before the cold, chilly days take our outdoor entertaining away from us. I do love the cold and I especially love being outside, but most of my friends and family find it terrible and head inside the house to find somewhere warm to be.

I styled and photographed this table setting for my old neighbour and good friend, French chef Martial Cozyn at his family's wonderful garden at Canyonleigh here in the Southern Highlands. An amazing property that started as literally a bare paddock 10 years ago and over the years with lots of love and hard work it is now a truly amazing garden. Marcial baked the ham while I moved the glass table (and everything else) from their veranda at the house onto the back of a ute and took it all the way down onto the front lawn of the property to be near this fantastic pond and fountain.

The sound of water and the reflection off the glass created an instant wonderful setting.

I only used glass for this setting, the table, wine glasses holding the bread sticks, glass bowls for the grapes and biscuits and a special glass decanter with a silver top and handle. Everything else went straight on the table. I also used a thick slab of perspex as the cheese board.... and that's it..

Easy, everyone just helps themselves and I get to catch up with the weeks happening.

Welcome to all my new followers and thank you for all the very kind emails this week.

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