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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22 comments:

  1. Wow, that seems so magical! I'll take some grapes while I look around... Thank you for inviting us!

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  2. I am always drawn to your posts and never disappointed!! As always, gorgeous--thanks!

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  3. Beautiful photography!...Christine

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  4. Maybe I have said this before but I have to say it again.....Your photos are wonderful!! I love them! :)

    /helena

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  5. The photos are stunning. I'd love to sit and have a glass of wine with you -- the gardens seem enchanting especially since they came from nothing. Love the idea of all glass. It's a great table

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  6. This is so special. Just love your photos. Thanks for inviting us over.

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  7. I love all your photos and scenic vignettes. If only I had a smidge of your talent, heavy sigh!

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  8. Incredibly beautiful Coty, I love everything. Happy TT and Foodie Friday over at Gollums. Kathy.

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  9. Simply stunning! I can hear the fountain now.

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  10. Wouldn't it be so nice if we can all get together and try all that food? A real potluck!Yummy!...Christine

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  11. Gorgeous photography! What a stunning blog.
    Cass

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  12. What an absolutely charming setting. The glass pitcher on the table is stunning! It looks so relaxing and inviting; the pictures are splendid and transport me there! Thank you for having me for a visit!

    Blessings to you and yours!

    Karyn

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  13. Hello Coty,
    As always your photography is breathtaking. You are a true artiste! Thanks for the quick Glazed Ham recipe. I usually bake a ham for Easter brunch and am always looking for a new glaze. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Warmly,
    Alisa

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  14. I just love that many photo's on your blog! Lovely!

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  15. Coty, welcome! I love the idea of stout with ham. Your tablescape is stunning, finely nuanced and touched with beauty. Whenever i come to your blog, i get lost in the wonder of it all.
    Hugs,
    Gollum

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  16. Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

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  17. I have been following Tablescape Thursdays for a little while and recently found your blog. What an amazing talent! You are truly gifted and wanted to thank you fo sharing all this with us!

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  18. What a visually stunning blog! My mum was a Farquhar but we are from NZ.

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  19. Hi Coty, Gorgeous pics and the fountain is wonderful! Everything is beautiful...thanks for a great Tablescape Thursday post! :-) susan

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