Thursday, January 28, 2010

A lazy lunch by the Sea

When Andrew came back from a walk along the beach with a bunch of wild flowers and an arm full of driftwood I decided to do a table setting under the tree. Everything I then looked at around the house was the colour of the sand, straw hats, baskets, driftwood, the gorgeous tall candlesticks in my sister's home, even her furniture was perfect. So what does a crazy stylist like me do when on holidays? Set the table for lunch of course in the shade overlooking the beach especially for Susan's Tablescape Thursday party at Between Naps on the Porch.

I used muslin as the tablecloth and just plain white plates, and that's it. What else do you need when your near the seaside. Mackerel Beach is so private and quiet and it's away from the noise of the traffic as it is only accessible by boat. Choosing somewhere to have lunch each day was really the only thing we had to think about. There are only fifteen permanent residents living on Mackerel Beach throughout the year, what a wonderful peaceful life they must have.

My family, Andrew and Thomas  - looking far too relaxed
and I know that look on their face.... Mum, please stop photographing everything we do....

and a couple of friends for lunch

Summer School holidays are over and my two went back to school this morning and now it's time to get on with all my plans for the new year.

Wishing you all a wonderful week xx Coty


  1. OMG Coty, You have not just shared your outdoor lunch with your family, but created a mood of peace and serenity in a beautiful setting by the sea. I am so amazed! --Delores

  2. Just lovely and wistful.

    Don't hurry too much about getting back into the swing of things. Savor those wonderful moments with your children.

    - The Tablescaper

  3. Breathtaking, Coty! Everything about this table and the idyllic setting is perfection ... absolutely just right. I'm glad you're back!

    Warmest regards,

  4. I can't imagine a more idyllic setting...perfection!

  5. Everything looks wonderful. Love those candlesticks

  6. How wonderful, Coty. I felt I were there! The water is the perfect shade of blue and all of your neutrals looked right at home. A beautiful setting!


  7. Breathtaking view! What a beautiful setting, Coty, and beautiful photography too...Christine

  8. Simply stunning!

  9. Coty those photos are fabulous without compare..the best ever! I am very jealous and wish to be there right now at that beautiful table! What a fun and wonderful job you did there. Love it. Mel xxx

  10. I just found your blog via Between Naps on the Porch. So beautiful and makes me long for summer as we are expecting snow here in the Washington DC area. My husband is from Australia and we spent the holidays in Noosa....oh how I want to go back. Looks like you had a fabulous lunch with your family.

  11. A little slice of Heaven right here on Earth. Coty, it looks exquisite.

  12. Amazing Coty,I can feel the summer breeze!
    You never cease to amaze me.
    Thanks for sharing

  13. Ahhhh that looks lovely, really...
    here It's 6° F
    Feels Like: -9° F


    It was nice to sit by the sea for a while ♥

  14. Absolutely perfect Coty!!!
    Once again.. I wish I were there sitting under those gorgeous trees and enjoying the view... I can't wait to see the boat sheds.. all things beautiful in one place!! Take care.. xx Julie

  15. Oh Coty, everyone looked so relaxed & happy despite the 'Oh Mum!!' look from a certain gorgeous girl. So glad you had such a fab time with all the family & thank you for all your lovely comments over @ The Hedge, they've given me much entertainment my friend!
    Millie ^_^


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