Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's summer time

and Kendalee has invited us to a Midsummer Picnic! Knowing her, I imagine there will be water, perhaps the ocean, or a stream or a fountain...

The veggies are fresh so I made some gazpacho (recipe at the bottom of the page)

and picked a posy of herbs for our beautiful hostess.

I am wearing my new skirt with a long scarf around my waist - as the day turns to evening I will put it around my shoulders.

We were asked to bring a flower for the bouquet, but I couldn't resist and picked 3 (to match my skirt of course!)

and just had to tuck in some jasmine to scent the evening air - I'm sure we will be going well into the night.

I hope you will join us for a wonderful picnic!

**Gazpacho (from the kitchen of Gwen Ash - my mother's recipe)**

4 large very ripe tomatoes - peeled and chopped
1 large cucumber - peeled and chopped
1 medium sweet onion - finely minced
1 green pepper - chopped
3 cups tomato juice
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 Tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic - mashed or minced
salt, pepper, Cayenne to taste

chill overnight to allow flavors to meld
serve cold with avocado, chives, can also add shrimp


  1. Hi, how I love your fountain, and your Gazpacho looks good too. Never had any, so I will have to give it a try. I love avacados too.

    Pretty photos! Enjoy your day

  2. Thanks for the recipe and the eye candy. I plan to try the recipe this weekend!

  3. Thank you for all of the beautiful, vivid colors! This post is a veritable feast for the soul! Hugs, Terri

  4. Lovely pics - and I have the same evergreen jasmine in my garden - and did you know that Gwen is a Welsh name, meaning 'white'?

  5. Mmmm I love gazpacho(can't spell it I don't think!) Lovely skirt and bouquet to match. THe herb bouquet must smell lovely. Hope you found your way home ok-and it is cream on the cake, naughty but nice!

  6. Oh Beverly thank you for joining us! What a lovely day it's been. And you're so right, fountains and an ornamental lake in the park today... :) Water's a must if at all possible! Don't you look lovely in your gorgeous skirt and scarf?! And I LOVE my herb bouquet (thank you!) and the beautiful flowers from your garden will be such a treat for someone to take home!!! The gazpacho looks delicious so I'm definitely going to have a bowl of that and try out the recipe another day (thank you Beverly's mum for that!)

    We have the bonfire lit here now and I was kinda hoping that someone gave you that extra glass of Nen's bubbly so that a little dancing on tables might happen! It goes straight to my head (barely takes a bubble or two) so I might just join you up there...

  7. wow, what a wonderful post! i love how the flowers echo the skirt or vice versa! what fun to picnic together. getting ready to post my share, but it won't be as creative as yours!

  8. Sounds like you're having a blissfull Summer,gorgeous photos, I'm a little envious here in gray, wet, wintery Perth, where we've just eaten the last few tomatoes from our garden!
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. Looks great Beverly! I am printing out the recipe now:) How fun.

  10. It was lovely to join you for a while on the picnic, Beverly - I love the gazpacho soup - it looks so fresh and crunchy and delicious. Your flowers are amazing - may I take the poppy home please? And your choice of party outfit is beautiful - colourful - just what I need now!

  11. Your skirt is gorgeous, and the flowers fabulous. I love picnics, and everyone's take on them. Enjoying the day.

  12. this post screams SUMMER! I love it! and I'm making that gazpacho today.