When the travails of traveling on a motorcyle throughout the Pacific Northwest get you down, there is no better respite than a stop at a magical place called Pondside. Situated between two limpid ponds with an American ( in our honor ) flag drapped entrance gate, we immediately felt welcomed by my blogging friend Pondside and her husband The Great Dane. Reading her blog I have always been entranced by her gentle style and great wisdom. We bloggers sometimes “know” each other without ever being formally introduced.
When I blogged about our trip to Alaska and trip south through Vancouver, Pondside graciously invited us to lunch. Who could resist? What a treat it was. I was hesitant to show up with a camera around my neck and the typical blogger mentality of snapping pictures of everything in sight, so I missed photographing her lovely pasta salad with smoked salmon and asparagus that she credits to Cathy of Wives With Knives, another great blogger. It was delicious and will go in my file of favorite recipes. Thank you Cathy. David especially enjoyed it because he has had a hard time finding salmon on this trip in spite of the fact that the salmon are running and we saw thousands of them in a river in Alaska. Here is Cathy’s picture.
Pondside made a dessert of Eton Mess that was just perfect to round out our meal. I don’t have her specific recipe but it was a mixture of broken up meringues, whipped cream and Cointreau marinated strawberries. You can check out Ina’s recipe here. We chatted over dessert and coffee and found so much in common. I never thought I would find another fabric junkie like me. We are even reading the same paperback author right now.
The day turned drizzly for a brief time and we walked around the property to see the ponds and the chickens and ducks.
My visit with Pondside was a delight.
And I love her umbrellas too! Thank you H and GD for opening your world to us. We are so much the better for it.
I have been without internet access for the past week or so and am just catching up on my blogs about our trip. I am home now, but have at least two more posts that I want to share with you. Also I need to catch up with all of your posts. Again thank you Pondside for a delightful interlude in our trip.