Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Good Dinner Party


For many, a perfect dinner party is outdoors.  It is a buffet.  Chairs are available, but seldom used.  It involves some (optional) community preparation.  Longer events and larger groups are broken up with extra-curricular activities, preferably around movement.  There are few hard schedules.  Guests come from a range of backgrounds.  The food is fresh and prepared onsite.  Dogs abound.  There are beautiful places to explore away from the hum.  And there is a fire to move towards as the night chill settles in.  







There was wine making...



...and bottling...



...and sausage making.



Heading out for a sail.



 
It is better to go under the Newport Bridge than to go over it.




A Job with a View



Frost covered most of New England yesterday morning; it was time for socks to be paired with the boat shoes.



There are always large vessels to be seen in the deep waters of Narragansett Bay.




 



 





The winds finally picked up.



 



 



 






 


Heading out for a second, evening sail.

13 comments:

Chris from New Hampshire said...

Thank you for showing socks with boat shoes. I am so sick of people who view "sockless" as some trendy-hipster-rebellious-fashion-secret-rule-to-be-garishly-displayed (sigh) rather than a practical adaptation to specific conditions and activities.

MsPE said...

Muffy - I have to say, when you cook pig, you don't mess around! I love the ship wheel mounted on the roaster.

JL Carter said...

Muffy, I love your blog and especially your photos. However, I really could have done without the sausage-making photo. We vegetarian Preps don't handle such photos very well. Alas, I know you can't please everyone.

Chris from New Hampshire said...

@JL Carter,

I have many great friends who are vegetarians for many great reasons. Most of them hate the commonplace antiseptic presentation of meat and leather. Muffy seems to be constantly making us think about how things are really made, and this post is a great example. Only by being aware of the processes behind the curtain that we can make informed choices.

Anonymous said...

I saw that picture and I knew it would get a comment like that. Why doesn't the leather boat shoe pictures on this and other blogs get that kind of comment? They used to be cows, you know.

Meg said...

JL Carter, Chris, I admit I had a similar reaction to the dead bunny entry a while back.

WRJ said...

I was part of the advance team preparing for a party of about 2 dozen new and old friends from college, grad school, high school, and work up in Vermont this weekend. We picked up necessities (food; alcohol), swept up leaves blown in through an open window, gathered wood and got the fire started, and distributed blankets and pillows. When guests arrived, we played tennis and took "truck tours" of a small slice of the family's 700 or so acres. A dog was borrowed from the hostess's grandparents, who live up the hill. This morning, flagging spirits were revived with scrambled local Vermont eggs. There was neither internet nor cell service. By the time we left, plans were made for the next gathering (this time, we'll be skiing). All to say that I think we are on the same page when it comes to parties.

Bethany Hissong said...

Looks like my kind of weekend! ;)

Anonymous said...

Sausage and wine making! That's brilliant! It reminds me of A Year in Provence.

Anonymous said...

Perfect dinner party, indeed! Especialy when dogs are part of the company. Our local wineries are in full swing with their fall activities, which are always lots of fun! --Holly in PA

Greenfield said...

Totally loved this entry!

Anonymous said...

as with all your viewers, i would be in line for the book full of photos - your fathers, and this variety too! on an unrelated note, this month's T&C implies that denim is the new tweed; additionally, the 2013 old farmer's almanic announces that men are returning to a 'preppy' look, but gals are gabbing about... i can't think of an appropriate adjective. eeek!
-kathryn

Patsy said...

Nothing better than a boatyard party!