Supper in a Blue Moon

You know how you do something and think, why don’t we do this all the time instead of once in a blue moon? (ha-ha-get-it?) We do have dinner on the little dock occasionally, but it really would be a great idea to do it every full moon as long as we don’t freeze to death.

Dinner on the Dock

Dinner on the Dock


Granted it’s a little, okay a lot, more trouble to do dinner down there. But a grill and a cooler take care of most of it, and the meal we keep pretty simple. I do like the table to be pretty, though, and it’s fun to use your “good” things in unexpected places.
Dinner on dock

Set for a small casual dinner. Stella likes that her picture is on the plates.


The pond at Rancho La Zaca is one of Stella’s favorite spots, and she is especially pleased ¬†with her likeness as featured on the Spode plates I gave His Grace a while ago. Do you reckon she is spoiled rotten? HG is the biggest pushover I have ever seen.
Flowers at pond

A woodsy arrangement of pieris (one of my faves), green trick dianthus (those green pom-pom things, scabiosa pods (love), and smokebush.


Sometimes it’s fun, too, to use leaves, pods, and other woodsy weird stuff instead of flowers, as I did here. Pieris is one of my favorites, and those green trick puffball things are fun. The deep burgundy of the smokebush leaves is a nice contrast, and the scabiosa pods sort of punctuate the whole thing.
Blue Moon Over Pond

This is not the pond at Rancho La Zaca but it's close. I don't have a fancy enough camera to take photos like this one from Shutterstock.

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13 Responses to: Supper in a Blue Moon

  1. Patti Cromer says: Beautiful ! One of the best spots(and there are so many) on the ranch!
    September 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm
  2. Sheila Weidenfeld says: So beautiful..............
    September 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm
  3. Dr. Jacob L. Turumin, says: Thank you very much for the beautiful photos.
    September 3, 2012 at 1:30 am
  4. lilielle Bucks says: Beautiful pictures!
    September 3, 2012 at 8:59 am
    • Frances says: Thank you all for your nice comments. Sometimes it's nice just to see a pretty picture. As a recovering perfectionist, I have to remind myself that it's okay every now and then to keep it simple and call it a day. xox
      September 3, 2012 at 9:58 am
  5. Pete says: Thanks for the calming photos of a beautiful place, moon, and table (as usual). And very wise advice to keep it simple, in an otherwise world. Love the pods. I like Wisteria beans, and left over garden lima pods too! I found it so funny that in Ca. the farmer's markets sold bittersweet, cat tails and goldenrod. xxoo Pete
    September 3, 2012 at 11:20 am
  6. Leslie in Little Rock says: If it wasn't you, I'd say that table venue is not real. How beautiful! I hope all appreciated the exta effort. I'D help. (-:
    September 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm
  7. Elizabeth says: I hope y'all were drinking one of Tommy's Blue Moon beers!!!! The perfect night. Xoxo
    September 3, 2012 at 9:55 pm
    • Frances says: Well Miss Elizabeth we are going to have to re-stock the beer repertoire, but we won't wait for anther blue moon! xox
      September 4, 2012 at 8:43 am
  8. Kea says: This is just as beautiful as inspiring, Frances. I'm going to - for real, for certain, absolutely - next time I entertain, going to drag everything out in to the field or garden and not poop out at the thought of it. It is worth the effort to make memories as lovely as this one surely is for you. xxo.
    September 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm
  9. Elizabeth says: What a great setting, it seems like the perfect place to have a romantic dinner during the full moon. I absolutely love the flower arrangement too, very lush & free. Hope you think t was worth the extra effort!
    September 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    • Frances says: Thank you Elizabeth a House Mouse! And thanks for reminding me to visit ahousemouse.com - I love it! Best to you, Frances
      September 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm
  10. Leslie Wood says: Absolitely stunning! Http://hadleycourt.com
    September 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm