Outdoor Feast

photo by Elaine Skinner

Lidewij Edelkoort is a Dutch luminary trend forecaster and this beautiful photograph was featured today on her interesting web-based site called Trend Tablet.

Ever since I saw Woody Allen’s movie A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy in the early 1980s, I’ve hoped to serve a dinner in a meadow (the image on the right is the only one I could find of that dinner scene from the film), with friends sitting down together as the late summer light fades across the tips of the tall grasses and the fireflies begin to sparkle against the darkened woods.

The first photo enlarges that idea to a banquet, with family and friends. I love how there are books at the table, along with the food and drink, and that the many ages mingle together here within a hall of orchard trees.

I like how Lidewij describes in today’s post how our idea of family has grown in this century. After seeing how Vermont communities have pulled together to help friend, family and stranger in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene floods, I feel a part of this bigger family, and it feels good.


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