It's a balmy autumn afternoon and we're starting to prepare for a little dinner party tonight to celebrate David's birthday. The house is quiet except for the opera (I listen to Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on CBC as often as possible).
I also hung my new PARTY banner...! Isn't it pretty?!
My chocolate cake's frosting was a bit of a catastrophe (the butter was too hard) but I salvaged it by heating the entire cake in the oven for 1 minute! Then it spread like...well...butter!
I am also day dreaming about our new painting, which we just bought from a wonderful art dealer in Massachusetts, from whom we purchased a landscape painting (see it here and also in the photo above!) this time last year.
The new painting takes me back to my student days in Paris:
The painting is by American Impressionist painter Gabriel Spat (1890-1967), who lived in France most of his life (and shipped his lovely paintings back to America for all the francophiles to covet). The painting is entitled "Promenade au Bois de Boulogne". It resonated with me as I lived in Paris as a graduate student and frequently visited the Bois de Boulogne. I also took English riding lessons for several years and still love the equestrian arts.
I can't wait 'til this rather old and lovely painting arrives and finds a new home in our living room! Hope you are having a sunny autumn day...