The Courtyard Garden is my favourite spot in the garden ... it's where I expend most of my gardening energies and it's the spot that is lavished with most of my attention ... although it's not lavished with heaps and heaps of money! In my efforts to add lots and lots of colour to this space, I've ended up with a whole lot of inexpensive containers filled with lots of annuals and colourful plants like Cordylines. Right now the annuals are coming into bloom and it's beginning to look quite lovely as our Winter marches on.
While I so love the Courtyard Garden during the day, it's at night that I absolutely revel in the surroundings. We enjoy many evening meals out there or sometimes just drinks and nibblies. Last night was our first Winter's dinner evening spent with family and I thought I'd share some photos taken while I was setting up. As you can see there's nothing extravagant or sophisticated about the table setting ... it's more the homely and unpretentious touch! Bit like me really!
I like to scatter little candles around the courtyard to light up the lovely flowers. I plan on getting tall candle holders ... they're on my never-ending list of things to buy one day.
As the evening draws in, it's time to light the candles.
What was on the menu last night? Well it was a rather cool Winter's evening ... gosh the temperature got down to chilly 17 degrees C / 62 degrees F! Oh yeah ... time for the warm winter comfort food ....
Beef and Guinness Pie with mashed potatoes, string beans and corn ... and a few glasses of a fabulous red!
Followed by Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice-cream ... then coffee/tea and chocolates. Oh ... and a glass of Bailey's Irish Cream Liquor.
Luckily we have enough beds for our guests to sleep over ... it's a long drive back into the city!!!