"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Sunshine & Seafood

This morning we drove down and over to Essex, Massachusetts for a clambake and lobster boil at Cogswell's Grant. It was sponsored by a hereditary and historical organisation my husband belongs to. The perfect day for such an event!

Crossing the Essex River.

The dining area under the marquee.

Our first course.

Our second course.

The property has been farmed since the 17th century, and the house is a museum of early American folk art and furnishings. For many years it was the summer home of noted collectors Bertram and Nina Little--whose sons were present and told many stories of their life in this amazing house and their days growing up on the farm.

Tomorrow, off to the Cottage on the Big Lake--after the church picnic. It's definitely a weekend for al fresco dining!

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