Today is a civic holiday in our province and, because of this, my husband and I invited our nephew to come over and eat dinner with us yesterday evening. He brought with him a bottle of red wine made in South Africa to enjoy while eating.

The wines from the Nederburg estate are among my favourite red and white wines. Unfortunately, these wines are not readily available where I now live and I was so happy to see that my nephew had managed to procure a bottle. Our dinner was delicious, the conversation scintillating, and the glass of red smooth and rich.

Have you tasted South African wine?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Trent’s Weekly Smile.)

Grateful for Family Dinner

Our son has flown into the city for a few days to work and was able to spend some time with us on Saturday. The four of us were excited to see him and could not wait to catch up. We decided to meet him for dinner and take him out to a new Chinese restaurant in our neighbourhood. We all enjoy eating Dim Sum because of the variety of choice and, of course, the chance to eat family style.

Family Style Dinner © Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

We spent the evening catching up on one another’s stories, chatting about the future, and reminiscing on the past. If we could have, we would have extended the moment but alas, we had to sleep!

What are you grateful for this week? And what has made you smile?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is part of my weekly gratitude reflection and is linked to Trent’s Weekly Smile challenge.)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

Many of you know that everyday I eat together with my family (as described in my post Our Family Table). No-one will be surprised, then, that I enjoy eating at a table when I visit family and friends. The meal may be an elaborate dinner or a simple breakfast; but it is not only a beautifully set table waiting for us that I enjoy the most. What I savour is the act of eating together; the sense of comradeship that exists between a group a people who enjoy one another’s company. I have spent many hours sitting around the table talking for hours on a variety of topics.

A table set for a simple breakfast together. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Some tables are simply set; and others a little bit more elaborately.

A table setting for an informal family dinner. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

I often take the time to set a table with care; and appreciate it when my host does the same. It helps to set the atmosphere of the time we will spend together at the table; and helps to make the event a little special.

Do you enjoy setting tables? When do you take the time to set an elaborate table?

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