What a gorgeous September we are having. Mellow sunny days followed by crisply cool nights—perfect for sleeping with open windows. And perfect for whetting the appetite!

It seems that our long-time favourite apple orchard, Myers, did not survive Covid, much to my dismay, but we are fortunate here in southern Ontario to have many more. I’ve begun frequenting Bennett’s, which has a good variety of apples and baked and jarred goods. As usual, when confronted with such bounty, I bought entirely too much and have spent the last week making Curried Parsnip Apple Soup, more Ratatouille and baking Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter and Cream Cheese Icing and Pumpkin Pie with a No-Roll Crust for an early (even for Canadians) Thanksgiving Dinner for the family. I also succumbed to the temptation of some unusually coloured sunflowers and dahlias.

The deep purple tones in the dahlias brought to mind some inexpensive Ikea ARV dinner plates I had lurking in the basement. They served a perfect frame for Juliska Emerson salad plates.

I decided to run with the jewel tones and used dark tartan napkins and a deep blue runner.

I elected to use a silver centrepiece to hold the hefty flowers and continued that theme with silver chargers and ornate cutlery, enhanced with antique Webb wheel-cut goblets.

I even hauled out the silver open salts. They don’t usually see the light of day until Christmas.

It is a real combination of blingy silver and glass alongside the humble Ikea plates and homely sunflowers. But I think it works!

It was a fun challenge!

Today, Glenn and I are heading into Toronto to visit our former stomping ground, The St. Lawrence Market, to pick up what proved to be a very elusive fresh turkey. Because we are celebrating Thanksgiving two weeks in advance of the official event, fresh birds are not only thin on the ground; they’re practically impossible to locate. It does give us an opportunity to visit our favourite cheese shop, though, Alex Farms. We will undoubtedly come back laden with cheese, in addition to the defunct Tom Turkey.

One more look at the table, and then I need to get my skates on.

Have a good day, folks.