Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Muses Came to Discuss "The Summer Before the War"

It was a dark and stormy least that was the weather forecast.  The intrepid Muses decided that would not stop them and over they came to discuss the book by Helen Simonson.   We had enjoyed "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" a few year's ago and weren't disappointed in this one.  The setting is the town of Rye in East Sussex.  It is 1914--the idyllic summer before the war.  Beatrice Nash arrives to teach Latin.  She finds colorful characters, resistance to a female teacher, love and much more.

Lisianthus and hydrangea from the patio garden.

Veggie chips to start.

Chicken salad with dried Montmorency cherries.

Fresh mozzarella and heirloom cherry tomatoes.

Plum tart made by The Baker.
Recipe here:


  1. double wow on the food you had, I would love to taste that tart, since I have never had one. the mixed bouquet is beautiful

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  2. Wish I were there. Lovely food and the book sounds great. Going to the library today and will try to find it.

  3. I love the book jacket! I also enjoy Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. I will putting this one on my to-read list.
    Hugs, Bonnie

  4. Your table and food is all just gorgeous! And the tart is food art! Never heard of Montmorency cherries! Phil eats Bing and Ranier. So good to see a post from you Bonnie!!!!

  5. The book looks good!! And wonderful, colorful food. I always like seeing your heirloom tomato salads. Yum.

  6. We've had a lot of rain the past few weeks, haven't we! Glad it didn't dampen your gathering :) The plum tart looks amazing and the book sounds great.

  7. Love ths book ! And all look beautiful Bonnie !

  8. You served my favorite veggie chips, they're addictive ;)

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  10. Sounds like an interesting book and your food looks so pretty!

    The comment above mine threw me off a bit.

    M : )

  11. What lovely yummies!!
    xo Kris

  12. Love the mozzarella and heirloom cherry tomatoes and the plum tart ♥


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