It is a small space filled with beautiful plants and flowers. They have soaps, vintage silver and candles.
What I like is that they sell a wide variety of "greenery" as well as their roses and posies.
I love packages wrapped in brown paper.
Honestly one of my "favourite things."
I happened to be shopping for some cheeses and a baguette at the nearby Chiarell's deli and popped in on my way by...the gals inside are knowledgeable and friendly and eager to help. I really appreciate the personal touch and find I'd rather patronize a shop run by people who love their jobs and greet you with a smile.
If you live in the Victoria area I would highly recommend that you go into Thorn and Thistle and see for yourself.
a simple green centrepiece
It is meant to be low,
so the guests can see each other across the table when dining.
Keeping things simple when it comes to table setting is very much in keeping with our Humble Bungalow.
On the menu for our dinner party:
Served with Phrog Gin martinis
Caramelized onion Cheddar and Pecorino Cheese, Smoked Salmon, sliced French Baguette
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Fresh Green Pea Soup served with bacon cubes (Park Avenue Cookbook)
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Roasted Cherry Tomato Bake (Barefoot Contessa ~ Foolproof)
Mushrooms with roasted Pine Nuts (Park Avenue Cookbook)
Basic mashed potatoes
Roasted Herb encrusted Pork Loin ~ Bone in
Apple Crostata (Barefoot Contessa ~ Parties)
served with Coconut Bliss "ice cream"
Humble Bungalow Pork
Pork loin (bone in) topped with dijon mustard, chopped thyme, rosemary and parsley.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Topped with bread crumbs.
Easy and delicious!
I plan to keep the rosemary inside for the holidays.
I use it quite a lot when I cook.
It will look a bit festive if I twist some simple twine or vintage garland around it.
Bunny William's book is on my coffee table and I am halfway through reading it.
I can relate to her story...falling in love with a house.
It was love at first sight when we stepped into our Humble Bungalow 30 years ago.
It was waiting for someone to come in and restore it to it's former glory.
It has been a labour of love and we are not finished yet!
Before I go and read...
I would be remiss not to mention the other gem on the Dean Heights block...Chiarelli's a fabulous deli that stocks exotic ingredients, mustard, pickles, jams, teas, superior olive oils and vinegars. They have a wide assortment of crackers and cheeses, olives and so much more.
Mandarin oranges in the shops alert me that the Holidays are just around the corner.
I don't know about you but I am going to shop and plan ahead this year to avoid holiday stress.
It really helps to keep things simple.
Remember that kindness never goes out of style.