Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Simple Pleasures...

Each day I open myself up to finding at least one magical moment. Sometimes the moments are big and sometimes they're so slight that they might easily be passed over. I think the latter are my favorite. I delight in basking in the small treasures and simple pleasures.


Today I wandered outside. A storm was brewing in the distance and the temperature had dropped from earlier in the day. There was a stillness and an almost oppressive calm. I meandered to the strawberry patch and plucked a few ruby jewels. They were still sun-warmed. It was if I was holding a little bit of summertime in the palms of my hand.

I took the berries inside and poured a saucer of aged balsamic vinegar. The pairing of the bright sweetness of the strawberries and the fruity tang of the vinegar might seem strange, but the result is bold, brilliant and bordering on effervescent.

11 comments:

Alice said...

OK, I thought that was chocolate. I dream in chocolate.......

The berry looks delicious!

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Yum! Their even better when you do a balsamic reduction. The vinegar gets so sweet and rich.

Greer said...

Isn't fruit still warm from the sun just the best!
Peaches, nectarines, mangos just dripping sweet goodness and big fat tomatoes rolling around in the basil in an orgy of sun worship. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm mouthwatering

TesoriTrovati said...

There is always something magical about coming here to visit you. I call that my 'something good' today, like that ruby jewel was yours. I am always in awe of your innate ability to distill life down to its greatest treasures. Thank you for that. Enjoy the day! Erin

Pearl and Pebble said...

HA-I thought it was chocolate too!! I have never thought of vinegar. Food for thought-literally I guess:) That is a beautiful berry and a wonderful picture.

SummersStudio said...

Stawberries and basalmic, my fav. Yummy.

Lynette said...

Ah Andrew, your words take me there. Thank you for sharing your delicious ruby jewel moments. Enjoy the summer!! Kindness Always.

Pretty Things said...

Strawberries and balsamic vinegar on salad are the BEST!

Lori Michaud said...

I agree with Erin, Andrew. I'll always remember a walk with the dog in the fall of 2004, the year my son died. It was a beautiful fall day; blue, blue sky, breezy. The leaves were falling. I raised my face to them, it was raining leaves & it was magical!

Andrew Thornton said...

Thanks Lori for sharing your moment here. My heart goes out to you.

Janet said...

Yes..a slice of Heaven!
And coming from the lips
of a lovely man!