Early June, we were fortunate to host Masanobu Ando and his son Masaki-san at the stone house for a night. Ando-san performed a Chinese Tea Ceremony and the children were rapt.
Smelling the tea leaves.
Admiring the tiny tea cups and saucers by Masanobu Ando.
Farmhouse dinner, using Oji Masanori's Jicon plates, antique silverware gifted from family, antique glasses from Japan, various antique platters from Japan, Scandinavia and France and of course, our amazingly versatile Earth & Moon walnut board by Oji Masanori x Mjölk.
Guest bedroom window, featuring an antique vase as well as two pieces by Ingegerd Råman, whom we are really looking forward to hosting in an exhibition October 24.
A few weeks later, Renaud Sauvé and Gilbert Garcia stopped by for a night on their way back home post exhibition. John made a beautiful onion tart (recipe either in A Kitchen in France or French Country Cooking...doesn't matter, both are good reads). Oji Masanori's Earth & Moon board and Diamond Pendant both feature in our stone house kitchen.
For dinner, a roast chicken and gravy. Arguably not very summery but easy enough!
First marshmallows of the season.
Aoife the Wolfhound looking out at the bonfire (or more realistically, some animal).
Next guest was Thom Fougere, popping in from Winnipeg for a few days.
Inaugural pizza from the Esse wood fired pizza oven, definitely the food highlight of the summer. Also pictured, the Tomii Takashi wood serving bowl that is perfect for salad and our recently restocked Toolbox, which is great for cutlery and accessories that you need to tote around.