June brings summer weddings, and when all goes well year after year, it brings anniversary celebrations. I feel blessed to have made it to this one , happily, and look forward to more. To celebrate we took a boat ride with friends to Wassaw Island, a barrier Island that protects Skidaway Island. Wassaw is a wildlife refuge that is even quieter than Cumberland Island or Sapelo Island, two sea islands to the South.
We left the marina with bright blue skies but when we arrived on shore, we looked behind us and saw some mean weather approaching from Savannah. But we walked the beach, drank some peach sangria and headed home before dusk, and managed to avoid the dark skies approaching.
We continued the celebration the next day by checking into the President’s Quarters, a B & B or Inn, if you will, in the heart of the historic district of Savannah. Adjacent to Oglethorpe Square and the Owens-Thomas House, it is a convenient spot for an overnight. Walking distance to newly opened HUSK, made this the ideal spot to spend an evening. We had a warm welcome, drinks and hors doevres were served for visitors and after we had enjoyed some small talk with fellow visitors, we walked over to Husk. This is the new Savannah. If you go, be sure to start out on the second floor at the bar – wow! Then be escorted to your table and get a very personal introduction to Sean Brock’s philosophy of food and cooking in the South. The menu changes. The carnivores had steak tartare, and reported that the pork dish was sublime. Swordfish can be badly cooked, and I always hold my breath that it is not tough or stringy. This was the very best! The surprise of the night – fried chicken skins! Hey, this is Southern cooking! I can’t wait to go back again!
Once home again, we drove straight to the Farm because we knew the cherry tomatoes were ripening faster than we could pick them. Five paperbags full were delivered to friends, and we have been eating them every way you can imagine. The eggplant, peppers and basil are ready – it is summer! The edible flowers that I grew from seed (Siskyou Seed) make wonderful bouquets and perk up a salad or tray of appetizers. ANd how do I know it is June in Georgia? – the first DAHLIA bloomed. It is not a show stopper….the first one to bloom never is, but it paves the way for the many that are to come. This is really such a wonderful time to be in the garden. The heat index makes it difficult to work mid day, but the mornings and late afternoons bring so much joy! Happy gardening!