This year we were lucky enough to snag one of these wine advent calendars from Lidl. They fly off the shelf just as soon as then become available. At around $60.00 for the box, we hoped for the best. So far, so good.
Also a Lidl best seller is the clever Ilchester cheese advent calendar and what better to go with wine? The cheese advent calendar (in the refrigerator section of course) costs around $14.00.
Tonight’s pairing was a mini bottle of Chardonnay (equal to one large glass or two small ones for sharing) and a lovely English sharp cheddar. I would really like to know more about this wine and the cheese because both were terrific and fabulous together! The wine was just as the mini label stated, buttery, pear, Meyer lemon and vanilla.
Cheers to twenty-three more days of wonderful surprises to come!
I was reading a post by Om Malik about the preference for long verses short posts. It started me thinking about what catches my eye when scrolling my blog reader. Sometimes it’s completely random and based on mood. Sometimes I’m captured by a good title. But, usually, it’s a great photo that draws me in. Which makes me wonder, why am I so lazy about adding photo’s to my own posts?
It’s not for a lack of photos, I have thousands; including some terrific shots of Europe. But then, there’s so much that’s photo worthy in Europe, it’s almost impossible to take a bad picture. I’m dropping a few of my favorites in here…see what you think.
So…what makes a photo interesting or intriguing? Is it the mood or feeling it inspires?
Does it invoke curiosity or introspection?
Is it unique, artful, skillful or comical?
The rhyme or reason of my photo ‘likes’ is tricky to define:
I do favor flower photos, not in a Georgia O’Keeffe sort of way, just vibrant close-ups, with the amazing detail nature provides.
I admire animals, but I’m getting bored with cats and dogs anything else is infinitely more interesting, even farm animals. That might seem common to some. But for me, they provide a sense of peace in a pastoral setting.
Anything shot in black and white gets me every time.
I’m also wild about awesome landscapes, trees, the moon, water and certain insects. Like I said, it’s hard to narrow it down. The fascination of a photo may lie in the viewers desire to imagine what the photographer was thinking when he/she took a particular shot and whether or not that translates through the photograph.
Oh and of course…there’s the incredible edibles!
With so many excellent photo blogs out there, I began to wonder why I’m stingy with the like button? Can’t I like as many blogs or photos as I would like to?
My new favorites are the nicely paired poem and photo combo, as in these two blogs: The Source of Inspiration and The Wanderer, check them out if you get a chance.
You might just want to stop and sit awhile with some photo blogs:
Or put on a sweater…
In the very least if an image makes the viewer smile; that should be enough, now shouldn’t it?