Sunday, July 24, 2011

picnic {№10}

picnic ten was also a (many-times-delayed-when-was-our-last-date?) date night.  we set out on the hottest day of the year to enjoy shakespeare under the stars at the foot of the blue ridge mountains.  endstation theatre gives an amazing festival each summer.  this night was twelfth night.

they encourage picnicking and much drinking of wine.

it began with soft green grass, a hint of breeze, talking and laughter floating from our blanket and the surrounding blankets, the sweet smokey scent from the tiki torches and a grand view of the blue ridge with the promise of a spectacular sunset.  picnic perfection, i'm telling you. 

and then this:

sudden loud claps of thunder and bolts of lightning followed by a downpour and the mad dash to the parking lot.

our very first picnic in the car was one of the best picnics ever.  the storm was long and the acting company was determined not to cancel the show.  so we waited.  and for the first time in a long time, the two of us had precious time to talk and laugh and share time together without distraction.  and there is just something incredibly romantic about the sound of rain pounding on the car roof, don't you think?  it was very intimate and both of us loved this quiet accidental moment of connection.

(recipe break) rainbow quinoa:  stir up cooked quinoa with purple cabbage, green onion, carrots, cilantro, pepitas, peaches, a splash of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.  it's my new summer stand-by.  good and pretty.

we took a little walk in the storm after dinner, another intimate moment as we only had one umbrella and had to share.  the rain slowed to a drizzle and the theatre company came to back to life, hurrying to ready the stage for performance.

the show must go on.  and so it did.  shakespeare, misty hills and a pink sunset followed by a crisp and beautiful starry sky.