Saturday, December 12, 2015

Update from Grand Rapids - a caramel nut tart and Christmas lights at Meijer Gardens

Well, it's been 11 days since we were freed from our ball-and-chain in Rhode Island. Since then, our lives have continued to evolve here in the Wolverine State: Susie teaching the occasional class and right now focused on orders of shortbread gift boxes for a few friends while I'm still archiving photos and will most likely continue for the next few months.

But new projects beckon: I'm  working on putting together a guide of major sculptures in Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, with the indefatigable assistance of Marie B., and hope to build a website devoted just to that subject over the holidays. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, the weather has been wonderful and unseasonably warm with little precipitation. Aside from a couple of inches  of snow so far this winter has seen temperatures hovering in the high 40s to high 50s. This weekend promises to get up to the 60s by Sunday. Amazing!

One of Susie's recent special orders involved her luscious caramel nut tart using five different nuts (pistachios, pecans, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts but no peanuts) muddled together with her homemade caramel sauce and voila!

an arrangement of lilies given to Susie by a client

Last Sunday evening we took the opportunity to pay a nighttime visit to Meijer Gardens to enjoy not just a special member's only evening but the gorgeous lights and decorations:
lights near the pedestrian entrance 

lots of music and fun things to do, for the kids especially

the arid garden
In the Railway Garden were some extraordinary replicas, all made out of wood, of various buildings, many Grand Rapids landmarks:
Palazzo in Perugia, Italy
Temple Emmanuel

St. Mark's church

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