I love Meredith. She has such a joie de vivre. It is always a wonderful day in Meredith's life. It is so refreshing.
But, I have a confession. It was none of those wonderful qualities of personality or riverside location that originally caught my undivided attention. It was her bay tree.
The first time I knew that bay trees grew in Canada was on this very first visit to Meredith's. Scott picked a bunch of leaves and we went back to the city to make a lovely lamb roast laid upon a bed of fresh bay leaves. I have always since been so envious. I would love to go out my front door and pick a handful of bay leaves.
Look at these lovely bouquet garni! Meredith has made these with a labour of love and I am one lucky recipient of this gift. They are so adorable! They are so more adorable than the almost identical bouquet garni that I purchased in Paris at La Grande Epicerie. I now feel a little ridiculous to have saved these 'petit cher bouquet garni' from Paris. They are dry and, well, lifeless, in comparison to the wonderfully fresh bundles from Meredith.