Lincoln’s 1863 proclamation establishing the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving, specifically invited “those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands” to join in giving thanks. In accordance with Lincoln’s proclamation, November 27, found us on Meridian, our friends the Leuenbergers’ Tayana 48. The Leuenbergers provided the turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, corn and pecan pie. We brought the mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce (craisins are dynamite for this side dish). We are thankful for the opportunity to have shared this holiday with this tight knit family and for all of our blessings this past year.
Meridian’s table is set; cozy seating for five. The burgee hanging behind is from Switzerland as are the Leuenbergers.
Bern, the Swiss capital, means bear. Legend has it that the then presiding Duke sent out a hunting party and told them he would name the town after the first animal the party brought back. The Bern pillow honors the Leuenbergers’ roots, as does Meridian’s home port New Bern, North Carolina
Heinz recently retired from a business where he held management positions in Bermuda and Dallas, Texas. The sign behind Heinz says, “near the sea we forget to count the days.”
Margrit and Eulalie grace the salon in their tropical finery.
Dominique, who prepared much of the feast, is relaxed with the cooking well behind her. Dominique is taking time off from pursuing a career in international business to share her parents’ adventure for a while.
It tasted even better than it looks.
Dominique used pancake syrup as a substitute for corn syrup. Muy rico, as we say en Espanol.
Meridian’s barrista serves up a mean espresso. A perfect end to a Thanksgiving we will long remember.