It was so very nice to be back at book club last night and even though it was difficult to motivate myself to go out in the bitter cold, this sight greeted us as we walked to the door and it was just lovely. What could be prettier than simple white pillar candles stuck in the snow and lining a path to the front door?
Because it was so cold, our hostess served a delicious warm mulled red wine with the flavors of spice and orange. There were candles everywhere and we enjoyed the ambience as we caught up with each other.
As always, our dinner menu was made with care and perfect for a January night. We were served a lovely salad, a Moroccan chicken stew over couscous and naan bread. Dessert was an almond cake with hints of orange. Our dinner discussion was lively as usual. One topic which brought out a lot of opinion, was the idea of letting our hair go gray, rather than keeping up with our color year after year. For the most part, we are all in our early to mid fifties and most agreed the time is not now. Interesting thought and discussion though.
The book we talked about was one I had read many years ago, but read again, so I could participate fully in the discussion. The Weird Sisters is a novel about three sisters, their differing personalities and the impact of the return to their hometown to care for their sick mother. There are many literary undertones and Shakespearean references, metaphors and quotes which made for interesting reading.
Have a wonderful weekend!