Saturday, April 7, 2012


Judy (SWMBO) and I celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary today.  We drove over the mountain and down through a very busy Jerome and an amazingly developed Cottonwood.  We used to live on that side of Mingus Mountain and the changes are amazing to us, even in the last year.

Then on into the Red Rock Country to Sedona.  I snapped a picture of one of the famous Pink Jeeps that takes tourists around the area.

On to Tlaquepaque (tuh-lock-ee-POCK-ee), a center for art galleries and shops designed on architecture from the town of Tlaquepaque, Mexico, a suburb of Guadalajara.  These don't appear to be very Spanish or Mexican but I've always liked them.

After browsing through a couple of shops, we went to the real reason for our trip, Rene's French restaurant.  Nice atmosphere, nice art on the walls.

I thought Judy looked beautiful today.

We didn't take a picture of me so I snapped one when we got home.  I definitely do NOT look beautiful.

But, back to Rene's.  There was a bottle of wine . . a rose adapted from an Argentine Malbec.

Then the food.  We shared a couple of appetizers: Bacon Wrapped Dates with a bleu cheese dip and Saute Brie served atop french bread with caramelized apples with fresh fruit on the side.  Judy's entree was Mushrooms Streudel - assorted mushrooms sauted in garlic and thyme, tossed with feta and provolone cheese encased in puff pastry.

I had Sand-Dab, a sweet, delicate flatfish finished with beurre noisette.

Just outside the restaurant, we visited one more shop and Judy found a big pot done by a Northern California artist, Bruce Fairman.  His pieces are coated in a glaze which contains gold, platinum and titanium.  She had to have it so it's now resting in our home.

All in all, a great day, a fine anniversary.  41 years seems like an almost impossible length of time.  But as I told Judy this morning, "Only 9 more years!"


Warren said...

Happy Anniversary! I like that photo of the wine glass too

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

Congratulations! Nice to hear about couples who enjoy each other.

Lowandslow said...

Sounds like a wonderful day you two had. Happy Anniversary! The meal looks amazing, but I'm blown away by that pot. That is spectacular. Just spectacular! :)


Stephen Hayes said...

Happy anniversary. Mrs. Chatterbox and I are chasing you with thirty-eight years.

Tom Cochrun said...

Happy Anniversary. Looks and sounds like a lovely day, with fine memories and a beautiful new piece of art.

Steve said...

Bruce, you and Judy deserve all the congratulations you can get. Folks, at least the younger ones, just don't stay together. My wife and I celebrated our 39th this year. fantastic post.

Lucy said...

What a wonderful post, great photos of a great day, and you are both LOVELY people! Congratulations, and happy anniversary.

Jarart said...

Congrats you love birds! Thanks for sharing your day.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Thanks, all, for the good wishes.

The Bug said...

I'm late as usual - but happy anniversary! You guys look great - and I LOVE the pottery. SWMBO has a good eye :)

Meggie said...

Happy Anniversary to you both. I love that pot, and can understand why Judy loves it.