October Beach, and Hearty Vegetable Soup

We just spent two days on the island, closing up the house for the winter.  Weather ran the gamut, from perfect fall afternoon, through rain showers and windy — the usual mix.  This post is about the beach, and a very good vegetable soup with a friend for dinner — not related topics, but contiguous.

The beach itself was lovely, pristinely clean and attractively bordering sunsets and kitesurfers alike:

For dinner the last night, our friend, Steve,  joined us.  Barbara made a superb vegan vegetable soup, which is the main thing I wanted to share with you.  This was preceded by spaghetti with parsley and garlic, and followed by a salad with green leaf lettuce, endive, and a farmer’s market tomato.  Dessert was Sweet Inspirations’ chocolate-covered cranberries and pieces of dark chocolate butter crunch.  Wine was my dear friend, Li Veli Salice Salentino Passamante, my go-to Negroamaro this fall.  Here is the soup:

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