I was reminded of an indulgence I dreamt some time ago while under the spell of pungent citrus aromas lingering into nightfall. As the night skies surrender to the rays of the sun ever more each day this month, I grow in anticipation and dream of an orangery. While I pace along neighborhood trails and brush against branches laden with citrus fruit ready to burst, I can’t help but wonder how this abundance of citrus would feel like or smell like in the middle of our nest. What a way to wake up each day, or better yet to doze off in a cot under the citrus shade on a lazy afternoon, or even better yet under the starry night sky just before I drowse away to dreamland. To harvest that clean, crisp Mediterranean flavor each morning in a glass of the freshly squeezed nectar of oranges, lemons or kumquats would certainly stir up some good vibes for the rest of the day. Every year I dream and hope…maybe it’s this year where I will witness the tiny white blossoms stretching toward the sun. Maybe it’s this year my unadorned arms will caress against the blooms and release that sweet scent of the Mediterranean while baby bear darts around in her fluid dress ever so sprightly squealing in delight. Surely a folly like this would lighten a heavy heart. Since our current nest lacks space and proper soil conditions for any patch to create a thriving fruit or vegetable garden, we have resorted to our trusty pots of one miniature citrus tree with another barely managing. They have been with us for as long as we have been married and we would like to pioneer our dreamy orangery with these pots. How many pots of miniature citrus would we nurture? As many as it takes to gratify our nest with its aromatic powers and transport us to our original space of inspiration…the open-air orangery of a small French countryside. The one we sipped apéritifs in after our brief but sweet blessing from a rosy-cheeked cleric from Canterbury and just before our dainty yet decadent six-course meal we savored at our wedding reception. Maybe it will be next year where I’ll post photographs of our anniversary party in our central courtyard orangery in our nest. I hope you do hang in there to join us for a few apéritifs with ingredients from our tender fruits from our orangery of course.