April 21, 2015

Grooming the Friesians

When living with horses, regular grooming is essential to their care and wellness. Grooming not only keeps horses clean, but also stimulates good circulation, encourages healthy bonding with handlers, and allows them to be checked closely for any signs of illness or injury.
All my equids - the Friesians, the ponies and the donkeys, are groomed every single day. This means their coats are cleaned, brushed and combed, and their hooves are picked of any mud, stones and debris. It’s a time consuming task, but it keeps my nine stable residents healthy, happy and comfortable.
Enjoy these photos…

April 20, 2015

Changing the Storm Doors

The arrival of spring’s gentle breezes is the ideal time to swap out those heavy glass storm doors for the lighter, cooler framed screen inserts. It’s an easy task to ignore, but doing this every spring and changing them back every fall provides better maintenance for the doors, and better energy efficiency for the home.

It's an easy chore to accomplish and a most refreshing change for the new season. If you haven't yet changed the storm doors and windows at your home, I hope these photos and tips offer a little inspiration...

April 18, 2015

A Granite Sofa at Skylands

Skylands, my home in Maine, is now the temporary residence of an original reproduction of a Federalist period Grecian Sofa.

The “Granite Sofa” is a four-thousand pound sculpture carved out of one single piece of pink granite. It was delivered after friends suggested I house the art piece while the museum caring for it underwent renovations. I thought it would be fun, and I was sure I could find a suitable place for it. It’s a beautifully crafted carving by sculptor, Russ Kaufman, for Celeste Roberge, the internationally known artist who wanted it as a monument to the original 1805 Samuel McIntire “Grecian Sofa”, currently at the acclaimed Winterthur Museum & Country Estate.

It took a little ingenuity and elbow grease to transport the installation, but I’m thrilled and honored to have this work of art at my home. Here are some photos - I hope you enjoy them.