January 23, 2015

Palm Beach: Maritime Museum and Kennedy Bunker

As you know, I took the family to Palm Beach during the Christmas holiday to visit my friend Lis Barron. While there, we were treated to wonderful tours and visits to many historic and touristic places. One of our favorite visits was to the Kennedy Bunker, a fallout shelter, and Maritime Museum located on Peanut Island. Our guide was the director of the museum, Anthony Miller (ajmillerfl@gmail.com, 561-723-2028), who is available on a regular basis for tours and talks. The Maritime Museum is a charitable organization, and Anthony has great plans for organizing classes, sailing programs, and exhibits there on the island.

Visiting the bunker is especially timely right now as the United States is planning to re-establish relations with Cuba. The bunker serves as a reminder to all of us about the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Soviet threats to the safety of the United States. All of that seems so long ago, but history is fascinating, and Peanut Island is another page in a big book. Enjoy!

January 22, 2015

Early Jump on Spring Cleaning

The spring cleaning bug has bitten me, and really hard. Not only have I cleaned this large closet, I have reorganized my clothes closets, my shoe archive, and my sports equipment storage area. I wish I had taken a photo of the closet before it was emptied, but all the stuff on the table was really inside the closet and all of it has been re-allocated to storage boxes, baskets, and "new homes." I love homekeeping projects like this, and I advise you to visit our website, marthastewart.com, and also read my big book, The Homekeeping Handbook, published by Clarkson Potter, for guidance on organizing, reorganizing, and re-doing.

Here at the farm, we are reorganizing not only inside, but also outside: washing walls, clearing brush, chipping branches, mulching gardens, and setting up new projects to make life better and different.
Watch for future blogs about these projects, and lots more!

January 21, 2015

Visit to the Dia Beacon Museum

On this past Monday, Martin Luther King Day, Jude and Truman came to the farm to visit. Accompanied by their dad and nannies, we decided to take the 40 minute ride north to visit the Dia Beacon Museum, on the banks of the Hudson River. We left after the kids had a short, cold ride on the back of Ben Chunch Klittelberghe, their new Fell pony. Ben looks amazing after dozens of groomings, lots of great food and nights out in the cold—his coat is like a thick fur blanket!

Dia Beacon is the Riggio Galleries museum for an extensive art collection dating from the 1960s to the present.  It is housed in a massive factory building set on 26 acres of land on the banks of the Hudson River.

It is so worth a visit or two or three!