July 11, 2014

My 4th Of July Weekend in East Hampton

I spent this 4th of July weekend at my home in East Hampton with my daughter Alexis and grandchildren, Jude and Truman. It was an absolutely gorgeous weekend with the exception of Friday, where we experienced the passing of severe and frightening rainstorms - a product of hurricane Arthur. The weekend was a very busy one! The kids spent lots of time at the beach and the pool. We also went into the very busy town of East Hampton a few times. I was invited to a few dinners and lunches and I spent some time getting the house ready after redoing the entire landscape with the help of Ralph Robbins from Save-A-Tree and several other wonderful suppliers of plant materials. I reflected on my decision to move all the roses to my Bedford farm - I’m glad I did it, but I miss the very beautiful and fragrant smell. I had a wonderful time with my daughter and grandchildren and look forward to many more family events in East Hampton. Have a look at some of the photos I took below and share what your 4th of July was like in the comments section. I look forward to reading them.

July 10, 2014

Historic Bedford Village

My blog team is on holiday.  Please enjoy this repeat.

The town of Bedford, where I live, encompasses the small hamlets of Katonah, Bedford Hills, and Bedford Village. Bedford was founded in 1680 when a group of New England Puritans purchased the parcel of land from Chief Katonah and other Native Americans with fur coats, blankets, and cloth. I recently gave you a little tour of Katonah and some of my favorite shops there and I thought it would be fun to give you a peek of Bedford Village, dating back to 1681. This historical little village was very important during the Colonial period and served as the wartime Westchester County seat during the Revolutionary War. In 1779, the British burned the village down and it was rebuilt. Today, Bedford Village is listed on both the New York State and the National Register of Historic Places.


July 9, 2014

Amazing Aerial Photos Of My Farm

One of my security detail, Dominic Arena, recently purchased a DJI Phantom flying camera.  These drone-like, radio controlled aircraft are lots of fun to play with and they take extraordinary photos.  However,  controlling them takes practice and getting used to.  Since my farm has lots of open fields, Dominic thought it would be the best place to get acquainted with his new toy.  The results were amazing!  Browse through the photo gallery below and leave a comment.  I’d love to know what you think about the photos, but also what you think about drones and the various ways they can be used in the future!