December 18, 2014

Journey to the Galápagos

Recently Neil Golub, the Operations Manager for Martha Stewart Radio, traveled to the extraordinary Galápagos Islands, an archipelago of volcanic islands about 600 miles west of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. The islands were formed from erupting volcanos millions of years ago. There are actually 19 islands and dozens of other islets and volcanic rocks in the chain. Neil traveled with a tour company called Ocean Adventures. His journey began with a flight to Quayaquil, Ecuador, then another flight to Baltra Island, where he boarded the Eclipse. For the next week, he and his 35 fellow travelers visited five islands and saw a multitude of exotic wildlife, marine birds and fish. In his blog, he explains why the Galápagos are often called "a laboratory of evolution."


December 17, 2014

A Party for My Staff at Bedford

Last weekend I held a party for all the staff at my Bedford property. My employees work so hard all year caring for my farm and helping me prepare for parties and other events, so this was an opportunity to show my appreciation. Chef Pierre Schaedelin and I planned a festive and traditional holiday meal, which we served in the Winter House. It included delicious baked ham served with biscuits, smoked salmon, frittatas, and blintzes expertly made by my friend Svetlana. We also served potato latkes with crème fraiche and applesauce - with apples from my farm, naturally. There was cider, wine, and my special eggnog, made with rum, bourbon, and cognac, with whipped cream folded in. In the Tenant House we served a smorgasbord of sweets - chef Thomas Joseph prepared for days. We were also enchanted by the singing of Charis Chamber Voices, a Bedford-based chamber choir that performed traditional Christmas carols. In Greek, "charis" means joy, pleasure, grace and kindness - which perfectly expresses my sentiments for the season!


December 16, 2014

An Old-fashioned Wood Turner

After 20 years of owning my home on Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton, I felt it was time for some enhancements, including a renovation of the garden and a new color theme for the exterior. For the garden, we planted new trees and shrubs, and added new walkways and terraces. Also among the items we replaced were the 8-inch wooden ornamental balls that sit atop my lattice trellises. Since they were a custom size, we went to our friends at, a wood parts company based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was founded by Larry Smith in 1976, and his son Clay owns the business today. We asked Clay if he would show us the wood turning process, which is what you will see in today's blog. made fifteen beautiful, impeccable balls for us. We are delighted with the finished product!