1 The first thing I did when I arrived at Skylands was to see how the Alocasia plants I planted back in May looked. Then, they were in little 6”-8” pots, and they’re gigantic now!
2 These plants were also quite little when we put them in.
3 The next thing I did was head to the wonderful kitchen. Pierre showed me how to prep all the vegetables - the tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, artichokes, carrots, beans, chard, and onions all from Martha’s garden!
4 I love all things pickled, so Pierre did a quick cucumber pickle recipe for dinner that night. The tomatoes were styled beautifully on the platter and the Hollandaise was prepared for the artichokes.
5 Pierre’s presentation for everything is amazing. He used a spoon to clean out the choke - the fine fuzzy stuff inside the artichoke - to create a cup for the Hollandaise sauce. I used kitchen shears to cut off the spiky tips of the leaves.
6 We visited John W. Sheets, a great toy store on Main St. in Northeast Harbor with super quality toys, like this colorful wooden puzzle.
7 One of my favorite things were these beautifully crafted tops.
8 Martha was entertaining the neighborhood kids by operating the snow gondola lift.
9 My husband, Ian and Editorial Director of Home Decorating Editor, Kevin Sharkey hanging out on our afternoon walk at Hunter’s Beach Trail.
10 Gael Towey and I let out a sigh at the same time when we came up to this pretty alley of fir trees.
11 The alley of trees opened up to Hunters Cove.
12 Uncle Carlos helped G.K. across the beach rocks to flat terrain.
13 Editorial Director of Books - Ellen Morrissey, Gael’s husband - Stephen, Martha, Gael, and Kevin take in the calm waters. This shot made me think of old rock band photos. Hah!
14 While I used my iPhone to document what I saw, Ian sketched.
15 Ian’s quick sketches of Hunters Cove and the Skylands van on Main Street
16 Some rocks I found on the beach
17 Indian pipes seem almost otherworldly.
18 When we got back to the house, the sweet smell of Pierre’s peanut brittle was wafting in the air.
19 Martha’s Hydrangeas that grow down by the barn are almost as tall as I am!
20 Yes, that’s me standing on Martha Stewart’s furniture! Kevin was splitting the woody stems of the Hydrangea so they'd absorb more water and last longer.
21 The table was set on the pink gravel at the back of the house. I love the how the palette of the blankets match the surroundings. The wax paper tablecloth added to the relaxed setting.
22 The lovely view of Seal Harbor from upstairs at dusk
23 These rocks line the cliff that overlooks the woods at Skylands. This view is breathtaking.
24 Claire and Cheryl made Aperol Spritzes (my favorite cocktail this summer) before dinner. Yay!
25 We bumped into Gael and Stephens’ friends in town and Martha invited them up for cocktails.
26 And gave them a tour. Here, they are talking about the linens.
27 Martha was very pleased with her vegetable crop.
28 We enjoyed a delicious dinner of the vegetables from the garden and fresh Maine lobster! Yum!
29 The next morning we went for a nice hike at Long Pond.
30 No, those are not boots on Sharkey. She and Francesca got into some muddy waters.
31 Ahhh! Sharkey smiles while washing her legs.
32 The wild blackberries were really sweet.
33 There were all kinds of mushrooms along the hike.
34 Kevin took a stroll on the beach across from Long Pond.
35 Martha chilling on the rocks
36 We were so happy to have a delicious breakfast after the four-mile hike.
37 Ian and Ellen enjoyed being on the boat.
38 Gael and Stephen cozied up with Francesca at the stern of the boat.
39 We went by boat to the town of Blue Hill and visited Blue Hill Antiques and the vintage book store. On my last trip, I regretted not buying a book of inspirational still life’s. I saw that it was still there, so of course, I had to get it.
40 These old German books have great patterned covers.
41 Martha prepped our picnic on the picnic boat – sandwiches, crudités, and crispy chocolate cookies.
42 Some of us napped on the ride back.
43 We hit pockets of fog but navigated through safely.
44 I love Kevin’s mossy arrangements around the house.
45 The plants and the Sphinx take in the sun on the terrace.
46 Stephen is also a great sketcher.
47 We also went mushroom hunting and discovered Chanterelles.
48 Their bright orange-yellow color and funnel shape stem help to differentiate them from some poisonous ones.
49 Our mini harvest
50 These cute baby vines are growing between the rocks on the way up to the house from the woods.
51 I was disappointed that I didn’t get to go berry picking this summer, so I was excited to see that Martha’s blueberries were still producing!
52 We made a pie for dessert.
53 Pierre's cold borscht – so healthy and delicious!!
54 Best veggie lunch ever – linguini with tomato confit, fresh tomatoes basil, and herbs!
55 Martha took us out in her Edsel Ford station wagon to visit the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden.
56 Ian and I at one of my favorite spots on the property.
57 This Navajo rug that I saw that weekend, inspired me to pick up the paintbrush. It was stimulating to be around all the beauty and art in Maine. Thanks Martha!