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.
1 The children, Alexis and the angry East Hampton ocean, after the severe rain storm, which was a product of hurricane Arthur on July 4th.
2 The angry seas broke waves 1/2 mile out into the ocean- an unusual occurrence for East Hampton.
3 The kids wanted to run into the water but were apprehensive because of the noise and thunder of the breaking surf.
4 The waves sent water very far beyond the shore line up onto the beach and the children loved it!
5 The sky was also quite angry, ominous and grey!
6 Jude and Truman found the rough seas and big waves as exciting and as beautiful as Alexis and I did.
7 Looking out to sea at the big waves was a source of fascination and joy. The aftermath of a storm is always exciting.
8 This is a good view of the far out breaking waves.
9 We had to hold back the adventuresome kids! They really wanted to run into the surf after getting acclimated to the crashing waves and thunderous sounds.
10 The wind got very cold, so we headed back home, leaving the beach and the waves behind.
11 Another very good look at the rolling and breaking waves that came in tiers of two and three and four!
12 We wondered if surfers were out down the beach at Georgica.
13 So we decided to run down the shore to see if indeed the surfers were taking advantage of the waves.
14 And yes they were! About twenty intrepid guys were in the cold surf waiting for those perfect "curls"!
15 Three waves breaking in unison.
16 This surfer had enough. He was heading in and didn't seem to at all be phased by the chill in the air while being soaking wet.
17 Jude loves being dragged, suspended and carried on shoulders. Here she is making sand waves with Alexis.
18 These are the tracks she made while being dragged backward. It was a wet and chilly 4th of July, but we had so much fun together!
19 The following day I ran into Darcy Miller Nussbaum and her two girls, Ella and Pippa. They set up a Lemonade stand where they sold a nice variety of goodies.
20 There was lemonade of course - 75 cents a glass.
21 They also had homemade cookies, popcorn and fresh bing cherries. All the money they collected went to Mt. Sinai hospital. It was a very busy stand all afternoon, so they collected a nice donation!
22 I then attended a lovely luncheon at the pond side home of Kathy and Bill Rayner. I loved their table setting, especially the way the fringed napkins were folded.
23 They served a buffet of delicious salads.
24 They also had yummy hotdogs and hamburgers with all the "fixins" - fitting food for the holiday weekend.
25 Desserts included this delicious gelee of champagne.
26 And a mound of homemade raspberry sorbet.
27 Later that evening, I went to a dinner hosted every year by Lally Weymouth. She entertained several hundred friends under an incredible canopy. Each year it is different and extraordinary!
28 This year the tent was striped and woven and the ceiling was hung with fern accented chandeliers.
29 The long communal tables were decorated with beautiful flowers. I loved the bamboo chairs.