December 5, 2014
Special Moments from My Thanksgiving Weekend
In today's blog I'll share a few more recollections from this year's Thanksgiving at my Bedford farm. It was a time to relax with friends and family, partake in excellent food and drink, and celebrate the season. For our Thanksgiving meal we had 37 guests. Chef Pierre Schaedelin worked his magic, everyone loved my pies, and the house looked beautiful. Kevin, Alexis, and my grandchildren stayed overnight, giving us plenty of time the next day to enjoy the early snowfall. We were lucky to be able to record some of our special moments because we had four famous photographers at the dinner - plus many other guests with cameras. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do!
1 i love this photo of me in my kitchen with the two whole roasted birds, glistening and golden brown.
2 This is my friend and guest Douglas Friedman. He is well known for his photographs of fashion, art, interiors, and his celebrity portraits.
3 This is my friend, photographer Todd Eberle. He has been photographing for Martha Stewart Living for more than 20 years. He brought me a present - a wonderful photograph of flowers from his garden that are part of a series of flower portraits he is currently working on.
4 I love this photo of the second adult table in my dining room. The golden pumpkins were the same ones I used to decorate the table for the Today Show hosts last week. I love the way they contrast with the dark amethyst turkey dishes. Both look great on the Japanese obi runner.
5 Here's chef Pierre Schaedelin in his usual stance - working his magic on the delicious hors d'oeuvres.
6 Douglas Friedman caught G.K. in a pensive moment by the kitchen door. Shortly after this photo was taken, G.K. escaped the chaos of all the guests and ran off outside. We found him two hours later, frolicking in the snow.
7 Kevin and Jude in the courtyard getting ready to play in the snow. Jude is deliberating over whether to take off her snow jacket or leave it on - a tough decision.
8 Alexis and Truman sharing a private moment in the Winter House Courtyard.
9 Truman is a very accomplished Kawasaki driver. He sits on my lap and steers, driving well on the roads and even across the fields. He is two and a half, so he needs to grow a bit taller to reach the gas and brake pedals.
10 Alexis, Kevin and the kids had a great time trying out the new sled.
11 Both Jude and Truman fit snugly in the sled, and the wooden sides kept them from falling off.
12 Alexis is very fit and could drag the sled for a couple of miles.
13 In the Far Field the slopes made the pulling easy, and the kids got a taste of "speed." That was the most fun of all!
14 Jude loves the snow and the sled but not always the camera lens. But I think she also knows when to be coy.
15 The majestic old sycamore tree is the symbol of my farm, Cantitoe Corners. It has withstood the recent icestorms, hurricanes, even a tornado.
16 Jude and Truman sat nicely on the Fell pony's back. They tried out the new bareback pad, which has a grab strap they could hang on to.
17 Jude loved to walk around and around the main aisle of the stable. Ben Chunch was very well behaved.
18 We were thrilled that Jude took to the saddle so well. Her "seat" was excellent, but why not? Alexis rode and evented for years.
19 Kevin in a photo by Douglas Friedman at the entrance to the big glasshouse, where I keep my tropical plants.
20 Todd Eberle happened to be walking by and captured this special moment between me and Jude. I was inside, she was out in the snow, and we kissed through the screen.
21 I love this candid shot of Kevin - I took it after we finished the meal and most of the guests had departed.