1 One tree in front of the Tenant House, where my daughter and grandchildren stay at the farm, was decorated with lots of lights. It was a big surprise for Jude and Truman - they loved it.
2 Stars were also placed on several of the buildings - they all looked so magical for the children.
3 I was able to capture a photo of this season's rare Christmas full moon. It illuminated the farm sky so brilliantly. The next Christmas full moon won't happen until 2034.
4 Christmas morning was beautiful after several cloudy and rainy days.
5 There was a bit of an overcast, but it was unusually warm here in the Northeast.
6 Two Christmas rhinoceroses - one for Jude and one for Truman. Their faces lit up when they saw them.
7 We enjoyed our Christmas meals at the kitchen counter - very cozy, yet still festive with the tinsel tree and the shimmering place settings.
8 Christmas breakfast for Jude and Truman was served with Steiff teddy bears.
9 Their first course was sectioned grapefruit.
10 The second course was cabbage pierogi with sour cream - the children loved them.
11 After breakfast on Christmas Day, everyone enjoyed a walk around the farm. Jude and Truman picked Granny Smith apples.
12 It was quite mild outside - the children didn't even wear winter jackets.
13 There are several shallow streams on the farm. Jude and Truman love to walk across them, hopping from rock to rock.
14 Alexis was always nearby.
15 They call this dry piece of land in the middle of one stream, "Long Island" - its shape is very similar to Long Island, New York.
16 Jude and Truman love to explore together.
17 They are very curious about nature.
18 The children also walked through one of the big paddocks - you can see them in the distance on their way to play with G.K.
19 Christmas dinner included latkes - potato pancakes topped with sour cream and caviar from Russ and Daughters in New York City. http://www.russanddaughters.com
21 The caviar was so delicious.
22 On New Year's Eve, I went outside at 6:30am when I saw that the misty morning was so beautifully photogenic. Using my Canon EOS I think I got some wonderful early morning shots.
23 I have started to collect these gigantic iron "sugar" pots whenever I see one. They make instant and effective fire pits. Supported on four or five rectangular cobblestones, these heavy pots hold a bright and effective warming fire.
24 The burlap wrapping was completed the day before - just in time for a snow flurry and the onset of damp cold weather. The wrapping is very architectural.
25 The Camperdown elms, Ulmus 'Camperdownii', are beautiful in full leaf, in bed and in skeletal form - so mysterious! The wrapped forms are stone urns - first wrapped in protective plastic and then in burlap for good looks.
26 This beautiful tree with its horizontal branches is called a black Tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica. I planted several on the property.
27 The distant corn crib sits amidst apples, quince, sycamores and lindens.
28 The Winter House loomed against the dark morning sky with just a hint of the half moon. The tree is a weeping Katsura, Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum.
29 The espaliered apples have such a nice form, as do the standard lilacs. I love the towering spruce that surround Alexis' Tenant House.
30 This is my favorite vista on the property - two ancient apples and the 100-year old white spruce fencing.
31 More of the burlap on my front terrace. The pot was lit that night.
32 Here was our New Year's Eve fire in the sugar pot on my terrace parterre. I love having these pots around - they can be moved anywhere to keep us warm on cold nights.
33 The fire in my courtyard outside the kitchen was also going strong.
34 Inside, a cozy fire in the Brown Room. It was a wonderful New Year's Eve. Best wishes to all of you for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016.