March 28, 2015

Easter Party Preparations

Many of you often ask how I decorate my home for special occasions. I’ve always enjoyed holidays, but they’re even more fun now with my grandchildren, Jude and Truman. Easter is a specially good time, and it’s fast approaching. This year, I’m hosting a gathering of 30-adults and 15-children. And, Chef Pierre Schaedelin will prepare another wonderful meal with me in the kitchen.

Meanwhile, I’ve been very busy pulling out all my decorations, and finding new ways to use them. One tip is to start early, and make a list, so everything can be done timely and efficiently. As you will see in these photos, I’ve already decorated most of the rooms in my home - they're filled with bunnies, chicks, and eggs in all different sizes and colors. I hope my ideas inspire you. Decorating is fun, and sharing what you've done with family and friends makes it all worthwhile.

Enjoy preparing your spring celebration, and if you haven’t yet started… this weekend may be a good time to “hop to it.”

March 27, 2015

First Colors of Spring

After a long, and relentless winter, the first blooms of spring are finally starting to emerge at the farm. This week, as temperatures rose to the high 40s here in the Northeast, snowdrops and daffodils began pushing their way through the soil.
The outdoor grounds crew is now busily pruning trees, clearing old leaves, and top-dressing garden beds with compost.
It won’t be long before bursts of spring color cover every border, orchard and allee.
In the meantime, here are some photos showing the early spring activity - enjoy.

March 26, 2015

St. Bart's Vacation - Part 1

I just returned from a glorious six days on the island of St. Bart’s in the Caribbean. St. Bart’s has a long and storied history, and although small in size- eight square miles- it is topographically very interesting and the beaches are varied and wonderful for boating and swimming and water sports. I have been going to St. Bart’s for decades and on my very first visit the island had few inhabitants, few villas, and ONE telephone at the post office for everyone to use, and only small Moke cars for transportation. Now, of course, it is very, very different - the hustle and bustle, the traffic, and the vivaciousness have all increased a hundred fold or more.

But the charm is still there, the shopping is really fabulous- Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chopard, and Chanel co-exist with many small, unique shops that provide choice and style. The restaurants – L’Isola, Taiwana, La Case de L’Isle, La Langouste, Tamarin, to name just a few, all serve delicious food. If you prefer to cook at home, and we did cook many meals, there are great shops to buy local as well as imported foodstuffs. American Gourmet, in Gustavia, imports delicacies from France on a daily basis, and services many of the yachts in the harbor as well as restaurants and private villas. I got bottarga, Vacherin cheese, lychees and French strawberries there, along with a fine assortment of rose wines - Eric Azagury is the man to see.

I will be posting one or two more blogs about this beautiful island in the next week, so more to come. Enjoy.