December 6, 2016

Wrapping My Boxwood Hedges with Burlap

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, the outdoor grounds crew is busy "burlapping".

One of the first signs winter is just around the corner is the sight of burlap being wrapped around various shrubs and hedges. Burlap covers protect the tender branches from splaying and breaking from the weight of snow, while shielding the foliage from freezing windburn. It is a practice I've followed for many years, and I think it also provides a cozy and pretty look to the winter landscape. This season, we've been very fortunate - milder autumn temperatures allowed us to get a good start on this great "burlapping" project. Yesterday, however, we woke up to a coating of snow, so winter is fast approaching.

Here are some photos.

December 5, 2016

Visiting the Famous Pike Place Market in Seattle

A visit to Seattle, Washington is just not complete without a stop at the famous Pike Place Market.

During a recent business trip to the west coast, I dropped by the century-old market to do a little shopping. Pike Place Market is one of the oldest continuously operated year-round public farmers' markets in the United States. It overlooks the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle and attracts more than 10-million visitors annually. Pike Place Market houses local farm stands, owner-operated bakeries, fish markets, butcher shops, specialty food stores and so much more. If you haven't already stopped by this bustling marketplace, I encourage you to do so the next time you're in Seattle's historic district - you won't be disappointed. If you have visited Pike Place Market, tell me what you liked best in the comments below.

Here are some photos - enjoy.

December 3, 2016

A Visit to Art Basel Miami Beach 2016

If you're ever in the Florida area this time of year, I highly recommend you visit Art Basel Miami, North America’s foremost international modern and contemporary art fair.

Earlier this week, I attended the 15th edition of Art Basel, which is the sister event to Art Basel held each June in Basel, Switzerland. Art Basel Miami contains more than 225 prominent galleries taking part from 29 different countries, including North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.  This art fair exhibits the work of more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Most of the show is held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, but many other art events occur throughout the city.  The event runs through tomorrow, December 4th.

Here are some of my photos - enjoy.