December 22, 2014

Best of the Blog: Brackets of Bedford

I hope you enjoy this encore blog posting! It last ran on Dec. 26, 2012, and it is one of my favorites. 

I’m always thinking of new design ideas and I’ve been thinking a lot lately about decorative shelf brackets. Decorative brackets are useful elements that can add an architectural perspective to both inside and outside of a building. When I designed the interiors of my farm buildings, I asked my builder, Slavo Kormanik, to pay close attention to the brackets that I sketched for each room. I love the elegance those brackets have added. Please enjoy these photos of Slavo’s creations and of other beautiful brackets highlighting my rooms.

December 19, 2014

Ben Chunch Gets a Bath

As many readers of my blog know, we recently welcomed a Fell pony to our stables. For my grandchildren it was love at first sight, and they named him Ben Chunch. He's only four and a half and still very much an impatient, frisky youngster. After he was with us for a couple of months, we decided the time had come for his first bath. In today's blog, we'll show you how it's done. Although technically he's taking a shower, in horse talk it's commonly called a bath.

 

December 18, 2014

Journey to the Galápagos

Recently Neil Golub, the Operations Manager for Martha Stewart Radio, traveled to the extraordinary Galápagos Islands, an archipelago of volcanic islands about 600 miles west of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. The islands were formed from erupting volcanos millions of years ago. There are actually 19 islands and dozens of other islets and volcanic rocks in the chain. Neil traveled with a tour company called Ocean Adventures. His journey began with a flight to Quayaquil, Ecuador, then another flight to Baltra Island, where he boarded the Eclipse. For the next week, he and his 35 fellow travelers visited five islands and saw a multitude of exotic wildlife, marine birds and fish. In his blog, he explains why the Galápagos are often called "a laboratory of evolution."