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.


March 25, 2015

The Horses Get Acupuncture

Every three months, my horses get a visit from equine veterinarian, Dr. Rosemary Ganser, who specializes in acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. My wonderful Friesians, Rutger and Meindert, are under her care for general maintenance and wellness, but also for some mild arthritis.
Acupuncture works by restoring the "energy flow" known as qi, (pronounced CHEE), which moves along meridians, or channels, around the body. Small needles are used to alleviate blockages of qi that could cause pain, discomfort or poorly functioning organs. Chiropractic treatments focus on spinal alignment and muscle balance. Practitioners manually adjust key points to restore skeletal positioning, and improve joint functioning and range of motion.
Dr. Ganser has been practicing alternative veterinary medicine for many years, and as these photos show, my horses always feel better and more relaxed after every appointment.