January 22, 2022

My Trip to the Dominican Republic

Here in the Northeast, it's bitter cold. Temperatures are expected to hit 30-degrees Fahrenheit at my Bedford, New York farm today - very different from the weather on the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic, where I recently spent a glorious week with friends.

If you follow me on Instagram @MarthaStewart48, you may remember my trip to the Dominican Republic over the holidays. Most of our time was spent in La Romana, at the beautiful resort complex of Casa de Campo, about 70-miles from the historic city of Santo Domingo. We went fishing, enjoyed delicious meals, and relaxed on the most pristine beaches. We also visited the village of Altos de Chavon, home to the Altos de Chavon Cultural Center Foundation, a non-profit educational and cultural entity dedicated to maintaining an arts community within the Dominican Republic. It was a fantastic trip with perfect weather every day.

Enjoy my photos.

January 21, 2022

A Fresh Coating of Snow at My Farm

Hard not to love a picturesque snow-covered landscape, especially at my Bedford, New York farm.

Yesterday morning, we got another few inches of beautiful, white snow that was just heavy enough to stick to the tree branches and shrubs, stone posts, walls, and steps, and the tops of all the burlap-encased urns and boxwood - the entire farm was a gorgeous winter wonderland. I always love to tour the property during snow storms. When not busy plowing the four miles of carriage road, I'm taking photos. This storm only lasted a few hours. By mid-morning, the snow tapered to flurries and a bright blue sky appeared.

Here are some of my images, and please go to my Instagram page @MarthaStewart48 to see more, enjoy.

January 20, 2022

Maintaining My Osage Orange Trees

We're getting so much pruning work done here at my Bedford, New York farm.

Here in the Northeast, winter weather can sometimes be very erratic - below freezing temperatures one day and mild the next. Whenever possible, my outdoor grounds crew takes advantage of the favorable conditions to get lots of tasks crossed off our list, including pruning the long rows of Osage orange trees along the fence of one of my horse paddocks. Last year, we limbed them up, meaning pruned the lower branches to improve shape and visibility. This year, the crew is tackling the tops to encourage fruitfulness and growth. The Osage orange, Macular pomifera, is more commonly known as a hedge apple, bow wood, or bodark. The fruit is wrinkly and bumpy in appearance, and considered inedible because of the texture and taste, but they're very interesting and fun to grow.

Here are some photos.