December 9, 2019

Afternoon Grooming for the Cats

Every day is a grooming day here at the farm.

Although cats are remarkably clean, well-groomed animals, I've always been a firm believer in regular brushing, combing, and bathing. I currently have two dominant calico Persians, Princess Peony, and Empress Tang, and one greenhouse cat, Blackie - they are all very special to me and are such wonderful companions. Every afternoon, their faces and ears are cleaned, their coats are checked, and they're given a good, thorough brushing.

Enjoy these latest photos.

December 7, 2019

Planting in the Vegetable Greenhouse

Fresh, organic produce will soon be growing in my vegetable greenhouse.

As my outdoor grounds crew continues with fall chores around the farm, attention is directed toward planting my vegetable greenhouse. I love this greenhouse - its construction several years ago was inspired by Eliot Coleman, an expert in four-season farming. It uses minimal artificial heat - in fact, most of its energy comes directly from the sun, and it successfully grows a variety of cold-hardy crops. In late summer, we solarized all the raised garden beds, then fertilized them a few weeks later. This week, the first seeds of the season were planted.

Here are some photos, enjoy.

December 6, 2019

Visiting the Naples Botanical Garden

Business trips are always more enjoyable when I can squeeze in a little time to visit a nearby botanical garden.

Last month, while in southwest Florida promoting my latest book, “Martha Stewart’s Cookie Perfection: 100+ Recipes to Take Your Sweet Treats to the Next Level,” at the USA Today Food & Wine Experience, I had the chance to visit the Naples Botanical Garden, a 170-acre garden paradise featuring plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the 26th latitudes including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. And from now through the end of the year, visitors can also enjoy the Garden's many collections illuminated in thousands of "Night Lights" for the holiday season - stop and visit if you can.  

Here are some photos, enjoy.