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Fun News to Begin the New Year

You all have been such a lovely part of our Hawthorne story, from the very beginning. Yesterday a new chapter begins. Our 1920 farmhouse was originally part of a farm way back when. The neighbor next door actually grew up in our house, then living in the house next door to us. We got to know her and her husband and were quite fond of them. In the last few years, they both passed. Hawthorne was on a small parcel of land right in the middle of what was the original farm. Our fun news is we bought the rest of the land (10 acres, along with our 1, making it a magic 11, a number you know near & dear to my heart) along with their house. We are pretty over the moon and dreaming of all the possibilities. I am daydreaming flower farm, while Mister Sive an orchard. The above photo, which I shot for Pottery Barn a few years back, you can see the outline of the fence, next to the pond. Oh yes, we now have a glorious pond! We are dubbing the new house, Little Hawthorne. Built in the 50’s, it is as solid as a rock and we are psyched about fixing it up. It will be a charming guest house, as well as be part of the Airbnb family when we are not there. Cheers to the next chapter of Hawthorne! Thanks for following along. X, T2+B



 

 

The Simple Things

Simple tasks and simple pleasures are what I am clinging to as the fog that seems to have entered my being has begun to lift a bit each day. I almost feel I am in a dreamlike state, like “What just happened?” Things such as washing dishes by hand or roasting a chicken become an aspect of the therapy. Death is part of life which I think is healthy to talk about and share. So often it feels like a taboo topic, when in reality it is something we all face, be it friends or family. We are so fortunate to have a large circle of friends over the years, as well as large extended families. Along the way we have had to deal with members of these cherished groups dying. Some young, some old. You learn to process it, talk about it, absorb it. It is never easy, but each day the journey becomes a tad easier. I can’t thank you all enough for the kinds words sent, the lovely thoughts & prayers given. X, T



 

 

A Boxing Day Table For 14

Our new tradition of flying to Hawthorne on Christmas Day also includes hosting a Boxing Day supper the next day. This year it was a family affair with folks coming from Montclair, Albany and Troy. Simple potted paperwhites would be the centerpiece of the table. When we bought the metal topped dining table when we first got the house, we actually bought 2. The legs fold so we keep the spare in the basement. It is quite nifty because it saddles up ever so nicely as a pair, giving us lots of extra seating to accommodate more guests. We used 2 fern laden matching tablecloths so the tables became a cohesive whole. Then it was a smattering of glassybaby vessels along with the pair of jaunty green Dunes & Duchess candelabras and we were off and running. Citrus with thyme salmon, cauliflower and broccoli purée, along with Parmesan smashed Yukon gold potatoes was the meal. Tons of chatting, lots of laughs, deep discussions and a good deal of wine. A pretty swell evening to kick-off our stay.



 

 

A Hudson Valley Arrival

We traveled through Christmas Day, arriving to Hawthorne a bit after 8 last night. The temperature dropping as we meandered North up to Columbia County, hitting 32 as we drove up the long driveway. Caretaker Bill had once again beautifully prepared the house for us, getting the perfect tree and having it lit so we could see it the moment we drove in. Then our Twelve Days of Christmas began! We are hosting a Boxing Day supper for family today, a new tradition. So it is up and at em’ early getting things ready. Then tons of R&R is on the menu for this stay. The retail marathon a big success (huge THANKS to all who shopped WK this season) but each passing year my 55 year old body takes a tad longer to re-coup. I hope your Holidays have been and continue to be divine and all you wished they would be.

From the Hawthorne Valley, sending much love, Ted2+Bailey



 

 

Hudson-Chatham Blanc de Blanc

Wine Wednesday is a super tasty sparking wine from our hood in Ghent, the Hudson-Chatham Winery. They make a Blanc de Blanc for about 20 bucks a bottle that will knock your socks off. We enjoyed it the other eve as we kicked-off our annual Sive niece supper/sleepover. All grown ups now, with several working in the culinary industry, they make us the meal and we supply the appetizers and drinks. I thought this would be a festive way to get the festivities started. With a nod towards the sweet, it was lovely serving it with cheese as it really stands up and compliments food. Would also be stellar served with dessert or chocolates. Of course the fab orange label grabbed my attention right off the bat, but this versatile bubbly will be on my list each Hawthorne stay.



 

 

Autumn In New York

As the song goes, “Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting?” As we bid adieu to our beloved Hawthorne until we arrive back on Christmas Day, this stay was relaxing and revivifying all at the same time. The carpet of leaves surrounding the house got thicker & thicker each day. It was about resting up for the busy shopkeeper season that is upon us. But we also squeezed in a good amount of entertaining both family and friends. The days were cool and the leaves changed colors a bit each day. It was all we had hoped it would be and then some. Thanks always for following along.



 

 

Right Before Guests Arrive

I snapped a few shots right before guests arrived. An early country supper as the sun goes down and the flicker of the candlelight dances about the dining room. A full week-end of entertaining ahead. Crazy to think it has already been 5 years since we started calling this house our home. Time flies. Enjoy and savor every moment of it…



 

 

Mums, Sage, Seckel Pears and Rosemary

Flower Friday brings all the good things we found at the Hudson Farmers Market last Saturday with a mum thrown in for good measure. Herbs, fruits and vegetables can be such pretty things to weave into a table tableau. You can pluck a few leaves to use in cooking along the way while you enjoy their beauty at the table. I have become a big mum fan as they seem to be available here in the Hudson Valley at every turn. We often get in the car to go ‘exploring’ with no real plan or direction. Just drive around the back country roads meandering and seeing what we see. Often there are little roadside stands. Some attended and others with an honor system jar where you put in your money. At 5 to 10 bucks for a big plant of mums, I have quickly become a convert. Plus they come in tons of colors. Of course the creamy whites with the starting hint of yellow are a favorite, working well with all the green in the house. Cheers to the upcoming last week-end in October!



 

 

An Autumn Afternoon at Hamilton

We took a field trip the other day and made the drive over to Clinton, New York, about two and a half hours from Hawthorne. Mister Sive went to Hamilton College and had not been back since we met. It has always been on our list as I so wanted to see the campus. Wow, meticulous beauty and history at every turn. Alexander Hamilton was a trustee of the school which was later named after him. It was a stunning upstate Autumn day filled with lots of memories.



 

 

Autumn Limelight

Flower Friday is a big bucket of just clipped ‘limelight’ hydrangea that have been kissed by Autumn. You might remember how vivid green they were for our August stay. TPS clipped a bunch yesterday as we love how they look out on the coffee table on the back porch. Drinks by the fire this eve enjoying all the variation of colors in those blooms is on the menu. Happy start to the week-end to you all!