A Year at Clove Brook Farm: Gardening, Tending Flocks, Keeping Bees, Collecting Antiques, and Entertaining Friends (Hardcover)

A Year at Clove Brook Farm: Gardening, Tending Flocks, Keeping Bees, Collecting Antiques, and Entertaining Friends By Christopher Spitzmiller, Martha Stewart (Foreword by) Cover Image
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Welcome to a year of sustainable living with renowned ceramicist Christopher Spitzmiller, with advice and inspiration for seasonal entertaining, gardening, tending heritage chickens, and more.

Christopher Spitzmiller is known to his many friends and Instagram fans as the ultimate weekend farmer, who raises his own chicks, grows his own flowers, and puts up his own jam, cider, and honey. In his first book, he treats readers to a full year at his country retreat, Clove Brook Farm. Organized into four sections by season, the book begins with spring: the lilacs and appleblossoms, the dovecote with Indian fantail pigeons, Easter lunch, with daffodils and porcelain, and Spitzmiller's recipe for rhubarb pie. Summer brings hydrangeas, dahlias, readying the chickens for the Dutchess County Fair, and a garden cocktail party. Fall focuses on collecting, cider making, an orchard luncheon and a Thanksgiving table, honey-gathering, and planting bulbs. Winter closes the book with holiday decorating, gilding allium, a holiday buffet, and homemade gifts.

Filled with tips on creating beautiful seasonal flower arrangements, living with animals, and garden planning, this is a wonderful resource and gift for anyone longing for farmstead living.

About the Author


Christopher Spitzmiller's lamps, tableware, and other ceramics are found in every chic A-list interior, including the White House, and featured in celebrated publications including Architectural Digest and the Wall Street Journal. He is on the board of the Garden Conservancy and the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. Martha Stewart is the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and the author of many, many books.

Praise For…


"In his literary debut, top tastemaker and lamp-designing luminary Christopher Spitzmiller chronicles sustainable living as a weekend farmer and flower cultivator, organized in four seasonal chapters."
—MODERN LUXURY INTERIORS 

"Divided into four seasons, the book offers advice, information and inspiration on everything from cooking and baking...to planting bulbs, living with animals, flower arranging, stylish entertaining and much more!" —QUINTESSENCE.COM

"Best New Design Books roundup: Spend A Year at Clove Brook Farm and witness the seasons shift at the Dutchess County, New York, estate of ceramist and gardener extraordinaire Christopher Spitzmiller." —ELLE DECOR.COM 

"If we can't visit designer Christopher Spitzmiller's Clove Brook Farm, at least we can bask in its splendor with this must-have coffee table book, which is broken down by season and combines gorgeous photography with Spitzmiller's thoughts on design, entertaining, cooking, and rules for living well. Don't believe us? Spitzmiller's friend and fan Martha Stewart wrote the foreword." —TOWNANDCOUNTRY.COM

"Though he makes it seem effortless, a tremendous amount of thoughtful research, intense planning, and actual sweat and tears go into each undertaking, and his knowledge, whether related to pottery, cooking, gardening, or animal husbandry, is clearly reflected in the completed projects. I have enjoyed following the thousands of steps Chris took to conceptualize, create, and finally realize this beautiful book and the life depicted herein, and I am looking forward to the next great steps he takes in whatever directions his insatiable curiosity and hard work take him." — Martha Stewart

"Christopher's book captures the essence of Clove Brook Farm and the beautiful life he has created there. I cannot escape the feeling that I have discovered a kindred spirit. Christopher and I share so many passions, from raising chickens to our love of design, gardens, and flowers, and the knowledged that mother nature holds so many lessons and surprises." —Carolyne Roehm

"There are few more enchanting places than Clove Brook Farm and now Christopher Spitzmiller shares his home, his gardens, his chickens, and his lifestyle with you. Not only is this a beautiful book but the reader will come away with a richness of information that will make you want to mark up every page. You will need two copies." — Bunny Williams
Product Details
ISBN: 9780847869749
ISBN-10: 0847869741
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication Date: March 9th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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