I'm in a traveling, outdoor mood, largely because I'm stuck inside an air conditioned office and longing to be outside. To soothe myself, I want to revisit a home we visited last summer — Margaret Roach's year round retreat in upstate New York. I've included new pictures, and I think you'll get a lot of vicarious pleasure out of this visit. Enjoy!
Here are some amazing pics I took while visiting Margaret Roach last August with Sara Kate and Ursula. We arrived in the evening, had a lovely dinner and then - after a good night's sleep - spent the morning hanging out, chatting and getting the lowdown on Margaret's home and kitchen.
The lowdown here is that after working as a writer and editor in New York since 1973 (The New York Times, Newsday, and finally Martha Stewart Living, where she was Editorial Director for over ten years), Margaret "retired" to her favorite home in the country just over two years ago to get back to her roots, both literally and figuratively. An expert gardener and garden writer, Margaret now gardens and writes full time, and has kicked off a new phase of her career in which she is creating her own material rather than overseeing that of others. Her new book, And I Shall Have Some Peace There, comes out in February 2011.
Here's her home, which she's renovated herself a couple of times over the past twenty four years and was originally a very ramshackle farmer's house with very few amenities or insulation. For more on Margaret, check out her site, where she documents life and each season through the lens of her gardening.
The Kitchen Area
The Living Room
A Peek Upstairs