Monday, November 06, 2006

And above all - Friends
should possess the rare gift of sitting.
They should be able, no eager,
to sit for hours - three, four, six - over a meal of
soup and wine and cheese, as well as one
of twenty fabulous courses.

Then, with good friends of such
attributes, and good food on the board,
and good wine in the pitcher, we may well
ask - when shall we live if not now?

-M.F.K. Fisher

I am so fortunate to have such wonderful friends. Nick and Mary flew from San Francisco last Thursday to spend a weekend with Paul and me. We ate good food, drank good wine, local beer & champagne, recorded a couple songs and laughed, relaxed and reflected.

Yesterday, we went for a drive - I was hoping to go to the Union Church in Pocantico Hills, NY where the stained glass windows were designed by Chagall and Matisse. The small stone church was closed for a wedding so I continued up the road a ways where Britt told me about a wonderful place called Stone Barns.

We walked the grounds and made the heritage bourbon red turkeys gobble (they're so easily spooked!) and walked further to see a beautiful white dog guard a flock of sheep. I was completely blown away by the awareness and instinct of this animal and his ability to protect the flock of well over 40 sheep. As we stood there watching the dog lying in the center of the flock an obnoxiously loud teenage kid was walking up the road - the dog spotted him from a distance and immedately started barking and herded the sheet away from him. The dog (I named Charlie) owned those sheep - it was amazing.

Stone Barns and the Union Church are both made possible because of different generations of the Rockefeller family which has a home (mansion), Kykuit down the road from both places.

If you have an opportunity and find yourself in Tarrytown/ Sleepy Hollow, NY, I would call this place a 'can't miss'.



Blogger Nick said...

Thanks again, we had a great time! Gobble-Gobble.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Kelli said...

We LOVED having you & Mary visit!! It's always good to see you & hear your dulcet voices sing again. It was too short a visit though. Let us know how the job & house pan out. We'll plan for a visit to SF in 2007 - harvest season in the valley and another fabulous dinner at the CIA? mmm...

3:34 PM  

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