We've been enjoying fall colors, traditions and sweaters and, er, riding boots so much that we almost missed the chance to provide a seasonal update. Summer in NYC was the hottest on record so the dip in temperatures has been a welcome change. We went apple picking in New England, enjoyed a wonderful arts festival in The Hudson Valley (no purchases this year though), went on a few long hikes and, as has become heavily anticipated each year, attended Bette Midler's annual NY Restoration Project Halloween fundraiser at The Waldorf where Paul Simon performed and Senator Kerry was honored. And, cherished above all else, we got the chance to use our fireplace a few wonderful, relaxing, crackling times. A glass of wine in front of the fire with family and an old movie (we loved "Sabrina" and can't believe we'd never seen it before being huge Audrey Hepburn fans) is one of the most precious and appreciated times in FWandD's hectic life.
Another important event for FWandD this season was the unexpected opportunity to buy some more land in The Hudson Valley, the place we think of as the ultimate refuge and sanctuary. This might just represent the start of FWandD's long time dream of bed & breakfasting. Stay tuned...and enjoy the rest of fall with your loved ones, some hot cocoa and your pooch or kitty curled up in your afghaned lap.