|Blue Monday. Pat traded a breakfast sandwich from Bedford Hill.|
|This is Mathieu Bonardet from Paris, one of the most amazing dancers I have ever met. |
Through him I met Maria Ducasse and Pablo Rodriguez-Sol, artists who also live in Paris but are studying in Toronto.
|Maria & Pablo painted this mural in the backyard in exchange for a week at The Den. They also baked two amazing tart tatins, which will never be recreated since I don't fully understand the recipe.|
|Dez and Emmett just bought this boat named The Dreadnaught, which they are restoring into a houseboat which will sleep 6 people and can travel along the St. Lawrence River.|
|They live in Clayton, NY, where Emmett is the curator at the Antique Boat Museum. This is what people do in Clayton NY. Among other items, they traded a thick slab of bacon from a smokehouse in the Adirondacks which was insanely delicious.|
|The slow chicken chase. One flew the coop, to the neighbors' backyard, and needed to be wrangled. Kathleen Adams immediately volunteered Elizabeth Tubergen as the chicken wrangler, which indeed she did, though she was more like a chicken whisperer.|
|My cousin Josh Kitts and his girlfriend Adrienne Michelle on vacation from Portland, Oregon. Josh works in the Solar industry and is a master carpenter. Adrienne is a Urologist.|
|They restored the side of the staircase, which we discovered was rotten and breaking. They also brought a delicious pinot noir from the Willamette Valley.|
|Akemi Martin, a papermaker from LA, but who lives in NY and is 1/2 Japanese, cooked traditional Japanese homestyle food all week.|
|Every night was a different meal, with abundant friends to eat it.|
|Update: we just ate our last rice ball and we miss Akemi acutely. We don't even know or understand how to make rice balls.|
|Garrett Riffle & Greta Schenkenfelder traded a case of Switchel for a few nights stay in The Den. Switchel, a.k.a haymaker's punch, is made from apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, ginger and water. Farmers used to drink it while they were haying the fields because it was so thirst quenching and satisfied their craving for citrus, which in the olden days, there was none of in the Northeast. Garetta will be back soon...|
|Artist and art historian Rotem Linial & Jesse Lockard.|
Every night was a delicious feast of salads, feta cheese, and kebabs. I was introduced to tamarind juice.
|Rotem made 4 different kids of pickles, including pickled lemons, peppers and cucumbers, each with their own instructions on preserving and eating. Did she pickle watermelon? I think so.|
|Lucy Kim & Jon Eden. They were in town for a wedding. Lucy, whom I've known for years, is a painter, and Jon is a Reverend at Christ Church Cambridge in Harvard Square.|
|They restored this old cast iron kid's bench which was found on the street by Luz Fleming, who gave it to me.|
| They also built a camouflaged treehouse in the tree in the front yard.|
|Nate Carey took a vow of silence for an entire week. He began writing lots of little notes in order to communicate. But as time went on he developed a way of communicating without writing. He did not write emails. Only picture texts were allowed, and only if they were important.|
Every evening around 8:00, Rotem Linial came to drink
Turkish apple tea and teach Nate how to play backgammon.
|Alexa Leister Frazier came from Virginia to stay at The Den for a few days. She was hoping for some relaxation and quiet in the midst of Brooklyn. She designed and built this planter in the backyard.|
|This is a recent piece by Alexa. She draws the portrait with her right hand while her left is being painted, and then another with her left hand while her right is being painted, to achieve a "true, whole portrait".|