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DOWN ON THE C hristopher Spitz- miller's charming first book, A Year at Clove Brook Farm ( R i z z o l i , $ 4 5 ) , depicts the life we would all like to have about now. At Spitzmiller's bucolic farm in Millbrook, New York, he raises flocks of heritage- breed chickens, tends gardens, CHARM FARM ON THE keeps bees, makes his own jam, and cooks, making it look deceptively easy and picture-perfect. And in a stroke of kismet, Martha Stewart, a good friend, who shares his passion for exotic hens and year-round gardening, wrote the foreword. Spitzmiller — an artist beloved by the design world for his richly glazed lamps, tabletop, and other ceramics that he creates from his NYC studio — came across the decaying 1830s Greek Revival farmhouse on a chilly October day in 2005; smitten with its possibilities, he spent the next five years renovating and redecorating. The process, though sometimes arduous, was akin to making art. "I have found myself taking my passion for creating beauty from clay to creating beauty from the The dovecote garden with a tall iron tuteurs, with tulips and fritillaria; Climbing Eden roses bloom later in the season. 66

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