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raw materials that surround me," he writes. The chapters follow the changing seasons, with sumptuous photographs documenting life on the farm. In spring, pink blossoms from 16 varieties of heirloom apple trees scent the air, baby chicks are born, and asparagus, rhubarb, and peonies are ready for picking. Summer brings dining and cocktails on the terrace, fresh herbs to be picked for cooking, and hydrangeas, dahlias, and lilies to gather for the table. An experienced beekeeper, he harvests and bottles his own honey in late summer. Fall is the time for apple harvesting and pie making, seed collection, and bulb planting. Winter is all about decorating for Christmas, cooking big meals, pruning apple trees, and propagating new plants, such as salvia, verbena, and figs. Spitzmiller built a dovecote by hand, where he breeds flocks of Indian fantails and other exotic pigeons. Sebastopol and Embden geese roam the grounds, and young goslings trail sweetly behind Spitzmiller as he works. Rebecca Sherman In the entry of Clove Brook Farm, a gilt tole dog's head that once belonged to Mario Buatta and a watercolor by Mark Hampton of Albert Hadley's barn in Maine. Cole & Sons wallpaper. Christopher Spitzmiller hand-built the dovecote, which has a 10-foot-tall vintage window salvaged from a roadside sale. It houses a large family of Indian fantail pigeons. Christopher Spitzmiller with buff Orpington chickens. Collection of Dodie Thayer Lettuce Wear pottery in the kitchen Pool house inspired by a rustic temple on the grounds of Arundel Castle in West Sussex, England. 68

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