Growing up here

LONG EDDY, NY — Linda English is telling me about her life here, but let’s begin this story with her second tale: the one about the house. Linda Doyle English was born and raised in …

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Editor's letter:

This issue of Our Country Home is different from, well, all the others. This spring, driven by coronavirus, one of the usual fault lines here re-opened. There’s always been a split …

Our Country Home - June 2020

Our Country Home

When it’s time to go

NEW YORK — It wasn’t one particular incident that drove New York City-based artist Bernard Solco to think hard about leaving the city for the country. It was changes piling on and …
Our COuntry Home

Bidding a house goodbye

Tom and Gina Kaufmann have lived in their centuries-old farmhouse on the Delaware for decades. They raised five kids there. They worked and they volunteered, they even ran a local business. The …
So, you spent the winter debating and now it’s time to sell your house. And then you look around. Do you need to fix everything? Paint? Maybe you don’t want to sink a lot of money into …
What lies ahead feels unstoppable. New evidence about the damage climate change will do constantly unfolds, and each choice that’s made has repercussions. It feels too big for small individual …
For more than 100 years, the Audubon Society has created communities where humans and birds can live together. That mission has become more urgent as the climate changes, migratory patterns shift and …
As spring arrives and the world wakes around us, more and more people are also waking up to the reality that we have to assist the precious life of our planet. Since we’ve domesticated the …
Ramona Jan and I decided to take her nonfunctional light fixture and do something about it. Maybe it’s because I’m reading Samuel Richardson’s “Pamela” right now, or …
Hang or place baskets of flowering plants along the top of the porch and/or the front steps.  Install a set of outdoor lights with colorful bulbs or shades.  Replace plain house …
The problem: The paint on the bathroom walls is badly chipped, has in fact been chipping away since I was a toddler.
Color choice is a time-honored way to manage the way we feel inside, from the outside.
Rejoice! Plastic shopping bags are rapidly disappearing in grocery stores and at farmers’ markets far and wide. This means that ocean life will be safer and, in turn, we will not be eating fish …
FORESTBURGH, NY — Pandemic shutdown notwithstanding, Deborah Jagel of Cabins & Canoes Real Estate has sold 17 homes in the past two months. That sounds like a lot. “It …
Leaving the warmth of the people and the climate of Oaxaca, Mexico was difficult this past March. It had been our longest stay, and we had rekindled and strengthened relationships with Americans and …
By ANNEMARIE SCHUETZ Grilling symbolizes the season, even this summer of 2020, as weird as it might be. Perhaps it will entail virtual grill get-togethers? Or practicing social distancing in the …
Having Christen (Chris) Wrighter as a neighbor was a treat that came with many visual perks. Our shared patio area was under constant redesign, and the yard was always undergoing ever-updating …