Open Window is three years old! I find that so hard to believe as it's simply become a part of my life and some of yours. Open Window began as a personal blog with vague boundaries covering nearly anything that interested me and I thought might interest you too. Over the past three years, Open Window has increasingly focused on Photography, Travel and Food - three great pleasures in life.
My objective at the beginning was to entertain and I still hold that as a dear priority, one I hope I've met frequently if not with every post. We've covered subjects from Participles and Prepositions to the Moon and Jupiter to Caramelized Bacon, and we've covered a lot of territory from the small Austrian village of Mauterndorf to the big island of Hawaii, and all along the way we've provided photographs to share with you.
This year began with our participation in The Thank You Art Show sponsored by Hampton Photo Arts at Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton where we made new friends and saw some awesome art. In February, we celebrated my birthday eating caviar for breakfast on a balcony overlooking the ocean watching the seagulls dance on the banisters. And by winter's end, we were doing a photo shoot for a book a friend was writing called Secondhand New York - shooting secondhand and vintage shops and boutiques in the East Village of Manhattan. When spring arrived, we celebrated our "sixties" by traveling across "the pond" to Switzerland, Austria and Italy - spending 12 glorious days in Venice, eight of which were with a like-minded group of photographers led by David duChemin and Jeffrey Chapman. Having seen the America's Cup catamarans sailing in the crowded Venetian lagoon, we had to go to Newport just six weeks later to watch them race in Newport harbor - what a way to end the spring - on the grassy rolling hills of the Inn at Castle Hill. This past summer was all about horses, and we enjoyed the races in Saratoga and the Classic horse show in Bridgehampton. Finally fall, found us on beautiful Lake Monroe in Bloomington Indiana for our nephew's wedding, followed by some R&R in French Lick Springs Indiana. Peter and I are never ones to drive home in a straight line, so when we read about a regatta on Lake George and a balloon festival in Queensbury NY, we pointed the car northeast - doing a quick overnight in Niagara Falls in Ontario Canada before arriving in the Adirondack Park. And of course the holiday season always includes a visit to Rockefeller Plaza and Montauk Light.
During the year, there were a lot of new creations in our kitchen too from homemade Ginger Ale to Thai Watermelon Soup and lots of healthy salads and soups.
Photos and Slide Show © 2012 Claudia Ward and Peter Tooker
Music: End Creditouilles from the Movie Soundtrack of "Ratatouille" by Michael Giacchino
So here's the year in review. As always, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support and enthusiasm. Stay tuned ... there's more to come.