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In East Hampton NY lies the house that painter Jackson Pollock and his prolific painting wife, Lee Krasner, bought in 1945 for $5,000. Pollock’s art dealer, Peggy Guggenheim, loaned him the down payment of $2,000 in exchange for artwork.  It came with this protected land and stellar view of an inlet – now a bit overgrown with trees on the edge:

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It also has a little barn-studio out back and best of all, this move to the ‘country’ took Jackson away from the temptations and stresses of frenetic city life.  He was able to quit drinking and stay clean for 2 years .. possibly the most productive period in his life.
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It’s pretty amazing to be in the room where it all happened:IMG_9591Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 4.19.06 PM Lee Krasner at work

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and Jackson flinging paint

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Pollock and Krasner reused everything. They used old masonite game boards given to them by Jackson’s brother as flooring in the barn studio. After Krasner’s death, the boards were removed and the original floor, covered in splattered paint, was visible. (We all got some fun slippers to walk over the floor – as you can see it’s a Pollock underfoot!)

(this pix and info from nicolevismara.com)
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Krasner outlived Pollock. Everything in the house is original and intact as it was at the time of her death, including their books and Pollock’s record collection.

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What never ceases to amaze is how much Krasner and Peggy Guggenheim supported and fostered Pollock’s creativity, even when his alcoholism threatened to get in the way.

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We were hellbent on frolicking in waves while we can … even Louie enjoyed the beach in Sagaponack and smelled like sea air for a weekend.  Zoe loved having mosquito netting .. er, ‘princess canopy’ .. on her bed.  I don’t think we could find a better spot of ‘moving water’ for Tashlich!  (Don’t know what tashlich is? Click here).  The waves were huge like the day we got married in this same spot and – I’m not lying – the sky really was that pink during sunset hour:

 

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Ok I’m realizing my blog is becoming about the constantly changing temperatures here but COME ON! We’ve gone from snow storm to sudden 70 degree spring day so it’s definitely worth mentioning, right?   When I look at my previous post and see all that snow, and then realize that I’m about to post some “trips to the beach images”, I’m reminded of how crazy this Feb weather really has been.

But more importantly: we’ve found a new beach.  We drove to the Fire Island Lighthouse after a friend recommended this hike to the shore via the more inland parking lot area.  And what a nice surprise this all was!  We spotted deer who lingered just 10 feet from the path, and learned that our new rescue dog (who hails from Nebraska) is as in love with the sea as we are!  The only downside: we were NOT the only ones with this brilliant idea – the beach was packed with other beach combers in late Feb!  Go figure..

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Louie loves the shore as much as we do

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beach was full of people in late Feb!

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hello deer!

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Zoe just had to shed her coat

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Cooler weather is already creeping in here, and just a couple weekends ago we made our last treks to beaches and sand. First we camped at Cedar Point near East Hampton, then returned to our barn in Bridgehampton to seal the deal on relaxing before school and work and schedules take over. We got to quickly run into the South Fork Natural History Museum before heading home, and promise to spend more time there next summer.

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It was maybe exactly 10 years ago that me and my husband first went to this amazing place, with my belly full of Ezra and the summer stretched ahead of us.  We finally got to return – and this time with a grown Ezra and little Zoe. My kids love flowers and gardens and wide open spaces so this weekend romp was a hit.   Zoe loves the little pink playhouse with its own lavender gardens. By the time we made it to the Coe Hall Historic House I felt as if I were roaming around some place in Europe and it’s no wonder.. it was totally created to look like an English Castle by its first owners.

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Believe it or not I found these oldies but goodies in my phone. Proof that it had at one point been nice and warm (and that I need to upload pix more often) – and then POOF the season passed and we were back to big, warm coats and fires in the fireplace. This was our last excursion to the beach in late September, back at the place where we were married and where we now like to take the kids – to keep it in our life and memories more long term. We had a chance to book some space there again for this upcoming summer and – how can we resist? The tradition keeps on.

These days the weather really seems to be warming up… maybe an early spring after all?

back to the beach where we were married

back to the beach where we were married

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The waves really were bigger than my husband.

The waves really were bigger than my husband.

friends put out this lovely “last grasp at summer” spread on one last warm night

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It’s the season for pumpkins again, yes? We learned this time around to NOT put our pumpkins out too early though … last year the squirrels ran off with one, and ate as much of it as they could. But eating everything flavored with pumpkin is my favorite past time… so I kind of understand.

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