August 19, 2009 |  Category:   seasonal travels









Some of you have asked where we’re staying. We’re at the North Fork of Long Island this week in a town called New Suffolk and it’s beach, farm and wine country around here. Since the early 70s, vineyards have been popping up all around the east end of Long Island and now there are over 50. It’s definitely a slower pace out here and the beaches aren’t crowded unlike some of the other public beaches in central Long Island where every little bit of sand seems occupied, but it’s also more rocky, with more seaweed, shells and marine life. Surpisingly, Claudine has not minded and she is loving every minute in the water.

The North Fork is also farm country and late August is blackberry, corn and peach season. Like any fruit picking trip, we ended up with waaaaay too many peaches. We’ve already made ice cream. Maybe we’ll make a pie. So has this trip been relaxing? Can’t really say with 2 kids. There’s still a lot of fighting and whining. It’s also making me rethink that maybe we should save our trip to Paris for when the kids are a little bit older. I don’t know, I’m still undecided.

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  • Anna August 19, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I love that Mia wears her sunglasses over her hair.

  • montague August 19, 2009 at 10:18 am

    sounds like a darling place. would love to get my teeth into some of those peaches!

  • Lani August 19, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Ah, but don’t forget you’ll have 2 babysitters with you the whole time! You don’t even ever have to see the girls because we’ll be spiriting them away every day! We’ll let you have them only when you want!

  • Cadmiumgold August 19, 2009 at 10:53 am

    The pictures are lovely. They make your vacation seem so idyllic. But I can understand the tiring side of traveling with kids.

  • Mel August 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I’m really digging your blog so far! You take such lovely photographs – do you mind telling me which camera you use?

    I’d wait on Paris – I’m sure you really want to go now, but you might be right to wait until they’re a little more mature (for your sake) and capable of really remembering everything (for theirs)…

  • katy August 19, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I know what you mean. traveling with 2 little kids is rarely a vacation. But you can’t stay at home forever . . . that’s what I tell myself anyway. I think Paris is totally doable with kids – little ones too. We’ve done a ton of traveling since moving to Europe last Nov. I’ve gotten much better at it simply because there is so much we want to see while we’re living here (only 2 years) My girls are 5 and just 3. They’ve gotten better at it too 🙂 Paris is a good choice. I’m happy to share some ideas if you’d like.

    I don’t remember how I found your blog . . oh, from Small . . .so I’m a newbie here. Your photography is amazing. I love every bit of it.

  • Shilo August 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    these photos are wonderful, thank you for sharing them.

    Now I need to go eat a peach.

  • monica August 19, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    those peaches look yummy!

  • Anna August 19, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    Just wanted to say how much I love your blog! I look forward to it every day. I’m not even sure why I love it so much – I think it’s just the fantastically honest way you write…plus your photos are amazing and your kids ridiculously cute! I’m all the way over in Perth, Australia, but I feel like I’m right there in Brooklyn when I read your blog. Thanks for making my days brighter 🙂

  • Ginny August 19, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Peach crepes with mascarpone. Peach salsa.

  • Marie August 20, 2009 at 1:30 am

    It’ lovely to admire the pictures without hearing the whining. Keep up the good work!

  • jennifer August 20, 2009 at 9:31 am

    just love all your photos of the north fork!

  • Stella August 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I love the little sunglasses on your girls.

  • Mod August 29, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Hi There!
    I really admire you for sharing your experieces, family and photos with us! The images are gorgeous and your family is beautiful.
    I look forward to reading your blog daily…and photographs makes it even better. I hope to order some of the WhimsyandSpice sweets soon.
    Best Wishes!