I just returned from walking Mansion beach post hurricane Sandy. The sun shone brightly on stretches of broad sand and exposed cliffs. Parts of the east beach are unrecognizeable as the power of the sea has transformed the landscape and our relationship to it. It can be a little disorienting but the island is adapting and over time the wind and waves will reform dunes and redistribute sand. The timing of the storm was good for the bees as the honey has been safely extracted and bottled and the fall crop abundant. The flower blooms had already passed and the hives were snuggled low to the ground for the winter.
The Littlefield family is in flux as we are all exploring a multitude of interests and pursuits! The big news is that Abby is engaged to marry Philippe Vanier on Block Island in June of 2013. They met and fell in love on Catalina Island where they taught environmental and marine science for several years. After moving to the Bay area, they both earned their CA teaching credentials and are enthusiastically employed in public schools. Abby teaches 8th grade in Hayward and Phil 9th in San Francisco where the student populations are diverse and underserved. They share their passion for learning and teaching, for all things science, their devotion to their students, and their love for kitty Sir Walter Raleigh. Abby came home over Thanksgiving to continue the task of planning an island wedding!
We so appreciate your support of Stuartís budding design career and have enjoyed watching his stripped bass, whales, herons, swallows and more appear on barns, over hearths, in gardens and even in Sachem Pond. During the off-season Stuart travels, sets up studios and explores other mediums then returns in the spring to create his new pieces for Littlefield Design. He has lived in Santa Barbara, NYC, Puerto Rico, and Boulder. This winter he will travel to Europe to be inspired by new cultures, food and natural settings and to hang out with artists from Monet to Gustav Klimpt. Keep an eye out for new designs at www.littlefieldfish.com.
After 27 years of designing, printing and sending out our Littlefield Bee Farm catalog we decided to save trees, paper and resources by connecting with all of you via a simple postcard greeting, emails and website www.blockislandhoney.com If you need assistance please call us 888-466-5364 or fax 40-466-9978. You can still download or call us for an order form and send checks. The Bee Farm Elves- Jeremy, Eileen, Karen and Sue- are ready to help with the transition. We look forward to hearing from you!
For almost 3 decades we have harvested the sweet delight of the islandís blossoms and you have supported us. Thank you for your patronage. May you all be blessed with the abundant nectar of goodness and care this season!