Laura Bohn’s Summer Pursuits

Travel: We spend every weekend, and any other time we can, at our farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It’s so beautiful and tranquil, and I can take care of my rescue animals, which now include a kitten, two dogs, guinea hens, and a miniature horse (well, I do live on a farm).

View from terrace at Laura Bohn's Bucks County country house

Laura Bohn‘s tranquil farm getaway in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Minature horse rescued by Laura Bohn

A miniature horse rescued by Laura Bohn and living on her Bucks County farm.

Around Town: I’ve just discovered the Marset showroom on West 22nd Street, great contemporary lighting from Barcelona.

Scantling standing lamps by Mathias Hahn for Marset

Laura’s recent showroom discovery: the Spanish company Marset, for contemporary lighting like these Scantling lamps designed by Mathias Hahn.

Books & Movies: Maybe I’m late to the party, but I just got an iPad and I’m obsessed with it, using it all the time to read books and watch movies. One of my passions is all things Marie Antoinette, so I’ve been reading Caroline Weber’s wonderful Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution. You can’t stream Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette movie yet, but I can’t wait to see what Milena Cananero’s fabulous costumes and Manolo Blahnik’s delectable shoes look like on the iPad’s crystal clear screen.

Queen of Fashion, What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution, by Caroline Weber

Milena Canonero's costumes for Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette

Milena Canonero’s superb costumes for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette's Manolo Blahnik designed shoes from Sofia Coppola's movie

Inspired by the color palette of Ladurée macaroons, Manolo Blahnik designed mouth-watering footwear for Marie Antoinette in the movie.

I’ve also been reading about shoes of a very different sort, the sandals made of old tires that the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s Copper Canyon strap on their feet. This isolated tribe’s prowess in long distance endurance running and its fascinating culture and lifestyle is examined in Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall.  There’s also a good article about the Tarahumara in National Geographic: A People Apart, by Cynthia Gorney. Check it out.

Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall

Tarahumara sandals made with old automobile tires

The Tarahumara people make sandals with old automobile tires.

The Tarahumara of Mexico

The Tarahumara, extraordinary endurance runners, have been known to irritate American marathoners by beating them while wearing sandals and stopping now and then for a smoke. Photograph by Robb Kendrick for National Geographic.