Waving to my neighbors as they breakfasted on their Juliet balcony on the edge of the gurgling Silvermine River, wearing comfortable robes and contentedly reading their newspapers at a beautifully set table, I remembered the main reason I love my home: the double balconies that run the length of my house and hang over the same river. ■ I couldn’t remember the last time I sat outside! As is the case with too many of us today, my life is in a state of Zerrissenheit, the German word meaning “torn-to-pieces-hood.” ■ This season’s roster of events and sponsorships have included the Southampton Historical Museum’s house tour; ArtHamptons; kickoff parties and a gala opening for Holiday House Hamptons, presented by HC&G; the Parrish Art Museum’s Landscape Pleasures garden tour; the Madoo Conservancy’s annual cocktail party and garden market; Super Saturday; Guild Hall’s Garden as Art tour; the opening of designer Anthony Baratta’s fab new store in Westhampton Beach; Mabley Handler’s 10th-anniversary bash at the new Serena & Lily store in Wainscott (see “Parties & Benefits,” page 108); HC&G’s third annual Innovation in Design Awards, honoring Vicente Wolf; and the Hampton Classic. Add to this the same number of events with HC&G’s sister publications in New York and Connecticut, and it’s easy to see why there has been no sitting around on balconies! ■ So today I took my breakfast outside to the balcony, surrounded by the rustling trees and the rhythmic roar of the waterfall, and had a wonderful respite from Zerrissenheit. I heartily recommend you do the same.

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