Pat posted on May 8, 2011 22:10

Peony garden, memorial to Geneva Patterson Feb. 13 was the date of my last entry here: what a lot has happened.  My mother turned 95.  I went to a John Burroughs (St. Louis - actually Ladue, MO - high school) gathering in Washington, DC.  A few days after I came back, took Mom to the doctor and she was hospitalized for pneumonia, and we learned she'd had a heart attack as well.  Spent a week in hospital with her, then home with hospice care, and on March 19, after what finally were peaceful days together, she slipped away quietly in her sleep.  So today, Mothers' Day, was a tough day for Dad and me.  We've been going to church regularly since Mom died (did not go before, not wanting to leave her) but both of us felt that that would be too hard today.  Dad slept most all day but enjoyed quiche for dinner with me.

We had a memorial service for Mom right here, a month after her death, when my brother was able to be here.  Wanted to have it here in her environment, to let people see her beautiful artwork that fills the walls.  We put up photo boards showing happy times throughout her life.  And guests saw the peony garden which I'd planted with Mom in mind, and which has been dressed up now as a memorial garden.  Photos of the memorial gathering are on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150581397115405.666310.744610404

So there has been a lot to deal with in these last few months.  I've been getting to spring garden cleanup a bit late.  There is always some comfort in the renewal of life that spring brings, but I'm sad not to be able to bring all the beautiful flowers in to Mom any more.  I did take Mothers' Day peony bouquets to neighbors who kindly mow my roadside strips of land.  Sharing flowers is always a pleasure.

Gardening can be both therapeutic and exhausting, so I'm putting in some long days outside.  I got the indoor painting / touch ups done in time for the BBAV inspection in early April, but still have some exterior work to do.  The gardens are so eye-catching, the rest doesn't seem very worrying.

Guest bookings are picking up now, it looks like the rest of spring and early summer will be full and lively here, and that's a happy situation.  I'll get back to normal posting soon and talk about some of the other developments here and local events.  For now, I sign off, hoping friends far and wide have been able to enjoy good things this Mothers' Day.


Pat posted on February 13, 2011 06:12
Green tea, Chai spiced, from the gift shop at Heaven Scent B&B, Chick Cove Manor, Deltaville, VA

Delicious teas for sale here! We've gotten fresh stock in, ready for our spring guests - and, not to worry, we do mail-order too.

Green chai is an exotic new offering - not just the usual chai spices, but with citrus, vanilla and rose petals as well. It's making a hit.

White tea is now available here in loose leaf, and what big, beautiful leaves they are. Our new variety is Cassis, delicately fruity and floral.

Pu Ehr bird's nests are one of two new offerings in black tea. A specialty of Yunnan province, China (long our favorite source of black tea), this is a post-fermented tea product, Little compressed cakes, individually wrapped, need to be broken up before brewing. They can be used for multiple infusions. Pu Ehr is known for being full-bodied and earthy, and it does come in different styles, but ours is very smooth, not at all bitter. This is a good tea with milk and sugar.

On the delicate side, we have a house blend of a second-flush Darjeeling. Very elegant!

Bed and breakfast guests can have a fresh mug or pot of any variety, any time. If you can't get here, see our online store. The new stock will be online mid-March: order before March 15 to get last year's prices on winter stock. We're sure tea lovers will be delighted with these products, and we're converting non-tea-drinkers as well - there's surely a flavor to suit any taste.


Pat posted on January 12, 2011 03:25
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Now that we're here year 'round, we can do a lot more for wildlife. With this past summer having been so tough - hot and dry, so that many plants dried up before forming seed - we know the birds can be short of winter food. So we've added several feeders and keep them stocked with black oil sunflower, safflower, nyjer, mixed seed, and suet. In return, we're getting daily, daylong entertainment. Finches, cardinals, titmice, chipping sparrows, red-bellied woodpeckers, and even the occasional bluebird start feeding early morn and continue till early afternoon, with occasional returns. We'll soon be clearing out the birdhouses and adding more for the coming season, and look forward to a good-sized population of songbirds this summer - not that they were lacking before.

Something we're really pleased about is having added birdbath heaters. Since our winter temperatures aren't severe, heaters in the 50-watt range suffice to keep water from completely freezing in birdbaths by the front walk and outside my parents' suite. Such a small expenditure of electricity for a good purpose: I recommend them to anyone caring for birds in a cold climate.

Having read some good tips on helping birds through the winter, the other new thing we're trying is small shelters for small birds: some like heavy felt, some heavy raffia. Can't tell how much they're being used, but occasionally see one swinging far more than any breeze accounts for. The idea is to give small birds shelter from the wind and rain. We know the barn is a virtual aviary in the winter, but that's a long way from the feeders, and perhaps not all species care to cohabit.

We ordered most of our new items from Duncraft, and recommend them highly. Take a look at what they have to offer: Help Birds Survive Winter.


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Pat posted on December 28, 2010 15:09

Worst online shopping results ever! We ordered 8 boxes of Harry and David's usually deliciious pears to give to friends and neighbors and share with guests. Guaranteed for arrival by Christmas - December 24. Well, it is December 28 and we are still empty-handed. Such an embarrassment and a huge disappointment. Their explanation December 24? They have a new arrangement with FedEx to use SmartMail - if ever there were a misnomer. FedEx handed the boxes off to the post office somewhere in Maryland. Our mail comes out of Richmond, so there's no apparent sense to this. Given that FedEx made numerous stops here Dec. 23 and Dec. 24, we wished Harry and David had used normal, reliable FedEx delivery like other vendors. Amazon, WinterSilks, Gardeners' Supply, Duncraft - our orders placed even two days after the Harry and David order all arrived Wed-Fri, on or ahead of schedule. Called our post office today, Tuesday, December 28, and they have nothing. Pears are making no appearance these holidays, it seems.


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Pat posted on December 20, 2010 14:58
Christmas tree at Heaven Scent, Dec 2011

Latest ever, just 5 days before Christmas! What a difference it makes to have the tree. Our ornaments: oyster shells, of course - what's a Chesapeake Bay tree without oyster shells? I've sprayed most of them with gold paint. Then sand dollars, all natural save the ribbon trim. Red apples, for my New York state of mind. Crosses and paper cutouts from Denmark. Santa on the Eiffel Tower and Santa on the Tower of Pisa, for fun and memories of many trips. And lots of musician-angels, for the season.



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Pat posted on December 19, 2010 13:30
Christmas tree on shaker at Macey's Christmas Tree Farm

Finally went to get a Christmas tree today - very late, but no matter, the tree is as fresh as they get. One of the benefits of country living. We don't get our trees from a store lot, but rather Macey's Christmas Tree farm, just a couple miles away, on Stampers Bay Road. There are acres of white pine, Scotch pine (my choice), Canadian fir, Norway spruce, blue ice, Leyland cypress, all nicely lined up, and well spaced so they grow evenly. It can take me a while to choose my tree, there are so many beautiful ones, but once I'd made my selection, I could just let Macey's folks do the work. They cut the tree, then hauled it off on wheels to the stand where they shake the tree to get all the loose and dead needles and branches off. It's very effective. [The first photo shows them with my tree after shaking it.] Then the tree trunk is bored deeply enough to sit securely on the tree stand's spike. I asked for the bottom six inches of branches to be sawn off: no problem. Then onto a bed where the tree is quickly wrapped in netting, all snug and easy to transport.


Ready to wrap the tree with nettingTree wrapped and ready to carry

Home and immediately onto the stand in the living room, warm water in the basin. I went with a smaller tree this year, just 6' - last year's was up to the ceiling. But it's nearly as wide as it is tall, and we think it's beautiful. I wouldn't consider getting a tree from anywhere else, as long as I'm here in Virginia. Oh, and what did we pay? $34 for that 6-footer. I know my city-dwelling friends will envy that.


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