I am Fleah (that is pronounced Flea-a but I don't have fleas). I am two years old, a rescue dog, and cute as a button. I am our official Bed and Breakfast greeter! It's my job to be the first one to welcome our guests (even while they are parking their car!). I like to jump up and try to kiss them. It's pretty hard to do but eventually the guests will come down to my level. I think I have the best idea how to welcome our guests, but Kriss and Dick feel otherwise, and eventually catch me and make me sit down quietly, wagging my tail, which leads to getting a great petting session anyway... my other goal. It's a win win situation so I can't complain. Most of our guests think I am really really cute and I mean really really cute! Some guests come over to the house just to visit with me. Some want to take me home with them! That's why I have my own blog now. =)
Here's the story about these pictures.
Please meet our Bed and Breakfast guests Anne and Tony. Anne and Tony flew all the way from Minnesota!! (If I fly I am going ask Kriss and Dick to get me classified as a support dog so I can fly in the plane, for free, like Fin my dog friend does!!) Tony booked our upstairs Nest Condo just so he could propose to his girlfriend Anne out beyond our house in the gorgeous blooming tulip fields. Tony said that tulips are Anne's favorite flower! They didn't invite me to come along (maybe they'll take me with them next year.) Who wouldn't want to be proposed to out in the tulip fields? There's all kinds of other dogs, probably mice and rabbits too, lots of people to greet... OH..and a great place to roll around in the mud. Tony and Anne didn't mention the mud or seeing any rabbits or mice ... but they did talk about the wonderful surprise wedding proposal that took place inside the fenced Roosengaarde gardens.
Tony called and told Kriss the "big secret" on the phone one day. ( That was risky! Obviously he doesn't know her very well.) Good thing she didn't get to spend much time before hand with Anne or she might have spilled the beans ( I love Kriss and I also love beans!) Still Kriss did a good job and kept Tony's secret and helped Tony with a few details to make it the perfect day, the perfect moment, and the perfect proposal!
Like I said earlier, the proposal event was at Roozengaarde (I think dogs are welcome there too aren't they?) on the one and only sunny day in April!! Kriss volunteered to come along and take pictures with her cell phone but Tony had a real photographer there to capture all the moments. I see from the photos they went to Deception Pass too! I love Deception Pass!! I always have to be on a leash there cause Kriss is afraid I am going to jump off the bridge or fall off a cliff. I think she is way too paranoid. I heard them tell Kriss and Dick that they ate at The Oyster Bar & Nel Thorn! Wow! They were lucky! That next morning they come over to say thank you for everything. I totally thought they might bring me some leftovers because they were going to Victoria Canada and you can't take your leftovers across the border with you. I would love to take a ferry boat ride somewhere. I think I need to get out more you guys!
To sum it up, Tony and Anne looked very happy when they returned from their big proposal day. I am glad they will be coming back to celebrate their proposal in the future. Maybe they will read this and remember some of my good ideas for next time.
I am no spring chicken at 65 and most people are thinking about retiring right about now. Not us. We just bit off probably more than we can ever possibly chew. We just moved on to an 8 acre farm (not bought THE farm) on 4 acres plus the 4 acres next to it. Our bodies are probably scolding us right now for doing this and saying to us “what the h-e-double-l-l are you thinking?!” But that’s not all we did. We’re setting up two areas of our property into Bed & Breakfast vacation farm stay rentals. To me this a means to and end so we can retire (maybe) but in addition to weeding, planting, marketing and whatever else a farmer does, we will have two B&B’s to keep up, clean, book, and at the ready, oh, did I forget to mention the goats too?
GOATS: Right away I ran to buy four goats, three pregnant does and one young male not mature yet and still not smelling like the typical male goat smells (which requires a downwind location from your home as far away as possible) I drove three hours south on I-5 which means I had drive three hours back with four goats being tossed around in the back of the truck (and if I had known at the time I would have put diapers on them!) Of course the mess in the back of the truck was a shocker. Of the three pregnant goats, two have had babies and are nursing. One of the goats had a stillborn, it was so sad.. The male goat started to smell so bad we had to have him fixed. So what’s the upshot of this? Its fun and different to have goats. They add another dimension and six more personalities to our farm. They are so graceful to watch out in the field when we let them to graze. As a personal challenge I want to learn to milk them and do something productive with the milk, either with cheese or just enjoy drinking it. Maybe even sell it… FRESH GOAT MILK & CHEESE!
Today I attempted to put the goats out in their 300sq ft fenced area so that I can get some work done at the same time they are grazing, otherwise, I have to stand there with them and pretty much graze with them. Baby GG damaged the fence a few weeks ago by running into it head first and partially getting stuck half way thru it, and rule #1 for fencing is “Never Turn Your Fence Off”. After replacing the old batteries, making some quick line repairs, and a couple of weeks later, I am ready to try out the fence again on the goat, not sure how , but the first zap went to me! After a short recovery, and the fence standing and all repairs made (I thought) the goats trekked on in. So the goats are in the fenced area and GG immediately had to investigate her new digs so she started to put her nose thru the squares, then her head, then her little horns, and then by the power of Dejavu! got her head stuck again, and all this before I could turn the fence on. After three attempts at this farmyard circus, plus the fence wasn’t working anyway, I gave up and decided to call the fence company Monday and hopefully do some face time with him and see if he can help figure out what I still need to do to get the fence working!
So if you want some tips on fixing your electric netting fence stay tuned till Monday.
Hi there. Most of the tulips have come and gone. If you were here during the Tulip Festival then congrats on your good planning & timing. Picking the right day to drive up and see the Tulips is sometimes a challenge, especially when the weather isn’t cooperating like it has done so far this Spring. In spite of the rain somehow the flowers always still bloom and the Robins still sing their sweet songs. The next big To Do coming to La Conner is the La Conner Guitar Festival Things to do in La Conner. Check it out.
There just isn’t any way to avoid bugs when you live on a farm. So since we do I want to have something I can put on a bite that will stop the itch that’s natural.
Yesterday something outside decided to attack both my forearms. I still am trying to figure out what it was but what I have now after intense itching are several large welts and little bites on my arms.
Desperate for some relief from this itching before I go to bed tonite I got online and starting reading about essential oils and the different combinations that can be used to relieve itching.
So I pulled out my box of essential oils, ones I received as a gift, and poured 10 drops of peppermint oil plus 10 drops of lavender oil into a cup along with 2 tsp of coconut oil. I heated it up slightly so the coconut oil would melt. Gave it a little swirl and generously slathered it all over the bites on my arms. I felt immediate relief. Even the welt raised skin seemed to tame down a bit.
I don’t know how long it will last so I plan to have my little bug potion close by my bed in case I need it tonite. And bonus…it smells good!
Recipe for Bug stings and itches:
It’s so obvious we are all tired of the rain and clouds. Reasons to like the rain.
Lovers standing in a downpour is great and even better than the
Mud puddle splashing of course.
Fashionistas! Show off that pretty umbrella.
Tap your inner child and go catch some raindrops on your tongue.
Gardeners go dig up some worms.
And on that note….
This weekend with good weather in the forecast, we are expecting to see thousands of visitors from Washington, Canada and all over the globe visiting the tulip fields. The tulips can bloom anywhere from April 1 to the 15th, timing greatly influenced by cold weather and such. And with the arrival of the tulips, the retail stores in La Conner and Mt Vernon area are anxiously awaiting your visit too and have geared up for the visit with shelves stocked to the brim with everything from little cute Tulip Magnets to large pieces of art.
The tulip fields start to show their magnificent colors starting April 1 but this year we were a little delayed due to all the rain, and rain, and more rain.
Enjoy your tulip visit this weekend but if you can’t make it up this weekend next week will be just as grand! Do yourself a favor and study a map and locate backroads that will take you to your destinations otherwise you will spend valuable time in traffic jams. Best idea is to stay here & ride a bike. A recommended key point for your visit: Don’t miss the Snowgoose Produce barn on your way out of town and order one of their fantastic waffle ice cream cones.
Our B&B will officially open next weekend. We are reserving this final weekend for preparation and for an Easter family gathering.
Have a Blessed Easter!