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Spring Again

We have been working away. Cottage 8 is almost finished (I will post before and after pictures in separate post). We have also been painting picnic tables, the outside of the office (see below), and some days it seems that anything Raquel can reach with a paint brush is fair game.

Office's New Paint Job

I continue to work on the gardens, although not much was done through the winter and I am just recovering from a herniated disk so i feel impatient wanting to get into the gardens. I long for a team of enthusiastic landscape/horticulture students. If they exist, they probably don’t travel in packs.

They are disbursed throughout the property and all painted different colors matching the cottages.

They are disbursed throughout the property and all painted different colors matching the cottages.

Allen built, painted and installed some dog poop stations over the winter. They are little boxes with grocery bags so that guests can pick up after their pets. They are not quite complete in that they need little signs (my domain) and we are looking for metal waste baskets with lids that we can attach.

This idea was prompted after a not-very-nice review on Tripadvisor after some guests stepped in dog poop (while walking their dog), so rather than those industrial stations Allen created a solution that was a little more us.

I feel like I am forgetting the other things we did over the winter….we made Cottage #2 our only pet-free cottage and put a sofa bed in there.  Cottage #9 was remodeled in the fall. So we have now remodeled #2, #8, #9, #10 & #13 and they all look great and still each with our own personality.

Cottage #9 Remodel Slideshow

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We hope to see you soon.

Tara

Glorious Spring days, Rising Gas Prices and the Brass Ring

The day is spectacular! Breeze blowing, birds singing, not too hot, that just perfect temperature – the temp I wish it could be all year (I am NOT a hot summer girl).

I am sitting at my desk again, writing my marketing plan that MUST be finished over the next few days but longing to be in the garden.  Working in the garden is going to be my treat, my carrot, to get my work done.  There is just a couple more weeks of the semester and a load of work to be completed, and then I can focus just on the gardens and the cottages.

The holiday weekend was good and we had many lovely guests.  We are trying to combat the concerns we have with ever rising gas prices and the impact it is going to have on our business.  We are usually completely booked over Easter weekend, and had 3 empty cottages this weekend.  I keep reminding myself that this business was launched in the middle of a depression and between two world wars and has kept it’s doors open contiguously since that time – no small feat.  I believe businesses have a personality even something akin to a soul.  The Pines is steady, the kind of friend you would always be comfortable relying on.  There is a lingering feminine energy too, I know nothing about the original owners, the Pruitts, but I suspect that Mrs. Pruitt had a lot to do with birth and shaping of this business.  There is a strong, warm, inviting, and  no-nonsense personality that remains here.

I will get back to work and remind myself that sitting here with the doors open, looking out at the gardens, even with all the weeding and planting that is beckoning and taunting me, is in fact a great privilege, and in-fact my brass ring.

Post Script 3:00pm

I couldn’t help myself.  I needed a break so I thinned some of the day lilies and irises outside the door and planted some Bee Balm and Mint – it can take over and smell good and I can make tea with it – I think I will also add some lemon Balm – it is part sun and all those things should be happy there.

I also planted some things in the little corner shade bed – well mostly shade.  Again I planted a Bee Balm, some flox, a clemetis in the corner to grow up the logs, some mint and I went and dug up some native columbine and replanted it.  I think it will end up being a nice bed when it establishes.  I would like to plant some Lupine in the back corner as well.