We have been having an incredible year at the B&B. We have been able to host some wonderful guests from near and far, and still manage to squeeze in a trip to Montreal and take a weekend off for some time with our family. Getting over the border to Montreal is always a fun little excursion for us. Only about 2 hours from our door, we spent a weekend in Old Town walking around cobblestone streets and enjoying some great poutine. If you're visiting us on your way to or from (or just making a day trip of it) we'd love to hear from you! We are always looking for good recommendations we can enjoy, and pass on to other guests.
A lot has happened in the month since our last blog post! The weather has warmed up significantly and the ground has dried out. With the extra blast of heat (well, Vermont heat) our dahlias are just exploding with color!
We planted 45 tubers on the bank of the pond and cannot wait to see what colors each one brings. See, last winter I labeled the color and type of each tuber, but those labels wore off, so we will have a nice little surprise as each one blooms. Our hydrangeas are in full bloom splashing vibrant shades of blue and white; and guests who sit on the porch can look out and be treated to a 40 foot long planting bed full of zinnias and sunflowers, now in full bloom.
We have hosted two family yoga classes, which is a nice way to meet the neighbors and offer a community benefit. The wee ones are excited to put their feet in the grass and parents enjoy taking photos and engaging with each other. It’s been a treat! This weekend we will have a yoga class geared for adults. If you’re in the area, pop by for a stretch!
The little fruit orchard we planted this spring is doing well. The oldest of the trees, the plum tree, is already setting fruit and a few plums have been ripening to a perfect reddish bronze color. Unfortunately, the deer have figured this out and are scooping up all the fruit before we can get to it! One project that has moved up to the top of my to-do list is setting up an electric fence around the orchard. We also have several blueberry bushes that are beginning to set fruit for the first time as well as a black currant bush that is just loaded with tart little berries. It has become a lovely family adventure to take a walk around the property and enjoy bursts of flavors at each little bush. Guests who venture around the pond can now stop and have a little snack as they explore!
We are basking in the glory of full summer and invite you to join us!
-Carin & Luke McCarthy