I've been away.
Guess you might have noticed?
We were in Potter County for our annual visit to
what they call "God's Country".
It was a wonderful time away.
On Monday we were invited
by my brother, Allan and sister-in-law, Bev
to visit the Bed and Breakfast they were staying at
near Coudersport, Pennsylvania.
Perfectly placed next to a golf course and in beautiful
countryside known for excellent fishing, skiing, dark skies
which thrill the astronomers among us and four wheel trails
to keep the adrenaline junkies happy.
Host and Hostess, Joe and Gail, are very experienced
and gracious at making their guests feel welcome.
We enjoyed conversation with Gail on their lovely
and comfy porch
as we rocked in rockers.
The rooms are perfectly clean and uniquely laid out.
The two rooms I was able to peek at were spacious
and creatively designed.
The great room, which serves as the entryway to
this B&B is filled with antique eye candy.
Gail has a way of decorating that is
very pleasant and in no way makes one feel that
things are there just because.
Everything fits together beautifully.
We went first to the gift shop and breakfast room.
Allan and Bev had just enjoyed breakfast, about which
they had many good things to say.
I knew many of you would love to see this stove.
Was I right?
Sounds good to me....
I happen to love antique rolling pins.
So you shall see them, as well.
As for the gift shop.
It is precious!
I found myself checking out the soaps.
Currently some friends of ours are working on
soaps to match my candle scents so I am more interested
than usual in what is out there in the soap world.
I made a purchase
which I am told was made by another home schooling
mama who just happens to have 12 children.
I'm impressed that she manages to run a successful
Good for her!
I also bought a jar of honey mustard
from this display of delights.
Much of it has disappeared already as
our family enjoyed meals together at the cabin.
Joining us again this year were
our friends from Blue Barn Bulletin.
A very important part of the activities
in the mountains revolve around food.
Especially on the rainy days.
Back to the B&B...
It seems that pets are very carefully chosen
to live here.
They must be friendly,
but not too friendly.
When a certain large breed dog
known for its tendency to slobber became too much
for the incoming guests
Gail and Joe found him a wonderful new home.
I could tell that it was a very hard thing for them to do....
but the man who has it now is wonderful with it and it is a very good fit.
These are the things we don't always think about when
we think of those who welcome us to their spaces in the form of
Bed and Breakfast.
There are clearly sacrifices.
Maggie here, is very friendly.
She loves a good scritch.
Tornado, the kitty, was mostly
avoiding the camera but did pose
just once so I snapped her pretty face.
You can guess how she came by her name.
No, she was not born during bad weather.
Our final stop on this visit was this most adorable cottage.
It had been built originally as what we would call
a Dawdi Haus around here.
Now it offers refuge for travelers.
Don't you just love the mantel?
Should you happen to plan a trip to North Central
Pennsylvania I highly recommend this
wonderful Bed and Breakfast.
Tell them that Becky from Hospitality Lane sent you.
Probably won't get you a discount but at least
they will know that spending time with
this nosy lady was worth their while.
I have much more to share from our wonderful time
away in Potter County.
Thanks for stopping by.
It was nice to hear from one of you who
was concerned that all was well since it has been
longer than usual between posts.
It is always busy before we leave and then
extra busy upon our return.
The time in the mountains was delightful.
I would say I am rested and refreshed but that wouldn't
quite be true.
I am happy, however.