How can I say "we're finally coming up for air" without sounding like I'm complaining? We've had back-to-back guests for the last several weeks... and it's been GREAT! However, I've had little time to catch you up here on my blog. But here's an update lest you start thinking we're twiddling our thumbs over here :)
We've been so busy that I've even failed to take pictures of our last two sets of guests!! Well not so much forgot as much as I was either busy preparing food or hosting, I simply wasn't in the photo-taking zone. But there's been a few opportunities of other things that have cropped up that I was able to capture. So here we go...
So one of my good friends, Jo Anne, back in Burlington mentioned our B&B to friends of hers (this is how it works, generally, lots of supportive people spreading the word). So Julie and Michael contacted us in the fall and booked a 4-night stay. They decided to stay with us at the beginning of their trip then go on an organized tour (we still can't wait to hear all about it!). We had such a great time with them. Super people... and like most of our guests, by the time they left, we felt like old friends. Julie is working her magic, trying to catch a trout for dinner. It's not always as easy (or fast) as it looks. Although, admittedly, it feels like fishing in a barrel, those fish can be sly and hide.
While our guests were here, I served a lot of meals. One of the great surprises in my garden has been how truly beautiful the cauliflower has grown. For a long time, I just kept watering these long, green leaves with not much else growing in the middle. I thought they were duds. I came close to digging them all out to make room for something else. But, my broccoli plants were behaving in much the same way. Taking their time for the head to emerge, so I decided to be patient a little while longer. It felt as though something happened overnight... I went to water the beds and when I checked (half heartedly expecting a whole lot of nothing), this is was I discovered! I do get a bit giddy when we yield some success. Oh, and our broccoli is following suit, too! Yay!
Frankie loves to bury herself behind the throw pillows. I guess it was getting too hot. She sure makes us chuckle.
We've also seen a few Resplendent Quetzals in the last few days. Our guests are always on the lookout and Fred did see one fly by over the guesthouse, which he was thrilled about. We're hearing their call so we know they're around.
So just to show you what I mean, this picture was taken yesterday and shows the back of the house...