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The Law of Attraction

Lavender wreathsMore and more lately, I think about how lucky we are to be here, Jimmy Oliver and I, doing what we’re doing.

How did this B & B thing happen, anyway? And did we consciously decide to have just the two suites, so never more than two sets of guests, or did that just happen?

Either way, it is right for us. And if you believe in the law of attraction, that like attracts like, then all I can say is that we have been remarkably blessed lately with amazing guests.

Lucky the catIn its finest moments, a B & B really delivers to its owners. Yes, it is a way to (hopefully) make a living. It also encourages you to really focus on and develop parts of your home and garden that you might otherwise not do. But more than anything else, a B & B can deliver the most delightful mornings, filled with rich discussion or hilarious repartee around the breakfast table.

And here is the advantage of keeping it small. A small group hangs together. In a small group, there is space for everyone to contribute. And in a small group, you tend to go deep, rather than wide with those discussions. The truth is that, on many mornings, we find ourselves in the company of the most astonishing individuals. So whether it is Pauline, living large, and entirely on her own terms, or Riz, who was the first hometown radio host to interview Nirvana and the first to play ‘Teen Spirit’ to Seattle audiences, the experiences are rich and the conversation flows.

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The Wreath forms and spray were ready

Like farm wives before modern conveniences helped to ease the work load, B & B owners never run out of jobs to do and chores to complete. Some need to be done immediately, and others call to you when you’re about to sit down.

This is our third summer above the bay, and for the first two, I contemplated the enormous lavender bushes we’d inherited and thought about what I might like to do with the crop. The first year, we did a late harvest of the flower stalks and had a huge aromatic basket filled to brimming on the patio next to us. Eventually, all of the flower heads began to drop off. We collected them and kept them for awhile, but I thought to myself, ‘A wreath would be nice. I want to make a wreath.’

The next summer, I thought I was ready. I had wreath forms.

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Snipping and binding, I thought about them All

I even bought a spray fixative for dry flowers. All I needed to do was to wait until all of that lavender was bright purpley blue. Almost there, I thought, until a visiting friend, observing the crop, dashed my hopes. ‘Too late,’ she said. ‘You’re supposed to harvest it before it opens completely.’ I sighed heavily. ‘What’s another year?’ I thought rather bitterly.

So this year, I was ready. Which brings me back to all of those intensely interesting visitors. Because, with all of that work to do, how could I possibly find the time, or even justify sitting there and putting this rather large wreath together?

Well aside from the fact that I wanted to, I found that I was compelled to do it. And whereas, that farm wife of old might find herself knitting socks or canning tomatoes, I went through the steps of creating my wreath, and at the same time, I thought deeply about all of the people who, though we’d only known each other briefly, had had the power to mark me deeply with the essence of who they were. And so, I sat and I worked and I thought about them, and about just how lucky we really are to be living here, and doing this.

Wreath forms
Slowly, I gathered the stalks into bunches and bound them tightly
Lavender wreaths
Using Floral Wire, I bound each small bouquet to the wreath

A Bride Sends her Memories of ‘Seasons Above the Bay’

So many thanks go out to Ariel and Brian Stott, who spent their time with us last summer, as they prepared for and enjoyed their wedding, in the Cowichan Valley.

We were so happy to provide them with a sanctuary in which to work on their flower arrangements (I was delighted to complete bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids) and the remaining details for their big day.

More importantly, when they returned to champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries, and all the comforts of our ‘Memories of Paris’ suite, they knew they had made the best choice for themselves.  Breakfast on the patio each morning of their stay was replete with the antics of Lucky, our tuxedo kitty, who makes his appearance in Ariel’s photos, draining our patio fountain!

The morning after their wedding, and following breakfast, Ariel made her way around the garden, and made an exquisite job of committing to memory our flowers of summer.  We look forward to their next visit, and thank them for making us a part of such an important time.

It was our pleasure playing a part in such an important day.  We have come to realize that it is a segment of business that suits us very well, and which we would really like to develop.  Our property lends itself to weddings of an intimate size (30 people and fewer), and our gardens provide a wealth of floral backdrop.

In addition, the preparation of flower arrangements, bouquets, and even wedding cakes to fit the occasion are part of the services we would like to provide.  Moreover, we have the perfect set up to provide ideal pre-wedding preparation space, for dressing and make up application.  Our suites are really tailor made for honeymooning or for use by parents and others related to the wedding, as the most lovely and comfortable accommodation.

We would truly love to have the opportunity to help you create and host your ideal day to remember.