Dec 15, 2014

Google us!

Check out our Google+ page:  How's that for neat!?  I have to thank Teresa Renee of Designed to Connect for an excellent session called "How to Get Found on Google", hosted by Wellington-Waterloo Community Futures.  I took the session on December 9th and I'm so happy I did:  not only did Teresa show us how Google operates and how to create a presence on Google, but details on keywords and analytics... Search Engine Optimization golden nuggets! 
  And if you're wondering about the gorgeous root photo, these amazing trees are in the Elora Gorge Conservation Area.  

We're also on Tripadvisor!  If you stayed with us, please do leave a review... You know how important they are and we'd really appreciate it.

Dec 11, 2014

rise and set

There's something magical about yeast... you take these wee granules and set them in warm milk and sugar and they come alive!!!  And grow and grow and grow... sometimes to frightening proportions!  It's so very much fun, I love baking with yeast!  

Here's the finished treat:  German streuselkuchen!  If you come and stay at the Flying Leap, you might just get to enjoy some!  

And just as the yeast did rise so the sun did set, a magnificent ever-changing spectacle!  The sunset grew in intensity as I was returning home with Willow from a walk and this photo was taken from our front lawn... Wow!  All my favorite colours!

Dec 9, 2014

Creature Comfort

Finally we have good photos of our Creature Comfort room to share, and they're up on our website!  Presenting our biggest and most luxurious room!  

A king bed with a beautiful art nouveau butterfly headboard is just waiting for you to flop down onto the pillow-top mattress.  (Thank you, Lorna, for the perfect lamps, and we wish you an enjoyable retirement although we'll miss Naomi's elegance in the down town core.)

Why not curl up with a good book in our softly padded chairs and enjoy the light coming in through these huge bay windows, or sip tea while you watch the world go by...

And then there's the bathroom, how's this for decadent?  Two pedestal sinks, a glass shower stall and an antique refinished claw-foot bathtub, all for you to enjoy!  It really can't get too much better than this, I think.  

Nov 29, 2014

Santa has arrived!

The only thing missing was a Krampus!  

We just enjoyed the most beautiful Christmas parade I've ever witnessed from the balcony of our B&B!  We were planning to do this from the sun room, but it was a perfect night at just around the freezing mark, no wind and no rain or snow so we stood out on the balcony together, even Willow.  The parade lasted about 45 minutes and was gorgeous, with so much hard work and imagination!   This was super nice as we had friends over:  thank you Tammi, Darlene and sweet little Sebastian for making the night extra-special!

 Puppets Elora with their flying pig!  
              And a better photo courtesy of Bill Longshaw (thank you Annerose for sharing):

And at the end...


What an elegant float! And here's a short video of just the end of the parade, Santa passing by our place. (Sorry for the chatter, just enjoy the music.) (Thank you, Tammi, for filming!)

Nov 25, 2014

Missing the ghosts of October

Autumn is gone and winter winds are starting to blow.  Although we had a dumping of snow last week, we're back to regular November weather now...  I took these photos in October, the top two are from the David Street bridge while the ghost leaf's image was captured on the sidewalk by our house. 

 If anyone else wants a recount and a do-over of Hallowe'en, I'm in total agreement!!!! 

Nov 17, 2014

A Tale of Two Chairs

In hoping to acquire some vintage pieces for our bed and breakfast, Mom and I have taken up hunting through the local antique markets.  St. Jacobs has two excellent places to wander through, the St. Jacobs Antiques Market and Market Road Antiques.  Since we purchased our new home and business in May but only got it in August, we had a lot of time to dream... and wait.  So back on June 10th, in Market Roads Antiques, we spotted these two chairs. 

They were refinished (maybe they were even white at one time judging from the white paint on the wood under the seat), reupholstered and had a few nicks and notches, and were a little low for chairs with the seat at about 16 1/2 inches.  Still, we really liked the wood, the fabric and the shape of the chairs and they felt good but they were $85 each and we really didn't know where we'd put them or what table we could pair them with so we left them behind.

In August we saw the chairs again, still waiting for the next phase of their life to begin.  And on Sept. 20th, we visited with the chairs again, taking them out of their booth and sitting a spell.  Yes, they were comfy.  Mom joked:  "If the chairs are here the fourth time, they're coming home with us!"  
  And so it was:  on October 24th we found a great big upholstered chair and a great matching table for our Fox Hole room... and there were the chairs.  But timing is everything:  now they were only $40 a piece AND, in another booth, was a delicate table with the same color wood and the same burl wood grain!  We put the three together and it was an instant hit!  Wow!  

These three pieces now sit cozy in our Meadow Room's bay window, a perfect spot to read or sip tea with the breeze and bird song drifting through the windows.       

Nov 10, 2014

Our Grand Opening Hallowe'en Bash!

I nearly forgot to share our Grand Opening photos!  We wanted to thank all the fellow bed and breakfast owners and FEBBA members and assorted folks and professionals who helped us and made us feel so welcome and so hosted a Hallowe'en Grand Opening party on October 28th so everyone could see our B&B, meet and socialize.  
Willow wanted to be our official greeter but... we decided that wasn't such a good idea.  She stayed in the back room.

It was a pleasure to bring out all my Hallowe'en plates and platters and whip up all the food for our party, and I must say we created quite a fine spread with lots of variety including gluten free coconut-pecan cookies, veggies and breads with 3 kinds of dip, devilled eggs, and lots of sweet treats!  


Decorating was also a lot of fun!  Our sun room served as a second area where folks could nibble and chat... if they didn't mind the bony company!

Thank you to everyone who came and made our party such a success!  Cheers!  And if you wanted to come but couldn't, let's arrange a date:  there's always coffee and treats!  

Nov 9, 2014

Before and after

Before and After
I switched the image on our business card a little while ago and I just thought to share the two photos.  Although both were taken in the sunshine with a clear blue sky, the "after" photo is a definite improvement, much more welcoming.  Of course, removing the poor, tilting, half-dead cedar was a huge help (also increasing visibility from the street) but I think it's the sunlight on the brick that makes the second photo so much more appealing.  

356 days 'til Hallowe'en

Yesterday we put away the last of the Hallowe'en tombstones... it's over.  I also closed down the Online Hallowe'en Artists' Studio Trick or Treat, it's over for another year too.  I did, however, take some photos before and during take-down and here's a few worth sharing.  

Here's a scary Willow emerging from our haunted dining room into our spooky hallway!  I used to put up the fence and silhouettes at the Library but now they have a great spot at home.  See the arms coming up out of the grate and the giant spider on the left?

When I was taking down the spiders that were on the balcony I laid them out on the floor to keep them from getting tangled up.  I then put away the ladder down the hall and walked back... to notice this rather creepy scene!!!  Geesh, I'd be running in the other direction!  Willow, on the other hand, decided to stay out on the balcony where it was safe.  

Nov 3, 2014

Day of the Dead treats -- never too late!

I'm a little late, but here are a few Day of the Dead treat recipes:  the donuts were easy but need the dipping sauce as they are a bit dry.  As I've never had Mexican donuts, I don't know what they're supposed to be like, but they were yummy!  I made a butter/cream cheese icing to dip them into, less messy for our party.

These recipes are from 70 Classic Mexican Recipes by Elisabeth Ortiz.  If you like them, check out her book!

Nov 2, 2014

Our first Hallowe'en in Elora

Hope you had a Happy Hallowe'en! 

We had 39 trick-r-treaters on a wet, cool evening and enjoyed our first Hallowe'en in our new home!  Everyone was in such good spirits, the costumes were creative and fun and the wee ones were so cute!  And then... it snowed!  But just a little.

On November 1st, we invited our dead loved ones to enjoy their favorite treats and visit with us.  Hopefully they found the new home and enjoyed the dry warmth of the sun room.  We sure did, as I'm used to setting up our Day of the Dead altar outside, in the snowy cold air.  

I think the pumpkins turned out really nice this year too.  

And out on the street?  There were lots of decorations scattered about.  I think I'm going to enjoy the upcoming holidays and, you know, that thing in December, much more this year because we had a great Hallowe'en.  Here's to Elora!  

Oct 29, 2014

Monsters Marching in Elora

On Saturday, October 25th, at 6:30 monsters took over the streets of Elora!  And we were there and got some great shots!  Enjoy!
The Cadaver Cafe, yum!

A local dance troop, the Fergus Elora Academy of Dance, made "Thriller" come... alive!?

 And this fellow was very dedicated to his job, still giving out candies with quite a headache.

Bees!  How cute is this??

A goat also made an appearance.  Yes, a goat!

As in years past, donations were collected for the Centre Wellington Food Bank... in style, of course!

There was a huge crowd, on a gorgeous night.  

Puppets Elora made a fine appearance, including a pink flying pig! 

There were a lot of canine participants, all incredibly well behaved and cute!

Our favorite:  this amazing "puppet" style costume that reminded us very much of the Day of the Dead!  Cheers to the creator!!!  And there's still the streets of Elora to enjoy, spooktacularly decorated:

Oct 12, 2014

Thank you, Mother Nature!

An October weekend of incredible weather is a real gift, so thank you Mother Nature for giving us this opportunity to finally visit the Elora Gorge Conservation Area and the Elora Quarry!  Wow!

So this is the Elora Gorge:  well-maintained, easy to walk trails along the racing gorge, sprinkled with autumn leaves... 
Incredibly beautiful cedar root formations...

Isn't this molten root bizarre!?

And there's something definitely feminine about this root.

The Quarry also had fantastic sights:

If we didn't live here we certainly would enjoy visiting!  These sights are only a 10 minute drive from our B&B.

 And Willow was tuckered out!  Do you like her Nightmare Before Christmas collar?