Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Trees Are Gone

Yesterday just before 7 am the truck showed up and the men began taking down the trees. They were dangerous and had been for some time. I had always refused to have anything done but when I saw how they were moving in the strong winds and realized how wet the ground was, it was time. Luckily, no one got hurt and they never did fall on the house. If I had a nickel for every time I heard "you need to do something about those trees before they fall on the house",I would be a very wealthy woman. Well, they are gone. It is going to take some getting used to for sure! We planted a maple tree a few years ago and plan to do more planting after we get the yard repaired from the huge holes left from the tree removal.

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I will always miss these trees as I said in another post. They have been the home of many birds and even a couple of families of racoons over the years. They have provided shade and that wonderful sound of leaves blowing in the breeze. We'll be planting soon and I'll be sure to share that when it happens.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Really Big Show

Tim and I were at the Really Big Show over the weekend. We also had guests for the bed and breakfast.

Everyone certainly loves St. Lawrence Valley Roasters Coffee! This weekend it became the focal point of our guest's visit. They just couldn't wait for Tim to arrive back so they could buy their coffee to take home. Their favorites were Baker Road Blend and Sumatran Black Satin. My brother had run out of coffee and said it didn't matter which coffee he got, he hadn't ever had one he didn't like. We hear that a lot!

Right now the website isn't up and running so if you'd like coffee you can call 315-250-7650 and place your order.

You can also go to www.northforkbedandbreakfastgifts.com where you'll find a coffee sampler gift basket in our shop. The current coffee list isn't listed there so I'm going to put it on here for anyone that may be looking to see what we have for coffees.

FTO Organic Costa Rica La Amistad- nice acidity with lemon notes & chocolate creaminess

FTO Guatemala Huehuetenango- good body with citrus, milk chocolate notes & a hint of smoke

FTO- Peru La Florida- milk chocolate start with creamy lemon tones and a lasting walnut finish.

FTO Sumatra Permata Gayo- low acidity, rich, syrupy body notes of dark chocolate and berry notes

Organic Flores Bajawa Ngura- heavy body & syrupy with dark chocolate notes & a peppery finish

FTO Ethiopian Yirgacheffe- lemon/orange tones with hints of peach & a floral finish

FTO Ethiopian Sidamo- creamy lemony flavors, smooth clean body with a sweet berry finish

FTO Peru Royal Select Decaf- smooth with sweet-lemon taste and a creamy, chocolate walnut finish

FTO Sumatra Half Caff- all the goodness of Sumatran, but half of the caffeine, rich

FTO Whispering Pines Blend- a complex full flavoured blend of 3 organic coffees

FTO Mountain Morning Blend- a complex full flavoured blend of 3 organic coffees

FTO Dark Star Blend-dark roast,wild,fruity,sharp and mysterious

FTO Moondance Blend- rich with full bodyand a chocolate finish,dark roast

FTO Black Stallion Espresso Blend- rich sweet & earthy with traces of fruit and a chocolate syrupy finish

FTO Sumatra Mandheling- fragrant, sweet & earthy with traces fo fruit and a chocolate syrupy finish

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rain, rain and more rain...

The sunny weather we had briefly has gone away. So far this spring we've had very few sunny days and only one day that was really warm. It makes the days longer as we all eagerly anticipated spring, we finally arrive in May and we still have rain. I guess it's better than the high winds we had. It's nearly time to be planting. I always love filling the window boxes and planting annuals. I also look forward to hanging all of the hanging plants. This weather makes it really tough to look forward to these things. I'm thinking pansies at this point and perennials as both will take the cooler weather.  The daffodils are doing really well and lasting longer than usual.


The Gold Finches are finally yellow and quite beautiful. When they land in the trees they look as if they've been decorated!