Tuesday, April 27, 2010
You can definitely tell spring is here when Amy and Mark start working outside every chance they have. Sunday was no exception. With the patio garden coming up and pretty much set with perennials, they have started working on the front of the house and creating a new garden on the side by the garage. This will leave less lawn to mow and also create a pretty sight when guests park in the driveway. Sunday was spent ripping out a very stubborn evergreen at the corner of the house by the drive. Between digging, cutting with a chain saw and a regular saw and the strap hooked to the Explorer to pull on the bush it finally came out. For once, Amy and Mark were dirtier than me after playing in the garden. I really should have taken some pictures. They also starting removing some sod for the side garden and I know Amy is much anticipating the Bath Garden Club's plant sale in May. They have decided on some larger trees for the front including a PG Hyderangea and a Weeping Cyprus for the corner. A couple more decisions on plants, lots of digging and hard work and it will be finished. I'll post pictures then - I am sure they will appreciate that more than pictures of dirty innkeepers from the Sunday experience.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Amy is certainly gearing up for the season with all this spring cleaning - curtains washed and ironed, new bedspreads and quilts purchased and the smell of Murphy's oil soap in the air. Then Mark and Amy even did some spring cleaning on me. I had to sit for 2 hours the other night while they worked on my hair - saying I need to look good for the guests! I was getting a little rumpled looking and did gets lots of positive comments when we took a walk Friday so I guess it was all worth it. But all this means we will be busy, busy, busy soon and I can't wait.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I was on a brief vacation - no I didn't get to go anywhere just Amy and Mark but I did get a cool dog sitter, Cindy, to come and stay with me. She does like to spoil me rotten and I pouted a bit more than I was feeling just so I could get some extra attention. But Amy and Mark are back from their little trip and work has begun again. Although it is only mid April - the patio is back open for the season with the comfy furniture, the tinkling fountain and the garden starting to bloom. I am really trying to not step on the plants coming up but I do love to walk in the garden. I must say it is looking quite good and is a great place for guests to relax, put up their feet and enjoy afternoon tea. I'll try and contain myself and not beg too much for a little tea treat for myself. Hope to see you soon relaxing on our patio.
Our Journey to Bath
Before Amy and Mark ever even thought about making me a part of their family, they were thinking about being innkeepers. About a year and a half after they adopted me, they left me in Erie, PA and took a trip to explore possible towns in New England to open their new business. While I patiently waited at home with a dog sitter, they journeyed to Bath ME, their first stop on the trip. It was December of 2004 so it was cold and raining in Maine but they fell in love with the town and the people they met. Driving to the next town in New Hampshire in a snow storm, they knew in their hearts that Bath was going to be our new home. They went ahead and looked at the other places as planned, but Bath was it. In February of 2005, they left me once again to look at a house on the market in Bath. It had been a B&B but had gone to a private home for the past couple years. Well, lucky us, they loved the house and put in a bid. It was so exciting when the realtor called us in Erie to say the Benjamin F. Packard House was ours! Things started moving quickly then. Packing up the house in Erie, making long distance arrangements for licenses, sprinkler systems and all the things that go with opening a new business. On May 14th, they packed the car and this time took me along too. We closed on the house on May 16th and in six hectic weeks, opened the new Benjamin F. Packard House B&B! My life as a bed and breakfast dog had begun.