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The Inn at Ormsby Hill: One of America’s Best Bed and Breakfasts…

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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According to an article in USA Today, we have the honor of being one of the best B&B’s in the country.  What a great way to start our third year at Ormsby Hill.  Thank you all for being a part of our journey.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/hotels/2014/07/16/bed-and-breakfast/12679735/

 

Two Year Anniversary at Ormsby Hill

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

garden path

Friday, July 11 is our 2 year anniversary as owners of Ormsby Hill.  It seems we have been here a lot longer than that, especially when we try to recount all the changes we have made – big and small.  What we never wanted to change, and never will, is the character of this inn, this home. Every day we marvel at the beauty and strength inherent in this home.  We are trusted keepers (we know the house has accepted us) of the property, as well as keepers of your stay with us.  Everything ties together, as do all things in life.

Today I was thinking about our gardens (haha, no surprise there), and how I might describe their significance to anyone who asked if they had special meaning.  They do.  Every thought we have, every word we speak, every action we take adds something to the collective consciousness  of our world.  These gardens were made with love, hope, and acceptance:  my love for plants, my hope that they will grow and fulfill my expectations, and my acceptance that many things are beyond my control.

This, I believe, is also how we can describe our inn keeping over the last two years.  We love Ormsby Hill, we hope to fulfill our potential and your expectations, and we accept that we cannot control your experience.

 

Garden path

Garden path

 

Garden Update

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Today I gathered the first flower bouquet of the year from our gardens.   No more flowers from Shaw’s until frost!  That means more time moseying, gathering, and arranging.  It is so easy with flowers from your garden, because they all look good together.  I love, love, love homegrown flower displays.

First flowers from the garden for the inn.

First flowers from the garden for the inn.

The new gardens are still a work in progress.  At this time we are waiting for several more plant groups (Eupatorium ‘Little Joe’, some asters, and perovskia).  I also have to fill in the vegetable section.  All in all, it is coming along very well.  Many, many thanks again to Equinox Valley Nursery (www.equinoxvalleynursery.com) for searching for, gathering, and delivering plants on my list, even though it is their busiest time of the year.  They are some of the best people you could ever meet.  I hope you stop in on your next visit to the inn.

Here are a few photos Yoshio took last week of the labyrinth and new gardens.

Pathway to labyrinth connects the gardens

Pathway to labyrinth connects the gardens

Planting in progress

Planting in progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mostly green labyrinth, with lots of dandelions

Mostly green labyrinth with lots of dandelions

 

If you are not interested in gardens, please excuse me.  After almost two years at Ormsby Hill, my true nature has finally found its way home.  Indulging my passion will help me honor myself, the inn, and you too.

 

Let the planting begin…

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Between now and our last blog, Yoshio and I went to San Ramon (Jesse, Lisa, and Owen’s house), Mendocino, and Napa California.  I ordered plants from Equinox Valley Nursery in Manchester for the new gardens, plants arrived at Ormsby Hill, and plants went in the prepared beds.  While we are still awaiting more plants, and have several full days of planting left, my dream garden is a reality.

Special, special thanks to Equinox Valley Nursery (www.equinoxvalleynursery.com), located just south of the inn, for their amazing support in providing all the plants for this garden within our budget.  They have very big hearts!  Also, Jim Colvin, a local lawn care business owner, shared my vision for this field, starting with the labyrinth.  He is an expert at working the land and we are happy he is part of the Ormsby Hill family.  Yoshio, Christine, Amanda, and Nicole have spent hours planting.  I am so grateful for everyone’s help.

 

First load of plants delivered by Equinox Valley Nursery

First load of plants delivered by Equinox Valley Nursery

Setting plants in place

Setting plants in place

After first day of planting

After first day of planting

 

We have garden beds!

Monday, April 28th, 2014

The weather has finally cooperated and we began creation of the new gardens.  Jimmy and Yoshio worked the sod cutter to remove the turf.

Yoshio and Jimmy removing sod

Yoshio and Jimmy removing sod

Bye bye sod

Bye bye sod

After some minor clean up of the edges and remaining turf,  some tilling,  a planting plan, plants, water access, and our hand crafted arbor, we will have a young garden for your pleasure.

Outline of our new gardens

Outline of our new gardens

And So Begins April at Ormsby Hill…

Friday, April 4th, 2014

 

Welcoming you, and welcoming spring to Ormsby Hill

Welcoming you, and welcoming spring to Ormsby Hill

 

April is a pivotal month in Northern New England.  We are so ready for a new season, we catalog all the changes just to make sure it’s true:  snow is melting, robins are back, days are longer, the sun IS  warmer, check, check, check.  Optimism is on the rise.  Weather related small talk is happy; no one grumbles about warmer days.

It’s a good thing we are energized because there is a lot of work setting things straight after this damaging winter.   Fence posts are tilting crazily, if still standing; gravel from the driveway is now part of the lawn, and our plants are frozen in the earth.  We need to get ready in April so we can burst into outdoor living in May, and the glory months of summer and fall.

That’s what’s happening at Ormsby Hill this month.  Wishing you all the joy and anticipation I am feeling right now.

 

Manchester Merriment

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Back yard after snowfall on November 12

Back yard after snowfall on November 12

Manchester Merriment is just around the corner, and the weather is cooperating with our first snow accumulation. Join us in Manchester from November 30 through January 1 for ongoing activities to support 7 community food cupboards. A highlight of these festivities is the Holiday Inn Tours, held on Saturdays, December 7 and 14 from noon until 4pm. Fourteen area inns are participating this year, including Ormsby Hill. Each inn will be decorated for Christmas in their unique style. Tickets are available for purchase ($15 per person or $25 for two people)here, or at businesses in town. See visitmanchestervt.com for more details.

Merriment

Our Etch A Sketch Artists

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

A guest leaving an Etch A Sketch drawing is still a random act at Ormsby Hill, but it is one of the most exciting events. Every room at the inn has an Etch A Sketch, and mostly it is ignored or erased before the guests leave. Occasionally, though, a masterpiece is propped up on the mantle, or casually left on the coffee table. We reverentially admire the drawing, applaud the artist, and reminisce about our artful attempts in the olden days. We take a picture with our iphone, and then someone has to shake the drawing away because the next check-in is expected soon. All that work gone in a few flicks of the wrist…so sad.

Here for your enjoyment (get ready to be amazed) is a photo collection of Etch A Sketch art made by our guests since July 11, 2012.

Summer

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
More rocking chairs for relaxing on the patio

More rocking chairs for relaxing on the patio

Happy summer everyone!

Summer is only five days old and we have already had the best and the worst of the season. The best was one day in the upper 70s, no humidity, and the smell of flowers, earth, and greenery in the air. The worst has been this spell of hot, humid days with violent thunderstorms crashing in and whimpering out. Yesterday’s storm brought flash flooding and lightning damage to our area. A giant tree in our front yard was partially skinned by lightning. Yoshio and I, along with our guests and staff, huddled and hovered (not too) near the windows in anxious fascination.

Our wounded oak tree

Our wounded oak tree

Yoshio in clean- up mode; staff inspect the damage

Yoshio and staff inspect the damage

All of us at Ormsby Hill have worked very hard over the last (almost) year to make this inn a place you can feel special, yet comfortable. We learn something new everyday that helps us help you relax and enjoy your stay. We have also replaced and repaired, planted and painted, welcomed and well-wished…and we don’t see the end of any of these endeavors in the near future.

Our repaired north gates

Our repaired north gates

Repaired south gates

Repaired south gates

April – Vacation Month for Vermont Inn Keepers

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

April is a quiet time for inn keepers in Southern Vermont. The ski slopes closed, and mud season/stick season has not yet given way to spring greenery. Yoshio and I took advantage of this lull, and went to San Francisco for our first bonding visit with Owen, our grandson.

Diane with Owen Kai, 10 weeks old

Diane with Owen Kai, 10 weeks old

Yoshio relaxing with Owen

Yoshio relaxing with Owen

It was heartbreaking to leave Owen, Lisa, and Jesse, but our return to Ormsby Hill couldn’t have been better. Green grass, clear blue skies, and temperatures in the seventies lifted our spirits. The forecast still calls for night temperatures in the thirties, but screens are in place, plants are popping up, and our patio is open for mountain viewing. Hope you’ll join us in our celebration of the season.

Magnolia about to bloom

Magnolia about to bloom

Green grass and gold mop cypress

Green grass and gold mop cypress