July 29th, 2012
The gathering room is perfect for any day, any weather.
The last three days have brought much needed rain to the Manchester, Vt area. I could feel the earth gaining back its vitality, getting ready for a growth spurt. With the right balance of rain and sun, nature thrives.
Our guests at Ormsby Hill took the downpours in stride, one minute sitting outside on the patio eating cheese, fruit and cookies, the next, sipping tea in the living room. Other guests made themselves at home in the gathering room, testing out the lemon cooler cookies I’ve been trying to perfect. Even the old board games came out, and it really felt like home.
The reputation of this property speaks of its beauty and elegance. These last few rainy days have shown that it is also a comfortable, friendly, happy place, where guests can put their feet up and chill.
I’m not sure what kind of weather is coming this week, but we and guests alike can just go with the flow and not worry about it. It will all be fine.
July 25th, 2012
About two months before we purchased the Inn at Ormsby Hill, the former owners suggested I plant something in two raised beds near the meadow. This is one of many instances of the collaborative effort between Ted, Chris, and us. It was a win/win situation – they would not have unsightly, empty garden space, and we would have garden bounty for the summer. I planted five varieties of cherry tomato and two varieties of slicing tomato. Yesterday the cherries began their prolific, productive dash. These will be put to immediate use in our small side salads served with our savory breakfasts; yummy, healthy, and unexpected.
July 17th, 2012
Wednesday, July 11th was a day of firsts like no other: our first day as innkeepers at the historic Inn at Ormsby Hill; our first day living in the beautiful town of Manchester, Vermont; our first day as employers and business owners. It was, without doubt a daunting day. Imagine our surprise when, overriding our feelings of anxiety, we felt giddy with joy, awe, and gratefulness. We know are in the right place at the right time in our lives.
Our prior life as on again, off again expatriates in Tokyo Japan ended in September 2011 after 32 years, 2 kids, and 17 moves. On the surface, our past years make us questionably qualified to be innkeepers and caretakers of this beautiful bed and breakfast. Peeling back the layers of our life, we discovered that our experiences perfectly prepared us for our new roles. Here are some life lessons we think will help us make your stay at Ormsby Hill truly wonderful:
- Do not fear change because it is the springboard to growth and satisfaction.
- Curiosity and openness lead to learning.
- The most valuable lessons come from unexpected sources, like children, pets, or guests.
- Every person, plant, and animal deserves unconditional respect.
We look forward to meeting each one of you as your own journey intersects with ours at The Inn at Ormsby Hill.
Peace and Love,
Diane and Yoshio