December Moments

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Bedfordlandings

We have a new artist in the house!  We welcome Rita Carroll.  Rita is an active member of Art Visions. We have been very fortunate to have access to the talent at Art Visions!  This month’s artist, Rita has always loved art but didn’t seriously pick up a paint brush until her husband gifted her with a set of oils.  Today she prefers watercolors but still paints with oils as well.  Rita has been recognized by her peers in art shows for more than a decade earning judges choice and first place ribbons in shows from Smith Mountain Lake to Bath County. Stop by to see Rita’s art or contact her through her website.

Two of the 9 works on display by Rita Carroll

Winter Projects

Generally in the winter months we do a bit of home repair.  My to-do list continues and Jack grumbles a bit as he works down the list as opposed to spending every waking minute in the hangar working on his RV-10 airplane building project.  I must say, however that his airplane project is coming along!

It’s hard to get a good angle, but this shows the fuselage from the tail toward the front panel which he is working on wiring.

From the front where he is wiring the panel. A lot of connections to be made!










On the house project list, he is currently working on cutting out the end of the railing on the front porch so we can access the chickens easier.

View from front door to the end that will be cut. Chicken house in the yard.

These little cluckers have to be locked up in their coop each night to stay safe and warm and then let out each morning; essentially sunset and sunrise are their preferences!  This opening will put us somewhat closer to the coop, especially on chilly mornings!  More to come on this project!


We don’t have a Christmas tree yet but we have hung our stockings and gotten the pup groomed for the holidays!  This coming weekend, we will get the tree and hopefully start to trim it between two performances of our Christmas Cantata – A Christmas Rose” we will sing at Bethlehem United Methodist Church.

Bella, the queen of Bedford Landings groomed for the holidays.

The stockings are multiplying as we add grand children!

Egg-citing Eggs!

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Bedfordlandings

I recently gave a program to another group about eggs.
I thought I would reproduce it for the Bedford Landings blog.  But why not just link to it? For your reading pleasure- information bout cooking, cleaning and use of eggs.

The Egg-citing Egg by Karen DeBord of Bedford landings Bed & Breakfast and Jodee Jeans, of Ippys Restaurant in Rocky Mount, VA

Marriages & Motorcycles

Posted on November 13, 2017 by Bedfordlandings

It was an exciting weekend at Bedford Landings B & B.  After Karen arrived back from a quick trip with her BFF to Charleston, SC, we had a full house.  Jack had checked in a wonderful young couple on Thursday and we discovered that by Friday they had exciting news to share!  They visited the Smith Mountain Lake State Park and came back engaged!  They spent most of the day sharing the news with family and friends!


Another couple arrived late at night having driven about 300 miles in one piece wind blocking jumpsuits.  She was frozen and in need of a restroom quickly!  They thawed out in the jetted tub in the Fourth Room with the gas logs blazing!

MotorcyclesThen they had to don the suits all over again to leave!  That’s when I snapped the photo!  Come again Harley lovers!

Jack has given several flights over the lake with Bedford Landings Air Tours for those who enjoy leaf peeping!  But, it looks like Thanksgiving will bring a little cooler weather and it is time to fill the bird feeders and hunker down for the winter!  Remember we are here for your get aways and enjoyment complete with glowing candles, warm fires, hot coffee, and good company!


Massage Anyone?

Posted on November 1, 2017 by Bedfordlandings

massageBedford Landings proudly introduces a Mark Halbeisen, a massage therapist who can be scheduled for a personal massage when you stay with us.

Mark is a Licensed Massage Therapist who attended the Potomac Massage Training Institute graduating in February 2000. He continues to attend seminars on various types of massage to meet the continuing education requirements to maintain his license and to continue to learn techniques. He is a board certified massage therapist and in good standing with the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) License as well as holding a Virginia license.

Mark pic 010His massage techniques include sports massage, connective tissue (myofascial) massage, as well as assessing client posture relative to what is needed in the massage.

Previously, he was in the United States Air Force, where he became an X-ray technologist. Upon leaving the USAF with an Honorable Discharge, he was employed at Georgetown University Hospital (GUH) for 28 years as an X-ray/cardiovascular technologist and an administrator.  After managing his own massage therapy practice in Mclean, VA (2009 – 2014), he decided to move to Bedford, Virginia where he works for Massage Envy in Lynchburg part time and does independent work the remainder of the week. Bedford Landings is fortunate to have met Mark so we can refer him to our guests.

Guests may email him with questions and to schedule a massage session. Email address:

Flying Brandon: Our Privilege!

Posted on October 27, 2017 by Bedfordlandings

Today, it was our privilege to welcome the Handy family to Bedford Landings Air Tours.  I met Cindy playing racquetball a few years ago. Her husband Dan also plays (when he’s not falling off a roof getting injured!). We have become friends over time and she even purchased one of my children’s books (Cloudy with a Chance of Dreams).  She bought the book for her son, Brandon, who is about 30 years old. Brandon loves airplanes and was very interested in taking a flight with Jack over Smith Mountain Lake.

The challenge was how to get Brandon into the airplane. Brandon was born with Cerebral Palsy and has been in a wheel chair nearly his whole life. The cause of Cerebral Palsy is a brain injury or brain malformation that occurs while the brain is developing — before, during, or after birth. As a result of the brain damage during brain development a child’s muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance can be affected. It can also impact a fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and oral motor functioning.

It goes without saying how much Cindy and Dan love Brandon but witnessing their loving care was a gift. I observed the way they used gentle touches with him and interpreted conversation so we could all determine the best way to help Brandon obtain his dream to fly. He had gone to bed early the night before, rested well in preparation for his flight, and was up early to prepare to be on time. At the appointed 9:00 hour, Cindy drove up in their van equipped with a wheelchair lift; and out rolled Brandon in his well-appointed Cadillac of a chair that he could control with head manipulations.Branchair1 - 1 Branchair - 1 Howtogetin - 1

We managed to get his chair close to the Cessna and determined that the rear seat provided more space for him. Between Jack and Dan lifting and Cindy inside the plane, receiving and adjusting, we got him situated. He was thrilled and kept telling Jack that he already “loved him!” Holding tight to Cindy, they were ready for take off. Dan took the front seat.

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Plane taking off

The take off in the Cessna 170B.

Cessna in the air

Turning for the landing.

Landing the plane

Almost down over the runway

Cessna landing

And a smooth landing.

Jack said that while flying them over the lake, he could hear Brandon in the headset saying “Oh, Wow!” This, of course made the flight so joyful for the pilot. And Cindy said that this was the happiest she had seen Brandon in some time.

When they landed and we were able to get Brandon safely back into his comfy chair.

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Back on the ground.

Using his head controls, Brandon rolled into the hangar to see the Pietenpol Air Camper that Jack built and that was pictured in the book Cindy had purchased. In addition, he saw Jack’s new plane under construction. When Jack showed him a photo of a completed RV-10,  he said, “When you get that one finished, you can take me in that plane too!”

Seeing the RV-10 photo

Indeed, Brandon. We simply enjoyed having you and your family here! It has been our privilege to fly with you!

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The Handy Family

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