Hanging on in July

Posted on July 27, 2014 by Bedfordlandings

We have been running in several different directions but I wanted to blog just for the record and to promote an upcoming Fall event. So today’s blog is rather a hodgepodge.

It’s been a busy July.  We have hosted many interesting guests including families with children, physicians, a veterinarian, several musicians, a couple of different professors, pilots, my bother and his wife for their birthdays, a family gathering, friends visiting friends, people waiting for their house rentals week to start, anniversary couples, and Jack’s 90-year old mama.  Mama was joined on her mid-July birthday by Jack’s brother, his wife, and Jack’s daughter and grandson for the celebration.  May she have 90 more healthy years!


Mama Eloise on a boat ride looking quite in charge!

Red Velvet Peppermint cake (by Karen)

Red Velvet Peppermint cake (by Karen)

The musicians who stayed at Bedford Landings were part of the newly formed Smith Mountain Lake symphony (https://www.smlsymphony.com/) who gave their inaugural performance on July 26th.  Jack played bagpipes to open the program followed by a Bluegrass band.  We both sang with the chorus for Bach’s “Wachet Auf” Cantata.  On Friday, Bedford Landings hosted a viola player, a cellist, and a bassist. Then, Saturday, we hosted the fiddle player and his wife from the Bluegrass Band (Randy Cox and the Commonwealth Band). All were fine musicians and interesting people! The other weekend guests were most flexible as we came and went with rehearsals.

Karen's artistic photo of a viola belonging to one of our guests.

Karen’s artistic photo of a viola belonging to one of our guests.

We are so thankful to have Pattie, our part time housekeeper, who we schedule when we have more than 2 rooms to clean.  I have been trying to share some of our tips with her (and with Jack) so we all work efficiently.  I guess efficiency and planning are just  life lessons my mother taught me.

For example, it’s a shortcut to do this:

Each morning, Jack makes the coffee.  We get compliments on the coffee; maybe because we grind the coffee beans for each pot fresh.  It takes a little more time, but we save by jump-starting the pot the night before by:

I am the one who wants to make the table and each plate look pretty.  Each breakfast place has their place setting, a cloth napkin, poured juice and water pre-set.  Coffee or Tea is offered once guests come to the breakfast room … but for pretty presentations:

Waffles with Strawberry Butter and whipped cream, Pecan encrusted bacon and frittata on the side.

Waffles with Strawberry Butter and whipped cream, Pecan encrusted bacon and frittata on the side.


Creme Brulee’ Oatmeal, with shaved ham, sunshine muffin, strawberries and banana with yogurt. 

The happy hour painting class was very popular and we have had requests to offer it again.  For fall,  we have scheduled another fun class. Our friend, Sandy Kelso, is going to conduct a jewelry making class on September 16 (5:30 pm) where you can create one-of-a-kind jewelry in just your colors! She will walk you through how to design, hook, clasp, crimp and loop for a stunning finished piece of jewelry. You will select from a variety of beads to create a distinctive bracelet, necklace, or earrings.  Ten participants may pre-register for $30 each. Supplies will be provided along with a snack and beverage.  Participants are welcome to being wine for sipping while beading. Email karen@bedfordlandings.com or call 540-488-4600.

And that’s what’s cookin’ from Bedford Landings!



Sheridan on July 27, 2014

Love the Bedford Landings tips. Those plug in room freshness add freshness to rooms too.

doreen widney on July 28, 2014

Remember to short sheet the newlywed and anniversary guest's bed.

Carolyn on July 28, 2014

I have only two comments: Your brother is not a bother, I will take him off your hands if you consider him one...I need another brother! Secondly I think I will sign up for the jewelry class, only so I can get in on the being wine part! Cannot resist poking fun at your typo's my friend, they are so rare since every thing you do, including Bedford Landings is spectacular! Anyone considering being a guest should stop considering and act, you won't regret it. I am glad to say I already do one of your tips (trash bags) and my tip about coffee is to have Bill do it...had to make my own this weekend with him gone. :( Enjoyed singing this morning. Good thing it was today as my voice is rapidly going tonight!

Marion Wetcher on July 28, 2014

Always love your blog! I know that anyone who visits your B & B will be coming back......why wouldn't they?!?!?! They're all treated like royalty! That's just the way you folks are! How blessed we are to call you two our friends! Can't wait to hear about August at Bedford Landings!

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