September was a Great Month for Baking, DIY, & Traveling

Posted on October 4, 2016 by Bedfordlandings

September was a great month for Bedford Landings. The guests were great, the weather was good, we started preparing for the fall with yard work and trimming.  We aerated the lawn, planted grass seed and fertilized.  We even did a couple of projects before we took off on a 10-day vacation to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Photos below.

One reminder, if you can take time, please vote for Best of at Smith Mountain Lake before November 6th. Bedford Landings B & B for Best Place to Stay Overnight; and Bedford Landings Air Tours (write it in) for with Best New Business (first category) or Hidden Jewel (Last category). Thank-you!

The rest of today’s blog features a few of the September occurrences at Bedford Landings through photos.



I have only ever made four of these peppermint red velvet cakes but this is one great three-layer cake.  Gotta be pretty special to get one of these!




Do-it-Yourself (DIY)

I decided to unpack many of my academic books that had been packed away for several years.  I needed a bookcase.

bookcase_before So I kept my eye open for an inexpensive one that would suffice.  This little jewel from Goodwill would suffice just fine.



Must cover up the dark stain first.

First it needed kilz to be sure there was no mold/mildew. I sprayed and painted on the kilz that I had left from another project.

bookcase-firstcoatThen as I am often guilty of, I added paint that I had on hand.  It would be full of books.  I really didn’t care about the color.

And Voila…a few hours later.  loaded up with books!bookcare_done

Sadly, I didn’t take any photos of Jack working hard to aerate the lawn and plant grass seed.  In the meantime, I trimmed the ornamental grasses.  It’s that time of year and in the winter, nothing looks worse than scraggly untrimmed tall grasses gone to seed.  This was their first year of growth and my first year figuring out how to trim them.

First I got a bungee cord, then loppers and gloves.


Once this grass goes to seed, it’s time to enjoy for a few weeks then trim it!


I wrapped the bungee around the base of the grass then trimmed above the bungee.


Done! Ready for winter and next Spring!

We rewarded ourselves for the great year of inn-keeping with a little trip out west late in the month.  Enjoying as much as we could see of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, we hiked, rode horses, ate, fished, saw wild animals, ate, met people, watched geysers, smelled sulphur in hot springs and mud holes, walked, ate, shopped, took pictures, learned about the volcanos, and more…then finally we flew back home (commercially).  A great time, just the two of us!


The majestic beauty of the Grand Tetons.


Aspens all in yellow everywhere in the Tetons.


Horseback riding in Cody.

We are home for the winter and expecting guests who want to experience the fireplace or the fire pit, watching the snow fall outside, eating some comfort food, walking in the leaves, and coming for the chili fest and the other fall activities at Smith Mountain Lake!




Sheridan on October 4, 2016

I voted since BEDFORD LANDINGS IS the best place to stay at the lake. Thank you for maintain not it with love!

Patsy on October 4, 2016

Gee, a busy but productive September. I live vicariously in your lives. Keep on, keeping on. Much love patsy

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