May 25, 2016
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Stonemason on the Loose – Our new walkway to the sidewalk in Stratford, Ontario While it is a work in progress, our stone walkways are evolving happily for all complements of our resident Stonemason. We have new railings on the two stairways that were added last year. Daniel is diligently  working on the stairs to the sidewalk now. Here is a little video of Daniel setting the last big stone (other than two more stairs) with the bobcat. Our Stratford bed and breakfast will soon have two stairways for our guests. The part where Daniel launches out of the bobcat is rather amusing–small space, tall man exits.

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April 3, 2015
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100 Church St. B&B: Our first flowers of 2015

While they are tiny and easily missed amidst the unmelted snow in the yard, here is a shot of our first courageous flowers of spring 2015. Be sure to check the Festival website special savings tab to find out about deals on senior tickets, Sunday’s on sale, and two for one Tuesday and Thursdays. Here is the link:  

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March 28, 2015
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Local farm eggs and produce for 2015 breakfasts

There is a huge emphasis on local farms in Ontario and we are surrounded by farms here in Stratford. Thanks to the Beacon Herald article on local farming, we found a local free run natural egg supplier for our Stratford Bed and Breakfasts in 2015, with a few fresh harvested herbs to accompany the eggs. This year we are delighted to be serving eggs from Lynn River Farms to all B&B guests. Here is a link to their website, for the curious. “About Our Farm My Grandparents had a small farm just outside of Stratford where my Grandma always […]

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February 22, 2015
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Gluten Free Recipes

Bed and Breakfast Recipe Gluten Free Flour and Chocolate Chip Brownie  Since Daniel is gluten intolerant, most of what I bake is gluten free. A number of guests have asked for my flour recipe and I thought it might be best to post it here: Gluten Free Flour 3 cups rice flour, white or brown works 1 cup potato starch, NOT flour 1/2 cup tapioca flour 1 tablespoon Xanthan gum (do not leave this out–you will have a sticky mess baking without it!) I use this in most regular cookies and quick breads, not just gluten free recipes. If it is a […]

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February 15, 2015
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Greetings from Chilly Stratford

Ok, the cold has settled in to remind us we are, indeed in Canada. It turns out that Centigrade and Fahrenheit converge around -44 and we are at that point, with the wind chill, here in Stratford. The snow banks are 3 feet high and our kitchen renovations are just about finished, with the addition of a spice cabinet in the wall that holds…. wait for it…..over 100 spices. All are filed alphabetically and finally in one cupboard that awaits the right trim to surround it. Daniel built new headboards for the Citrine Room over the last few days, as the ones […]

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March 3, 2014
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Renovation maddness

Renovations have been a race to the finish and Daniel a real trouper, so thorough and so determined that it will all be just right! He busily screwed down ALL the floor boards on the second floor to eliminate all squeaks–test it when you visit! The Moonstone Room bathroom is very active in process, with the shower set and the tilers to arrive in 1 1/2 weeks. Of course the entry hall ceiling had to be removed to allow for the new plumbing. Kelley found a beautiful pair of glass and bronze dragon hanging lamps for the entry ceilings at […]

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December 30, 2013
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Holidays at the B&B were filled with family, friends, and snow!  A few pictures here of the freshly painted downstairs rooms in their holiday best. Reservations for the upcoming season are clicking along, as early birds organize their summer holidays. Meanwhile, the new washroom installation begins in January, as does wallpaper removal in the Moonstone Room. If you want to see Daniel’s handywork, the newly renovated washroom for the Rose Quartz Room is available when you click on Rose Quartz under Rooms tab.  

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  • Returning Guest

    We are always so excited to start our next Stratford plans the minute we finish with the current one! We are looking forward to meeting you and appreciate all you are doing to make us feel welcome. We also can’t wait to see your work on the house. It’s wonderful to know that the house we have looked to as our home away from home is in your heart as well.