A Tuesday Morning Trip to Zimmerman’s

Zimmerman’s is our local Amish greenhouse supply store. A fun place to go any day, but on this particular Tuesday it changed our lives. What could be so amazing about a trip to get some pots and vermiculite you ask? When we turned down the dirt road to Zimmerman’s, we see a sign for “Sheltie…

Lavender Fields Forever

It’s cold and gray. Winter is quite chilly in our old farmhouse, so we bundle up in sweatshirts and spend lots of time by the wood stove in the evenings. I have also spent lots of time buying flower seeds for next spring. Soooo many flower seeds! Talking to Jeff, drinking a bottle of our…

Farewell, my Chicken Friend

We had to do one of those difficult things tonight. They are a cross between pets and livestock, our chicken friends. I’ve heard that we shouldn’t name them, because the favorites always die. Her name was Sleepy, actually Sleepy II. The first sleepy was a sleek black Americana chicken who earned her name because she…

Peak Corgi

Last spring we lost our Collie, Buddy. He was everyone’s best friend, except people on bicycles. He did not enjoy bicycle riders. When we were settled in Maryland Buddy slowed way down. He napped about 23 out of 24 hours a day. He would go to work with Jeff on the farm, and nap on…

What a Difference a Year Makes!

We moved home in late October 2019, and the barn and farm were in rough shape. Here are some before and after pics. Hard to believe we started out with this mess. Before After In November we finally got the permits from the county to clear our first acre of brush, very exciting!

A Dixon Family Farm Wedding

Postponed from March, there was an opportunity between COVID surges to throw a wedding on the farm. Not just any wedding, but a Dixon Family wedding! It was our honor to provide the bride and groom a place to get ready, and take some beautiful photos before the ceremony. A few photos of the beautiful…

Summertime

It’s official, Susannah’s Watch B&B has finally opened! Kind of. COVID is still lingering, so we decided to open at 50% capacity for as long as it takes to keep our guests comfortable, and safe. So far, so good! In the first few weeks we had a couple casualties, broken tiles, trashed towels, and a…

Pretty Pictures

The end of July brings us to the end of the construction, painting, fixing, cleaning, hanging art, and landscaping! The end of Phase One anyway. It’s time to take professional pictures of this beautiful place in its new role as a Bed and Breakfast. Our designer Kera, of Chesapeake Staging and Interiors, suggested Beth Graeme Photography in Leonardtown….

Welcome to Camp COVID

Spring 2020 won’t soon be forgotten, the global pandemic that stopped the entire world in its tracks. We hunkered down at home, donned masks, washed our hands, and got to know our UPS and FedEx drivers really well. We continued working on the B&B installing fireplaces, assembling furniture, and painted miles and miles of wood…

Social Distancing, and Discing

Late March brings us to a screeching halt, along with the rest of the world with a Pandemic. The 2019 Coronavirus has made its way to Maryland, and all non-essential businesses have closed. Social distancing is enforced, and everyone is on edge. It’s not too difficult to stay isolated on the farm, we feel very…

March Madness

It’s early March, and Construction in Susannah’s suite is in full swing. A bathroom renovation is underway, and we have plumbers and electricians coming and going all day. We need more people in the house, let’s add a professional wallpaper installer and a crew of landscapers!

Susannah is not alone

We knew Susannah (Bennett) Lowe’s gravestone was in the front yard of the B&B, she has been there since 1714. I had spent several months looking into the family history of Susannah (Bennett) Lowe and had connected the land records up to the present. The land has been in Jeff’s family since the early 1700’s….

Lost Boy

Around December we started seeing a lone ring necked pheasant hanging round the farm, then our house. Jeff started throwing sunflower seeds for our new pet pheasant we named “Lost Boy”. Every morning around 830 he would emerge from the woods and peck around where the last breakfast was served outside the living room window….

The B&B Beginning

We closed on the sale of “Aunt Joan’s House” in late December. With keys in hand, we started to figure out how to turn this gorgeous family home into a B&B with four guest rooms. We started with plants for the sun room and the pool table assembly. The pool table has an interesting history….

Dig if you will, our new well!

After months of disappointing, low pressure, “fart showers” the long awaited well drilling rig rolled into our driveway on a cold February morning. Two days of drilling and digging, we have a new 250 foot artesian well that provides a glorious hot shower that does not stink. Thank you Watson Pump and Well of St….

Big Fun on our Little Farm

We have been busy mowing and chipping and clearing the brush from around the barn, and we are finally to the point of barn refurbishment! Our expert Barn Guy, Jeff Thompson of Colonial Woodwrights, has begun removing the rotted side boards, sills, and will replace with locally milled lumber. The small building to the right of…

Worm Poop

We spent a brisk Veterans Day weekend clearing brush on the farm. We put the new power tools to use mowing down brush and chipping/shredding spikey, scratchy, itchy, branches and vines. We decided to add “Worm Farmers” to the list of things we want to be when we grow up. The soil in the fields…

Die Nematodes

The results are in for the nematode assay on our prospective first vineyard… we are infected with the dreaded Dagger Nematode. What are nematodes? Glad you asked. They are a parasitic non-segmented pin worm that live in soil. When present in large numbers, they attach themselves to root systems, suck the life out of the…

Soil Samples & Barn Repair

We walked the farm fields Friday afternoon with Ben Beale from the Univ. of Maryland and St. Mary’s County, to discuss the viability of our soil for growing grapes. Thumbs up from Ben! We have some of the best agriculture soil there is in the county, and some soggy areas as well. After sending soil…