Last weekend we escaped the city for a weekend away at the cottage and my goodness, it was a beauty.
With the fall colours just starting to creep in and the sun reflecting off the quiet lake in a way that makes you feel like you are taking it in for the first time, there is an optimism and refresh found in the fall air that makes summer seem a perfectly distant memory.
Mix in hours spent on the couch reading, a few games of Catan with the parents, some absolutely gorgeous hikes and cozy evenings by the fire and we are feeling pretty darn fortunate that we get to do it all again this weekend.
With three guests now under our hosting belt (and a month full of confirmed bookings ahead of us) I think we can officially say we are getting the hang of this little B&B thing.
Three weeks ago Sunday we were quite literally screwing in the last detail as our first guests approached and if there is perhaps one thing we would have done differently, it would be to have savored the finish product for at least a moment before it was handed over to be lived in and loved on by others.
I am pretty sure that first night we worried and thought about each detail in the space and how it was working (or not working); was the bed as comfortable as we hoped, did they know how to use the French press, was it too cold (too hot?)…
Fortunately, the feedback (and sweetest gifts!) we have received from our guests has helped alleviate these worries and build the confidence needed to realize that our work is done and now it is time to step back and let our guests be (and be.)
Thank you for all the love, support and congrats as we start this little venture!
And stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway that we are pretty excited about (eeeek!) as well as some future posts highlighting some of our favourite parts (and DIYs) of the space!
Driving home from what we fondly started referring to as our “honeymoon,” a 7 day reprieve from city life tucked into the familiar landscape of the family cottage, we flipped on the radio to help pass the hours of traffic, each passing minute as the country landscape fell behind us a reminder that our vacation had come to an end.
The program we landed on was fittingly speaking about the integrity of memory and how each time we bring forward a memory we are in fact revising it in little ways before filing it away again, now subtly changed and modified from the original truth of the experience. Having already recalled many times the beautiful memories from our week away together, it was hard not to think how wonderful it would be to preserve those moments and keep them safe from the alteration of our nostalgic recollections.
And while the memories of our Honeymoon will continue to transform, one thing we were able to preserve during our week away was the incredible produce available to us this time of year.
A tradition started by chance last summer after our first attempt at making pickles turned out pretty darn well and left us wanting more, encouraged us to carve out some time on this vacation to restock our shelves and hopefully recreate these coveted (by our families at least…) little spicy gems. After a trip to the weekly market in the nearby town, we returned to the cottage with a bounty of local beans and cucumbers ready to be pickled.
Our recipe is still relatively improvised but works off the rough outline below.
Equal Parts Water and White Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Salt per every two cups of Vinegar
2 Tablespoons White Sugar per every two cups of Vinegar
*Bring all ingredients to a bowl and keep warm*
Cucumbers (cut in to fours) or Beans (ends trimmed)
1 Clove of Garlic
1/4 Scotch Bonnet Hot Pepper
1 Tablespoon Pickling Spices
1 Tablespoon Mustard Seed
A few sprigs of dill
Proper sterilizing and sealing instructions can be found Here!
Those hours shared working side by side to get everything prepped and canned, preserving each sweet moment just the two of us in the quiet of cottage life is a memory we will happily revisit and shape often as each time it only becomes more beautiful and full of love when it is stored away once again.