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Invasion of the fluffy white seeds

For the past 2 days, fluffy white seeds have been blown in the wind all over the place.  They blew in through the bathroom window, they have covered the grass and the flowers, they even got in Tarquin the cat’s fur.  We thought it was Dandelion fluff, but there was just so much of it that by the side of the  back drive it looked like a snow drift.

fluffy white seed “snow drift”

This afternoon a local woodman came to visit and he told us the seeds were from the Willow tree, known locally here as “Withy”, so not dandelion at all.  The seeds just stuck to everything, they got it your hair and clothes and all over the seedtrays I spent the day sowing. 

 If you want to see our summer snow, visit us at   This white fluff is everywhere, it feels like we have been invaded.  Probably because we have so many withy or willow trees in our woods!!

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On being inspected

Yesterday we were inspected by Bed and Breakfast Nationwide.  We hope to go into “The Little Green Book” of Bed and Breakfast for 2012 and as new entrants we had to be inspected.  This meant a major tidy up and clean and now we really need to keep it this way as we have our first B&B guests arriving at the weekend.

We had to lay the bedroom out exactly as it would be for guests, with the new bedlinen on the bed and the new towels laid out.

the guest bedroom

Then we had to lay the table out as it would be for breakfast, but without all the perishables on it.  It is surprising how much stuff you need to lay out if you are offering cereal followed by cooked breakfast followed by toast and jam etc.

The table laid for breakfast

It was quite fun really as we had bought crockery with hens on a couple of years ago in Windsor before we moved here, knowing that we would use it for the B&B, and then I bought place mats with hens on too, to match, so at last I got to put it all out.

Another view of the breakfast table

We are so looking forward to welcoming guests to our house.  Anyway the inspection went really well and we are to be included into the directory for next year, which should give us lots more exposure to potential guests and we look forward to a busy Spring and Summer 2012.

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