Social Discing and Distancing

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, Et al.

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 the big estate house we still call “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….

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….

The Barn Rebuild

The pics above are the barn in the “before” state in late summer 2019. We knew this old tobacco bar was in bad shape, but it was not until we were in the middle of the reconstruction we realized the vines that had grown into the wood were actually holding it up. Extensive termite damage,…

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…

Worm poo, it’s a thing!

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…