FAREWELL TO THE YEAR OF “THE VID”!
Read on and we will introduce you to some recent guests; a couple of industry awards for the cottage; a few of our new breakfast items; great harvest news; local hiking; some family trivia; and some must-see holiday events near the Cottage.
SOME RECENT GUESTS
SO THANKFUL for the many guests who have brightened St Francis Cottage and made it come alive. George, Cindy and their Bichon Frise, Milo, have become dear friends as they regularly make the trek to/from their Florida and Wisconsin homes. Their generosity never ceases as they smother us with generous, creative gifts.
|Cindy, George, and Milo's first visit in 2017|
We enjoyed a visit in October from longtime friends, Bob and Karen Geiger from Atlanta, who we met during the mid-80’s while working at Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Georgia. Bob and Karen recently retired from their respective careers as a CEO of a German-based software subsidiary (B) and as Managing Attorney for Georgia Legal Services (K).
|Friends of many years, Bob and Karen|
A sweet, young couple from Hinesville, Georgia, Darius and Breana, celebrated their first anniversary by staying with us for a week last summer, and we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them.
|Breana and Darius|
And return guests Rick and Debbie from McDonough, Georgia visited in March and September, and Debbie presented us with her gorgeous embroidery of Hebrews 13:2 that we proudly display in the SFC Entrance.
|Rick and Debbie, Embroidery Hebrews 13:2 - Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby|
some have entertained angels unawares.
Extremely multi-talented Jeremy and Amanda from Athens, Georgia came back for their third visit, and Amanda presented us with an exquisite bowl that she created on her wheel and in her kiln, and we use it every day to hold snacks for our guests.
|Amanda and Jeremy Amanda's Handiwork!|
Very recent guests, Barbara and Butch, from Burr Ridge, IL, graced us with two super practical winter gifts . . . VERY warm beautiful handmade hats (a.k.a. toboggans, knitted beanies, ski hats, or as our Canadian children would call them, toques [tukes]). We have already enjoyed the warmth, as our weather has turned to the colder side. Butch and Barbara also made them for our daughter and son-in-law and the four grandchildren. This precious gift will help warm for their frozen ears and heads this Christmas in the frozen environs of Winnipeg. THANK YOU BOTH VERY MUCH!
Wayne and Mary visited from Albany, GA earlier this year and were kind enough to split some of their fancy daylilies and sent us the tubers. We are excited to see the result of this beautiful gift this coming Spring. We can't thank you enough for this perfect addition to our gardens. We are honored.
|This may be the variety of Daylily plants we have been gifted|
Three groups, all from the Sacramento area in Northern California who did not know one another, visited at the same time in August and brought lots of joy and laughter.
|First time that all guests at the Cottage were from California and that all guests chose|
to eat breakfast outside. Great to have them all.
We could go on-and-on recognizing all the guests who enter our doors, each of which is very special and truly appreciated.
We were very surprised, humbled, and honored by the many gracious reviews from our guests which fueled our receiving two industry awards this year, one each from TripAdvisor and Hotels.com. The TripAdvisor award placed us in their top 10% of hotels worldwide. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all our visitors. THANK YOU!
|TripAdvisor Traveler' Choice Award and Hotels.com Most Wanted Award for 2020|
Sheltering in has its benefits, so we tried out some new recipes which we plan to incorporate into our breakfasts. Watching the popular The Great British Baking Show motivated us to explore new breakfast possibilities!
|Veggie Omelet with Bacon, Skillet Fries, and|
Homemade Blueberry Muffin
|Chocolate Mini Bundt cake with Homemade|
Triple Berry topping and Fresh Strawberries
|Breakfast Chicken a la King with Fried Egg|
|Holiday Breakfast Casserole with Apple-Banana Bread|
|Breakfast Enchiladas with Salsa and Black Beans.|
We have also served Mexican Street Corn as a side.
|Homemade Apple Cake with Homemade|
Caramel Apple Topping
SUMMER-FALL HARVESTS AND GARDENS
God definitely provided during this COVID year by granting prolific harvests, both in the garden and on the bushes and trees. We are THANKFUL for all the blueberries, blackberries, kiwi, grapes, figs, and an over-abundant crop of Oriental and Asian pears. The zucchini and tomatoes were fresh and scrumptious as well. When needing a break, a stroll out to pick some fresh fruit hit the spot! Although we didn’t see many hydrangea blooms this summer, other flowers and plants brightened the gardens and lifted our spirits.
|Blueberries from the garden.|
|Our first harvest of Kiwi.|
|Moon Flower Blossom in the evening.|
|Mini forest of mushrooms (non-edible)|
|Dinner plate Dahlia in front garden|
|Crepe Myrtles in their Fall splendor.|
|Spicebush Swallowtail in our butterfly garden.|
GETTING OUT and HIKING
|Starting our day of exploring.|
|Mammoth Cave Trail|
|A very big tree on the trail.|
|Entrance to Mammoth Cave|
|Leaving the cave.|
|Serenity Hill Bed and Breakfast, Wimberley, KY|
|They have an incredible view. Thank you for|
your wonderful hospitality, Bill & Tina.
|Enjoying the beauty of the day and the falls.|
|Snooper's Rock Overlook, about an hour northwest of SFC.|
|Tennessee River Valley as seen from Prentiss Cooper State Park. There are bears and wolves|
in these woods. You can drive to a point about 150 feet from this view, or hike across the
ridge about 5 miles. Check it out on the AllTrails App.
At the entrance to Audubon Acres. Only two miles from SFC,
Audubon Acres is a wonderfully peaceful and beautiful
place to hike and explore.
|Another part of the creek and park trails.|
|Multi-faceted Michael won the Windy City Skate Comp 2020|
SO THANKFUL for son Michael for participating in the Mock Trial Team and working as a Mentor/T.A. at UC Davis Law School after winning the Legal Research and Writing Award in his 1L Section. He’s also been a Research Assistant in Constitutional Law and a contributing editor to the Employment Law Review while maintaining a full load during his second year. Michael will be working as an intern for Northern California Legal Services this summer and has been offered an externship with CA State Senator Bill Dodd’s (D) office before beginning his final year at UC Davis.
AREA HOLIDAY EVENTS
Check out these holiday events near the Cottage with the links below!