Spring Cleaning

After living underneath all of our furniture for the past ten days while we finished the floors and let the varnish set, we’re finally getting everything put back together today.  Yesterday was a beautiful Spring day here in central Nova Scotia and I was so pleased to be able to get all the curtains and bedding  from the guest rooms washed and hung out on the clothesline while we opened the windows and cleared out the cobwebs.  Things are sparkling around here again!  

Tonight we will finish moving the rest of the furniture, hang the valances (I need D’Arcy’s help for that) and hang the pictures in their new places since we have taken this opportunity to re-arrange the furniture too.

Be sure to check back in this weekend for “after” photos!!

Varnish!

D’Arcy finished sanding yesterday morning and returned the machines. We played hooky from renovations in the afternoon and went to Halifax to the museum and then to visit D’Arcy’s parents and have supper with them. It was a wonderful, bright, Spring day and we had a fun visit. Not only did we get to visit with the McDonahs, but D’Arcy’s brother Brian, his wife Morag & daughter Kelly, his sister Erin, and brother Kevin, his wife Karen & their three boys (they live in Truro at the other end of Broad Street) were also visiting.

D’Arcy stayed up VERY late washing down walls and cleaning sawdust from surfaces so that he could start the varnishing this morning. Today, I washed down all the windows, mirrors & glass doors. After a final go-over of the floor with a tacky cloth, the varnishing began!

“We’ve” (the royal we) managed to get three coats of clear, satin-finish on the floors today, and hope to get one or two more on tomorrow. Then the floors sit and cure until Thursday night when we’ll move the furniture back in.

The weather looks good and spring-like for the next few days, so my plan is to Spring clean all the guest rooms and guest areas this week while we’re closed. (Hopefully a bit of our own area too!!) We’re back in business on Friday night!

The first coat of clear varnish (satin finish)

The first coat of clear varnish (satin finish)

The first coat finished in the Living Room

The first coat finished in the Living Room

Dining Room, second coat

Dining Room, second coat

Dining Room, second coat

Dining Room, second coat

Floor progress update

So, as always, things are taking a little bit longer than expected. However, D’Arcy does have the rough sanding done on both rooms. He’ll have to work on the edges more tomorrow, and I’m not sure when we’ll start varnishing. Here are a few photos of the progress so far:

The very first passover with the sander

The very first passover with the sander

The centre of the living room floor

The centre of the living room floor

Hard at work...

Hard at work...

The contrast between the raw wood and the old, yellowed varnish

The contrast between the raw wood and the old, yellowed varnish

Dining room, first sand

Dining room, first sand

Will photograph the continuing progress again tomorrow…

Floors!

It’s March Break in Nova Scotia, so D’Arcy is off this week. Rather than just sit around and relax, we decided to finally take up the carpets in the living room and dining room to see what was underneath.  This has been on our “to do” list since we moved in, and has finally moved up close enough to the top of our priority list!

I called the previous owner of the house yesterday to see what she knew about the condition of the floors underneath.  She couldn’t really remember because they moved here in the 60’s when carpet was in style.  We determined that the current carpet was about 20 years old.  

We decided to take the chance and just do it.  Here are some photos from the beginning of the job.  I’ll update until it’s finished!

 

The dining room, cleared of furniture

The dining room, cleared of furniture

The first pull; no turning back now...

The first pull; no turning back now...

 

Our first glimpse of the hardwood underneath - looks great!

Our first glimpse of the hardwood underneath - looks great!

The outlet from the old servant's call bell, in the centre of the floor.

The outlet from the old servent's call bell, in the centre of the floor.

 

Gorgeous!  The dining room just needs a light sanding, varnish & quarter-round!

Gorgeous! The dining room just needs a light sanding, varnish & quarter-round!

And as long as we're doing the dining room, why not the living room too?  Moving the pianos ourselves was the worst of the job!

And as long as we're doing the dining room, why not the living room too? Moving the pianos ourselves was the worst of the job!

The living room, cleared of furniture

The living room, cleared of furniture

The pattern on the living room floor

The pattern on the living room floor

The living room needs slightly more work, but I can't wait to see how it turns out!!

The living room needs slightly more work, but I can't wait to see how it turns out!!

As you can see, we have our work cut out for us and won’t be taking any guests until the weekend.

We Made the Paper!

The Announcement of our CNTA Accommodation Award was in the Provincial newspaper, The Chronicle Herald today. 

Joggins wins tourism award 

Fossilized ancient life forms and a television program that got all the women out of town were among the winners of tourism awards Friday night in Truro.
The Central Nova Tourism Association presented its Attraction Award to the one-year-old Joggins fossil cliffs and centre during the association’s 29th annual conference and awards banquet. Citations included the centre’s extensive fossil exhibit and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Festival and Event Award went to the Colchester County village of Tatamagouche for its involvement in the CBC reality show The Week the Women Went, aired Wednesday nights. The show led to national attention for the village.
Other award winners included Truro’s Belgravia B&B, which received the Accommodation Award; Gallery 215, in the 190-year-old Selma schoolhouse, which received the Giftshop Award; Bitar’s Pizza, Pasta and Grill in Elmsdale, which collected the Food and Beverage Award; and Jost Vineyards owner Hans Christian Jost, Malagash, who won the President’s Award for his significant contribution to tourism development in Central Nova Scotia.
Terri McCulloch, senior project manager of RMA Tourism in Parrsboro, won the Ambassador Award for her work promoting the Fundy tides; and Anita Benedict, manager of the South Maitland Tidal Interpretive Centre, received the Super Host Customer Service Award, designated for an outstanding front-line employee in the tourism industry.
The volunteer Central Nova Tourism Association is one of five provincially recognized tourism organizations in Nova Scotia.
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2008 Accommodation of the Year Award Winners!

Yesterday was the 2008 Central Nova Tourist Association’s annual Conference and Award Banquet.  I attended the full day of workshops, and D’Arcy joined me for the banquet after school.  You can just imagine our delight when it came time for the Accommodation Award to be announced, and the following was read:

“Centrally located and minutes from the Bay of Fundy in Truro’s West End, on the corner of Prince and Broad Street, lies one of the town’s finest early 20th  century homes.  This majestic, four star Bed & Breakfast is on a large, private treed lot and has a rich European flavour, accented with decorative moldings and leaded glass windows.  When visitors arrive they are greeted in a grand entryway with dark, beamed ceilings and a beautifully carved, graceful curving staircase to the second floor.  Each room is decorated with antique furnishings and keepsakes which capture the imagination.

Submitted to CNTA on the “Above & Beyond” comment cards, one visitor from New York states:  “Beautiful, tasteful, comfortable room, thoughtful amenities, above and beyond what would be expected, beautiful set table, excellent breakfast served on elegant fine china, friendly, welcoming family service.”

Another submission by a visitor from Philadelphia writes:  “As an outdoor and travel writer who has visited many places and written about some; I can attest to the fact that this is by far among the best, possibly “THE BEST” B&B in which we’ve ever stayed.  The quality of the lodging, the kindness and hospitality of the owners and the above and beyond touches makes this B&B one of which Nova Scotia – Canada – in fact, should boast.”

Visitor comments on their website attest to innkeepers Anne & D’Arcy McDonah’s attention to detail, tradition and maritime hospitality which will keep visitors returning.  The Central Nova Tourist Association is pleased to bestow the CNTA 2008 Accommodation of the Year Award to Belgravia B&B.”

Wow!  A huge “Thank You” to those who sent in comment cards on our behalf.  I haven’t  stopped smiling yet!

cnta-award

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In the news…

CNTA to discuss networking print this article
SHERRY MARTELL 
The Truro Daily NewsTRURO – Anne McDonah said networking with other tourism operators is a valuable tool to become informed about activities and accommodations offered in the region. 
The owner of Truro-based Belgravia Bed and Breakfast is looking forward to meeting with other industry participants at the Central Nova Tourist Association’s annual conference and banquet while discussing many issues facing them today. 
“I go every year just to see what is going on in the area and to see other tourism operators in the area,” said McDonah. 
She said working together to create packages for visiting guests is an effective way to attract more people to the region while giving them a reason to stay longer.
“It’s very beneficial for us to work with other operators and have a good relationship with each other,” said McDonah. 
The 29th annual conference will be held at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro March 5 and 6. 
Joyce Mingo, the association’s executive director, said more than 80 people are expected to attend this year’s event.
She said there are many small operators in the region who benefit from networking at the conference that traditionally brings many new ideas forward. 
There will be an overview of the industry, information about a new 
marketing program promoting three distinct shores, a visual show of snapshots from Central Nova Scotia, a silent auction, information about marketing levis and the introduction of a new Visitor Satisfaction Program which is already providing positive results to participants. 
The 2008 tourism awards will be presented during the Saturday evening banquet. 

smartell@trurodaily.com

28/02/09

 

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http://www.trurodaily.com/index.cfm?sid=226913&sc=68

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