We Need Your Help!

*Thank you! Thank you! Thank You! To all of you who took the time to vote for Belgravia as “Best Bed & Breakfast” we thank you! Voting has now closed and we will find out how we did at the Truro and Colchester Chamber’s Best of Colchester Awards on June 13th. We’ll keep you posted on how it all turns out! 🙂

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Winning the “Best B&B” award in 2011 at the Best of Colchester awards

There are only two days of voting left in the Truro & Colchester Chamber’s “Best of Colchester” awards. (Voting ends Wednesday, May 15th.)  We have been fortunate to have won this award for the past three years in a row. I hate to sound greedy, but we’d really love to keep the streak going…

In order to do this, we need your votes – it doesn’t take long and you don’t need to register. You just need to click on the link to the Truro Colchester Chamber of Commerce and type Belgravia as Best Bed & Breakfast. You can do this up to five times per IP address (computer or device). You do not need to vote in each category, but if you’ve been in the area and enjoyed a certain restaurant, shop, or other business, please take a moment and vote for them as well!

We strive to be the best at what we do, offering clean, comfortable, up-to-date accommodations, and abundant fresh, local, healthy food at breakfast. We pride ourselves on providing authentic maritime hospitality and recognize that we have tough competition! Thank you for your votes – it really means so much to us!

Please Vote Belgravia for Best Bed & Breakfast in the 2013 Best of Colchester

Belgravia Bed & Breakfast Website

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Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed when Living in a Bed & Breakfast

We’re just ramping up for our 11th tourist season here at The Belgravia Bed & Breakfast and our children have obviously learned a thing or two growing up in this environment.

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“Waking me up” to take my order.

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The flowers were all picked from our own yard.

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Did any other moms out there have to fill out a guest feedback form for their breakfast in bed?

 

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast-in-bed of fruit, yogurt, granola, toast, and coffee – at the cost of five hugs. I especially loved the service and added touches.  I rated them a 15 – I’ll definitely be back!! 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

The Belgravia Bed & Breakfast website

Taste of Nova Scotia Porridge Bread (Recipe Included)

Breakfast by request this morning? French toast with fruit and “Acadian Maple” pure maple syrup, made on D’Arcy’s porridge bread. This is a recipe we discovered years ago in our “Taste of Nova Scotia” cookbook and D’Arcy makes it at least once each week, usually twice. Described as, “a wonderfully fragrant, soft brown bread”, it gets rave reviews by all. We often make this bread for the kids’ teachers as thank-you gifts, and one teacher in particular has come to the house offering to pay D’Arcy to make it for him! For the record, I like it best when it’s still warm from the oven and slathered with butter and molasses!

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Recipe by Taste of Nova Scotia:

Porridge:

  • 3 cups boiling water
  • Âľ tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cups rolled oats

Bread:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 ½ tsp granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp dry yeast
  • 2 cups porridge
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • Âľ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 7 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp salt

In a saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil; add rolled oats and bring back to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set porridge aside. In a small mixing bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water; add yeast and let rise until foamy. In a large mixing bowl, blend together porridge, brown sugar, oil and molasses. To porridge mixture, add yeast mixture, stirring to combine. Add flour 1 cup at a time, stirring to blend well, and continue to add flour until dough starts to come clean from the sides of the bowl but is not dry. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and somewhat elastic. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size. (60 – 90 minutes).

Punch dough down and divide into six equal pieces. Shape into loaves and place two loves each into three greased 10 – x 6-inch double bread pans. Cover and set aside to rise in a warm draft-free place until double in size, approximately one hour. Bake in a preheated 325*F  oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until loaves are golden brown. Makes three double loaves.

** If you are so inclined, we’ve been nominated as Best Bed & Breakfast in the Truro & Colchester Chamber’s 2013 “Best of Colchester” awards. Voting takes place until May 15th. We’d be so grateful if you’d click on the website and vote for “Belgravia” as “Best B&B” up to five times per IP address. You do not need to register, nor do you need to vote in every category. Thank you in advance!

Best of Colchester Award voting

Belgravia Bed & Breakfast website

Not your usual B&B Blog post

**Update on Emily, Saturday, May 11th, 2013: Emily’s surgery went very well, and she was out of the OR in less time than anticipated. The surgeon was able to remove the tumor from her spine, and also removed a newly found tumor closer to her neck while in there. She is in a fair amount of discomfort (or should I be honest and say “pain” – eh Em?) as was to be expected. She’ll be in hospital for a week before returning home for six weeks of limited activity, then a three month recovery process. Thank you to all for your prayers and/or positive thoughts! Her whole extended family appreciates it!

It turns out that May is an “awareness” month for many different causes. We’ve recently been having conversations with our kids about how we choose the charities we support. We have causes we support because of family members or friends who been affected by different illnesses: The Canadian Cancer Society, The Nova Scotia Heart & Stroke Foundation, The Canadian Diabetes Association, the IWK Heath Centre Founation, and the Colchester Hospital Foundation.

May is Anaphylaxis Awareness month which we are obviously passionate about, Lupis awareness month, and Duchenne Muscular Distrophy awareness month. It is also an awareness month for something you may not have heard of: Neurofibromatosis. It’s a genetic condition with three subtypes, NF1, NF2, and Schwannomatosis. All three types of NF are genetic disorders involving the growth of tumors along the nerves.

This is the face of Neurofibromatosis – the Schwannomatosis variety – our beautiful niece, Emily: (Well, she’s married to our nephew… semantics.)

The happy couple at their wedding in 2007.

The happy couple at their wedding in 2007.

This is a new diagnosis for Emily. Just before Christmas she discovered a small lump in her back which grew rapidly. She has had two surgeries to remove tumors since then: one in her back, and one in her pelvis. Today, she will undergo a third surgery which is the most dangerous and invasive surgery so far; she has a tumor on her spine. I have asked (and been granted) her permission to share her story to help her raise awareness.

Today, she will have a spinal laminectomy. They’ll be cutting through six layers of muscle, moving ribs and blood vessels, and removing a section of her spine to get the tumor out. Without getting into great detail, the risks of leaving the tumor in far outweigh the significant risks of the surgery. She has a long road of recovery ahead (at least three months), especially as the mom of two very special preschool boys.

The thing is, with this condition, the tumors will continually grow and she is facing a lifetime of surgeries.

As a result of her new diagnosis (and tremor caused by the tumor), Emily has had to leave her job as a server at their local up-scale diner. Mike & Emily live in a house that they built  “off the grid”, and she has recently created a new line of all-natural skin care lotions and creams. Her business is called “Simply Gorgeous” and is aptly named! (She sent me some samples.)

If you would like to follow Emily’s journey with Schwannomatosis, recovery from today’s surgery, and growth of her new business, she has given me permission to share the link to her blog: Swimminhill. She’ll be in hospital for at least a week, so updates may take awhile.

I realize this isn’t the normal bed & breakfast kind of blog post, but I thought it was important to help Emily in her quest to raise awareness, and hopefully eventually – a cure. For Emily, and for her family.

Happy Mama and her boys, the day before surgery.

Happy Mama and her boys, the day before surgery.