We opened for the 2017 Season this week. It’s early Spring, and that always makes us excited for the new experiences to come. I’m looking at paint chips and ideas for the guest rooms, while the garden has had its spring cleaning, and Chris is happily planning and planting. He’s got himself a little temporary greenhouse in which to start his seedlings, which should be an improvement on previous years when flats occupied floor space all over the office until size and weather permitted their replanting outdoors.
Sydney and Kim in Palm Springs, en route back to the Manor
You’ll find a new addition to the staff at A Butler’s Manor: Chris and I adopted a dog over the winter. Her name is Sydney, and she’s four years old, rescued from a shelter in Mexico! She’s probably some mix of breeds, but she’s definitely of the hunter class (perhaps Nova Scotia Duck Toller Retriever?) because she is a sweet, mellow little girl…until she goes outside.And then — if it moves, she chases it. With Sydney on patrol, we should have far fewer squirrels and rabbits in the garden. (Chris figures she earns all her goodies just for that service.)
The first guests of our new season were a lovely couple from the Philly area. John Stango is an artist and he’s out here to transition between galleries. His work is fairly large in scale, so the art dealer met them here in the living room to inspect his canvasses. They are fun, bright pop-art pieces and he joked that we could redecorate the Manor with them. What do you think?
In other news, it’s always interesting watching transformations in the village. To that end, we’re scheduled to try out one of the latest restaurant changes tomorrow night: Job’s Lane Gastropub, a completely new endeavor by Billy Oster, who has operated the prime corner of Windmill Lane and Job’s Lane as Tuscan House for the past 13 years. Gastropub promises to offer the best of the Tuscan House plus “Euro-American pub fare.” Watch this space for the report!