Well the South Dakota Department of Natural Resources has just announced, due to wildlife complaints, that ALL bathrooms in the state are now to be indoors. So, Darcy went to work immediately and built this beautiful bathroom for the Hermosa Suite here at White Tail Ridge B&B. She wasn't able to use any of the old wooden structure or the, so called plumbing, but this one turned out very nice.
JUST KIDDIN'..... We always had indoor bathrooms but, Darcy did redecorate the Hermosa Suite bath and it looks great. She put in a new floor, fresh paint, re-coated the vanity and, I don't know about you, but I love that shower curtain. Hermosa is Spanish for 'Beautiful' and the Hermosa Suite's theme is nature. The colors are warm and relaxing while the sitting room is decorated with owl decorations.
It finally happened. Early last fall we adopted four new chickens, a Red Orpington, a Black Copper Marans and two Silkies. The Silkies are a Chinese breed and are almost half the size of the Orpington. After a long winter of getting to know each other, these four new chickens became part of the entire flock of 14 here at WTR B&B. The Silkies remained a bit reserved and hesitant with the others. As the weather became warmer and more outside activities were organized by 'Gabby Abby', the matriarch of the Hen House, the flock became more and more like family. The Silkies, Harriet and Jane, were developing their own personalities. Harriet was very sociable and stayed close to the others while Jane usually could be found alone in the chicken run or under the roost with a good book, quite the introvert. The other day, as I opened the coop for the morning rush to breakfast, I stepped inside and.....BAM! On the floor in the center of the coop, sat a nice new light brown colored egg. I'm not sure which Silkie was responsible but, we were glad that at least one of them was getting comfortable here. The following afternoon, I checked on the chickens and low and behold, another Silkie egg. This one was slightly lighter colored and was in a regular nesting box that is used by the larger chickens. Now, seeing how these young ladies have been developing socially with the others, I am more than certain that Jane had given us the first egg and Harriet, being more of a daredevil, flew up into the high nesting box and presented us with an egg that was, in her mind, just as good as the others..... Well, we are very pleased that both Silkies are contributing to WTR so we can continue to serve our guests with the finest and freshest eggs in the Black Hills.
Well, after a fairly harsh winter with cold and snow starting early and lasting until mid February, today was the first ride of 2017 for Darcy and me. We took the horses (Sara and Lil' Bit) to Custer State Park for a three-hour ride. The temp was around 63 degrees and just enough clouds in the sky to give it a little color other than that beautiful South Dakota Blue. We still saw a little snow in some of the canyons and gulches but, mostly the prairie was dry. Got a look at some Bison and saw a small herd of Pronghorn running around and playing. All-in-all it was a great day to be out in nature and enjoy a little of what the Black Hills have to offer.
Well, during the cold days John was busy in the shop. One new item is the Horse Bit TP holder in Wil's Bunk.
Winter is still a great time to take in a hike. Like this one at the 'Sunday Gultch' trail in Custer State Park.
Well, winter has arrived, and in a big way. A Christmas blizzard got the lady's all bundled up for the cold and snow.
Just in time before the cold weather hits, John finished the new pergola for our outside dining area.
Well, it's November and we had a great ride through Custer State Park. So, anytime is 'Bike Time' in South Dakota!
We are always trying to improve our looks so, we recently found this settee for the Madam Dora Room. It was made in England in the 1800's and low and behold, our first guests to use it were..... from England. Great spot to relax with some Tea and Cakes.