Greetings Family, Friends, and New People,
Over the past several years, I've reflected more than often on those seventeen years as a pioneering owner/innkeeper of Pederson Victorian B&B. Memories come flooding in from time to time, as well as a few regrets (stated later). Hence, while revising www.onemorewolfsings.com, I decided to share my B&B journey via photographs. My regrets are that I didn't keep taking photos of improvements and restoration during the last few years of operation. So for those of you who knew the B&B till I sold it in 2007, you won't see photos of the front path replacement -- pavers laid one at a time on a hot summer day in June; the new navy blue inlaid carpet surrounded by distressed oak in the dining room; the new "office" I created out of half the garage (using almost all recycled materials); and the new, more dramatic, chocolate brown walls with matching wide border in the Suite -- things like that. What you will see, however, is this majestic, 1880 Victorian in all it's glory, captured throughout many seasons. I loved living there, I miss it, always will . . .
In 1990, creating a green B&B was very progressive. Hence I worked continuously to encourage other innkeepers to go green. The photos of linens on the clothesline, even in winter, will evoke a memory or two for those of you who slept in the fresh air fragrance of line dried cotton sheets. We served organic, vegetarian breakfasts, organic coffee and tea, recycled as much as possible, composted, drove a Prius (still do), used no chemicals outside or inside, and gently touted sustainability as best we could. I am proud of this and hope we had at least a small impact . . .
While viewing these photos, you might notice certain changes in decor, especially the guest rooms, including the hand-made quilts. Antique furniture in the Jennie Medora Williams Room and the Anna Serena Hanson Room changed more than once. Also, during the first few years, I served breakfast in the kitchen (you can see by the photo that it was rather tight0. Later on, an innkeeper friend convinced me to switch to the dining room-- one of the best ideas ever -- as I then gained much needed early morning privacy while preparing breakfast. You will also see how excited I was during and after a stunning snow storm one winter, out there knee deep in snow taking photos the night of, and also the next morning. I miss Wisconsin's cold/snowy winters, miss wearing six layers of clothes, miss shoveling the driveway . . .
I still keep touch with many of you who kept returning to "Pederson," and I invite you, as well as Singing Wolf workshop participants, not to mention my innkeeper friends, and those of you who simply happened upon this page, to take a photographic tour of what was one of the only, if not thee only earth-friendly B&Bs in the state of Wisconsin-- hopefully there are more these days, as just before I left, Wisconsin was in the process of creating a "Travel Green Wisconsin" website. This really encouraged B&B's to become earth-friendly. But I digress, so do send me an email if you have comments at email@example.com. Would love to hear from you . . .
time for Remembering,