Blueberry Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast

956 Spottswood Road, Steeles Tavern, Virginia 24476
Innkeeper(s): Franklin & Jean Debrot

Bottle feeding a baby goat 24 Mar 2016, 1:49 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Monday morning when it was below freezing outside Rosemary gave birth to triplets. But one was too weak to nurse so we brought her in and bottle fed her. It was so much fun to cuddle and feed an adorable baby goat all day! Then we gave her to a teenage neighbor who raises goats and was bottle feeding 2 of her own. I wasn’t too keen on the every 2 hour feedings around the clock!

Goat kids 15 Mar 2016, 6:22 pm

We are now proud goat grandparents! Fern gave birth to triplets on Saturday. She is the first of our small herd to have kids. They are so adorable!!!

Sunset in the snow 5 Feb 2016, 8:01 am

After the recent blizzard we had some beautiful sunsets!

 

 

 

 

 

On the left is the view from the sun room of the sunset over the pond. On the right is the view of the barnyard from the back porch.

Photo Gallery 11 Jun 2015, 6:32 pm

The website is being revamped. Since it does not have a photo gallery at present I am including some photos of the suite and the farm in the blog.

Bedroom with antique queen bed and daybed

Fully equipped kitchen

Year-round sun room

Bedroom with view to sun room

Separate entrance via the upstairs porch which is for your private use

Sun room with flowers

View from the sun room

Back yard

Good fishing on the pond! Stocked with largemouth bass

 

Goslings 19 Apr 2015, 8:57 am

Yesterday the goslings made their first foray out into green grass. There are 8 of them!

The adults just LOVED splashing in the new larger pool we got!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hatched! 14 Apr 2015, 1:10 pm

Yesterday the goslings started to hatch! 5 so far but I was only able to get a photo of 3. They hide under the wings of their mothers. (But who knows whose mother is whose!). The whole family has come into the barn – the gander and all 4 mothers (only 2 mothers had been sitting consistently) and they make quite a racket with their hissing when anyone comes near. There are still more eggs they are sitting on that will hopefully hatch.

3 Geese A’Laying 1 Apr 2015, 10:24 am

Actually it’s 3 geese a’sitting! The first goose started sitting almost 3 weeks ago with the second starting to sit about a week later and the third a week after that. The incubation period is about 28 days, so around April 10 we are hoping some little goslings will emerge. Will keep you posted. Visit us at BlueberryHillFarmVa.com.

Drama in the Barnyard 4 Mar 2015, 8:48 am

The duck and geese have already started laying eggs despite the snow and below freezing weather! This is a photo of the eggs from a couple days ago: 2 geese eggs, one duck egg (a little smaller and darker), and a store bought hen egg just for size comparison.

And now that the females have started laying, the drake and gander are becoming very protective and there have been a few spats between them. Donald Duck used to be the bully of the barnyard when the geese were small. Now he is experiencing bullying from the much bigger gander. The gander even chases Petunia, the goat, away from his ladies and food – and Petunia runs! Then Daisy Duck and one of the geese were seen jockeying with each other to sit on the nest where each had laid their egg in the same spot!

 

What’s there to do in the Shenandoah Valley in February? 27 Jan 2015, 2:12 pm

Watch a play at the Blackfriars Theater in Staunton. The following 4 plays are playing on a rotating basis so you can attend a different play each night if you visit for a long weekend: Shakespeare’s Taming of the ShrewThe Rover, by Aphra Behn, The White Devil, by John Webster, and Ben Jonson’s Every Man in His Humour. For more info visit the website www.AmericanShakespeareCenter.com.  And if you come to the area, consider staying with us at Blueberry Hill Farm Vacation Suite.

Winter Sunset 4 Jan 2015, 2:30 pm

Viewed from the back porch: