Archive for the ‘Happenings at QWL’ Category

Antlers and baskets

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

"Iowa Lodging at Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast, a Country Inn and Dubuque area bed and breakfast located near Dubuque, Iowa" />Quiet Walker LodgeQuiet Walker Loge B & BI went to the Antler auction this weekend and picked up a nice box of antlers to use for my baskets. So today I got creative and made a basket using all natural stuff. It is 82 here in Iowa and the trees and plants just do not know what to do. The normal is about 46! Amazing….

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Winter Beauty

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

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Sometimes God blesses us with the most awesome sign of his presence. This morning I woke up to this beautiful landscape outside my front windows. As much as I complain about plowing, shoveling, driving and freezing in this winter, I am reminded of just how beautiful it can be.

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New Baskets

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

"Iowa Lodging at Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast, a Country Inn and Dubuque area bed and breakfast located near Dubuque, Iowa" />Quiet Walker Lodge B & B This past week I have been working on some new basket weaving techniques. I have finished two new baskets! I enjoy relaxing here at Quiet Walker Lodge and weaving new designs. I am looking forward to 2012. I will be learning how to weave and use gourds to create some unusual designs. My willow patch produced some great willow. I hope to make a basket using the beautiful orange willow that I have harvested this year.

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Linda Rodrigues

Midwest Basket Guild

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

"Iowa Lodging at Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast, a Country Inn and Dubuque area bed and breakfast located near Dubuque, Iowa" />Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and BreakfastThis Saturday, members of the Quad Cities Guild were treated to an all day weaving workshop by the Midwest Basket Guild. Members enjoyed wine tasting at Quiet Walker Lodge and the beautiful weather! After weaving, the ladies were treated to a tour of the lodge and grounds. I enjoy basket weaving and meeting other weavers. Right now I am working on two willow baskets and planning a trip to the Make it- Take it workshop in Davenport.
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Summer Time Fun

Monday, July 11th, 2011

My latest baskets

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This summer I have been busy making baskets. These are three of my new additions and I am learning more techinques to make the baskets personal. The cherokee circles on my bean pot basket were fun to do and I enjoyed the progressive basket where we had one person weave the base, another the sides and the thrird person finished the basket. I was amazed at the ways different weavers applied personal techinques to make unique and fun baskets. Now we are getting ready for the Quad Cities Basket Weaving Guild coming to the lodge to weave the latest basket by teacher Jeanne Dudley. We will be weaving Mom’s Santa Fe Tote and the weavers will be visitng the lodge to weave part of the basket here before moving on to Park Farm Winery. It will be fun to be weaving with all these great weavers from Iowa.

Besides weaving, working in the greenhouses and finishing my flower beds and two songbird garden beds, I have been helping Carol with the innkeeping at the lodge. More and more people are finding us on the net and reserving dates to stay at the lodge. One of the highlights of June was a garden wedding held on a cool summer evening here at the lodge. It was awesome and beautiful to see the bride and groom walk down the rolling hill towards the willow tree to say their vows. After the service, the wedding party and their 50 guests enjoyed dinner, catered by Hy-Vee. It was a great day.

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Lightening Bugs light up the night

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

In the warm summer nights here at Quiet Walker Lodge, I enjoy how nature displays her own July 4th fireworks show. The lightening bugs hover above the forest floor and flash thousands of little lights to help them find each other for mating.

Whether you call them lightening bugs or fireflies, these little guys are part of the beetle family called Lampyridae. They have four stages of a life cycle: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The adults live for one to two weeks and feed on nectar, pollen or other insects. Their main focus though is on mating. After mating, the females lay their eggs in tall grass or under mulch. The eggs hatch this summer and the larva live until next summer when they transform into adults.

The light produced by the lightening bug is a cold light meaning that the chemical reaction to produce the light is nearly all light and very little heat. Each species of lightening bug has a distinctive pattern of flashes so that the males and females can recognize their own species by the flashing.

The light show will not last for long so come on out to the lodge and see this spectacular show!

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Linda Rodrigues

Springtime at QWL

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

May is always a busy time at Quiet Walker Lodge. This year some friends and I set out to plant one of the flower beds in front of the new Wakatanka House. Many friends donated slips of plants from their gardens and on a rainy day we planted the garden. Cindy and Sue, who helped me with the garden, knew a lot about the Iowa plants and where to place them for maximum effect. The ground was relatively easy to work in as it had rained the past week. The deer fencing has held and the deer seem to stay away from the area. It was fun getting all dirty and watching the garden take shape.

Besides the flower garden, I also finished getting my vegetable garden put together. With the help of my friend, Carol, we now have a multitude of vegetables growing in the sun. It will be great having fresh vegetables from the garden.

I am still fighting spider mites in my rose beds. I am trying a new natural product that guarantees the eradication of these pesky little mites. In California I never had this problem. I am not sure if it is the climate here or the fact that the roses are now housed in the greenhouse. Hopefully this spray will work and I can get the upper hand on the mites. Besides the rose issue, all the other plants are doing well. My blueberries and blackberries are thriving in the greenhouse as well as my lettuce. The persimmon tree still has not produced persimmons yet, but the tree looks healthy. All in all it has been a good planting month!

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Linda Rodrigues

Lasagna Gardening

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Quiet Walker LodgeNext month a group of my friends will be coming to Quiet Walker Lodge to help plant a songbird garden. They are bringing slips of plants from their own gardens to put in the new area. I have been busy preparing the ground for planting. I did alot of research and decided to try a new method called Lasagna Gardening. It requires no tilling of the land which can sometimes cause more damage than good. In Lasagna Gardening the first step is to place newspaper down to control the weeds. The next step is to alternate between green and brown materials. I had three large mulch piles from last year that I put down for my brown material. I added some green vegetable and fruit scraps and topped it will another layer of compost and cow manure.

I was able to get birdhouses, rocks and landscape extras in place and now I am ready to wrap around the garden with deer fencing. We have alot of deer here who would love to munch on the new plants that will be placed in the garden next month. So I need to fence off the area and install a gate for guests to enter the garden. I have never installed a gate before so I am hoping the man at the hardware store can give me some tips.

When I am finished preparing the songbird garden, I will move to the vegetable garden I am setting up next to the large greenhouse. During the months of February and March I have been starting my vegetable seeds in egg cartons. I transferred them to larger paper pots and they are ready to be planted outside in May. I bought these new beds that are easy to assemble and will not rot, crack or deteriorate in Iowa weather. As soon as I get the beds in and the deer fencing and gate done for this area, I will be able to plant the vegetables. I can’t wait to get to that point and watch the garden grow!

My blubs I planted last year have made their way through the ground and are beginning to bloom. The daffodils are beautiful and surprisingly the deer do not like them. In the greenhouse, this is the first year I have had a bumper crop of blood oranges and cherries. The roses have also adapted to their new surroundings and we are getting lovely roses for the bed and breakfast guests. Spring is a wonderful season and it is so much fun to watch the garden grow.

 

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The Cheerful Runner

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Dubuque HotelsMy daughter-in-law and son came to Iowa to visit me. Both of them are avid runners. Gina even has a blog on her running experiences. She calls herself the cheerful runner! I am not a cheerful runner….cheerful walker yes….cheerful runner no. Both of the kids had a workout running up and down our mile long steep driveway in the country. I think they enjoyed the scenery as they exercised for their next run.
Besides running, my son enjoyed driving the tractor and moving wood to the wood pile. He was a big help with the wood cutting. It is nice to have them come and visit. I think they should come in the winter and run through the forest with 3 feet of snow. That would give them a real workout!

 

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We are on YouTube

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Our beautiful rooms here at Quiet Walker Lodge B&B are now posted on youtube and facebook. Come and experience the difference here at the lodge. We offer whirlpool tubs, an indoor Koi pond and solarium and a full breakfast. If you are looking for the perfect getaway, we have the place. Check us out!

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Linda Rodrigues

Videos compiled by Jim Rodrigues