Memorial Day Weekend in Lanesboro

Wow! Lanesboro was a busy little town this past weekend! The weather was beautiful and everyone came out to enjoy it. I took an Amish tour out on Saturday morning and by the time I arrived back in town around 12:30 pm, the population must have doubled! We stopped at the Amish farmers market in the morning and they had 14 pies available for sale. When I stopped again that afternoon (and, yes, I bought myself another cookie) they only had three pies left. Business was good for the ladies at the market. The Amish man who lives near the market was busy planting trees along the road. He was recently married, and I think they are enjoying maintaining their home.

We added “Bus Gus” to our Amish tour fleet. We have a 14 passenger van, but we can only fit about 9 or 10 comfortably in the van, and it is difficult for people to get on and off the van. Dave purchased a used 14 passenger mini bus this spring that has easy step-on access. Kirsten named the bus Gus, after the Simon and Garfunkle song “…get on the bus, Gus…” I had a full bus on Monday for my first time out with Gus on the Amish tour. The bus is great to drive and everyone was comfortable and could easily get on and off the bus at each stop. I was concerned about turning around at some farms, but I managed to get the bus turned around without any problem. We really strive to offer a quality tour and try to stay on schedule, as guests have plans for the rest of the day, and we don’t want to make them change their plans.

Our family was fortunate to spend time down by the river for a breakfast cookout on Sunday morning and an evening cookout on Monday night. The campsite allows us to get away even though it is only a few miles away from home. We look forward to many more relaxing evenings along the Root River this summer.

Velkommen til Lanesboro

Velkommen til Lanesboro!

Today we guided two bus loads of Norwegian band members from Arendal, Norway, and their spouses and/or friends on an Amish tour. The Arendal Brass Band had played in Stoughton, WI, for Syttende Mai weekend. They were on a tight time schedule as they arrived from LaCrosse, WI, this morning and were on their way to perform in Decorah, IA, at the Vesterheim Museum this afternoon. They were a jolly, fun bunch and so kind and respectful to our Amish friends.

The Norwegians gave the Amish children balloons, and they were so happy! Their dad said they were spoiling his kids, but it was fun! It was my first time as a step-on-guide, and I learned that I have to pay attention to the road even if I’m not driving so I can give directions. Bus driver, Ben, was excellent and you could tell he enjoyed his job. Go Bus #1!

If you are wearing a hat today, you better hold onto it, as we have wind gusts up to 40 mph. It is also warm with temperatures in the 80s. I’m hoping to plant flowers in front of our store today, but I’m going to wait to see if the wind decreases.

Mange takk! (I’m not sure if it is spelled correctly, but it means thank you in Norwegian.)

Thursday Thoughts

Each time I go out on an Amish tour I try to learn more about the families that we visit. An Amish mom was busy in the house making aprons to sell in her shop. She makes adorable children’s aprons. When our girls were little they liked to bake cookies while wearing their aprons. Aprons remind me of my grandmothers. They always had on an apron whenever they were working in the house, whether it was baking time or cleaning time.

This Amish lady told me that her parents built the house where they currently live in 1997. When she got married they purchased the farm from her parents. Her husband learned his woodworking skills from his in-laws and now carries on the furniture business. He does fine work!

At one of the Amish farms there were about 12 Amish buggys parked in the yard. They were having church on a Thursday instead of Sunday. Apparently, they had a visiting minister from Missouri and they had to accomodate his schedule. An Amish mentioned that they had their church service last Friday due to a visiting minister’s schedule, as well. I’m not sure if it was the same minister, I’ll have to check into it.

Please stop in the gallery to visit and check out our new merchandise and art! We have new chocolate treats and scandinavian cookies.

Amish Tours and Track Meets

Another beautiful day in Bluff Country. Yesterday, I was lucky to take out an Amish tour. It gave me a chance to get out of the store and take advantage of the beautiful weather. I had a nice couple from North Dakota on my tour. It was their first time in SE Minnesota on an Amish tour. I found out they know some of my cousins in North Dakota. I really enjoy visiting with our guests, they seem like good friends by the time our tours are over.

The Amish seem to have most of their planting done, that I could see. The past few weeks many were in their fields planting crops with their horse-drawn equipment. We drive past a few sawmills on our route. I’m always amazed at the work they do and how much lumber is produced. One Amish lady just finished sewing an all ivory quilt with hearts, doves, and other details hand stitched on the quilt. It is beautiful. Many guests ask her how many quilts she has made, but she doesn’t keep count.

This afternoon Kirsten has a track meet and will run a relay and the two mile event. It is supposed to thunderstorm later today, so I hope it holds off until the track meet is over. I enjoy watching track and field events. The kids work hard at improving their personal records and try to place as high as they can in their event to help add points to the team score. Track meets are also good for socializing with everyone while the next race is preparing to start. Good luck LFC!

First Blog!

This is my first attempt at writing a blog. I intend to share information about Amish tours, running a small business, family, and daily happenings and thoughts. Today is a beautiful, sunny day in Lanesboro. The trees are starting to show signs of green leaves and the grass is finally turning green from the dull brown that has been visible since the snow melted.

I’m in the process up getting my Website updated, so be sure to check out www.bluffscape.com in a few days for the new and improved site. I’ll be having a link to my blog, so hopefully, that will work well.