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One of our guests favorites for breakfast is Creme Brulee’ French Toast! I have made it for going on 13 years. It’s one of those overnight french toasts that are great when you know you are going to have a hectic morning. I had a guest request it this past […]

Creme Brulee French Toast


The Azaleas are absolutely stunning this year!!! It’s been a couple of years since they have been this beautiful! If it’s been a long winter for you come on up to Northern Alabama and enjoy all the beauty!!! The waterfalls are flowing and the flowers are blooming and I have […]

Spring Flowers


“I wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o’er vales and hills, when all at once I saw a crowd, a host of golden daffodils.” William Wordsworth With daytime temperatures close to 60 we are all yearning for Spring! The daffodils and daylilies here are gorgeous in the […]

Spring is in the air!



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Hi! Ho! Jose here at The Secret Bed and Breakfast! BRRRRRR! It’s really cold outside this morning! The goats are still snuggled down in the hay but I thought I would stick my nose out early to see exactly how cold it was outside the barn. Charlie and Kris do […]

The Little Book of Donkeys


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The old man on the mountain. Presley came to us as a stray. When we first purchased The Secret he would show up to every wedding, during fireworks and thunderstorms. We would give him treats and love then the next day he would be gone, usually with the treat left […]

The Old Man on the Mountain


As the days get shorter and dark consumes more of our day the seasons of lights begin. When the fall decorations go up I always include lights. Some orange, some white. I like how it makes all the pumpkins and leaves glow like those off the bluff during the fall […]

Seasons of Lights



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“Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight, someone’s thinking of me and loving me tonight”. Since he was an infant my grandson and I have shared the moonlight. His Angel Yaya said before she passed that she would be the brightest star in the sky and the moonlight that showered […]

Magic and Moonlight


Hi! Ho! Jose’ here at The Secret Bed and Breakfast! I love my mornings almost as much as I love the weekends! Lately my mornings have been disturbed by two four legged things that Kris calls puppies. Every morning she brings them out to the paddock beside me. They are […]

What’s a puppy?


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Carpenter Bees. There are traps everywhere to kill them. Did you ever stop to think that much like all other animals and insects on this planet they serve a purpose? They are everywhere here but I have decided to let them bee (pun intended)! They are great pollinators of the […]

Carpenter Bees



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“May you come to find comfort in and remember: Cardinals appear when angels are near. So go now, sit outside and drink your tea. It is there, your loved one will be.” Cardinals are amazing song birds as well as being the symbol of angels from heaven. Many of our […]

Angel Cardinals


Hi! Ho! Jose’ here at The Secret Bed and Breakfast! Kris was working out here yesterday and was talking about Thanksgiving. It is apparently a special day that people set aside to give thanks for all the good things that have happened during the year. Now, I’m a little confused […]

It’s Thanksgiving Jose’


The tile throughout the main floor of the lodge was imported from Italy. Because the house was built on bedrock there is not a crack in the tiles. Several of the rooms that make up the owners quarters are carpeted but we had pulled up corners and could see that […]

Free the Tile!!