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New Year’s Poetry: The Seasons

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A New Year’s Poem
From Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast

“The Flight of December”

Where did the last of December go?
Whisked away by blowing snow
Taken on the wings of birds
Lovely songs now distant words

What is changed come New Year’s Day?
Some things gone whilst others stay
Reflecting back on days gone by
Renewed delight in winter’s sky

By Elaine Anderson-Wood
January 1, 2015

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Our library here at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, as well as our small gift store, provide a wide variety of reading materials for your enjoyment!  Below, I’ve shared one of my favorite poems that fits particularly well with this time of year.

I love Swinburne’s poetic style as he describes each season of the New Year!  Enjoy the addition of photos taken here at the bed and breakfast.  We wish everyone a very happy 2015! 

 “A Year’s Carols”

By: Algernon Charles Swinburne

JANUARY

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HAIL, January, that bearest here
On snowbright breasts the babe-faced year
That weeps and trembles to be born.
Hail, maid and mother, strong and bright,
Hooded and cloaked and shod with white,
Whose eyes are stars that match the morn.
Thy forehead braves the storm’s bent bow,
Thy feet enkindle stars of snow.

 

 

FEBRUARY

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Wan February with weeping cheer,
Whose cold hand guides the youngling year
Down misty roads of mire and rime,
Before thy pale and fitful face
The shrill wind shifts the clouds apace
Through skies the morning scarce may climb.
Thine eyes are thick with heavy tears,
But lit with hopes that light the year’s.

 

 

MARCH

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Hail, happy March, whose foot on earth
Rings as the blast of martial mirth
When trumpets fire men’s hearts for fray.
No race of wild things winged or finned
May match the might that wings thy wind
Through air and sea, through scud and spray.
Strong joy and thou were powers twin-born
Of tempest and the towering morn.

 

APRIL

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Crowned April, king whose kiss bade earth
Bring forth to time her lordliest birth
When Shakespeare from thy lips drew breath
And laughed to hold in one soft hand
A spell that bade the world’s wheel stand,
And power on life, and power on death,
With quiring suns and sunbright showers
Praise him, the flower of all thy flowers.

 

MAY

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Hail, May, whose bark puts forth full-sailed
For summer; May, whom Chaucer hailed
With all his happy might of heart,
And gave thy rosebright daisy-tips
Strange frarance from his amorous lips
That still thine own breath seems to part
And sweeten till each word they say
Is even a flower of flowering May.

 

 

JUNE

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Strong June, superb, serene, elate
With conscience of thy sovereign state
Untouched of thunder, though the storm
Scathe here and there thy shuddering skies
And bid its lightning cross thine eyes
With fire, thy golden hours inform
Earth and the souls of men with life
That brings forth peace from shining strife.

 

 JULY

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Hail, proud July, whose fervent mouth
Bids even be morn and north be south
By grace and gospel of thy word,
Whence all the splendour of the sea
Lies breathless with delight in thee
And marvel at the music heard
From the ardent silent lips of noon
And midnight’s rapturous plenilune.

 

AUGUST

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Great August, lord of golden lands,
Whose lordly joy through seas and strands
And all the red-ripe heart of earth
Strikes passion deep as life, and stills
The folded vales and folding hills
With gladness too divine for mirth,
The gracious glories of thine eyes
Make night a noon where darkness dies.

 

SEPTEMBER

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Hail, kind September, friend whose grace
Renews the bland year’s bounteous face
With largess given of corn and wine
Through many a land that laughs with love
Of thee and all the heaven above,
More fruitful found than all save thine
Whose skies fulfil with strenuous cheer
The fervent fields that knew thee near.

 

OCTOBER

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October of the tawny crown,
Whose heavy-laden hands drop down
Blessing, the bounties of thy breath
And mildness of thy mellowing might
Fill earth and heaven with love and light
Too sweet for fear to dream of death
Or memory, while thy joy lives yet,
To know what joy would fain forget.

 

NOVEMBER

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Hail, soft November, though thy pale
Sad smile rebuke the words that hail
Thy sorrow with no sorrowing words
Or gratulate thy grief with song
Less bitter than the winds that wrong
Thy withering woodlands, where the birds
Keep hardly heart to sing or see
How fair thy faint wan face may be.

 

DECEMBER

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December, thou whose hallowing hands
On shuddering seas and hardening lands
Set as a sacramental sign
The seal of Christmas felt on earth
As witness toward a new year’s birth
Whose promise makes thy death divine,
The crowning joy that comes of thee
Makes glad all grief on land or sea.

Brief Biography:

Algernon Charles Swinburne

Algernon Charles Swinburne poet
Algernon Charles Swinburne was an English poet, playwright and novelist.  The eldest of six children, he was born in London, England (1837) to a wealthy family.  Swinburne’s father was an admiral, and his mother was a daughter of the 3rd Earl of Ashburnham.  He was educated at Eton and at Balliol College in Oxford, but never completed a degree.  The lack of a degree and his struggle with alcoholism didn’t stop him from success, however.  Swinburne was one of the most accomplished lyric poets of the Victorian era- nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1903 to 1907 and again in 1909 (the year of his death).  Apparently, H. P. Lovecraft considered Swinburne “the only real poet in either England or America after the death of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe.” 1   Besides his love of writing, Swinburne was said to enjoy riding his pony across the moors; just a little tidbit that for me helps romanticize his character even more!
Additional Sources:
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Footnote:

1.  H.P. Lovecraft, Selected Letters: Volume 1. Sauk City: WI: Arkham House, 1965, p. 73

THANKSGIVING: Recipe Sharing, Safety and Caring!

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If you are WILD about RICE (or even not so wild about it), you will love this recipe!  It’s best made a day ahead so the flavors truly have time to blend together.  I find that even folks who aren’t fond of mushrooms love this dish, unless you have allergies of course!  That’s a topic that can be serious, so I’ll come back to in a second.  The recipe I’m sharing today has been handed down through my mother’s side of the family and is an all-time favorite around the Thanksgiving table.  Since my mom grew up on a cattle ranch in Cody, Wyoming I like to play up the WILD SIDE of the rice with an image of a bucking bronc.  Wyomin license plate

Brady and I try to stick to the rule of making a recipe the way it’s written the first time around.  I do admit that we taste test along the way and in the end the recipe is often spiced up a bit.  Unless you have a true allergy, I highly recommend trying this recipe the way it is.  For example, don’t be tempted to skip the water chestnuts; their delicate crunch is part of the magic that makes this dish really light up!

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SAFETY & SERENITY: During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be easy to overlook ingredients that create a safe, serene atmosphere.  Overlooking a recipe ingredient can change the taste of a recipe tremendously, but usually it isn’t a life-altering event.  There are lots of kitchen safety tips that are important to keep in mind, but one that is often overlooked is the issue of ALLERGIES!  Because of our bed and breakfast, we are always conscience of the dietary needs and preferences of guests on a daily basis.  When you’re not in the business of needing to know, it’s easy to forget this aspect in the midst of holiday laughter and fun.  Unfortunately, at family occasions and pot-luck events, the issue of allergies sometimes falls short of being on any safety list.  I know plenty of family dinner tales that tell this all too well!  In fact, this particular recipe, though one of MY VERY FAVORITES would need to be served with a warning sign and here’s why.

Tales NOT to be “RE-TOLD, here for YOU in Three-Fold: 

-Mysterious Mushrooms:  Many years ago, one of my dear friends spent half of Thanksgiving Day in the emergency room, the culprit- mushrooms (the common cooking kind).  A botanist once told me that everyone is allergic to mushrooms to some degree but that it varies a great deal from person to person and mushroom to mushroom.  Having to watch an emergency crew come into a family home on a holiday is not for the faint of heart!  Remember this story and keep it smart. 

-Ornery Onions:  Another friend I have gets violently ill if even a hint of onion is in a dish.  The flu season is bad enough without “catching” it just from something you eat!

-Well, NUTS:  … And then there’s my cousin whom, like many people, is deathly allergic to certain nuts.  One time he ended up in the emergency room after kissing his wife TWO HOURS after she had eaten hazelnut ice cream; now that gives some lip service to the meaning of a NUT ALLERGY!  My wild rice dish calls for almonds, which are technically not a nut.  Because of this, my cousin can have this dish, but I’m sure there are many almond allergies out there!  While on the topic of nuts, I know of a little girl who has her very own peanut sniffing service dog.  Without him, she would never be able to visit enclosed public spaces- it’s that serious.  Don’t underestimate the power of nuts and seeds, they pack lots of protein and sometimes a nasty punch.

Today, gluten-free and other diets are common and it’s only courteous to, in some form, cater to those needs.  But, you ask,…  What IS the best way to deal with everyone’s needs in a simple and caring way?  At our gatherings, we’ve gone to the following motto.. “RECIPE SHARING IS CARING!  Anyone bringing a dish also brings a side of recipe cards, that way nothing is accidentally overlooked.  Since Thanksgiving is about sharing,  it’s a good time to take that to heart!   There’s no need to hoard a secret recipe.  Here at Blue Mountain B&B, we’ve always been happy to share recipes with guests and it hasn’t stopped them from coming back yet.  If anything, it creates a feeling of true family when you share something you’ve put a lot of love into.

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 One last word to the wise!  It’s always smart to maintain some checks and balances.  Don’t rely totally on one kind of food safety strategy.  You’d hate to weigh in on all the fun just to have it suddenly go sour because of an oversight.  Whether you are hosting the party or you are a house guest, let your needs and those of others be known if it’s direly important.  If it’s more of a food preference or slight restriction, the recipe cards are a great way of discretely “discussing” dietary issues!

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Photo taken by Pam Morris, Colorado

Now, on another note… here is a recipe that should make you sing!  I know it does that to me, so be forewarned.  I dub tomorrow, WACKY WILD RICE MAKING WEDNESDAY.  If you care to join me, please dig in!

Wild rice

RECIPE: Wonderfully Wild Rice Bake!
½ C. Wild rice
½ C. Rice (white or brown)
1 C. Onion, diced
1 C. Celery, diced
2 T. Butter or olive oil
1/4 C. Soy sauce
3 oz. Can mushrooms
5 oz. Can water chestnuts, chopped
1/3 C. Slivered almonds

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DIRECTIONS:

-Cook rice as directed(on packages).

-Saute onions and celery in butter and then add the almonds.

-Mix all ingredients together and let sit over night if time.

-Bake the next day at 350 for 20 minutes.

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CHARITY & Giving Thanks:  Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for so many things… our family, our friends, our health and happiness.  Remember to donate something to your community as well as your family!  Some schools as well as food pantries and shelters can really use donated items as well, so call and ask!  As a kid, one of my favorite memories is my mom taking two beautifully browned birds out of the oven; one for us and one for the local Poverello Center.  We’d always take it down as a family the day before the holiday and somehow it made my heart feel just a little bit better.

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Here at Blue Mountain B&B,we do as much as we can to help various non-profits in Missoula.  Some of them help those in need, some help Missoula’s cultural community, some keep our wilderness areas wild and last but not least, our history a live!  We welcome you to stay with us year round.  Blue Mountain is a place of beauty during all of the seasons and we are truly thankful for the guests that visit us and soon become like family!

Photography Credit: Photos taken by Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast and uploaded from WordPress Insights.  If you personally recognize a photo that has not been given proper credit or you have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email!  1-406-251-4457  stay@bluemountainbb.com

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Meet Innkeepers Brady and Elaine of Blue Mountain B&B

Innkeepers Brady and Elaine Anderson-Wood love extending hospitality to their guests at  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana.  Missoula is said to be “the best small town under 100,000 people” in America.  With breathtaking views of the mountains and Bitterroot River as well as beautiful gardens and unique wildlife to watch.

They take pleasure in sharing their mountain, home, and Montana history with others from around the world.  Meeting people from every walk of life is a real treat for them.  Guests come for a variety of reasons including: visiting their kids at University of Montana, fishing, relaxing between visits to Yellowstone and Glacier Park.

Guests have visited from every state but Delaware as well as the countries of Israel, Bolivia, Jacarta, Mongolia, Honduras, Namibia, South Korea, and Romania.  One couple from France comes every year to enjoy Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast and the surrounding area. Seeing how people with very different view points are able to come together, share breakfast, and take away an appreciation for each other is one of the biggest surprises Brady and Elaine have discovered as innkeepers.

Elaine, who takes professional pictures, says she has always adored taking pictures because of her deep love and connection with nature.  The animals that can be found outside their B&B include: woodpeckers, humming birds, hawks, eagles, bears, bunnies, deer, wild turkeys, elk, chipmunks, and much more.

Because of her background in history and education,  Elaine was able to take more classes (including classes specifically oriented toward the bi-centennial of Lewis and Clark) to become an official tour guide.  There are so many gorgeous walking trails in their area.

Blue Mountain B&B is open year round and guests can stay for just one night if that is their desire.  Some choose to have one night escapes from Missoula, Helena, Great Falls, and other places. There are fun things to do all year long in Missoula.  The benefit of their particular location is that they are close to town, yet it is so private.  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is on twenty acres of registered wildlife habitat next to National and State forest land.  The home was designed by their family and the room decor reflects their Swedish family heritage as well as their ranching backgrounds.

Their most loved breakfast dishes include their asparagus gratins, macadamia-crusted French toast, and Aebelskivers (a Dutch stove top doughnut).  Brady and Elaine would love to have others come to enjoy the beauty of nature, do fun area activities and/or just relax, and taste their delicious breakfasts as well as share their unique life experiences!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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