Reforestation on the Shore of the West River

Acorns started in my greenhouse under the tangerine tree.

Acorns under the tangerine tree.

Yesterday it was cold and windy, as my cousin and I scurried around like squirrels gathering acorns from the large white and red oaks at Bayfields.  The acorns are already starting to sprout, sending their tap root deep into the cold ground, long before the new green leaves unfurl in the spring.

Today I planted 136 acorns, in flats, in my sun warmed greenhouse, under the tangerine tree.  We will transplant them to Bayfields when the weather warms, because we are reforesting a lot of the lawn.

It will be like our own arboretum!  I can make a tree map.

-Holly Heintz Budd

Bayfields is a bed and breakfast on the West River, in Maryland, with a great view of the Chesapeake Bay. You can learn more, and make your reservations here.

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Thankful that Wind and Water Passed Us By This Time

High water before and during Super Storm Sandy at Bayfields on the West River

High water before and during Super Storm Sandy at Bayfields on the West River

Super Storm Sandy did not cause major harm to Bayfields.  No damaging winds. The tides no more than 2 foot above normal. Wish Sandy was as kind to New Jersey and New York.

-Holly Heintz Budd

Bayfields is a bed and breakfast on the West River, in Maryland, with a great view of the Chesapeake Bay.

You can learn more, and make your reservations here.

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Bayfields Before Hurricane Sandy

Bayfields is beautiful in the fall.  I love the golden leaves in contrast with the grey water.  Today we were readying everything just in case the “Frankenstorm”  turns out to be a bad one.  It is about 7 miles from Bayfields out the mouth of the West River, and directly across the Chesapeake, to the Eastern Shore.  So if winds are directly out of the east, the shore line could take a beating.  The house, built in 1921, has been above the flood wars so far.  Enjoy the “Before Hurricane Sandy” pictures.

Bayfields in the Fall

Bayfields in the Fall

Not too windy yet. Got to get the flag down before the storm.

The shoreline of Bayfields on the West River, Saturday, before the storm.

A nice spot for a break.

Oysters for the Hurricane party

Oysters for the Hurricane party

Bayfields is a bed and breakfast on the West River, in Maryland, with a great view of the Chesapeake Bay.

-Holly Heintz Budd

You can learn more, and make your reservations here.

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Oysters at Bayfields

Oyster Floats at Bayfields

Oyster Floats at Bayfields

Many years ago, sheep grazed here at Bayfields.   More recently, my grandparents raised chickens and tended large vegetable and flower gardens. My father used a donkey cart to deliver crabs that he caught in the West River.

I grew up in this tradition, learning about farming from my grandparents, and catching crabs and fish to sell to my neighbors. Currently I am experimenting with aquaculture. I “planted” thousands of oysters in Popham Creek l. I got the oyster spat from Circle C Oyster Ranching. Rich Pelz has been doing a lot of work to breed oysters that grow quickly and are disease resistant. They are plump with thin, easy open shells. All this without GMOs!

I love Rich’s plan for growing the oysters:  For millions of years, oysters thrived on the bottom of the bay and its tributaries. Now, though, the water in the bay is so murky that the light does not reach the bottom, so there’s no longer enough food or oxygen for them there. With Rich’s plan, my oysters get to grow in bags which protect them from predators, and with floats to keep them on the surface, where all the algae and oxygen is. One oyster filters 55 gallons of water a day. So not only am I growing tasty food, I am cleaning the Chesapeake Bay too!

Oyster floats provide habitat for wildlife. In addition to this small fish called a Blenny, we find Black Fingered Mud Crab, White Fingered Mud Cab, Goby, Skilletfish, American Eel, Annelid Worm, Muscles, and Barnacles,

Oyster floats provide habitat for wildlife. In addition to this small fish called a Blenny, we find Black Fingered Mud Crab, White Fingered Mud Cab, Goby, Skilletfish, American Eel, Annelid Worm, Muscles, and Barnacles,

Black Fingered Mud Crab lives amongst the Oysters.

Washing the Oysters

Oysters on the Barbie, delicious!

So travel to see us at Bayfields Bed and Breakfast, to see our “home oyster aquiculture project” cleaning the bay.

-Holly Heintz Budd

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The May Wedding

Ivy and Archer were married at Bayfields on May 20, 2012.

The beautiful location on the West River, with a view of the Chesapeake Bay, made the special day even more wonderful.

Everything is ready for the big day at Bayfields Wedding reception tent, faerie lights, tulle, flowers, party favors, and plentiful tables. The father of the bride walks her down the aisle at Bayfields Bed and Breakfast Ivy n Archer

Bayfields is a bed and breakfast, and was a beautiful place for our family's wedding.

-Holly Heintz Budd

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Hello world!

Greetings,

Good news!  The wedding is over and the bed and breakfast is up and running with our first guests.

So whether your are looking for a quick getaway on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, or plan is to travel far and wide, come visit us at Bayfields, our bed and breakfast on the West River, in Maryland.

-The Heintz Family

We are listed here on Air BnB.

This is just a really quick post to get this site up and running.  Pictures, history and more will follow.

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