Little Speckled Hen

Little Speckled Hen

You are petite, black and white speckled and always prim and proper looking.  Noting that you are even older than all of your other hen friends….those young chicks, you say!

We considered consulting a “chicken psychologist” about your strange habit of flying back and forth in and out of the coop, but our research tells us that you are intolerant of being “cooped up” and that your kind are “flyers.”

Wondering why we hadn’t been finding your little white eggs and why we have seen you outside the coop and then back in, we went looking to see what we could find.  Surprise….there in the barn hidden between two bales of hay we found a little nest with quite a collection of little white eggs. They say that Hamburgs like you are really good layers, and they are right…you give us an egg almost every day, even when it is cold.

You make us smile when we see you are out of the coop and have laid your egg and when we come with food, you are right there to get in with your other hen friends to eat.

You bring joy to the farm, thank you little speckled Hen!

This is just a snippet life on the farm…come visit Feller House Bed and Breakfast where it is not just a place to stay, but an experience to remember.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tastes of Fall at Feller House

Baked Pears

First we have baked pears this morning!

Feller House guests have been enjoying the bounty of our apples and pears this fall served as a first course as well as fresh in guest baskets in their rooms.

Baked Pears

3 bosc pears
1/2 c. blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/3 c. chopped pecans
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 TBSP. honey for drizzle
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice in half and scoop out seeds of pears
Cut a little slice off of back to it will sit flat in dish.
Put halves in baking dish with a few blueberries in the    center of each.
Sprinkle pecans over blueberries then sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon
Drizzle honey over all.
Bake at 375 degrees about for about 20 minutes.  Serve with yogurt and granola                               or whipped cream.

Serves 6

 

 

 

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Attention Speedsters!

Visit our neighbors just eight miles away in Wilsonville, Oregon.  The World of Speed, an educational non-profit motorsports museum.   Its interactive exhibits and hands-on activities,  offers a close up look at the auto-racing world.  The museums collection includes NASCAR, land speed racing, drag racing, open wheel, sports cars and motorcycles.

The rotating display has included historic race cars from Danika Patrick, Mickey Thompson, Herm Petersen, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Jr.   20160225_165031 Among its features are other historic performance vehicles as well as motorcycles.  Guests can experience an assortment of racing simulators,  hands on exhibits, and behind-the-scenes views of the world of racing.

The World of Speed offers  a variety of summer educational programs for young people introducing them to many aspects of motorsports as well as the career opportunities in the automotive industry.  Local schools have been provided space for shop classes giving students an added opportunity for hands on learning.

Learn more at www.worldofspeed.org or call 503-563-6444

When you visit, plan a stay at the Feller House Bed and Breakfast20160225_163654

Call us at 503-678-0268 or book online at www.thefellerhouse.com

Barn Quilt…Remembering Colonists

Feller House Bed and Breakfast Barn Quilt

Feller House Bed and Breakfast Barn Quilt

Our little town of Aurora is commemorating its 160th anniversary of its founding this year.  We thought it appropriate to remember the colonists and their craftsmanship by adding a barn quilt for our neighbors and passersby to enjoy.  The Aurora Colony members were known for their skill and craftsmanship and working together to complete community projects.  Each were known for their special skill and shared it with their community.  The colonists were descendants of old world craftsmen. Among the crafts they shared were furniture building, basket making, metal products and textiles including quilt making.

We painted our barn quilt patterned after an Aurora Colony quilt made in 1870, the Cookie Cutter quilt, which is now part of the Old Aurora Colony Museum’s collection.

Visit the Old Aurora Colony Museum’s new exhibit “Pieces of the Puzzle”which explores the rich history of Aurora and her French Prairie neighbors.  The original Feller family was among those neighbors.

We hope our neighbors, guests and passersby will enjoy our new addition as much as we will!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Old House…

Feller House about 1900

Feller House about 1900

Many joined in the celebration last weekend of this old house and her 150 years.  More importantly were the stories and memories shared by Margaret Feller Meek of her family and the first seven years of her life spent here in the old farmhouse her great grandfather, Peter Feller,  and family built in 1865.  Peter came to America from France and met a German girl named Anna while aboard the ship and by the time they reached America, they had become good friends.  Peter and Anna were married  nearly a year later after traveling up the Mississippi River to Illinois.   They had three children before Peter got a job driving wagon trains on the Oregon Trail.  He later went back and got his family, came around the Horn and settled in Butteville.  They later purchased this property and built the house.

As we stood in what is now our guest living room, Margaret proudly shared that she was born in that room 89 years ago when it was her parents bedroom.   She told special stories of her family living here and shared pictures she had brought as well.  We enjoyed hearing how the house has changed since the days when her family lived here as well as about how the Oregon Electric Railroad, which ran from Portland to Eugene, and went right through her families’ property.  It made its last run through Donald when she was seven years old.  It was converted to steam at that time and later to diesel. 

This open house event was so special to Margaret that she brought many family members from near and far to share it too.  Also present was a former resident who lived here in his youth from 1943 to 1962.

Margaret Feller Meek

Margaret Feller Meek