Our guests love the wood burning fireplace in our cosy lounge. You can smell the lovely wood smoke as you come down Albert Street approaching our bed and breakfast. What a welcome sight on a cold, snowy night.
Our complimentary beverage selection of coffees, teas and hot chocolate is always at hand for guests and visitors to enjoy a hot drink while relaxing by the fire and reading a book or one of the magazine or newspaper choices available in the lounge.
We start our fire in late afternoon and keep it burning until we close the office at night. Firewood is stored by the fireplace and in a cupboard close by that has a convenient pass through to the area at the side of the Inn where we keep our stacked and covered wood.
We usually source our wood from the Lanark area, but last year and this year we are also burning a lot of ash, which fortunately and unfortunately we had close by. Unfortunately because this ash is from the two beautiful trees which were at the edge of our lane way against our fence (see photo below). I’m sure many of our guests remember these trees (and inwardly cursed them when backing up their vehicle) but we all miss them now that they are gone. There is something special about big trees in the heart of downtown with their leaf canopy providing welcome shade and a home to birds.
Both our ash trees were infested with the Emerald Ash Borer and it only took about a year for the trees to become so sick that they no longer produced leaves, were dying and had to be removed for obvious safety reasons. The largest tree near the sidewalk was much taller than the inn and about 75 years old when it was cut down.
Like our trees, the Emerald Ash borer has also caused thousands of trees to be cut down in Ottawa. By August of this year alone, over 4,400 trees were identified as being infested – and these were only trees on city property.
However, there is something strangely comforting about burning the wood from these beautiful old trees – they never left home and we are enjoying them still.
Albert House Inn Bed and Breakfast where you can enjoy relaxing by a real wood fireplace on those cold, snowy nights with a cup of hot chocolate. Why stay anywhere else?