Archive for May, 2014


Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Consider the humble charger. Where would our smart phone-based lives be without this relatively simple piece of essential equipment? You can have 4G or even 5G but if you don’t have any juice, how are you going to navigate your way through the world via your trusty Iphone or Droid?

If you need a charger, you’ve come to the right place. Boy, have you come to the right place! Almost weekly, someone leaves a phone charger plugged into an out-of-sight electrical outlet in their guest room here. We now have every make and model of phone charger at the Camellia Cottage Bed and Breakfast Lost and Found. Our cup runneth over with chargers. We have more chargers than you can shake a stick at. You name it — we can charge it!

But here’s the paradox we have been pondering here at the inn for as long as smart phones have been in charge of the world. As critical as chargers are; as essential as they are to keeping our guests’ hearts and minds tied to their little hand-held boxes of joy; as important chargers are to personal finance, personal romance, personal geo-positioning etc etc etc….virtually no one ever calls us to say I think I left my charger at the Camellia Cottage and I need it back. Why is that?

So, while we continue to cogitate upon this mystery of the universe, our stockpile of phone chargers now occupies its own shelf in the closet. Pretty soon they will require their own closet and then an entire garage. In the not-too-distant future we may need to rent a storage locker just for our growing family of phone chargers. Then we can sell it on one of those TV storage locker auction shows….

In the mean time, please remember to check for chargers before you check out.

Fido, Bring Your People

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

I have been watching my people pack the car for a trip. Usually, they just pack their suitcases and cooler, but this time they are putting my bed and my food and my leash and bags in, too! Oh boy, oh boy, my people are taking me to Camellia Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Wilmington for a getaway. I have never stayed at an inn before and I have so many questions. Can I sleep inside their room? Will there be others of my species there? Will there be other species there? Can I go downtown with them? Can I play on the beach? Where is the best place to sniff? And, most importantly, where will I pee?

Now we are pulling up to the inn. The Dutch doors open in tandem as we are warmly greeted with a wag of the tail by our host and Camellia Cottage Director of Guest Relations, Sparky. When asked what breed of canine he attributes to himself, he lets us know that he is of the Burmese Wart Hound Clan, a proud organization that dates back over a gazillion years.

Sparky welcomes all two- and four-legged mammals to his bed and breakfast. Quadrupeds are treated to his Best of Wilmington recommendations, including Best Tree to Pee, Best Walk with Humans, Best Walk without Humans, Best Canine Community Bulletin Pole and Best Poop Bag Dispenser.

He shows the bipeds where to park, where breakfast is served and suggests various Wilmington activities and restaurants before guiding them to their rooms. He also advises humans where to put the poop bags, restaurants where they can dine without leaving me behind and bars where humans and canines can imbibe together.

Sparky makes sure that each of his new friends gets a home-made doggie biscuit. He consulted with the Camellia Cottage Pastry Chef on these biscuits so they would be great to eat and easy to make. Here is his recipe. I’m sure I’m going to have a wonderful time here, as will my people.

Camellia Cottage Homemade Dog Biscuits

2.5 cups whole wheat flour

½ cup milk or broth

5 tablespoons peanut butter or bacon drippings

Seasonings of your choice

¼ cup cold water

Stir together. Roll out to ¼ inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters into desired shapes. Bake at 350 about 20 minutes. Turn off oven, but leave biscuits in till oven cools down. This helps them get nice and crunchy.

We hope you will come visit Sparky (and Paula and Steve) again in wonderful Wilmington. All you bipeds can check out what’s going on in Wilmington before or after you make your reservations at the Calendar of Events page on the Camellia Cottage web site at