#whiterosemanor

10th Anniversary Private Event

We are delighted to announce that Lincolnton has a Bed & Breakfast that has been open for ten years! May 1st marks the 10th anniversary. We are having a private celebration, but want you to know we are here when you need:

  • Visiting guest accommodations
  • A small venue for intimate weddings, meetings, and more
  • 2024 Season Tea Time in the Gardens
    • By reservation only – outdoor seating*  Link to reservation page
    • Open days: Monday through Friday, May 1 through November 1, 2024
    • Open hours: 12Noon until 4:30PM (1.5 hour time slot per reservation, up to 6 people)
    • Available menu: Select one of our custom-blended tea served hot or over ice. Add scones and lemon curd, if desired.
    • Price range: $16 and up

* Inclement weather plan is to move into the Parlour.

#52PROJECTS: Project #8

PROJECT 8 of #52PROJECTS
Purchased: 2018
Completed: 2024

Sometimes a wreath makes the entrance.

“You can’t always get what you want” as the song goes. You can create if you take the time.

I needed a spring wreath for the front door of the Manor. I have a fall wreath. Sized appropriately using the fall wreath for scale, I am pleased with the results. My mother would have knocked it out of the park. Getting ready for British Mother’s Day this Sunday, March 10, 2024. Love you, Mom! Miss you!

Happy early Spring!

Ticket sales end tomorrow for the tea on Sunday, March 10th. Here is the link– Book now!

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

Mother’s Day in Great Britain

It’s a tea party! It’s in March this year!

In 2024, Great Britain celebrates Mother’s Day on Sunday, March 10, 2024. We all know mothers should be celebrated all the time. Let us start this March.

Treat your favourite Mum to a lovely tea party. Hats are encouraged, but not required.

Use the button below to make your reservation today! (Note: Reservations close on March 4th)

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

Practicable Etiquette Defined

Is the thought of practicing etiquette, daunting to you? Practicable etiquette is the perfect place to start. Whether learning or polishing, this level is created for you to have a successful journey.

Contact us to arrange a private, small group, or on-site class.

Dictionary
prac·ti·ca·ble
adjective
able to be done or put into practice successfully. “The measures will be put into effect as soon as is reasonably practicable.”

Similar words: realistic feasible possible viable within reason reasonable sensible workable achievable attainable doable

Definitions from Oxford Languages · Learn more

Formal place setting with White Rose Manor logo

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

#52PROJECTS: Project #7

PROJECT 7 of #52PROJECTS
Created in Year: 2008
Adjustments in Year: 2024

When you need a medieval chair that fits you and is portable.

For those who know us outside the White Rose Manor Bed & Breakfast, you know we have been involved in medieval reenactments for many years. *Cue chair photo.

This is my traveling chair that needed some adjustments and tightening after years of use.

It looks a bit like a throne, but it is not. It is a portable chair built to my size and specifications. The cutouts at the top are elements of my heraldry. Read more about the 14th Century inspiration and history below.

Project Background

For those who know us outside the Bed & Breakfast, you know we have been involved in medieval reenactments. We dabble in many craft hobbies surrounding somewhat forgotten skills like blacksmithing, millinery work, spinning, weaving, furniture building . . .

After an automobile accident in 2007, my husband built this chair for me when I truly needed a chair that fit me and a place I could rest my head to relieve my injured neck. Another need was that the chair be portable to the point of packing flat for traveling to reenactment events. This chair is modeled after a 14th Century Ecclesiastical chair (picture above) It can be disassembled into 5 flat pieces to pack into a passenger vehicle.

Many early chairs were built for for specific people– tall, short, long legs, and so forth. This one was built for me. The seat is too low for my 6-foot tall husband, but it fits this Mama Bear just right. Thanks, Papa Bear.

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

#52PROJECTS: Project #6

PROJECT 6 of #52PROJECTS
Evolution Started in Year: 2015
Completion Year: 2024

It’s the little things . . . like thermal curtains in winter.

Finished a day late and late in posting, Project #6 was a quick resolution to the cold.

A few years after we draped the dining room exterior door with thermal curtains, we decided to also re-drape the window that shared the same wall. The existing curtains were not lined. Fast forward to 2024.

After a simple start, supposedly, my part-time handyman, full-time son determined more height, span, and hands were needed. Enter the fabulous Spiderman Handyman to take to the walls.

End result? Matching thermal curtains have been completed. Thanks, Spidey!

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

#52PROJECTS: Project #5

PROJECT 5 of #52PROJECTS
Evolution Started in Year: 2014
Repurposed in Year: 2019
Completion Year: 2024

We have a cloak/coat closet!

If I ask if you have a “Fred Flintstone closet” in your house, do you know what I mean? For those of us who grew up watching The Flintstones cartoons, we likely remember Fred going into a closet and his bowling ball falling from an upper shelf onto his head. This closest was not that bad. Bowling balls and other heavy objects belong on the floor. I know that. You know that. Nevertheless, we have similar catch-all closet under the stairs. It has its challenges in that is it not climate controlled, so repurposing it has been an evolutionary process. Phase 1 is done. No paint. It will get a cedar lining instead.

Project Background

When we first moved into the Manor, we toyed with the idea of putting a WC (water closet/bathroom) beneath the stairs. It became affectionately called the Potter Room (multiple nuances intended– potty room and Harry Potter’s room). We had done the same thing in a previous home; however, the more we puzzled through the expense and building codes with brick walls and slab flooring, the more we realized we would have to have someone jackhammer the concrete to create the new facility. In my opinion, jackhammering beneath/within an old home is right out! The whole WC idea was nixed, and the closet became a working and storage space– paint cans, gardening implements . . ., then, Christmas ideas came to light.

Up until Christmas season 2019, we had been storing the Christmas tree and all the other decorations upstairs. This meant trekking up and down the stairs twice a season with multiple big and bulky holiday items. Repurposing the ‘Potter Room’ meant storage for the downstairs trees and ornaments. The paints and gardening things remained, but these items ebbed and flowed with seasonal projects.

It was about this time that we really recognized the need for a cloak/coat closet, too. It could happen with a bit of rearranging, and this became the long-term plan. Project #5 included emptying the closet, cutting back the shelves on the wall, installing a closet dowel, repacking the Christmas items, scaling down the paint cans, and hanging the coats! TAH DAH!

While the long-term is still yet to be completed, I am thrilled with Phase 1 to be Project #5 and marked ‘done’. Phase 2 will include removing the walls and insulating under the stairs. Phase 3 will be lining the walls with cedar boards. Again, not a current need, but definitely in the plans.

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

#52PROJECTS: Project #4

PROJECT 4 of #52PROJECTS
Commencement Year: 2013
Last Hat Day with Mum: 2020
Completion Year: 2024

Bittersweet it is when you say, “Farewell.” Mum passed in 2020, but we revived one of her favourite pastimes for a last hurrah.

After some thought and planning, we launched one last hat project this year. On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, several seniors and other volunteers gathered at the Lincoln County Senior Center in Lincolnton to recreate hats. The completed hats were donated to Amy’s Closet, a retail store that sells to benefit Amy’s House, a battered women and families’ shelter.

While I do not have photos of the 30+ hats completed, you may visit Amy’s Closet in person and purchase them.

Project Background

I grew up wearing hats and my mother loved wearing hats. Shortly after Mum moved to North Carolina in 2013, she was dubbed ‘Lady Anne’ by those who came to know her. She almost always wore a hat. By this time in her life, her hair was thinning. Moving to a climate that afforded wearing hats year-round was a blessing for her.

After the first year, we found that many ladies coming to tea did not have hats. Mum and I both extended our collections to be able to offer the ladies a chance to wear ours. Over time, ladies began bringing hats and asking how they could refurbish them. That is really how the hat project began. Ladies also brought hats that they no longer needed or wanted so Mum to look at them and recreate something new. The recreated hats went up for ‘adoption’ with 100% of the proceeds going to charities like Wounded Warriors and Disable Veterans. There were days we would come home and a bag with a hat would be handing on the door handle. To this day, we do not know who donated a good number of them.

Mother’s and my last hat project together was in 2020. It was also our last teatime together. I hope she was smiling down on us to see the fun and creations from last Wednesday’s workshop at the Senior Center. She would have liked knowing the hats went to Amy’s Closet this time.

Unloaded and DONE! It was a success!

Wonderfully yours,

Alice