The Dry South

Posted April 23rd, 2007

Hey Hostellers,

Many of our readers and friends at home have recently written or called about the South GA fires. We are doing just fine at the moment and see no reason to worry. The fires are occurring west of us and the smoke is being blown mostly south and having more of an affect on Florida than us. There is a fire warning out for our local area, but this is due more to the drought we have experienced over the last year more so than from the fires spreading in our direction. For this reason we at the Hostel will be taking precautions like asking smokers to be aware of their butts, and ash. We will also be taking some precautionary measures with our fire pits and have even considered not using them at all. There will be a sign at the main dome notifying the Hostellers upon arrival of these circumstances and what they can do to help.

Despite these circumstances we have remained productive here at The Hostel. The Mister Garden is mid-transition from winter garden to spring garden. The Lake Garden has been re-fenced to include the no-till garden; the standard half has been planted, as the no till receives its final preparations. A new poo pile is on its way, and humanure is being further spread to the spring and summer flower gardens. We even have flowers surrounding Miss Louise’s Porch now!

Our arts weekend was fun and relaxed. The Hostel artists started their day with Mikey, making art in the front yard a la Andy Goldsworthy. The abstract is still sitting there as this writer types. Then Ken taught the cool crochet crew some basics for the newbies and a few new tricks to the rest. Finally a surprise to the staff as well as the guests, Brook, a visitor from Orlando, led a group on Hoolah Hooping, until the participants were dizzy with glee.

In Animal News we let the baby chicks out of the coop today! They are scurrying around learning their new terrain and a few of the older chicks have been watching in bewilderment of their chirps and youthful energy.

We also have been blessed with many wonderful donations this last week, candles, sheets, polaroid film and even a bead set for all the Dream Catchers being made around here. We would like to thank all of you who donated your kind gifts.

Finally We would like to ask you all a special favor. Go back to the first paragraph, look at our duck pond, research our weather pattern, all of these will make obvious the drought we are having and its effect on the local area. If all of you at home, and planning a trip to the Hostel, could hope for rain, we would appreciate it. Envision rain for your visit. Envision rain while you are away. Maybe if everybody believes it will rain enough, we just might raise the current water bed… but think rain… not storms.

That is it for now Hostelers,

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff