Weekly Update 9-01-2008

Posted September 2nd, 2008

Well, the mosquitoes have definitely returned in full force after all the rain we’ve had lately at the Hostel. We’ve been experimenting with natural bug repellent made from grapeseed oil, with extracts of lemongrass, sage, lavender, tea tree, neem and rosemary. It seems to keep many away but not all, and not for a long time.

Our Labor Day weekend was sparse, with not more than ten guests unevenly distributed throughout, though we were blessed to host a massage therapist from Gainesville on work trade. Thanks Lisa! We had a number of workshops, including book-making, yoga, and old local slave songs recorded by Murray and hosted in his treehouse – probably the most popular workshop of the weekend.

We have been slowly repairing the slight damage done by falling trees and just cleaning up in general after all of the fallen branches, and crossing our fingers that the next hurricane will pass us by far enough away that we won’t have to do it again, nor have our mosquito population increase any more!

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff