Weekly Update 02/3/2010

Posted February 3rd, 2010

Livin’, workin’, and playin’ with zestful enthusiasm in this Forest space tends to morph perception of ticktock time! Whether here for a night’s stay, a sequence of months, or some span in between, any present individual is likely to be swept away into the ebb and flow of interwoven now moments. Days elongate into eons and weeks slink on by quick as a blink!

Jumping into a nostalgic juxtapose description of recent happenings… Gusting winds bend the trees this way and that. Rain drenchings have been plentiful. The duck sisters blissfully waddle ‘bout the lingering puddles. A low temp fire stoked in the cob oven progressed the project to the next step of the curing process. Fresh harvests of collards, salad greens, and edible weeds from the garden contribute towards dinner’s deliciousness. An experiential study determined that oats will exponentially increase the fire ant population’s productivity, where as grits are an environmental catastrophe. Golden angels with bronze wings play amongst silver trees as the newest Hostel masterpiece. Custom cahpentry in spruce and cedar enhances the unique architectural details of a notable structure. Bicycle rides, including an 18-mile trek out to Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island by some for a sunset/moonlit picnic, are occurring with greater frequency. An energizing hot, Hot, HOT sweat lodge ceremony was held in honor of the full moon. Spontaneous dance parties burst into being —midmorning kitchen grooving instigated by a jovial Tom, an afternoon session of freeform movement in the backyard amidst the chickens, an energized domal jam of expressive dance and communal celebration, and more! Also, a new stash of thrifted wares, to be screen printed with the beloved Hostel logo and distributed in exchange for land trust donations, has been acquired. Be sure to poke through the collection when visiting; there is quite possibly the perfect item, specifically aligned with your individualized style!

As for the DIY focus… kombucha! This fermented beverage is all about effervescent rejuvenation yum. Keep in mind, while feeding a ‘bucha mama, cleanliness is important. However, the process does not require ultra-specific scientific accuracy. Perseverance, tender care, and love are vital invisible ingredients. Also, use wood utensils and glass vessels; ‘bucha mamas do not like contact with metal. Brew 8 tea bags (apx 15g) of black or green tea in 14c (3.5 qt) water; metal pot is okay for tea brewing. Add 1.5c evaporated cane juice or white sugar. Avoid using turbinado or brown sugar. Cool to body temperature in a wide-mouth, gallon jug. Add 2c of previous batch and a ‘bucha mama. Or one bottle of original flavor GT’s Kombucha. Cover with a scrap of breathable fabric, secured with a rubber band. Store for 1-3 weeks, until fermented to preferred taste. Enjoy!

We are still seeking previous work exchange, staff, and/or manager who’s who sorta snapshots capturing Hostel livin’ workin’ playin’ for an upcoming collage project. Representation of as many generations, eras, and clusters of folks who have dedicated spans of their day-to-days, simply because they love this place, will be much appreciated. Please flip or scroll thru photograph stashes, scout out some free print deal on the interweb, and snailmail copies to our post office box.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff