Forest Update April 2013

Posted April 18th, 2013

We had a coven of goddesses from Miami over the weekend, various tones of copper and bronze, laughing and playing in the sun, warming our hearts with their smiles and art, they left their transitory mark in a swirling pattern of raked leaves and etched earth along the path from the parking lot to the Dome. Its dancing meanders welcoming all into the Hostel.

A young man from Lyon, France stayed with us on Monday, he had been on the road for 2 months before stopping by on a whim. He help create and tend the fire all night, which given the soaking rain the day before was impressive. It was the first time he had used a copper blow tube and was thrilled by the American ingenuity. He hopes to return again.

We’ve had quite the range of music over the last week, ranging from a quartet of mandolin, guitar, violin and chello around a campfire with mountain folk lyrics to a young man from Nashville who shared his own songs on soothing guitar and powerful vocals.

We have been making use of the last of our cool weather crops in the garden, incorporating many vibrant lettuces, kale, beet, arugula (dressed in hand picked honey-suckle blossoms) into the menu which also included Thai-stir fried bok choy with(Hostel grown) shitakes and broccoli and cheese pizza, which featured the just budding broccoli florets. Soon hugelkulture mounds will be created for the tomatoes and many other warm weather seedlings we have nearing transplant.

The new fence nears completion around our natural spring-fed swimming pool; soon there will be jasmine and ferns growing around the perimeter of this striking locally milled cypress, one of a kind fence.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff