Weekly Update 1/28/2011

Posted January 28th, 2011

This is sure a slow time of year around here. We have had few guests, but it has not diminished our level of activity. We are quite enjoying the champagne weather that has graced us over the past week as well.

One of the highlights of our recent activity includes great progress on the new dome. As of today we have a fully functioning 12 volt LED lighting system that uses less energy than one incandescent light bulb. Not to mention that these lights are designed to last for 50,000 hours. That’s almost six years if we never turned the lights off. Thanks to Mr. Dennis Carter our beloved carpenter from Deer Isle, ME the exterior of the dome is nearly complete. Several hundred shingles have already been installed and the gap is closing quickly. He has also put together two sturdy and attractive doors that should be installed within the next few days.

We would also like to send a great thank you to Mr. Jan Harm ter Brugge from Amsterdam. His spoon carving workshop which spanned over two days just blew everyone away. We all enjoyed carving so much that everyone had made a spoon within hours. After it was all said and done we all bought the tools and carved everyday for more than a week making everything from spoons to forks, knives, bowls and even small sculptures. Wood chips were everywhere! Jan’s love for working with wood and teaching was a great addition to the Hostel and we look forward to when he will return.

We would like to welcome our newest handy man Albert Palmer. He showed up last week and has been a great help so far. Also the garden has been so productive that our salad bowl has been overflowing every night for more than a month. We are currently looking for an experienced gardener to help us transition from the winter to the spring. This is time sensitive and would require a full seasons commitment. So if you have extensive experience growing food organically and are interested in sharing that knowledge with a host of eager learners while living in an ideal setting, please fill out an application and come see us.

February is just around the corner and it is a month of love. So don’t hesitate to give us a call and make a reservation to come share love at a place that blossoms with abundant love everyday. And if February doesn’t work for you keep an eye on our website for workshops to be held in March when the weather really starts to pick up and swimming is an option again. With that said, I am off to plan tomorrows kayak trip on St. Simon’s Island.

And finally, the Hostel is selling the old wood stove out of the Library. Its quite a collectors item and in good condition. We are asking $300 o.b.o. and the buyer would have to collect it. So for a true piece of Hostel history in your home, nothing could be finer. Please give us a call for more information.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff

Hostel News 1/12/2011

Posted January 12th, 2011

Happy New Year everyone! Our holidays here at the Hostel have been splendid. Over the past few weeks we have all been traveling and visiting friends and family. Taylor Kimball has left us toward his next adventure. We are grateful for all that he helped us with.

With all of the moving and shaking that has been happening and the cold weather, not much change has happened since the last update. Although, I would like to give a mention to the group of people that arrived here for New Year’s Eve. We were blessed by an outpouring of love from several former managers and staff. During their stay much was accomplished and many good moments were shared. A notable mention is the effort put out in felling, limbing, sectioning and carrying out to the sawmill a 92 year old long-leaf pine tree that fell next to our Lake shower. If all goes as planned, the resulting boards will be used to build the bookshelves in the new library.

We are looking forward to all that 2011 has to hold. Please keep an eye on our website for upcoming workshops and events.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff