Late last June, Michelle wrote, “We are starting to harvest some wonderful veggies (WooHoo!) Among them is our first red tomato of the season!! Staff got to sample it and were very impressed!”
For some reason (could it be that everyone was busy?!.!.!), we didn’t send out our post… and now, early September, thousands more have been harvested, eaten, canned and dried…..
Each week since early July, families have made pickles, too….. optimally, to be opened and consumed on Thanksgiving. We’re still harvesting a few cucumbers, but most have been put up in jars already.
Cowboy Poetry is yet to happen! Saturday, September 28, 2019! Bring a homemade Apple Pie for the contest, and get in free to the concert! Judging of the pies is at 2pm, with tastings shortly thereafter…. Concert begins at 3pm, with Doris Daley and Doc Mehl…. straight from the plains of Alberta, Canada. Here’s a link to even more information.
And now for our short-small-world-story!
Beatrice, joined us the first of June, from Switzerland! (Her mother, Anita, worked as a camp counselor 25-30 years ago.) She was a joy to have throughout the two months we were able to have her.
During the first two or three weeks she was on the farm, we received an email from one of our ‘old time’ guests, Jessica Tashker, a native Californian, and an Emandal aficionado since she could barely walk.
She explained that after arriving in Basel with her family from the bay area, to begin her new job overseas, and going to open a bank account – the bank manager Jean-Luc Meerwein mentioned in conversation that he had just come from San Francisco and that his sister was spending the summer on a farm near there….. coincidence?? It was confirmed that this bank manager (the one in the suit, of course) was in fact Beatrice’s brother!! It IS a small world after all!
People often ask what we do the “rest of the year” after summers hosting lots of people. Below are some of the things we try to have already “fixed” during our off-season, but when they don’t get done then, we have to figure out how to get them done DURING our season! This summer was definitely one for broken water lines (our excavator friend came out for 2 emergencies, and two regular times in regards to water and logs and trails and wood….). So far, so good!
ArtStay II, August…. Delightful! A great time to share with friends/relations. A number of sisters have come, along with their moms. In-laws, twins, spouses! A much smaller group than Family Camp…. for adults only. This particular one had classes in basketry, wet felting, water color nature journaling, doll-making, and pastels.
My time is consumed by meals, of course! And trying to place families around tables, small enough so there’s enough room, large enough to accommodate everyone with whom they’d like to sit…. and not too many servings as to make it impossible in the kitchen (12 seems to be our limit….)
JAM is just about to happen! Every fall we spend 3-4 weeks putting fruit into jars….. the fruit you see here being picked and processed just for that reason. Our neighbor gifted us with 8 lugs of Santa Rosa Plums not long ago, we have a few more peaches to get into the freezer, and are hoping for a few more bags of wild blackberries. And could there be Elderberries waiting up in the national forest above Covelo? We’ll have to wait and see…..
Our local natural food store celebrated their 40th Anniversary (yep, I knew them when….) and wanted us to display some of the jam we sell to them. Our Jambassadors, Margaret and Sharon, came all the way up from San Mateo to accommodate. What troopers!
And do you see our new General Store? Nice to not have to climb a flight of stairs to put the jam away!
One of our staff members wanted to record some of his own music before he left for the season….. and it just so happened that Rowan Byers, a young man who grew up down the road, was up visiting his dad, rode his new motorcycle up to see what was happening, and took on the 4 minute you-tube video with enthusiasm! What could have been more serendipitous! He’s a bonafide, card-carrying camera man from LA!….. with a drone, to boot! The next afternoon he brought his brother Eli and the drone….. and with two iPhones, captured not only Greg’s music, but dozens of Swallowtail Butterflies and a few Monarchs, flitting about the flowers. Not out yet, but you’ll be informed: “Wings Over Emandal” Soon to be released!
Our friend Paul, married to our former gardener and present basket instructor, graced us with not only his presence, but his expertise a couple weeks ago, manifesting a new PEACE BELL stand. Instead of it hanging by a mere thread from the live oak, he dug deep down in the earth and secured redwood beams so that one can now easily send out waves of peace when sounding the gong, without the bell dragging the ground.
With all that peacefulness emanating from Inspiration Point, one can only hope that the little boys playing in the gravel with the colored armies from the game of RISK, will realize that when they’re building barricades, then annihilating each other’s forces, they’re getting it OUT of their systems early, and coming to believe that working together is a far better solution for the world.
Be well, be grateful, be happy!