A Place For The Future Past

March 30, 2008, 5:18 pm
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Finally, the Equinox has come, though temps are still quite cold. Still, warmer weather has been promised, so we remain hopeful. Brrr!

Many many improvements have been made — from simple (making a simple rainwater catch and drip system for the greenhouse) to more complex (a natural habitat for the pheasants and a BATHROOM for the yurt!). More garden beds have been carved out of the turf in the main garden area, including the patch that had served as the main compost bed since we moved in a year and a half ago. Two new compost beds have been started, when done cooking they will be new beds too.

Emily has been a wattling demon, creating the protective and supporting fences around various beds, and we have enclosed and beautified a small side yard, creating yet another charming gathering space. AND the garage has bit by bit been transformed from mostly storage into a workshop and future boutique and gift shop.

And the pheasants and guinea have been laying eggs!

Plus, I have listed Dryad’s Rest on a movie location site (free for now, I will upgrade to a fancier site once my photos have developed) for consideration as a possible place for shooting movies and videos. As well as a lovely place for a retreat or teaching workshops — anything from a writer’s seminar to bellydancer’s retreat…


March 18, 2008, 6:44 pm
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This is Dryad’s Rest as it looks today. We are planning a work and fun con, that we hope will become a tradition in the fannish community.


We will have panels on all the powerhouse rural activities most fans don’t get enough opportunity to experience.

The cons will start, of course, with the safety panels. Then it will be on to Walls of Dread, Building the Nile, Capricorn’s River, the Forests of Avalon or the Wild Boar Hunt — otherwise known as building the fences, ditching the creek, milking the goats, planting trees or handling the piglets (that one’s still under discussion).

Lunch will be light — sandwiches, fruits, lots of water and choice of drinks. When all the panels are over, there will be the Evening Feast — featuring our professional cook, Emily, using many of our farm-raised goodies. For instance, whole wheat Irish soda bread, loaded with currents, apple pie with cinnamon, dill and maple syrup, tender-roasted goat in a deep-dish pastry with herbs and red potatoes raised at Dryad’s Rest, our own jalepeno goat cheese, and Emily’s own rose syrup over ice cream.

Don’t think you’ll like goat? Think: the most tender delicious venison you’ve ever tasted. This is meat from happy, clean-raised animals .


Emily’s always baking; here’s her chocolate cake:

Chocolate Cake

Dryad’s Animals
March 18, 2008, 5:59 pm
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Donna will be uploading photos — Joanne will comment when she gets some of her Copious Spare Time.

Many Goats

Our Many Goats!


Our new goat.

Roberta and Dog

Roberta Gregory and Batai at the yurt.