A Place For The Future Past

A Whole New Site!
June 13, 2011, 2:56 am
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Dryad’s Rest has a whole new site.  It’s a blog called Dryad’s Rest (what else?).

The new site has links, feeds, even a donation button.  It will link back to this site, too, so you never have to lose touch with our original interesting posts!

So pack up and come along, by boat, pony, or travois, to the brand-new campgrounds.

(Thanks to Donna Barr for building it for us).



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

Baby goats!
May 6, 2007, 3:42 pm
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I got the call when I was at work — Lana was in labor. But we were well prepared and Em handled everything brilliantly. Two little bucklings, with white spots on their foreheads, just like their Daddy! Apparently when the first one dropped Lana was startled (what’s THAT??) but beyond a certain bewilderment, she did fine. William (Willy) and Winston, doing fine too. All soiled bedding was propmptly cleared and burned, there has been increased coyote activity in the area as well as a cougar sighting near Pe Ell, and the scent of fresh afterbirth can carry for miles….

In the greenhouse, lettuce and spinach are growing lushly — fresh salads everyday! Beets, garlic, onions, thyme, basil, carrots, radishes — all growing well. Outside, beds have been dug and prepped for corn and more sweet onions and sunflowers, and the potato beds continue to develop — the first batch of potatoes are already sprouting.

In the front field(s) a training course has been set up, with flags, jousting lines, stanchions — all the necessary toys for teaching Jennifer all about eventing. Daily she is learning more, and she’s doing great! Both horses will be vetted tomorrow, for spring vaccinations and check if their teeth need floating (before we seriously start working Jen with bit we need to make sure there are no mouth problems) We have been doing light riding with her as well as tons of ground work (as Chance is into his management conditioning) but have been careful not to throw too much at her all at once, she’s just a big child still.


Spring is fully here now and the forest is glorious!