With the summer in full force, we are tackling a number of fun projects. This week the Art Committee began working on possible designs for our large central circle. From the parking lot, a path leads to this circle, and from there to the common house or on to the homes in the community. The circle also sits beside a 100+ year old white oak tree (which gives lovely shade) and a similarly old hand hewn log farmhouse, which we will one day restore. It's a lovely spot - always with a breeze - and the art committee is playing around with mosaic designs that will make it an even more beautiful feature of the community.
Also this week we have a group of people starting construction on a metal-working shop. The shop is being planned and built by one of our members, Pat, who is a blacksmith. Pat has already created many beautiful and useful things for the community, including new hinges for one of the barns, hinges and latches for the chicken pen, and lovely supports for the long bar that is part of the kitchen island in the common house. Pat is keen to teach others this craft and for the shop to be used to support building many of the things we need for the community.
Rosemarie, who is already a resident of Elderberry (living with her 99 year old mother in one of the first 4 homes built and occupied), has been on her own beautification campaign, putting mulch in the landscape circle and weeding the paths (great gift, little glory!). She has also this week been collecting eggs daily from two broody hens and trying to shoo them off the nests with little success. She, along with residents Meg and Kelly are also fostering an abandoned beagle named Willy and working to find him a good home. He is adorable and loving, so if anyone reading this wants a very sweet, young dog who loves kids and other dogs, write to us!!