November 2009

There is a lot happening at Heathcote these days.  We've had several new people join us, which has brought our numbers up to 15 adults and 6 kids.  Mike & Larissa, with their two boys Galen and Noah, have moved in and are now doing their provisional membership.  Also Gloria has completed her 21-day visit and is waiting for the room in Polaris (the staw-bale building) to be ready for her to move into so she can start her provisional membership.  We also have Betsy back, who used to be a member and is now back and taking over as lead gardener.  And then we have Anne who will be joining us to start the membership process later this month, and Steve the intern who is thinking about applying for membership.

It's been really fun to start using the wood-fired cob hot tub.  We've had a couple of hot-tub parties so far.  We're still trying to figure out how to control the fire to get just the right temperature, but we're starting to get the hang of it. 

August 2009

Welcome to the new Heathcote website!  We're excited to give our old site a facelift.  The content it pretty much the same for now, but we started using a web framework called Drupal, which will allow us to add lots of new features.  So keep checking back over the next few weeks to see what we come up with.  The plan is to have it be very interactive.  Let us know what you think.

It's an exciting time at Heathcote.  One big news item is that we've got a family living in the new strawbale building now!  Greg, Juji, Ursa and Avin, who had been living in the mill apartment while waiting for the new building to be finished, moved in during the July visitor weekend.  It's been a long time coming!  We still need to finish up the two units on the first floor, but the end is in sight!

January 2009

There are several new things happening at Heathcote to talk about. First, news of members coming and going. Thia, who was going through the membership process, decided to move on, so she left us around Thanksgiving. Then Andrea decided to become a member so she's currently a provisional member. And we've got Nick joining us for his 21-day visit (an early stage of the process). Also, we're glad to have Devin here as an intern for the 2009 gardening season. He's here now getting an early start on the gardens plus helping out with the open classroom homeschooler program and a little bit of maintenance here and there. It's exciting to have all the new faces around contributing their energy and enthusiasm!

May 2008

Spring is here in the valley, and the flowers are out and very beautiful. The wysteria along the fence in the playground were very colorful this year.

We have some new members on the gardening committee, and the gardens are swinging into life again this year. Actually, since it was a mild winter we had a little bit coming into the kitchen from the greenhouse almost all winter.