Friday, 22 April 2011

A Week of Firsts

Well, this really was a week of firsts at Camas... it was filled with our first guest of the season (that's no typo... starting off slow and steady to ease in us new vollies), first meals cooked and reflections led by vollies, first lambs and bumblebees of spring, first Cuckoo heard, first day warm enough to wear shorts (in my cold-natured opinion), first trip for little Etinee up to the Trig Point, first time this year that the boat was in the water again, and the first week of really getting out hands into work around the centre.
Lots got done this week work wise... got some beds assembled, windows and walls painted, garden beds trimmed, and of course got the boat into the water (thanks to Mark Jardine). Hamish and Rosie finished the fliers for Camas' open day on May 1st, so we hope to see all you Camas friends down the track soon for a visit!
We also had a lot of fun this week star gazing, taking walks, eating lunch out on the lawn in the sunshine, dancing and singing, laughing, and learning about the wonder that is the Japanese Tenugui (seriously... look it up and all you can think is "how have I lived so long without one!"). "Easter fun" is on the agenda for tomorrow, so we will be keeping the fun going as we put on our Easter bonnets and look towards our next, guest free week of LOTS more maintenance and other bits and bobs to get ready for the busy season to come.
Happy Easter everyone, and stay tuned next week for more Camas updates!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Three new volunteers.

So, an update on the week before we had new volunteers, which saw Mary getting back into the camas groove, and bringing a bonny Etti down the track. We made yogart in a Haybox, with Liz's help. Friday was Emily's last day, she followed clues to find presents hidden around the garden. twwwwooo, twit twoooo. Tooo bad to see her go, but glad she'll be staying local!
Hello, I'm Cynthia one of the new volunteers, with Hamish from Australia and Natalie from the USA.
We all arrived a week ago and have started to settle in for our six month posting at Camas. I didn't have to come so far, just the Isle of Bute, though I'm really English. Well, we seem to be a musical bunch, with guitars and ukule
les everywhere so if anyone can add to our Camas u
kulele band, bring those ukuleles!
- A Camas chicken just flapped onto the beach, part of our seaweedy arty reflection.
We are just settling in for now so no really hard work at the moment, just understanding the routine and where everything belong
s. Highlights of the week were getting on the water in t
he kayaks, it was a first for me and I loved it. Then there w as a belated birthday party for Josef which involved a super cake made by Becky and iced to look like a vegetable garden. All of us dressed up as vegetables for the event, and we have posed for you all in the vegetable patch.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

WOrk wEEk

Camas is fit for a new season, thanks to our mighty bunch of work weekers: Frank, Margaret, Bill K, Bill LC, Martin, Monika, Helen & Amy.

If you send us some photos of your efforts we will display them proudly here. In the meantime, we have tried to pay homage to your labours in verse. Ahem...



Bread baked,
Logs stacked,
Wood chopped,
Floor mopped.

Got a hammer?
Where's the spanner?
Work week,

Weeds out,
Screws in,
Washing up,
Lying down.







A Camas day.

And so, we wave off our wonderful (if worn out) work weekers and welcome back to Mary and (honourary Camas resident) baby Eti as they start work!