DAY 1 (Platform completion tea and dinner party) Thursday evening
As a celebration of finally completing my new home, and to appreciate all the interns I live and work with, I invited everybody for a tea party on my platform. I only expected 2 or 3 people, but pretty much everyone came and shared some high mountain green tea from Taiwan a friend gave me, loquat leaf tea I made, and a kichidi inspired millet dish that turned out much better than I expected. Hope to have many more tea parties up there.
DAY 2 (Spa and Music Night at Doe Bay) Friday eveningA happy group of permies after soaking in the spa, cleansing in the sauna, putting on some clay for some smooth skin, and fluffing up our aura. Dinner after the spa that Gina gracefully prepared for us during the day. Permy picnic.
Then off to the live music from San Francisco.
Food prep while a fairy arranges the flowers.
Music around the fire. At one point there was probably about 6 string instruments and almost everybody singing. This is one of those experiences that just make life so much fun! Sometimes I wonder, is this for real?
DAY 4 (Sunday Potluck and Mother's Day) Sunday lunch and evening
We had a nice sized potluck for lunch with plenty of tasty goods, no mas! Its really hard to mediate food consumption when there is such good looking food....all the time.
For the evening, we had a special appreciation of mothers day meal. A bunch of us including two mothers said the names of our mothers while standing around the food, with gratitude in our hearts. I don't have a picture but the food was visually tantalizing. Flowery salad, braised whole onions, stir fried perennial cauliflower, seafood pasta, crab cakes, pesto quinoa pasta (for the "special people" like moa), and two dangerous looking desserts that I didn't eat but I think was something like a rhubarb crisp and a something-shortbread. Yuriko was the mother of honor.