“…on the frosty hills the somber pines.”

Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote this line in her poem “A Winter Dawn” at the turn of the 19th century and we feel it still today on our land.  Our last three weeks have carried a lot of activity for a land that is striving to settle into hibernation and rest – we hosted our first cabin weekend, transported ourselves & our food to Denver in order to host a private off-site dinner, helped out fellow industry friends in Denver with the opening of Call, and returned to all of our winter chores on the land. 

Winter chores include: splitting wood for open fire cooking & the wood burning stove in our staff house, booking our Winter Dinner Series, preparation for weddings in May, pantry inventory, menu writing, dairy & bread program recipe testing, garden planning, and catching up on research & study.

We are also looking forward to a host of winter visitors – two visiting chefs, a sustainable agriculture student/craftsman, and CSA members.  These folks, along with our cabin guests through the winter months will keep our souls warm and our work inspired.  Its an interesting dynamic with the craft of hospitality: it is completely interdependent on The Guest.  The Guest provides the opportunity for the work, the challenge to develop & deepen the craft, and the invitation for us to be vulnerable about what we have to offer to the world at any given moment.  Rather than hospitality being a display of perfection, hospitality is the venue in which we are allowed to present the highest form of our craft as it exists in that singular moment and to offer it to someone else as a contributor to their experience of the world.  Humility and grace rule this vocation alongside the deepest pride in the work we invest in and practice daily. 

We are so thankful for the opportunity all of our guests and visitors offer us to do this work. Frosty hills, Somber pines, and Beauty to all our loves today. 

seth o'donovan