ICONOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AND RETREAT, August, 2013
The growing interest in icons was reflected in this year’s workshop and retreat when nine women came to study with Rev. Fr. Damian who led the workshops for us for the last two years. Those in attendance were Teresa Danovich, Tami Mobley, Amanda de Joinville, Marylin Flores, Cecilia Fuentes, Julie Ziegler-Barrett, Carol Perez, Victoria Bitar, Susan Ogilvie and Sister Seraphina. This year’s icon was the glykophilousa or, sweet-kissing, Theotokos. The finished icons were quite nice. See the photo album
MAKING/BAKING PROSPHORA WORKSHOP
April 6 six people attended a workshop on the baking of prosphora – the leavened bread used in the Divine Liturgy for the Holy Mysteries. Attending were a brave sole male, Max Bourke, Mary Osborne, Liane Stevenson, Mindy Mass, Faye Pelleriti, Victoria Bitar and Rachel Olsen. The aroma of fresh bread flooded the house and the participants each took home their sample. The photos tell the story best.
MAYHEM DURING GREAT VESPERS
During Great Vespers, March 16, while our trusty canine, Blossom, was curled up outside the Chapel door listening to us sing, some winged ne’er-do-well raptor-type decided to dine on two of our precious fowl who were free-ranging. It got two chickens, leaving one carcass and feathers all over. The others were frightened and headed for the coup; one running all the way across the property to hide under the guest house porch and one to take to the lower branches of the trees where she spent a frosty night.
A few days later, all of them seemed to be feeling better and raging to get out of the enclosure where they are confined now, until we get a large portable pen built for them to use for foraging.
Part of the food-chain, yes they are, whether ours or the hawks’, but unsettling none the less. We are looking to replace the two taken plus acquire a half dozen more young layers.
The egg sales is going well. There is an abundance of double yolk eggs, which always delights our customers.