Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Sweat, hard work, no showers, BEAUTY, and friendship were the ingredients a couple weekends ago when I volunteered to help prepare Star Island for the summer.
In return my labor I received room, board, amazing views, and summer camp kind of fun. A pretty darn good trade it my book. Thanks Kirsten for bringing me to this wild place. Kirsten was madly needle felting in the evenings while we were there, folks were mesmerized.
Star Island is loaded with rugged terrain, beautiful views, history, and ghost stories. Go if you can, it's magical. There are week long conferences out there that sound fun but you can also get a room just for the night. It's part of the Isle of Shoals and looks right over to Appledore and Smuttynose islands where the murder in The Weight of Water took place. The book is a good summer read.
The main hotel building, the Oceanic, is over a hundred years old. There were hotels on the island before this building that apparently burnt to the ground more than once.
Our crew wiped, swept, and mopped many rooms and through the haze of Murphy's Oil all I had to do was look up to one of these views. The stone cottages made me crazy I love them so much. Our Pelican, or young cleaning crew chief Tim, has such a sunny and upbeat personality that he was a pleasure to work for. At the end of the day I had that exhausted-in-a-good-way feeling.
Lastly, a view of our room. It was no frills, bring your own sleeping bag and expect no showers but then there was that view again so who cares. The food was amazing and it could not have been a better time. The other volunteers joined in with the "S T A R, we will be back, we will be back, we will be back!!" chant call and response with the Pels as our boat was pulling away and by then I did feel like the island had a grip on me, I will be back. I did get in a little knitting time, next post is Latvian mittens!