Tag Archives: Spring

Spinach and Red Cabbage Slaw With Walnuts


Our Head Chef Rebeka with Second Cook Helene made this delicious recipe, using the  yummy fresh spinach  our garden manager Holly and her team harvested  from the Hollyhock Garden!  (By the way, did you know that we are hiring for cooks? Come join us in the kitchen!)

This dish is super simple and so fresh and indicative of Spring/Summer harvest garden bounty.  The color was so lovely, the texture both crunchy with fresh spinach and stems and palatable with the marinating of the cabbage. Leftovers could also be added to a sandwich the next day for lunch in lieu of a lettuce leaf, or served again a 2nd time with supper …essentially it will hold up quite well!

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Misty Isles Sea Kayak Adventure


Late summer, when this program takes place, a sense of tranquility returns to the island. The yachts start heading south and the weather is often very calm. The birds and wildlife that have spent the summer away to feed and breed begin to return to these protected waters.  This is the perfect time to learn how to paddle safely and comfortably as you navigate the friendly waters surrounding Cortes Island.

Start each day departing Hollyhock on a 43-soot schooner mothership carrying kayaks and lunch.  Professional kayak Guide and Instructor, Michael Moore, will lead you into the deep quiet of nature where you can discover more about the area’s true beauty and history, in peaceful harmony with the ocean’s gentle ebb and flow.

Mike_MooreMike Moore is a ship’s Navigation Officer whose voyages have taken him from the High Arctic to Antarctica. He has been a kayak instructor and guide on Cortes Island for more than twenty years. mistyislesadventures.com

Join Mike for Sea Kayaking Adventures, at Hollyhock on and around Cortes Island, Sept 8-13, 2013.

Slipstreaming Into Spring

by Lisl Dennis

Always loved weather! It’s nigh-mid-April and winter just won’t quit down here in the Southern Rockies. Another blizzard just whooshed through the San Juan Mountains. Daffs are up; forsythia and fruit trees are laden with heavy snow in downtown Santa Fe, NM. With most ski resorts closed, this weather girl is left to post-holing with her camera along Coloradan and New Mexican riverbeds pursuing the slipstream. Drawn to abstract images of ice melt, I’m photographing frozen shards and slurpy sludge to be confected in Lightroom, and set afloat to Philip Glass’ watery Metamorphosis. View Slipstream on StoryShards Youtube:

Driving from Santa Fe, NM to Salida, CO and the Monarch Mountain Ski Area, still open for weather girls like me, the road trip is a springtime picture book tour of the American Southwest. Desert dust-ups veil snowy mountain ranges; backlit buttes and big skies waving wispy Mares’ Tails; greening farmlands fresh with newborn calves; claret-colored wads of willow and chartreuse cottonwoods are just leafing out. Awakening rivers wiggle through receding snowy banks – waters flow faster beneath icy veneers – slipstreaming through memory.
In STORYSHARDS, we creatively engage with multimedia visual metaphors from diverse contexts and cultures to explore our personal stories and intentions for our Story Forward. The Slipstreaming segment is a favorite flowing with Philip Glass’ Metamorphosis. I often consider that music is the basis of STORYSHARDS – sometimes more important than my own metaphoric photographs and video. Slipstreaming is a good example of imagery subserving a musical score, and resulting in a seamless piece that opens to shared conversation around shifts in the weather and seasons of our lives.
Lisl_Dennis_slipstream_portraitLisl Dennis‘ career as a worldwide travel and decorative arts photographer, travel writer, television host and international tour leader has garnered a rich spectrum of images, impressions and experiences from a diversity of cultures. storyshards.info