~~~The pottery workshop is going well. We are awakened by a bell at 7:30am (except myself, out birding and Michelle, who is out for her morning walk/run) and called to breakfast by a 10 minute warning bell and the actual breakfast bell at 8:00.
We meet at the pottery studio at 9 am and work until lunch. Our instructor, Terry Gess, has scheduled meetings at 10am and 2pm, when he shows slides and does demonstrations.
In the afternoon, we work until about 5-5:30pm, and are called to dinner by the 6pm bell. In the evening, most of us work some more. Last night, we had a bonfire in the fire ring at the amphitheater, which was very special since we were the only guests. It was an amazing feeling, having the whole mountain to ourselves.
The birding is going well, though interrupted by all the pottery. No bird photos yet, but hold your horses, I hope to bag some birds. I am gradually moving birds from the "heard only" category to actually seen. Today, I added Hooded and Black-and-white Warbler to my previous Black-throated Green, thanks to my iPod.
Nina, I am drinking the honey mead from Valley Vineyards every night, and looking down. Just wait till you see the pictures I took! And yes, there has been snailing.
More tomorrow ...