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Guests and staff at the Bridge Street Inn Conserve Water

THE CCSD LETTER:
“Effective March 1, 2014 the CCSD is implementing the following mandatory conservation measures.  From January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 your average water use was 31 units.  Your allotment is 80% of your average monthly water usage.  This amount is 25 units. A five hundred percent surcharge (first violation) shall apply to all water use in excess of customer unit allotment.”

The Bridge Street Inn staff and guests are doing what we can to make Cambria once again a less thirsty, spotlessly clean car driving, and manicured rose colored yard TOWN.  The photo blog documents what the BSI implemented in Jan and Feb 2014 to conserve water.  The last two blogs document what the BSI implemented before 2014 to conserve water.

drought baby

Unlike the above child we created this water situation. I hope my offspring won’t become a waterless dehydrated model.  These fliers are posted in the bathrooms and kitchen.

shower water catchment

Collect the cold water.

kitchen sink

Biodegradable soap allows us to use dish water on the draught tolerant landscape.

water storage

We store the kitchen sink water and cold water from the shower in these containers.

low flow shower head

Low flow shower head.

trash cans

By any means necessary when it come to collecting rain water.

small towels

No longer use the large type of bath towels shown in the photo. Small towels use less water to wash.

Happy Guests, Dirty Sheets, and Greywater grow delicious Apples at The Bridge Street Inn

Intern Amanda turns home grown apples into delicious apple sauce

At the Bridge Street Inn guest, Fransico De Lovely, longly eyes the apple in his hand.  “These homegrown apples are crisp like your line dried sheets.  Every bite I take makes me pat my belly in joy.  My belly has loved the company of many an apple raised on worm castings, garden compost, the shit from a goat, warm sun rays, and the most pure spring waters.  Never have I tasted an apple quite as delicious as the one I hold in my hand.

I reply, “There are 3 elements missing from the above apple growing ingredients.  They are happy guests,  dirty sheets, and  greywater.

Happy Guest

Clean sheets need a happy guest

The wash machine produces greywater from the dirty sheets.

After a happy guest checks out of The Bridge Street Inn by 10:30AM I strip their bed then put the sheets into the wash machine.  When the sheets have gone through the wash cycle the biodegradable soap and dirty water exit.

The greywater flows through pipes that lead to the underground root system of the apple tree.  The now damp clean sheets are line dried and the process starts over again.”

The simple pleasure of folding crisp line dried linens

Fransico De Lovely looks at his clean toe nails and strokes his well trimmed mustache he sighs, “I notice several beds are unoccupied.  Sadly, I’m only dirty enough to dirty one bed per night.  What’s going to happen to her?”  As he points towards the apple tree.

Apple tree growing in the greywater garden

“Friend, cheer up!”  I say,  “The apple tree loves the frosty nights and warm sandal wearing days.  Life at The Bridge Street Inn has a healthy ebb and flow that coincides with the seasons.  As the tourist season slows into the colder months the winter rains replace the greywater system.  Our apple tree has found a balance between what nature and happy guests can provide.”

Happy guests + dirty sheets + greywater + nature = delicious healthy apples

What Guests wash their Hands with Toilet Water?

Aimee Wyatt explains the Bridge Street Inn’s approaches to water conservation, including directions on how to make a lid sink.

For further lid sink instructions check out Bridge Street Inn guest Stephanie Croff’s amazing lid sink story.  http://croffcreative.blogspot.com/2011/11/new-birthday-new-projects-lid-sink.html

The Drier Broke the Day it Rains in Cambria, CA

The drier broke the day it rained in Cambria, CA.

When I need advice about the Bridge Street Inn, I turn to Anne, the former BSI owner.  Here’s one of the many fun answers I receive to questions like, “what’s been your back up plan when the drier makes a noise that sounds like eeeewaaaa?”

a) head to Mexico
b) force line drying through the summer, explain how natural gas fracking is ugly, ugly, ugly, and put off getting yourself a new one until it starts to rain again, if that ever happens. This has the advantage of forcing your interns and community of residents to line dry, even if they do not want to. I found most dryer use was not at all necessary but just a choice, mostly by residents for resident clothes.
c) bite the bullet cheap, and find one on craigslist and spend $50 or $100 to get it now. It may be worth it to keep your community happy, even if it is hardly necessary and gas fracking is ugly. On the bright side, there is an over abundance of supply right now with so much fracking going on, and prices are coming down. Also, so as not to buy new, there are also a few secondhand appliance places around, one in Morro Bay and one in SLO at least. Sorry, don’t remember names, maybe SLO appliance? They will deliver and also haul the old one away for probably about $50 and may have used ones from $100 or so.
d) bite the bullet high end: you could get a new front load washer and stacked dryer set that may fit in the cottage tool area by the water heater on the slab for $800 or $900. your cottage renters may be willing to pay more rent to have their own washer and dryer and/or having a second washer could be of some benefit to you.
sorry, one more thing on your time and your dime… you see why everyone just sells out to starbucks when too many things hit. all above fine by me. if you don’t ever want to get a new dryer to replace mine, that is fine. it was old. just make sure any gas hose connections are turned off if dryer disconnected and new ones are tested to make sure they do not leak. (soap bubble test is fine) -a

Happy Herbs For Use At The Bridge Street Inn

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The Herbal Working Crew! From left to right: Magda (that's me!), Ashlee, Thomas, & Mark

Spring has spoken, and she wants herbs!

And so our carefree (and extremely fashionable) crew from the BSI, along with our helpful neighbors, responded with a plethora of potted medicinal herbs. From gas and skin rashes, to ingredients for a homemade antibacterial cleaner, the Bridge Street Inn herbal garden is sure grow exactly what you’re looking for.

Sweet Marjoram:

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Medicinal Properties: 

  • Soothing to the tummy and other abdominal aches, such as indigestionheartburn, and even menstrual cramps!
  • Expectorant. Eases dry cough, sinus headaches, excess phlegm and congestion, or flu/cold symptoms.
  • Natural disinfectantanti-inflammatoryanti-fungal, and antioxidant.

Fun Fact:  Sweet marjoram & its cousin oregano contain similar flavors and medicinal properties and can be used interchangeably.

Use Me:

  • Brew me up into a tea (2 tablespoons fresh, or 2 teaspoons dried),
  • Or use me as an essential oil on your pillow to promote sleep, induce a sense of peace, or ease toothaches 

Dill:

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Medicinal Properties: 

  • Chemo-protective This herb acts a courageous cupid and encourages certain enzymes in your body to attach antioxidant molecules to oxidized molecules that have been brought on by exposure to too much pollution, smoking, barbecuing, or sucking on exhaust pipes.
  • Antibacterial 
  • Good source of calcium. 

Fun Fact: The seeds are stronger and more flavorful than the leaves.

Use Me:

  • Fresh is always best, especially when it comes to dill due to its delicate aroma and flavor.
  • Although I only last a day or two after being picked, I can last up to 6 months in the freezer.
  • I make yogurt and a few other spices into a delicate, savory dip for veggies or sauce for falafel.  Yum!

 Tuscan Blue Rosemary:

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Medicinal Properties:

  • Anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, & anti-viral.
  • Spasmolytic. Helps with muscles spasms and pain.
  • Improves digestion & circulation

Fun Fact: Deer don’t enjoy munching on me, so plant me around your garden as a natural fence!

Use Me:

  • Toss me fresh with chopped potatoes, beets, and carrots for a more earthy, fragrant side dish.
  • Essential Oil. Mix with your favorite lotion or oil, and massage me into joints stiff and sore from arthritis or sports injuries.
  • Body Care. You’ll often find me in facial and hair-care products, as I am known to be restorative and toning in nature.

Vervain:

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Medicinal Properties:

  • Astringent
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Anti-inflammatory

Fun Fact: Commonly worn in an necklace and used among wizards and druid priests, I have been known to stir up energy and assist in incantations, rites passages, and not-so-lucky encounters with snakes.

Fun Fact #2: I am believed to have staunched Jesus’s wounds after he was removed from the cross.

Use Me:

  • As a poultice for headaches. Note: this will turn the skin red, but the idea is that I am “pulling” the stagnant blood to the surface…kinda like a leech!
  • As a tea to ease diarrhea or other upset tummy issues.

Lemon Balm:

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Medicinal Properties:

  • Sedative
  • Anti-depressant
  • Stimulant (On the digestive system)
  • Restorative (On the endocrine & nervous system)

Use Me:

  • I make a comforting, lightly floral tea that will mellow or knock you out, depending on the potency.
  • In conjunction with my nickname “Heart’s Delight,” I am used as an essential oil to induce smiles.

Tip: If you’re having a cruddy day, try dropping 3-5 drops of Lemon Balm essential oil in a big bowl with really hot water, put your head over the bowl, and cover with a towel to make a little steam dome. Take deep, rhythmic breaths for 5-10 minutes, or however long your body and mind needs. (Careful! The first minute or two may be too hot for you, so vent your “tent” as needed!)

Russian Sage:

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Medicinal Properties:

  • Soothes upset tummies.
  • Fever reducing
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-inflammatory

Use Me:

  • As a compress on the forehead when a fever strikes.
  • As a tea when feeling sniffly and sore due to cold or flu symptoms. (To brew tea: Steep 2 tablespoons fresh, or 2 teaspoons dried, for 15-30 minutes in hot water.)

Sage:

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Medicinal Properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-microbial
  • Toning to the blood and endocrine system
  • Anti-diabetic (lowers blood sugar levels)

Fun Fact: Thujone, a compound found within my body, helps to ease the tummies of those unlucky individuals with salmonella and/or Candida.

Use Me:

  • Take me as a tincture mixed with water or luke-warm tea.
  • As a tea mixed with other favorite herbs. I’m partial to mint, but that’s only because we’re in the same family! (Brother from another mother!)

Jiaogulan:

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Medicinal Properties:

  • Adaptagen & Anti-oxidant
  • Similar properties to ginseng
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Increases strength & endurance
  • Tones the endocrine and immune system
  • Chemo-protective

Fun Fact:  My nickname is ‘herb of immortality’…eat me to see if some of my youthfulness rubs off on you!

Use Me:

  • Best as a tea (1/2 – 1 tsp steeped for 3 minutes), but I can be taken in
  • Capsule &
  • Extract form.

Epazote:

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Medicinal Properties:

  • Vermifuge (kills parasites)
  • Facilitates childbirth
  • Eases painful menstruation 
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Soothes digestive woes

Fun Fact: Nicknamed ‘American Wormseed’ for my ability to kill off any intestinal & other bodily parasites (a.k.a. unwelcome hitchhikers) you may have picked up while hunting the Chupacabra in Mexico.

Use Me:

  • As a poultice on arthritic/sprained joints or on swollen, itchy bug bites.
  • As a tea to help with menstruation or tummy troubles
  • Cooked with beans to help with gas

Stevia:

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Medicinal Properties:

  • Anti-diabetic – Regulates blood sugar
  • Aides digestion
  • Skin Care Wonder – helps with blemishes, wrinkles, & skin conditions such as eczema, seborrhea, & dermatitis
  • Anti-microbial

Use Me:

  • As a tea,
  • As a poultice or tincture gargled and swished for mouth care,
  • As an infused balm as a skin care product,
  • As a zero calorie all natural sweetener  (But avoid my white or blue powdered second cousins four times removed; They’ve been chemically altered and are natural no longer. Yuck!)

Valerian:

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Medicinal Properties:

  • Anti-anxiety assistant
  • Sleep Aide
  • Stomach cramping and unease due to panic and/or anxiety
  • Tension
  • Hysteria
  • Sciatica Pain
  • Shingles
  • Muscle Soreness
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Behavioral Issues – Such as ADD, nail biting, bed wetting, & thumb-sucking

Use Me:

  • Although the simplest and most relaxing preparation is a tea, I can also be used as an 
  • Infused balm or
  • Tincture.

Calendula:

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Medicinal Properties:
  • Induces Sweating
  • Eases menstruation
  • Indigestion
  • Skin Wounds
  • Relief from Flu symptoms
Use Me:
  • As a tea with my flower petals
  • Mash me up to use as a poultice
  •  Or as an infused salve

*Coming Soon:
Chamomille
Chives
Garlic
Lavender

Feel free to peruse the herb garden!
Sniff around, pick a leaf, or meditate for awhile. Before you depart, make sure you show one of the resident cats, Bouja, some sweet, sweet lovin’. However his brother (the light gray one) may bite your face off if you come close enough.  (Just kidding!  But just to be safe…)

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Oh, and beware of random heads.

P.S. Mugwort has been known to induce some WILD dreams! Tuck some under your pillow for a wild ride.

Wishing you blessings of good health:
♥ Magda Krysinski andThe gang, herbs, and fairies at the Bridge Street Inn.

Eytan Elterman from iSeeiTravel reviews The Bridge Street Inn

photo by Eytan Elterman

Several months ago The Bridge Street Inn had the pleasure of hosting Eytan Elterman.  Eytan entertained with stories about his travels that focuses on the beauty of the local culture.  He also quickly clued in that the Bridge Street Inn markets itself not as a cheap accommodation but as a place to share art, travel culture and a business that strives to set an example for urban environmental stewardship.  It’s not a surprise that Eytan has an eye for simple humanistic beauty.   Eytan, co-founder of iSeeiTravel, explains on his website that, “iSeeiTravel is a media company focused on ‘the purposeful travel experience.’  We use dynamic media to motivate people to travel and experience the world.”

Check out The Bridge Street Inn article on iSeeiTravel.  Also peruse the rest of his website and get inspired to do some purposeful traveling.

iSeeiTravel Bridge Street Inn link
http://iseeitravel.org/2012/02/the-bridge-st-inn-cambria-ca/

iSeeiTravel link
http://iseeitravel.org/

Happy Guests, Dirty Sheets, and Greywater grow delicious Apples at The Bridge Street Inn

Intern Amanda turns home grown apples into delicious apple sauce

At the Bridge Street Inn guest, Fransico De Lovely, longly eyes the apple in his hand.  “These homegrown apples are crisp like your line dried sheets.  Every bite I take makes me pat my belly in joy.  My belly has loved the company of many an apple raised on worm castings, garden compost, the shit from a goat, warm sun rays, and the most pure spring waters.  Never have I tasted an apple quite as delicious as the one I hold in my hand.

I reply, “There are 3 elements missing from the above apple growing ingredients.  They are happy guests,  dirty sheets, and  greywater.

Happy Guest

Clean sheets need a happy guest

The wash machine produces greywater from the dirty sheets.

After a happy guest checks out of The Bridge Street Inn by 10:30AM I strip their bed then put the sheets into the wash machine.  When the sheets have gone through the wash cycle the biodegradable soap and dirty water exit.

The greywater flows through pipes that lead to the underground root system of the apple tree.  The now damp clean sheets are line dried and the process starts over again.”

The simple pleasure of folding crisp line dried linens

Fransico De Lovely looks at his clean toe nails and strokes his well trimmed mustache he sighs, “I notice several beds are unoccupied.  Sadly, I’m only dirty enough to dirty one bed per night.  What’s going to happen to her?”  As he points towards the apple tree.

Apple tree growing in the greywater garden

“Friend, cheer up!”  I say,  “The apple tree loves the frosty nights and warm sandal wearing days.  Life at The Bridge Street Inn has a healthy ebb and flow that coincides with the seasons.  As the tourist season slows into the colder months the winter rains replace the greywater system.  Our apple tree has found a balance between what nature and happy guests can provide.”

Happy guests + dirty sheets + greywater + nature = delicious healthy apples

Water Conservation at the Bridge Street Inn

Aimee Wyatt explains the Bridge Street Inn’s approaches to water conservation, including directions on how to make a lid sink.

For further lid sink instructions check out Bridge Street Inn guest Stephanie Croff’s amazing lid sink story.  http://croffcreative.blogspot.com/2011/11/new-birthday-new-projects-lid-sink.html