(Editor's note: Thursday, we said goodbye to Nik who has been a part of Tinkering School since it started, and Friday morning, we said goodbye to Serena - this has been an emotional week. She was Camp Captain this week, having been everything else you can be at Tinkering School over the past five years, and she was the best Captain we have ever had, according to everyone. Everything ran on time, logistics were perfect, massive amounts of work happened, and everyone had fun. She and I have co-written the blog for so long that I barely remember doing it alone. It is fair to say that she has been a true collaborator at Tinkering School and been a large part of why it has gotten better over the years. In our end of session staff meeting today, during a process we call "plusses and deltas", the first delta was "don't let Serena leave". Well, we didn't really let her leave, she's off to college, and it's hard to argue with that. But, we all felt (me particularly) that we lost something magical and important when we had to say goodbye yesterday. You'll always have a place at our table Serena, come back any time our dear and delightful friend.)
Early Friday morning, perhaps late Thursday night, a sneaky drizzly rain crept in to our little valley and started soaking everything. If we had reliable internet, we could have predicted this perfectly, but our connection is so tenuous we have begun to assume we have no internet and so have lost the habit of checking the weather. Opening the shop in the morning is a muddy and soggy process.