SFH Journal Ketchup – 2022-10-17

Please be very quiet while reading this post. Dearest Wife Blondie and faithful, loving cat Mr. Monte are sleeping soundly. They are taking a well-deserved rest after several weeks of standing watch at continuous high alert. Now that the Big Admiral has returned home (see Oh, Drat! More Turmoil for the Cat!) and we have completed the last RV outing of the year, it is time for all of us to relax and unwind.

When Blondie and Monte finally rise to meet this new day, it will be time to start our beloved annual rituals: preparing the gardens for Winter rest, planting garlic and shallots, cleaning the barn, moving air conditioners into storage, and a whole host of other chores that mark this season. – So for now, allow the residents of Serendipity Farmhouse get those last few minutes of needed sleep and renew their strength to take on the new day.

Ketchup Since Our Last Post:

07-10 OCT: The Big Admiral’s visit. What a joyous reunion. – There will be a post with pictures in a week or so.

07 OCT: Time to pick up a split 1/4 beef. The freezer is now stocked with 148 pounds of grass-fed, grass-finished local beef. – There might be a post on this.

11-13 OCT: Blondie, Mr. Monte, and I enjoyed each other’s company and the arrival of the Autumn colors in our RV site alongside the Shenandoah River. – Mr. Monte might take time out to record the trip’s events in a post.

Black Walnuts *!%**!!!!

If you’ve stayed with me this far, let me take this opportunity to explain the featured picture of the Black Walnut that attacked the cock on our weather vane. That a Black Walnut viciously smashed into and affixed itself the head of our weathercock is a fact. We here at SFH strongly believe that the attack was a warning to any human that dares to walk under these hideous trees that the integrity of their craniums is in dire jeopardy.

As you know from our post Walnut Whacking, we have made sport of the Black Walnuts that fall from our three Walnut trees. However, these walnuts have caused damage to our cars and threaten out safety. This year, we paid out $3,500 to have the trees trimmed to keep them under control. Well, apparently we did not go far enough. To show their disdain and defiance, the trees have mounted a tremendous assault, doing their best to wreak havoc and instill fear in our hearts. Two of our vehicles were so threatened and intimidated by the assault that they were compelled to retreat to the farthest part of our parking area. As you can see in the picture below, the Black Walnuts hurled by the trees have been aimed directly at the vehicles.

Perhaps the only recourse at this point is to call an SFH council and vote on a budget item to remove the trees. It’s a harsh measure indeed, but the safety of SFH residents, visitors, and vehicles is at stake.

A veritable ocean of destructive, malicious, beastly Black Walnuts threatening our two frightened vehicles

SFH Gardens – By the Numbers

The extensive and highly productive vegetable gardens here at SFH will reach the end of season this week. We have been blessed with a most abundant harvest worthy of a special post in the future. For now, the following links will catch you up with what has been planted, harvested, and preserved since our last report:

SFH 2022 Plantings

SFH 2022 Harvest

SFH 2022 Preserving

SFH WX Station Report – Monthly: 

SFH WX 2022-10-01 through 10-30

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