SFH Journal: 2018-06-25 through 27

Highlight: Two events dominated the last three days. Both are worthy of separate posts. One will be about an orphaned fawn who visited us for three days. The second will come with the first pictures of our new (used) Class C RV – El Camino Del Monte.


2018-06-25  (Detailed Summary – click here.)

2018-06-26  (Detailed Summary – click here.)

2018-06-27  (Detailed Summary – click here.)

Plantings: Nothing to report.

Harvest: 2018-06-26 – Industrious and dedicated wife harvested enough green beans for supper. Unfortunately, she was not happy because the beans were stringy. Although the flavor was good, the texture was not up to par. She also harvested dozens of beets and five jalapenos (the first of the year).

Breakfast with Tiffany

DSC_0383Friday evening, while washing dishes, we spotted her. She was a magnificent sight, all charm and grace, arrayed in her faintly iridescent plumage. She was very large and her stride was imposing yet cautious. She had made the journey to our neck of the woods and decided to join us here at Serendipity Farmhouse, at least for these last four days.

Mr. Monte has been very accepting of the new guest. Unlike the way he reacts to squirrels or other cats in the yard, he has remained calm and only slightly curious.

Our topnotch, Maine Coon security guard explained to me that the new arrival is no threat whatsoever. In fact, she should be welcomed. In addition to her natural diet of leaves, grasses, fruits, and berries, our new guest loves to eat deer ticks. Here in Virginia this eating habit would make most any such critter a welcomed guest.

Mr. Monte went on to advise me that, should I wish to speak to her, her proper name is Tiffany, Tiffany Turkey. With that knowledge in mind, I went out to the deck with my camera in hand; addressed her as advised; and requested that Miss Tiffany pose for a couple of pictures. She was so taken with my good manners and use of her proper name that she posed, as you can see in my photo, in a most fascinating way.

So, these last several mornings we have watched Miss Tiffany roaming about the yard eating from the delectable selection of foods that interest a turkey. It was very apparent and she affirmed to us that the mulberries falling from the tree near the woodshed were her favorite.

Despite the rain and concerns about our garden, we at SFH were blessed with the opportunity to enjoy breakfast with Tiffany.

SFH Journal: 2018-06-23 & 24

Highlight: There’s been a new visitor to Serendipity Farmhouse. We will have a special post with pictures. I think you will be interested.

Meanwhile, we’re still trying to catch up with things after my business travel, the rains, and our Class C RV quest.

Weather: Still more rain came our way yesterday. The yard is still drenched, soppy, and unfit for mowing. Mother Nature has a perverse sense of humor.

2018-06-23 (Detailed Summary – click here.)

2018-06-24 (Detailed Summary – click here.)

Plantings: Many green beans are showing up on the plants. We will have enough to pick in a day or two.

Harvest: Nothing to report.

Threat from the North Fork

Once again the North Fork of the Thornton River has threatened Serendipity Farmhouse. Once again Serendipity Farmhouse has weathered the storm safely.

The year 2018 will go down in the SFH  journal as a “weather year”. Weather has been the dominant factor in almost all of our many undertakings this year. A severe cold spell caused damage to plants and shrubs in January. High winds in March took down trees, forcing us to modify our garden landscaping – and our budget as well. And if you have been following our journal closely, you know how our vegetable garden has suffered the effects of too much water in May and June.

The most recent challenge to SFH was the threat that the North Fork of the Thornton River would overflow its banks and cause flooding in our yard. Heavy rains on the 21st and 22nd of June brought the river to the highest point we have ever seen it. Simultaneously, heavy runoff from higher ground filled our yard and driveway and was approaching Serendipity Farmhouse itself.

Beautiful and courageous wife had to face the challenge alone. Yours truly was nearly 2,000 miles away and could only lend support through prayer and advice. We had to determine our reaction to this event over the phone and through email as I made my way through three airports, running to catch flights.

We decided that our car was in jeopardy and valiant spouse piloted the vehicle to higher ground. Armed with only an umbrella and a pair of rubber boots, she forded the rising waters and and made the perilous trek. Of course, the faithful bugout bag and supplies for Mr. Monte were at the ready should an evacuation be required. Brave wife, however, declared to me on the phone that she had no intention of abandoning our beloved Serendipity Farmhouse.

By the time I made my way home, the danger had passed and the waters were receding. Sweet, dear wife and I embraced and Mr. Monte rubbed against my leg and characteristically meowed, “Where the heck have you been, Fuzz Face?”

As I write this Sunday morning, our yard still has abundant standing water. Although the garden appears to have weathered the storm, we are concerned that we will lose this year’s tomato crop.

In the end, we must be thankful to God. The house is safe and more importantly beautiful wife and I are together again. The saga of SFH continues.


SFH Journal: 2018-06-18 through 22

Highlight: My presence was required elsewhere this last week. The featured picture is a place nearby elsewhere. It shows a portion of the Pathfinder Reservoir, which is adjacent to the Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming.

Meanwhile, dear, beautiful, patient, and loving wife suffered my absence with courage and resolve. Despite temperatures inside Serendipity Farmhouse that neared 90º and a river that once again threatened to overflow its banks, she maintained her calm, she held the fort, she showed “true grit”. That’s just another reason why Mr. Monte and I love her so.


2018-06-18  (Detailed Summary – click here.)

2018-06-19  (Detailed Summary – click here.)

2018-06-20  (Detailed Summary – click here.)

2018-06-21  (Detailed Summary – click here.)

2018-06-22  (Detailed Summary – click here.)

Plantings: Nothing to report.

Harvest: Nothing to report.

SFH Journal: 2018-06-16 & 17

Highlight: Many things are coming together all at once here at Serendipity Farmhouse. Rather than give you skimpy, watered down posts because of lack of time, we will save the information and write the posts in the proper manner.

So, for the next week or two, all we’ll be reporting is the weather. Come the early part of July, we will get back into the swing of things – perhaps from our new mobile, soon to be world famous test kitchen aboard our new RV El Camino Del Monte.


2018-06-16  (Detailed Summary – click here.)

2018-06-17  (Detailed Summary – click here.)

Plantings: Nothing to report.

Harvest: Nothing to report.

SFH Journal: 2018-06-15

Highlight: Two young and healthy Virginia Sweets tomato plants now reside where our dearly departed Mr. Stripey used to be. Because they are being planted late and they have a relatively long time to maturity, our tomato crop (if we have one) will be in the late summer and early autumn.

Weather: The hot humid weather is on its way. Today we procured a bail of hay. Some will go in the raised garden beds to hold in moisture and prevent disease. (Detailed Summary – click here.)

Plantings: Two Virginia Sweets tomato plants have joined the SFH vegetable garden. They will be watched closely.

Harvest: Nothing to report.