Hello again. It seems as though autumn is quickly rounding the corner into fall. Most everyone's gardens have bloomed their bounty and are now withered, waiting for tilling. My gardens have never actually been rototilled in the fall, just left to "do their thing" till spring. However, in my attempts to produce a worthy crop as all good gardeners do, I plan to add composted manure to the garden and give it a stir. By doing this step in the fall, the soil has time to balance and will be less likely to shock or burn tender seeds and sprouts come spring. Or so I've been told. My father has a green thumb and a wealth of knowledge in this area. I always put him to the test with an array of questions, but the tricky part is to actually use the advice that he gives. Knowledge is only as good as its application. However, I will need to use his rototiller.
Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge is hosting their Wellness Weekend this weekend, Oct. 16 and 17. To schedule an appointment please contact Polly at 824-2073.
For those of you who have children or grandchildren in CPS, I would like to remind you that this Friday, Oct. 15, is Grandparents Day and also the 5th grade has started fundraising for their Trip to Boston. There are several opportunities currently available for you to lend your support. There is a Turkey raffle, bottle redemption drop-off and Rada Cutlery catalog in circulation, with many more events planned in the upcoming weeks and months. They will be offering wreath sales as the holidays draw near. Please don't quote me but there are at least two children from our town in the 5th grade so don't be shy. My daughter being one of them, feel free to contact me for any fundraising questions. I used to dread "the 5th grade money push" but now that I have had an inner glimpse as to why these funds are needed, I too will be pounding the pavement looking for local support. The children will be going to several museums as well as other events as yet to be decided. For many of these children it may be the only chance they get.
This valley has been crawling with leaf-peepers. Despite the heavy flow of gawking traffic, the kids have turned this once-a-year occurrence into a game, trying to see who can spot the most unusual license plate. I think that the furthest away was from California, but we did see a rather bizarre bus with a long, narrow plate that included half of the alphabet - still no clue where they may have been from. Camera-clad people parked along the roadsides admiring what we often take for granted remind me of how truly blessed we are to live here in the beautiful state of Maine!