The report from Flint Hill

I think the odds of us getting another frost that hurts anything are getting pretty low. The frost that killed our peas in the raised beds did more damage than I first thought to our fruit trees.

The peach tree that was in full bloom has put out only three little green peaches, and our northern pie cherry tree, which always gives us lots of cherry pies and cobblers, has only a handful of green cherries on it. One big cherry tree with the small cherries that go from red to burgundy to almost black has a few, but nothing like past years. The apple tree seems to have sustained little or no damage, and we are hoping for a few apples this year.

As far as the raised beds go, however, we have been eating lettuce and spinach and radishes for weeks, and it has been wonderful. The second growth of peas is about up to your knees, but still no blooms. Bob Day told me I must have planted forage peas. They were supposed to be Wandos. And the beans are up, the corn is up, the beets and squash and cucumbers are up and we have little green tomatoes. So, the report thus far is: So far, so good.

In other news, you probably read about the hike that the Rappahannock Youth Group took up in the hollow. It was great. Good weather, good fellowship and good food. As far as I could tell, a good time was had by all.

The Rappahannock Charge of the United Methodist Church, which includes Flint Hill, Willis Chapel and Sperryville, held its first fifth Sunday combined worship service at Willis Chapel on April 29. It was well attended and there was a covered dish lunch following. This seems like another good idea that I hope continues.

More news: The Flint Hill Fire Department is planning a carnival for Aug. 8-11. Put that on your calendar, and come out and support our good volunteers. There will be a parade on Friday, prizes to give away on Saturday night, and some bluegrass music on Thursday night.

And speaking of going out, I can’t think of a better event to attend and support than the Mary Beth Williams Memorial Fund’s annual fundraiser. It will be held this Saturday (May 19) at High Thicket on Fletchers Mill Road, near Five Forks. If past years are any indication, there will be good food, good fellowship and a little bluegrass music. Tickets are available from the Extension Office, 540-675-3619. This is the perfect way to help support education and the youth of our county. I hope to see you there.

And, finally, on a purely personal note, Flint Hill has three new residents. Our daughter, Molly, and her husband, Will, have moved into Linda’s mom’s old home on Crest Hill Road. And, not to slight anyone, they brought along our newest grandchild, Addison Claire Fairhurst. Welcome, Molly, Will and Addison, to Flint Hill and to Rappahannock County. Glad to have you.

Until next time, keep the weeds out of your garden, and, if you have grandkids, love them and spoil them.

Richard Brady
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Richard Brady was born and raised within sight of Rappahannock Peak, as was his father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, etc. He graduated from George Mason University and was employed for 35 years with various agencies of the federal government. He retired in 2001, and he and his wife, Linda, live in Flint Hill, Va.