Sperryville: Uniquely Rappahannock

Tucked up in a small corner of Oventop Mountain is a spring-fed pond filled with water life and two ingenious floating structures created to give frogs a place to breed and thrive.

Frog Habitat. Photo by Ray Boc.

Water Cradle and Frog Habitat are the creations of Sperryville home designer Nan Reddick. Koi had flourished in this pond, but the tadpole population was at risk and her three playful dogs were bothering the frogs and bull frogs sunning on the shore. So Reddick set about creating these ingenious and lovely floating habitats. Both are made from cedar which is not only beautiful, but also resists moisture and lasts long.

The Water Cradle is a tadpole habitat that provides safety and warm water from the tadpole stage throughout the two years to maturity. The structure is partially submerged, but protects those babies from the koi and other predators in the pond. The Water Cradle is exclusively for water plants and doesn’t need care once placed in the pond.

The Frog Habitat has a self-watering system for the plants and also doesn’t require maintenance. It is anchored just offshore so the frogs are protected from dogs and other land-based critters. An anchoring system is provided with both structures.

Water Cradle, for tadpoles. Photo by Ray Boc.

Reddick has tested these designs for several years now and is ready to offer them to the community. If you are looking for a gift that is preservation oriented, beautiful and unique, contact Reddick at 540-987-8045.

Trickling Springs milk

The Food section of The Washington Post recently had a feature article on dairies that offer organic and tasty milk. One of them, Trickling Springs Creamery, sells its products at Roy and Janet Alther’s farm store in Old Hollow. The Althers have carried this delicious milk for five years and offer about 25 flavors of their ice cream.

A stop at their store is a must for our grandchildren when they are in town and the only problem they have is deciding which flavor ice cream to get. They love this milk and we don’t tell their mother that they get ice cream after breakfast. Stop at Roy’s Orchard & Fruit Market to get your supply of excellent dairy products.

Hometown highlights

— Miss Rappahannock pageant starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Rappahannock County Elementary School. Food, baked goods, live auction and raffle drawing will all take place at the pageant. Come out and support all of the contestants as well as the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad in its fundraising efforts. Essays written by Miss Rappahannock contestants on the theme “What does volunteering mean to you and how can you make a difference in your community?” will be read aloud by the emcee while the Miss Rapp contestants are modeling their casual wear.

— FT Valley Store will be open Sundays.

— An evening of bluegrass music at the Sperryville United Methodist Church from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday will feature Bob Chappell. Any musician is welcome to participate. Light refreshments will be served to guests and all are welcome. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.

— Thornton River Grille is building a roof over the deck seating area, thus increasing seating availability for three seasons.

— Third Annual Spring Car and Truck Show at Sperryville Volunteer Fire Station is 8 to 2 this Saturday, to benefit the Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church Expansion Fund. Admission $3; ages 5 and younger free.