Washington: New guests arrive at the Inn

Seventeen Clun Forest Sheep graze in the open field just behind Chef Patrick O'Connell’s house in Washington. Staff photo/Jan Clatterbuck.

Rachel Hayden, public relations director for the Inn at Little Washington, reports that the Inn has 17 new guests who will be staying on permanently.

They are 17 Clun Forest Sheep (all female) that came from Alan Zuschlag’s Touchstone Farm in Amissville. The breed is recognizable by its dark face and upright ears. The ladies have been joined by a guardian llama from West Wind Farm in Castleton. Fanny the llama is 13, very sweet and gentle, and seems to be keeping an eye on everyone. Chef Patrick O’Connell loves the idea of introducing guests to the beauty of Rappahannock County, Hayden said, and the farms are certainly a part of it.

“The sheep are the quietest lawn mowers we could find and we’re looking forward to learning the secret language of llamas,” said O’Connell.

WVFR meeting

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue had its monthly meeting last Saturday. Statistics were reviewed: there were 36 EMS 911 calls in May and eight fire calls. The calls included responding to a food poisoning, assault, dog bites, vehicle accidents and a four-wheeler accident.

The company is pleased to have received a Virginia Department of Forestry matching grant to defray the cost of forest and brush fire equipment.

The annual fund drive is going on, but donations have been only slowly trickling in. Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted to support the operations of the company (which include loan payments on the tanker and one of the ambulances). Due to a scheduling conflict, there will be no community breakfast in July.

The Thrift Shop has reopened and it’s full of goodies! Hours are 10 to 4 Wednesday and 9 to noonSaturday. Check it out; proceeds support the company’s operations. (If you are willing to volunteer to help run the shop, please call 540-675-3615.)


Birthday wishes go out to Ginger Miller of Washington. She will celebrate her special day on Tuesday, July 13.
Roger, make sure you take your wife out for a nice dinner and don’t forget the flowers and candy.


Condolences go out to family of James Swindler of Sperryville. Mr. Swindler passed away on Tuesday, June 29.
I got to know his wife, Phyllis, over the years, one amazing woman, who loved her husband and family deeply. My deepest sympathy to the family, and may our prayers uplift them during this very difficult time.

Blueberries workshop

If you are fortunate enough to have your own blueberry bushes, or if you have gone blueberry picking, you already may have plenty of blueberries on hand. Sylvie Rowand loves blueberry cakes, tarts, pies, bars as well as anybody else, but it has been a little too warm for baking. But blueberry ice-cream? Blueberry sherbet? Yeah!

She offers recipes on her Web site at www.laughingduckgardens.com/ldblog.php/2010/06/28/blueberry-season, and if you do not have an ice-cream maker, take a look at the recipe for no-ice-cream maker sour cherry ice cream and adapt it for the blueberries.

For those who would like a hands-on lesson, Rowand is offering a workshop on making sorbet, ice creams and other cool desserts from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14. Participants will make one ice cream, one sorbet, a mousse and a coulis. You’ll also learn when and why to poach fruit, and will make a couple of layered desserts like parfaits or jubilees. So . . . no need to heat up the kitchen to make dreamy refreshing desserts (which, of course, we’ll have to eat afterward!). Class size is limited so register early.

The cost is $65 per person; a 50 percent deposit is due when registering. Give Rowand a call at 540-675-3725 or e-mail sylvie@laughingduckgardens.com.

Carrier job opening

According to Yvonne Jarrell, postmaster in Washington, the Post Office has an opening for a temporary relief carrier every other Saturday, approximately eight hours – and as needed for emergency and vacation relief. For position information and details go to www.usps.com/employment and search for job posting No. 57875308.

Lost cell phone

Denise Chandler at Country Places Realty in Washington lost her cell phone on Thursday, July 1. If anyone found a cell phone in the area, please give her a call at 540-675-1200.