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September 21, 2008 - Janet DelTurco
These past days have been busy ones, and this blog has been neglected. With my sister here from England and my daughter from Nashville, life was very full. And then in last Sunday's storm a part of my roof blew off, letting in the rain to bring down the ceiling in my grandson's bedroom and a part of mine as well. With several inches of water in the basement and a consequently non-functioning water heater, that was enough excitement. And then I tripped and twisted my bad ankle. But this beautiful weather is a consolation, and with so much to do in the garden, life is not boring! I am doing the publicity for the Oktober Fest which will be held on October 5th at the Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve 2 miles north of Bloomville on SR 19 from noon to 5. This is the major fund-raiser for the Seneca County Park District, and features a 25 piece German band, the Deutschmeisters, a silent auction, wagon tours of the preserve, Mona Rutger's Back to the Wild exhibit, demonstrations in the Zeiter blacksmith shop, and LOTS of delicious German food. For the last four years I have worked with a team on the sauerkraut, and every year after increasing the output we have sold out. It is delicious stuff, cooked all night with onions, bacon and bouillon. The hot Germabn potato salad is also a sell-out, and we plan on making more of each this year to be enjoyed along with bratwurst, leiberkase and many, many home made cakes and pies. Heritage festival volunteering has also taken up some time, and the Master Gardeners will be helping with the upcoming Harvest Festival on October 11 at the Miller Conservation Farm. But between all those events there have been blocks of time to go out and tidy up the garden. There wqs a September Slump when everything looked overgrown and tired, but now the mums are starting to bloom, some late roses are in flower, my treasured callicarpa berries are turning bright purple, the ornamental grasses growing their winter plumes, and things are looking much better. The vegetable garden needs a lot of attention to get it cleaned up and composted, but that is a chore I enjoy. Looking forward to next year's crops, and planning what to plant and where keeps the mind busy while the hands are working
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