The Hidden Almanac for
Monday October 19th, 2015
Episode 323
Previous episode: 2015-10-16
Next episode: 2015-10-21


Today is the anniversary of the appearance of lawn ornaments in the city. It is the first day of the Season of Flames, and in the garden, there are flowers.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is October 19th, 2015.

It was on this day in 1973 that over eleven hundred lawn ornaments appeared scattered throughout the city. The most common were lawn flamingos, but there were also plaster gnomes, plastic deer, lawn squid and spinning daisies. No one came forward to claim them, and there were no reports that they had been stolen. Surveillance videos showed shadowy figures placing the ornaments, but none of them could be traced back.

Aerial photography eventually revealed that the lawn ornaments formed several arrows triangulated at a single spot. The spot was a small townhome owned by one Maria S. Wilkins, who claimed to know nothing at all about them, and hit at least one investigator with her umbrella.

The lawn ornaments were removed—carefully—and there were no further incidents, although one maintenance worker reported that some of the plaster gnomes went missing, and at least a dozen flamingos were left in the yard of a Mr. Parvi, who claimed that they had been there all along and he was not going to stand for the government coming in and stealing his lawn flamingos, he knew his rights, this was unreasonable search and seizure and there were laws, etc. Workers found it easier to simply leave the flamingos in place. They did nothing of interest, but Mr. Parvi and Ms. Wilkins were married a year later. This is probably a coincidence.

It is the first day of the Season of Flames.

In the garden, the peppers have a second flush of flowers, despite the lateness of the season. This is quite optimistic of them. The temperatures have been dropping into frost territory at night, but the Hidden Almanac Test Garden is in a slightly warmer microclimate, so we have a few more days for the peppers to mature. The interns are busy bringing the various tender plants closer to the house. We do not grow many tender tropicals, because they require too much fiddling, but there is always something.

The asters are blooming dramatically. Sadly, so is the chickweed. Many cool season weeds are beginning to pop up throughout the garden.

We approach the anniversary of the encroachment of Corvus-Wrax with some trepidation. George, however, seems to be in good spirits, despite his unfortunate new food.

And Pastor Drom is still in the basement.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat --- “We Dig Tea.”

Also brought to you by the Ancient Farmer’s Book of Lists, a compendium of useful information and predictions for the year to come. If you still have last year’s, use that. We anticipate a lot more of the same.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for October 19th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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