A CURE FOR ROOSTER CROWING-A BEDROOM SHELF-FARMERS MARKET RUG

28 07 2014

GREETINGS

Yesterday morning was dark and gloomy with a smell of rain in the air.  Strong storms and much rain were  called for but didn’t happen.    We are getting use to the change in  weather. I can now see Carol K from my computer window eating the grasses and weeds in the new fencing.

A CURE FOR ROOSTER CROWING

Yesterday I received  a Poultry Magazine in the mail .  There was a small article about a collar for roosters. I investigated it  on the internet and sure enough its true and it works.  I so love Roosters especially Murphy who I raise from a chick.  I love the sound of them crowing but not everyone likes the sound and Hazel’s crowing is downright annoying.  The two boys are practicing their crowing now and they will be adding their song to Murphy’s/  I do really have to consider my neighbors so I plan to get a collar for Hazel and try it out and the get one for the two other  boys..  They come in all sizes and are relatively inexpensive.  They do not hurt the bird at all and I am wondering if they will give the rooster added life.  The article explains a roosters crow, how they take in much more air then needed to make it happen this collar will restrict that big breath, they will still crow but it will be at the sound level as a hen.  I just love this idea.  Roosters are so needed on a farm.  They are protectors of their hens, show them where the food is, take care of fights amongst the hens.  Which means less pecking problems.  They will fight to the death to keep their girls safe.  I think I will raise my own replacement chicks from now on.  

MURPHY AND HIS GIRLS

MURPHY AND HIS GIRLS

 BEDROOM SHELF

I have a bedside table which is always cluttered up with things and I have special books which I use a lot on the table too. I looked around and found a board and some shelf holders and yesterday I painted them all and today I installed them on a wall near my bed.

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FARMERS MARKET RUG

Friday’s farmers market was wonderful, Nina, Jan and Jane came and spun while I worked on the rug.  A gal came over to see what I was doing.  The amazing thing is that she is the town foot Nurse in COlrain and she lived many years in New Foundland.  SHe was secretary to a large Rug Hooking Group.    She is a Rug Hooker.  You just never know where you are going to meet people.  I am hope to see her again and have a longer chat.  Here is he progress on the rug.  I do love the lavender color and how the dark of his wool makes a pattern in the border too.  My rug hooking with yarn class this coming fall and winter will feature a small version of this rug.

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My friend Francine sent me this wonderful poem by Emily Dickinson, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers

That perches on the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops at all

Hope you have a wonderful day today and thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog.   Carole and Minnie





THE FARMERS MARKET-LIVING ON A FARM-THE LAVENDER FEST

29 06 2014

GREETINGS

LIVING ON A FARM

At the last town meeting there was a vote to make our town, Colrain, a farming community.  What a nice gesture.  Most people who live here adjust to farm smells and farm sounds.  But there are those few people who complain about both.  My friend Lynn has had a neighbor complain about her rooster some years ago.  I have a neighbor who constantly complains about everything , some people like to complain but when you live in a rural town you can expect the baaing of sheep, crowing of roosters and the mooing of cows and yes, sometimes very barny smells!  I am glad that Colrain remains a small town and encourages farmers.  We have both large and small farms here and its a great place to live.

THE FARMERS MARKET

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The farmers market livens up when the veggies come in but it’s still an enjoyable place to be on a Friday afternoon.  There are still lots of things to be had, fresh home-made bread,greens, handspun yarn, fresh eggs, ice cream, lamb and much more. Ricky set up the tent and helped me and Jane came and spun.  I am working on the Farmers Market rug and enjoying meeting new people and introducing them to my products.  Here is a look at the progress on the Farmers Market Rug.

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THE LAVENDER FEST

 JOHNSON HILL FARM IN BUCKLAND, MASSACHUSETTS

Yesterday was a glorious day..  Breezes with plenty of sunshine.  Everything looked beautiful and it was a great day for meeting old friends and greeting new people.  Ricky helped me set up. I worked a little on the Farmers Market Rug but today I am bringing my spinning wheel.  Come join me.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on another beautiful day.  Carole

 





THE FARMERS MARKET-THE OLD TABLE-BREAD-FARMER’S MARKET HOOKED RUG-EGGS

7 06 2014

HELLO

THE FARMERS MARKET

The Farmers Market is located quite close to my friend Jane’s house in Shelburne Falls.  There were 11 vendors there selling everything from lamb and beef , bread, t-shirts and many veggie plants.  I didn’t sell many things but the crowds will come when there are fresh veggies available and it was my first day there this season.  Jane spent  almost the entire time with me spinning,

JANE AND ANGUS. SHE IS TELLING ANGUS  TO LOOK AT ME

JANE AND ANGUS. SHE IS TELLING ANGUS TO LOOK AT ME

 

I was located next to my friend Barbara from whom I got 2 of my sheep from so the day was great.  Weather perfect.  My old table worked out perfectly although it is heavy.  i  bought the market umbrella several years ago contemplating doing a framers market and its worked out great.  Easy to put up and take down.

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Barbara told me that my sheep Maude is now a Grandmother, with a late spring lamb born this week.

BREAD

I bought a beautiful loaf of bread there yesterday and it has inspired me to get my act together and make some.

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 I had a couple of slices of it and boy was it good.  There is nothing like homemade bread.

THE OLD TABLE

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This old table was given to us in the 70’s.  Someone who didn’t appreciate the value and beauty of an old table.  New was so much better for their family.  Their loss was my gain.  It need some tender loving care,  but that will wait till next winter.  For now it is being used at the Farmers Market.  It’s perfect for that

THE FARMER’S MARKET RUG

I have started the rug and like how it looks so far.

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EGGS

The eggs are wonderful, everyone is laying.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a lovely day.  Its beautiful here in Colrain today, wonderful temps and sunshine.     Carole

 

 

 

 

 





Farmers Market – Spinning

21 07 2012

  Hello

Today I went to 2 Farmers Markets, one in Edgewater and the other in New Smyrna Beach.

I do love visiting farmers markets in other towns.  Seeing local produce and products is always so interesting.  The picture on the side is  the New Smyrna Beach Spinners.  I was surprised and delighted to see ladies spinning.  They had a big tent full of spinning and knitting supplies and some wonderful soap.  The lady at the wheel raises alpaca’s nearby.

The market had handmade baskets from Africa, someone was playing the steel drums, it gave the place a real Caribbean feel.  There were people selling produce and jewelry, flowers and many other things.

Vern and  Fran from Chantilly Ridge alpacas  were close to the entrance and I had a wonderful chat with them.  I bought a ball of her black handspun alpaca yarn .  She said she was just learning to spin, you could have fooled me, it looked like she had been spinning for years.  It will add a colorful interest to one of the hats that I am knitting.

They have a farm which is a short ride from New Smyrna Beach and I hope to go there on my next visit to Florida.  They have just  opened a B&B and sell roving and yarn.  There were finished good there too.

Chris and I will be heading home tomorrow, he will get back to his life in Wayland and I will be back on the farm.  I miss the animals and hope that the blackberries are ripe.  The barn is full of hay now and I hope to get at least another 100 bales in August.   The summer is flying by.

Happy Day To You





Calendula, Comfry and Lavender Salve and Farmers Markets

15 07 2012

Hello,

Yesterday I made Herbal Salve.  I started it in June in a gallon jar.  I filled the jar with one-third comfry leaves, one-third Calendula flowers and one-third of lavender buds.  Then It was  filled with the best quality virgin olive oil.  It then sat in the sun for  6 weeks.  You could leave it for a longer time but it needs to be in the sun for at least 6 weeks.  That gives enough time for the herbs to infuse into the olive oil.

When its ready you need to strain it through cheesecloth into a large pan.  Melting some bees-wax in  a double boiler.  Then  you need to add the two together at low heat and stir well.   I add lavender essential oil and stir well and pour.  Remember that bee’s wax and  oils are extremely flammable so you should not leave it un attended            This batch

should make approximately 48 jars but you can make smaller amounts.  Try

making some or purchase some from the farm or at the farmers market.

Shelburne Farmers Market

On Friday I went to the Farmers Market with my wool, soap and salve.  It was a blistering hot day.  The market is loaded with

interesting vendors.  Another woman and myself were spinning.  There were people selling mushrooms, handmade wooden bowls, lamb, ice cream, veggies and fruits of all kinds, wool, maple products, jewelry etc.

It is 2-6 on every Friday afternoon.  I will be at the market again on August 3rd.  Come and visit.  Oh I forgot that there was music all day.  What a delightful place.

  MORNING GLORIES

This is a picture of morning glories growing on an old metal bed frame on the side garden.  Those morning glories have grown sturdier and bigger than the ones a short distance away on the chicken fence.  They was a lot of manure mixed in with the soil.  It made all the difference.

My Grandson Christopher and I are heading to Florida today.  My Mother is in assisted living there and had a fall this week.  We will be visiting her in the rehab center.  I will be blog from there.

Happy Day To You








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