THE LAVENDER FEST

23 06 2017

GREETINGS

 

Sandy Cardinal and her family have been hosting The Lavender Fest at her farm for many years.  It’s a free event.   Spend the day, walk the magnificent Labyrinth, visit the many vendors and have a delightful lunch.  Watch the Dove release later in the day.   There will be people spinning and some sheep too.

PLEASE leave your pets at home.

 





THE ELUSIVE CAT-HAY-BOOKS I AM READING

22 06 2017

GREETINGS

The hot stiffleing weather is gone and we have had a couple of wonderful days  and cool sleeping nights.  Welcome rain for the crops came and went.  Summertime in New England.
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FORGOTTEN FARMS-GOINGS ON AT THE FARM

12 06 2017

 

GREETINGS

Summer has truly arrived after what seemed like months of rain and chilly weather.  Temps in the 90’s again today.

FORGOTTEN FARMS

My friend Jill and I went to see this movie last night. It was shown at our local movie house, Pot Hole Pictures in Shelburne Falls.  Most people there were farmers of some sort, and people interested in local food.  It was an amazing movie taking us on a delightful journey of local farms and farmers. We are loosing so many farms.  Its long hours, hard work and the pay per gallon of milk is less than it should be.  There are no vacations on farming but the people who milk love what they do.    There are things that each of us can do.  BUY LOCAL .  When you buy cheap milk you are getting what you pay for.  The milk is most likely produced on feed lot type farms with 500 or more cows.  They are not on  pasture and don’t have the wonderful lives that small dairy cows do.  In Massachusetts we can buy Our Family Farms or Organic Valley Milk.  Paying a few cents more will help ensure that family dairy farms remain in business.    

Something that I had not thought about is what happens to the community when a small dairy operation closes.  One of  the farmers on the show said they spend $250,000   on grain alone each year. It’s the trickle down theory.  It affects us all.                                                                               

This movie was educational in so many ways.  It gave each member of the audience something to think about.  Look for it at small local theaters  in Massachusetts and in the fall they plan to  have showings in local libraries.    Please share with family and friends about this it is so important for us.  Factory farming is going to be a thing of the past and I will be so glad.  The following is a list of screenings in the area

http://forgottenfarms.org/screening

GOINGS ON AT THE FARM

All the bird houses are getting filled up, soon new babies will be hatched.  Yesterday I saw a Chickadee with a large piece of wool in its mouth flying away.  Cozy nest-building

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The jewel weed is the bane of my existence.  More and More every year.  I must pull  thousands.  Still a lot more to do.  I am using some of it in a Poison Ivy Salve though.

The garden is mostly in still a few more things to get in but it will be done soon.

Winter is never far away from my thoughts and I already have been gathering bags of sticks for starting the wood stove.  Winter clothes can be found hanging on the line and will be put away soon.

 

 

The roses are especially nice this year.

 

 

Many thanks for reading my blog on this hot summery day.    Carole

Winterberry Farm

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW LOOM, VISITING FRIENDS-GARDENERS BASIL & LIME SOAP-BUS TRIP TO THE 2018 MARYLAND SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL.

15 05 2017

GREETING FRIENDS

MY FAVORITE SPRING FLOWER

Today is the last of the rainy, dreary, damp and cold days.  The sun is suppose to come out this afternoon and the winds are going to pick up and dry it all off.  We are certainly not in a drought situation any more.   There is so much to do this spring I have almost finished manuring and weeding the front yard and need to get to the back this week.  I am transplanting some wild raspberries  near a fence in the front area, hoping to be able to contain them better.  My female elderberry isn’t doing well, does anyone know if they are hard to root.  I would love to start some new ones.  The male plant is flourishing.

NEW LOOM AND A VISIT WITH FRIENDS

I have been looking for a loom for months now and knew that one would come along.  When mentioning it to my friends Ulla and Dick they said they had the perfect one for me.  A 36 inch Leclerc  4 harness loom.  It’s a beauty. And there is a story behind it.  They drove up to Canada to pick it up!  Solid Maple which will be good for rugs.  About a year after I sold my looms I did a workshop at The Springfield Weavers and realized that I missed weaving.  Especially overshot which is my favorite weave.   And  also I needed a way to use up the boxes and boxes of hand-spun yarn in the sewing room.  I have decided to have it in my downstairs bedroom and have taken the room apart and made room. Now I would like to refresh the room with some paint and the loom will have a new home.

I had a wonderful visit with Ulla and Dick on the loom picking up day.  It was shearing day for them and it was wonderful to watch Aaron (my new shearer) get the job done.  He has just gotten back from Australia where he sheared hundreds of sheep.

Ulla in the background and Aaron shearing

  We had a wonderful day remembering old times,  new projects and garden ideas.  I can’t wait to visit again to see the new weathervane that Dick is making.  I was lucky enough to see a picture of it almost done.  Itsa carved turtle.  Next time pictures.  When I next visit them they will have their new chickens.

THEIR SHEEP ALL SHEARED

LYMES

The 90 days on Doxicycline did very little for the Lymes Disease I have.    I did tolerate it well though.  I will now be on another antibiotic as it is summer and with Doxi I could have a severe reaction from the sun.  I will be on it for at least 6 months and there is no guarantee.  I have to try it .  I have already had many ticks on me they say that this year is going to be one of the worst.  I am going to make up a herbal concoction to spray on myself each day.

BASIL-LIME WITH GROUND UP CORN GARDENERS SOAP AND OATMEAL SOAP

 

I made these two soaps a couple of weeks ago and they are now drying on racks.  They will be ready for the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fest.  The kitchen is filled with their smells. It was the first time I used my grinder and I love it.

 

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A COSMO SCARE-TWO VISITS TO FRIEND’S FARMS-

23 04 2017

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THE EGG MYSTERY-SHEARING-PEAS PLANTED

12 04 2017

GREETINGS

I am back after a long absence.  Feeling more like my old self again.  I am now taking a yoga class which is helping me so much.  Spring has sprung and tulips are coming up .  Today temps will be in the 80’s!!!!!!  The Farmers market starts in Greenfield the first week of May so I am busy getting ready for that..

THE EGG MYSTERY

 

Egg production this winter has been good, but recently has slacked off.  The new girl Molly should still be laying  but no eggs were found.   Morticia the black bantam slept high up on a shelf all winter long.  So yesterday while cleaning the coop I decided to check the space and give it a clean and lo and behold I found all these eggs!

I will be check this spot every day now.

THE SHEEP

The sheep have been shorn and look good.  My shearer Steve is retiring  so I have gotten a new shearer Aaron Loux for next year.    We are both on The Massachusetts Sheep Breeders Board.

MAUDE

 

 

 

LUCY, CAROL K. AND SALLY

 

PEAS

It’s pea planting time here on the farm.  I had them soaking for 24 hours and now they are going in the ground.  I plant to put another packet in soon.   The hot peppers and basil are doing well and I plan to repot them soon.   My regular supplier of veggie starts is taking a year off and I will miss all the heirloom starts she had.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this beautiful spring day.    Carole

 

 

 

 





WINTER IS BACK-PATRIOTS-

14 03 2017

GREETINGS

We  have only had 2 blizzards since the 1940’s and they think this might be the third.  The snow has mounted up and is now swirling around.  The sheep and chickens are snug in the barn and the house is warm and cozy.

Shorty soaking up the suns rays the day before the storm

 

 

PATRIOTS

I have been wanting to watch John Adams  on Amazon for some time now, but decided on this snowy day it would be a good time to do it.  I started  looking back on my Fathers family.  I have gotten to my 11th Great Grandfather who lived in Yorkshire, England in the 1500’s..  My 9th Great Grandfather came over to the Plymouth Colony in 1643.  Our family has fought for our freedom and the freedom of others in every war and one fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill and went on to the Battle of Harlem Heights where he was killed.  

I believe that times in our country are bad with people who say they care about the people but only care about themselves and greed.  Some things that have been done thus far seem treasonous to me.  But it still goes on.  Others say they are religious leaders but don’t show it at all .   Others show disdain for the Constitution , they may have never read it and therefore do not know the history of it.  This all saddens me so I looked up the definition for Patriot and it is as follows.

PATRIOT

A person who loves , supports and defends his or her country and  its interests with devotion.

A person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights against presumed

interference by the federal government.

I do hope that the hatred and evilness will stop and we can return to a reasonable way of life with freedom for all.

NAAILBINDING

Last Sunday I went to Sheep and Shawl in South Deerfield to learn from Kathern Johnson about Naailbinding.  She gave a  very interesting presentation about it.    It is an ancient way of making things with thread or grasses.  Some ancient artifacts have been discovered in a cave that were dated back to 6500BC.  It is also called Yarn Looping.  It is a bit like crochet and uses a single needle (often hand carved)    There was a recent article in fiberuary where you can read more.  I am taking a class to learn this technique March 19th so will have more information about how it is done.

SEEDS

I decided to start some seeds this year so Far I have HOT peppers to make my arthritis salve with and some Basil.  So afar only Basil has come up.

 

 

Hope you have a wonderful day, many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole