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Categories : A GATHERING OF FRIENDS, COSMO, Sheep, SPRING, SPRING FLOWERS
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 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.
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
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Categories : CAROL K, CHICKENS, Eggs, LUCY, MAUDE, PLANTING PEAS, SALLY, SHEARING, Sheep
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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Categories : NAAILBINDING, PATRIOT, seeds
The long shadows of spring have arrived and most of the snow has left the mountain. The great thing about this time of year is that any snow that comes along won’t last.
The pussy willow tree is budding out but I know that the tree is living on borrowed time and I must get a replacement this year.
The Canadian Geese are back in Greenfield by the thousands now, as I stopped to take this picture I thought in a few short months nest-building will occur and babies willhave to be taught the ins and outs of the geese life.
As I feed this sheep this morning, someone down stairs is announcing that she laid an egg.. Its theses little things that brings me joy everyday. . Maude with her one eye happily eating her hay and carrots . The chickens getting to go out every day now,. cats getting the most of the sun that shines in the house.
Boxes of wool sit on the porch waiting for a trip to Green Mountain Spinnerey to be made into yarn. Another pile of wool to be sorted and added to the boxes. Back will come bulky yarn to sell . Lucy and Sally’s wool is soft and will make a fine yarn.
Today I saw what I think is animal abuse in my town . It was shocking and left me saddened. It’s not the first time I have seen it in this small town. I wish I had the money to take these animals in 2 little goats shoved in a tiny space, nowhere to get out of the sun, dirty and sad-looking. I did report this behavior but it seems that even though it is horrible it is within the law. If only those people had to live this way. I am hoping for arma. This is a right to farm town but animals have some rights too, proper housing and good care are among those rights .Ahhhhhhhhhhhhm if only I were in charge!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have been trying to finish up the many projects I have started over the years and have finished up these two wash cloths. The smaller one is made from handspuun cotton/linen.
I have finished the drapes for one set of windows in upstairs bedroom and am now looking at paint chips to refresh the room. All the rooms in my house need a do over and this year I hope the house will get repainted. I want to do it a charcoal gray with either cream or white trim and cranberry red doors. I this the gray will hide some of the imperfections of the cement..
ON my way home from Greenfield I saw steam rising from The Sugar House on the trail . Tomorrow they will open for a 6 week run . I hope to get there for some good pancakes and maple syrup. I so hope that next year I will be making my own.
Hope you have a lovely day, thank you so much for reading my blog today. Carole
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Categories : HYACINTHS, PROJECTS, SALLY AND LUCY, Uncategorized, WINTER, WOOL, YARN
SNOW SNOW AND MORE SNOW
The howling winds are blowing snow into mini twisters this morning. Snow is piled almost up to the porch floor and I am running out of places to put it.. More expected on Wednesday. I used 1/2 of a cord of wood in less than a month just to keep the kitchen pipes from freezing. I liked last winter so much more. Although I must say the chickens were out a lot this winter but of course since the snow is now up to their doorway they are in to stay till spring. The sheep are in today too as the winds from the mountain will fill the barn with snow.
THE FARM IN WINTER Read the rest of this entry »
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Categories : CHICKENS, MORTICIA, Rug Hooking, SNOW STORM, Uncategorized
We have had more snow and warmer weather but still not enough to melt the ice that is outside the barn door. Maybe this coming week with temps in the 40’s it will happen.
SHORTY AND WILLIE
Both had had an appointment at the vets. Willie was quite the ham and loved all the attention given by the Vet and the Vet Techs. Shorty on the other hand hated the whole ordeal and screamed and snarled which is so unlike him. When animals get older one has to make decisions for them. Shorty is almost 20 and is entering into kidney failure. The vet suggested he be on the kidney food and so far I have not done anything about it. It would mean moving him to his own room and away from everyone else. He enjoys his life with his friends. Morning naps on the sofa and afternoons spent eating and relaxing on my bed. I see taking him away from all this and him going down hill very fast. I am giving myself a little time thinking about this and would appreciate input from other older cat owners. Willie is being treated for his respiratory problems that he has had ever since he came here. He will be on antibiotics for a time and then he is scheduled for a dental procedure.
Because of his age Shorty isn’t taking care of his fur as well as he should, so constant combing and brushing is called for. At the doctors they had a battery operated mustache/beard trimmer and off came the mats that I had spent so much time on . I will be getting one of these soon.
BREAD MAKING TIPS
I love making bread and have been doing it since my children were young. I just learned a new tip. I use normal bread pans and my bread never seems to look like the pictures . In looking up bread recipes on the King Arthur Four site I found that using a smaller pan will cause the bread to rise higher in the pans thus the beautiful large loaves!!!!! Learn something new every day. I will be looking for slightly smaller pans soon.
I am planning to start my hyacinths today. Looking forward to the sights and smells of spring soon. The chickens have enjoyed going out most days this winter, which is great for them. Many thanks for reading my blog today and for all the kind comments. I really appreciate them.. Carole
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Categories : BREAD, CHICKENS, EDDIE, HYACINTHS, SHORTY, WILLIE
I have been out of commission for a few weeks with a wrenched back. Getting back into the swig of things again. The weather has sure been fickle and there are many bare spots now. We are in for a cold snap of zero temps at night for the next few nights then back in the 40’s for a while.
These were all taken in Colrain.
Mable the chicken
I got Mable this summer with Edna. Both were due to lay in the fall. Edna laid beautiful pinky-beige eggs and I waited and waited for Mable to lay. She is the second Cuckoo Maran that I have had. Maran’s are suppose lay very dark almost chocolate colored eggs. I never did get a dark egg until one cold night I was doing my nightly count and I noticed 5 dark eggs on the floor. Mable had finally done it and the eggs are dark with some chocolate specks all around them. A delight for me. These two sweet birds are named for two of my favorite Great Aunts. This coming year I would love to get another Olive Egger. The kingdom of chickens has changed since I first started with them. It’s exciting to have such a selection of birds to pick from in the spring.
I have had the most fun making this delightful vinegar during the holiday season. It’s easy to make and can be used as a marinate or as a salad dressing. I used it in making a dressing for Coleslaw and it added a new dimension to the dressing
If you want to make this find a nice bottle. I have friends saving wine bottles for me. Get some organic cranberries and place them in the jar. Add one or two branches according to the bottle’s size. Fill with a quality white vinegar. Cap and let stand at least two weeks. A festive holiday
Cosmo has been doing very well, although the tumor has grown. He snuggles with me in bed now and talks up a storm when I am on the computer. Each day is a gift.
Many thanks for reading my blog on this cold winter day. Carole
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Categories : CHICKENS, COSMO, CRANBERRY ROSEMARY VINEGAR, SCENES FROM BACK ROADS, SCENES FROM COLRAIN