30 06 2013


It was a beautiful day, sunny and a nice breeze, I  hope that you enjoy the pictures of the day.


Sandy owner with her husband of Johnson Hill Farm and their dog Roxy

Sandy owner with her husband of Johnson Hill Farm and their dog Roxy













Entrance to the labyrinth

Entrance to the labyrinth                                                                                 















After the show was over we all enjoyed cake celebrating the 10th anniversary of the festival.

Many thanks for taking the time to read my blog today I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of the Lavender Festival.   Carole


29 06 2013


Lavender Fest at Johnson Hill Farm in Buckland










Every year I am invited to be a vendor at this county lavender fest.  There are a selected number of vendors, it’s a beautiful setting and you can walk (I believe) the largest labyrinth in New England.  Its filled with flowers, lavender and places to sit.  A day you won’t soon forget and at the end of each day the doves are let out and circle around.  The picture below is the labyrinth from the road.








Sandy and her husband started this when the original Lavender group disbanded and most of us continued with her at her farm.  




Picture on the way home from Buckland.  The clouds were spectacular.














Chris and I decided to see just how much water was coming over the dam near the Pot Holes.  It was spectacular.  So much rain!  

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Many thanks for reading my blog and if you have a chance check out the Lavender Fest, tomorrow and Sunday.      Carole


28 06 2013
Murphy the best rooster in the world!

Murphy the best rooster in the world!


Drop Spindle Demo at Metaphor Yarns


It was a busy morning trying to get everyone fed and some wool dyed and some kits for the show made up and then get to Metaphor Yarn for some demonstrating time.   Today is the start of a 4 day Knitting Shop Hop Tour from Putney , Vermont to East Haven , Ct.   The shops are  all located on the I-91 corridor, making it easy on and off, easier to find eating places and places to stay.   Its run like the Crafts of Colrain with a passport and a chance for a grand prize if you visit each store.  In talking with Meta the owner it seems that small knitting shops are competing with the internet.  I think all local businesses compete with the internet.  There are a lot of advantages to the internet, not having  to leave your house  is the one that appeals  to me.  On the other hand local shops offer things the internet doesn’t have. like local yarns and specialty items, personal service.  Also there are classes, field trips etc.  I do buy things on the internet like the yogurt maker,  but really try to think of local products that will fit the bill for what I need.

Meta is having various people come in for a couple of hours on each of the days.  I enjoyed my time there and met some interesting people.  2 sisters came in and said they were from Pa.  Well they were from Oxford and when I would visit my family in Maryland we would go to a carnival there.  We had a lot to talk about and it brought back many wonderful memories of that beautiful area doted with Amish Farms.


Joe called and said he knew of someone who could make me the dumb waiter and has made them before for people.  I called him and left a message.  Meanwhile we needed more hay so Chris and I got 8 more bales and  he put them away for me.


  I hope that I can get that installed soon, it will be wonderful not to have to lug heavy grain bags, shaving and hay up those stairs.

More Rain

Can you believe it more rain tonight and tomorrow.  Chances of flooding and tropical downpours for tomorrow.  Just when things were drying out upstairs.  I did some digging around  in hopes that no water will come in the barn

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope your day is wonderful.    Carole


26 06 2013




Grape Vines

The perennial gardens on the side of the driveway have 3 grape vines in them.  I decided to get a trellis for the major vine and will have to get 2 more.


 I think these vines are the smaller, sweeter concord type grapes which grow around here.  There are vines in the back near the sheep and some on the road.  These grapes are called wild grapes by the locals and make wonderful grape jelly.  Hopefully in a couple of years there will be grapes on them.

Clean Up Day

Today was a clean up day around here, all the chicken coops needed cleaning and the sheep too.  I did the chickens this morning and Chris and I did the sheep tonight.  Sadie is tucked in a bed of shavings and hay so all is well with the  world.  Clean bedding and a barn full of grains and hay make my day.  I still haven’t decided what to do about the hay.  I will call Joe tonight to see if he can come down and look at the situation.  A dumb-waiter sounds like the ideal solution.

Funk SHun

We went down to Funk Shun today, even though the shop wasn’t open  Christa was there and I added a few things and took some things home.   Here is how my area looks.


Many thanks for taking the time to read my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.     Carole


25 06 2013


Mon and Friends

Yesterday I received a letter and a picture from my Mom’s childhood friend Bea.  Both were brought up in a small town in Maryland.  Perryville is located right on the Susquehanna River.  Wonderful times were had by my Mom, her friends, her sisters and brother.  There were dances across the river in Harve de Grace, swimming in the river, eating Crabs on a hot summer day.




Bea sends  mail to me and I forward it to Mom.  She will be delighted to get the picture.  Even though I say Mom has dementia she really has hardening of the arteries and has her moments of  forgetfulness.  She remembers her friends Gil and Bea








Francine is my childhood friend..   Our Mother’s were friends and we are friends.  Its comforting to have someone who knows you throughout your life.   We were both only children, our parents were inspirations to us both.

Life on the Farm

Today Chris and I repaired the damaged chicken fence.   When the pasture was done he pushed the fence in and the gate fell off.  It was time-consuming but it would have taken me a lot longer to do by myself.   We put up a bird house in the Herb bed and I planted the rest of the tomatoes.  I still have to plant some more pumpkins but that will be done another day.  I  hope to get the hammock up  tomorrow and we plan to go to Funk Shun to add some things and take some things out.

We had some nice rain last night and are expecting some thunder showers tonight.   Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.     Carole



24 06 2013


Picking Spearmint


I picked spearmint early this morning.  It’s in the dehydrator now.  I enjoy the tea so much in the winter.   I planted the spearmint 2 years ago and it has spread nicely.  It is half a yard away from the peppermint so it’s a true spearmint. 

Sailor’s Valentines by Deb

My friend Deb is multi-talented.  When she first told me about the Sailor Valentine class I vaguely remember  a history class where that was talked about.  They were  originally made between 1830 and the 1890’s.  Some of these still can be found in antique shops.  Sailors often brought these shell craft souvenirs home for their loved ones.  They have come into vogue again and now there is workshops where you can learn this art form.   As you can imagine it is a time-consuming process with delicate shells that form patterns.  The end results are exquisite.  The following pictures are examples of Debbie’s work.

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Today is my grand-daughter  Tea’s 16th birthday.  Where did the time go…….

Its hot and humid here and we are in for quite a few more days of it, summer has arrived.  My friend Susan’s son is a fire-jumper and has just traveled to Alaska to fight a huge fire there.  

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day    Carole


23 06 2013




Its warmer today then it was yesterday, thunder showers are coming in tonight, then the humidity comes.  The warmer weather will make the plants and seed pop.

I was not kidding when I said I have thousands of jewel weed plants.  Underneath all  of them are willow and blackberries and raspberries.  I hope to get most of them pulled within the next two weeks.  I will save some to make salve for poison ivy.  The chickens enjoy eating them.

Garlic Scapes

I am trimming the Garlic scapes today.


  I have frozen some in years past to add to soups and dried some which worked out well, adding them to my herb seasoning mix for soups.  Many people use them fresh in stir fries.  If you don’t remove them all, most of the growth will go into them instead of  the bulb.

The Garden

Some of the pumpkins are coming up but I will have to replant soon.      





 Lots of them got washed away with the heavy rains.  The watermelons are scattered all over the yard.  The beans are coming up good and the onions too.  If all the onions take I should have more than enough for the winter and the cost was $2.95 for around 200 small sets.  I did put another bean pole out in the front and planted some more green beans.  Tomorrow the dehydrator comes out, the spearmint and cat nip are ready.   After they are done I want to do the soup herbs.

The Skunk



The skunk dug a hole under the kitchen yesterday and I have not see it since.  I do hope it’s not a she!!!!!!!  I have got my trap out but not set….. we will see….

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a lovely day.     Carole