15 06 2013


Good Hay

It can be hard to find good. hay.  My sheep over the past  few months have been eating okay hay.  It the first time that particular field was cut.   I have been talking to Joe Hilman about hay for a month now.  He has plenty of last years and will be cutting  this years crop if it ever stops raining.  The fields where he cuts are at my friend Lynn’s house.  This is where my sheep used to summer pasture.  Joe takes tender, loving care of the fields so the hay is excellent.   I can get it right off the field.  Last night the sheep and Elliott had their first taste of the good hay, they ate it with vigor.  I hope to get my whole years supply from Joe.  He and his wife have a thriving goat cheese business but are not milking as many goats as they once did .


The Shop

Today I am making bee’s wax candles and 1 ounce pieces of bees-wax.  Yesterday was a soft opening and  3 of my things were sold and Christa said it was a great day.  I am anxious to go down and  see how it looks all set up..Look for pictures tomorrow

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I make a lot of the 1 ounce  of the bee’s wax.  They come in handy for so many things.  Bee’s wax is used in a lot of salves and things like that, people who spin use it, people who sew. it can be quite helpful if your drawers stick, so many uses.


The rain has stopped for a few days.  The sun was beautiful yesterday and clothes will finally be hung out today.  It will take weeks of dry weather to dry up the back.  I think though I won’t have to have anyone in to do more heavy equipment work.  It’s just a matter of getting in the muck and redirecting the path of the water.  It worked yesterday and the water was diverted to the side of the barn.  Deeper ditches need to be dug and dirt moved away.  Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to do some of that work.

G-8 Summit

The G-8 summit is going to be held soon, all signs of opposition have been taken down on roadways in Ireland.  Only signs on private land are left up.  We certainly wouldn’t want any of the members to have hurt feelings!!!!!!  Those summits are a waste of taxpayers money  and certainly they don’t care about the common person. In  Ireland now they have  a carbon tax which will be a $.75 tax on a bag of coal, who buys coal anyway, only people who cannot afford oil and kerosene.  Isn’t that an insult.  We do the same or worse in the U.S.   My fondest wish is that there would be more honesty and humanity in governments everywhere.  We have to put the people first not big business.

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



One response

16 06 2013
Anne Wilson

Coal is actually more expensive than oil and many people use solid fuel for both cooking and C/H, coal is very slightly better for the environment than oil but not by much, the carbon tax was introduced on oil and gas in Ireland two years ago, this May it was extended to coal and peat, it has put the price of a 20kg bag of smokeless fuel up by 40cents, this will double as from May next year.
We chose to use solid fuel, mainly wood but with a boost from smokeless fuel if the weather is very cold for our cooking and C/H which is via a range which gives us constant hot water as well. For once this is not something that the EU can be blamed for, the member states did not sign up to a carbon tax, it was part of the Kyoto agreement. The tax was meant to go towards R&D of ‘Green’ fuels, instead it has gone into the general pot!
As for the removal of the anti fracking signs there are still plenty around, I expect ‘they’ have removed signs from any major roads just in case any of these ‘VIP’s’ venture onto the Republic of Irelands roads which is highly unlikely given the state of our roads, most of these elite will arrive by helicopter, so they can not be contaminated by the common people, after all we count for nothing.

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