CORNELIUS – FINALLY STRING BEANS -FALL-LIFE ON THE FARM

30 09 2013

Hello,

It was foggy this morning but cleared off to be another beautiful day. It will be at least another week before the leaves are  at their peak, looking forward to that,

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CORNELIUS

I was giving one last check to the hens and into the barn walks Cornelius.    He was looking for the helmet bugs on his way upstairs.    I am cautious as is he.

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Finally String Beans

The spring is such a busy time on the farm, with shearing, getting hay in getting the yard in order and a show to do right when I should be planting.  So things are very late this year.  I am lucky that there was no serious frost or I wouldn’t be picking these string beans and all would be lost.   In our area the common time to plant is after the end of May.  Next year I will plant mid-may and take my chances at least with beans and pumpkins.

FALL

Fall is here and with it comes changes.  The tomatoes are still ripening but the vines are dying off.

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 Acorns are falling and the sheep do love them, so do the squirrels.  I do think the sheep get more of them than the squirrels do though.

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 The days are shorter and the nights require some heat now.   There are so many chores to do and I am trying to get them done.  I am insulating the back hen-house, hoping it will keep some of the dampness out.  Windows need to be put back in the hen-house and the barn.  Sweet Annie and artemisia need to be picked tomorrow and the barn cleaned again.  Manure needs to be spread, these things need to be done soon so  I can devote the rest of the week to making things for the show in a couple of weeks.

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The bumble bee’s are our in force today .

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





FINDS FROM THE DUMP-TURKEY’S-BLACK WALNUTS BREWING-UPDATE ON THE NEW HENS

28 09 2013

Hello,

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Another glorious day at the Farm.  i only got two pumpkins out of all the ones I planted, the weather was very fickle this summer.

FINDS FROM THE DUMP

I couldn’t believe my luck today, I got a beautiful metal bowl which I will put my lavender sachets in to sell, an old cup and saucer which I will fill with bee’s wax and sell, some wonderful old dishes for Minnie to eat from and a chandelier.

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 I have been looking for a chandelier ever since I saw one that the electric had been taken out of and small tea candles put in where the electric lights were.  It was hung from a tree.  I hope to make one of those for use next year.

TURKEY’S

I did get one assembled and will work on it Monday.  Tomorrow I want to find some small leaves to make a pattern out of to put on the cornesr.  

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BLACK WALNUTS BREWING

I found some more black walnuts today and started  boiling them.  I love the smell its a cross between and earthy smell and a lemon smell.

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 I only boil when I am around the kitchen so it may be a few days before its done.  I have found some wool fabric to dye and after I am done I will freeze the nuts and the dye.  It can be used and reused.

THE NEW HENS

THe new hens are doing well.  They are getting off the perch and since there is no one in there that will annoy them I am sure they will be fine now.

I thank you so much for reading my blog today and hope your day was as lovely as mine.   Carole and Minnie

 





CORNELIUS-TROUBLE IN THE HEN HOUSE-GETTING WOOL READY FOR NY-BLACK WALNUTS

28 09 2013

HELLO,

Cornelius has been in the barn the past several nights.  He is like a post man.  He has his appointed rounds and lets nothing stop him from them.  

TROUBLE IN THE HEN HOUSE

Well yesterday i removed one hen that was picking on the little oneS.  Last night when I put then to bed I left that hen in with Murphy, she was sleeping in one of the nest box all nice and cozy.  I shut the lights off and went to go upstairs to feed Sadie and there was so much screeching in the hen-house.  Her friend was letting me know someone was missing.  This went on the  whole time I was feeding the sheep.  So I went downstairs and got the other one out of the nest box (she really didn’t want to leave) put her in the with her friend.  Everything settled down when she saw her friend.  But this morning she was picking on them again so she is back in with Murphy.   When the little ones are a little bigger it will work out.

Getting Wool Ready for NY

 

A good part of the day was spent getting wool packaged up for the New York show in October.  I got 45 packages of Elliott’s dyed roving and 25 of dyed fleece ready to go

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  I have been cutting out small turkey’s for small wall hangings.  I cut out the 5 turkey’s today and will assemble them on pieces of wool tomorrow.  Then they will be ready to hand sew.

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BLACK WALNUTS

Gary walked every morning and found these black walnuts along the road side.

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 Tomorrow I plan to put them in the dye pot and make some black walnut dye.  I have loads of wool fabric to dye and  this  dye will fit in with the fall colors that i have on hand..

I potted up the rest of the house plants, although the weather is suppose to be beautiful through Monday you just never know when a frost is coming and its good to get the plants in before it gets too cold.

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





ETSY-THE CHICKEN MAN-EMMA, LOUISE AND SWEET PEA-GOODBYE GARY

26 09 2013

Hello

It’s a glorious day here in Colrain.  The weather is perfect.

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Yesterday I received 2 orders for Salve., I had almost given up hope but then the orders came in.  I shipped them out yesterday and it will take some time to get used to things.  It is exciting.

The Chicken Man

SWEET PEA

SWEET PEA

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JOHN PETERS-THE CHICKEN MAN

JOHN PETERS-THE CHICKEN MAN

 

 

My friend Lynn and I along with Gary went to The CHicken Man’s yesterday.

LYNN WITH EMMA

LYNN WITH EMMA

 

                                            

GARY WITH LOUISE AND SWEET PEA

GARY WITH LOUISE AND SWEET PEA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 5 hens were bought, 2 for Lynn and 3 for me.  I got a Welsummer, a Buff Orpington and a black Bantam.  I had a Buff before, she was the sweetest hen but very shy.  Other hens picked on her till she grew.  They are very big birds.   Orpington originated from England in the Counry of Kent. She had a best friend Gertrude who was a Frizzle Bantam.  They were so cute together.   I am going to name this Buff Emma too.  I also got a Welsummer and named her Sweet Pea.  I have wanted a Welsummer for quite some time, they lay large dark eggs with speckles.   Welsummers are a Dutch breed and are a cross between other breeds. There are a few different colors but Sweet Pea is what they call a speckled bird. They are supposed to be very friendly.  The black Bantam is named Louise.  She is stunning,  Dark, dark black.  She is quite friendly.  I put them in after dark and no one buy Milly paid much attention to them.  She sort of gave them the evil eye but she is never aggressive so no worries there.  This morning only one bird pecked them and I moved  her for the time being.  Things are going good and in a week or so they will be part of the gang.  

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SWEET PEA

SWEET PEA

BREAKFAST

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BYE GARY
My cousin left today and will be home this evening.  He was a big help around the farm and I am hoping that he will come back for Christmas.

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BYE GARY

BYE GARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks for reading my blog on this lovely fall day.  I hope your day is wonderful.   Carole

 





TRAVELS THROUGH WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

25 09 2013

Hello

Travels through Western Massachusetts

The My son Lauren Lil, Gary and myself piled into my sons car for a road trip.  We had decided to go up Route 2 to the Hoosac Tunnel a favorite place for my family to go and picnic on the way.

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I have pictures of my Grandfather in front of the entrance.    

The tunnel was started in 1819 to get through the Hoosac Mountain barrier between Boston and Albany.   It was completed in 1873 with a loss of 195 lives.  It is a 4.75 mile tunnel.  Mostly freight trains go through it now.

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We connected back to Route 2 and stopped in Florida, Ma. just before the hair pin turn down the mountain.  Its was blustery in Florida one of the highest towns in Massachusetts.  Drove down to North Adams to the Heritage State Park.  It is a state visitor’s center.  Inside is a history of the Tunnel.  Its very interesting.

NATURAL BRIDGE STATE PARK

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THE MARBLE QUARRY

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We saw a sign for a natural bridge and decided to see what it was.    I had never visited there and  was so pleasantly surprised.  It was a wonderful place located on the site of a major marble quarry from 1810 to 1947.   Its a must see if you are out near North Adams but closes in October.

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LIL AND HER DAD HAVING A GREAT TIME

LIL AND HER DAD HAVING A GREAT TIME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE APPALACHIAN CHAIN

THE APPALACHIAN CHAIN

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow I am hoping to get a few new hens from The Chicken Man, many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 





WALK TO HIGH LEDGES-CORNELIUS-VISIT TO SHEEP AND SHAWL-SCENES OF COLRAIN

24 09 2013

Hello

CORNELIUS

Well those of you who know me know that I couldn’t have an animal around for a while without naming it. I have named the skunk Cornelius.  It suits him.  He may or may not stay but one thing for sure he has rid the place of mice.  No signs of them anywhere.  I don’t see him as often but know he is still around.  I do hope he stays around  I wouldn’t want him to spray anyone but as long as he is not afraid that won’t happen.

HIGH LEDGES IN SHELBURN

My son David , Cousin Gary and I hiked up to High Ledges in Shelburn this afternoon.

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It was a 1/2 mile each way and I wasn’t sure my knee would take it.  It was a lovely walk and the view was extraordinary.

VIEWS PF THE DEERFIELD RIVER AND MT. GRAYLOCK IN THE BACKGROUND

VIEWS OF THE DEERFIELD RIVER AND MT. GRAYLOCK IN THE BACKGROUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GARY AND I

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A WONDERFUL TREE ON THE WAY TO HIGH LEDGES

A WONDERFUL TREE ON THE WAY TO HIGH LEDGES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Views from Colrain

Those who live here are lucky every day.  You just never know what you are going to see.

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Praying Mantis

Yesterday as we were driving to Deerfield to Sheep and Shawl I felt something on my arm.  It was a baby Praying Mantis.  In my lifetime I have never seen a baby.  It was only about an inch long, I hope it finds a good place to winter over.  

Sheep and Shawl  Drop Spindle CLass.  

GARY AND LIZ WITH ALL THAT BEAUTIFUL WOOL

GARY AND LIZ WITH ALL THAT BEAUTIFUL WOOL

We dropped Maude’s cards off at Sheep to Shawl.  It’s really filling up with everything wool.  It looks great.  Wool for all your needs.  My drop spindle class will be held this coming weekend if there is enough people.  If you are interested check out the website and call to register.

Gary and I cleaned the barn today, it was a beautiful day to do it. No frost for at least another week.  Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

 

 

 

 





GlOOMY DAY-GARY COMES FOR A VISIT-SITES ON THE BACK ROADS-MAUDE’S CARDS

22 09 2013
  1. Yesterday was a  gloomy day here in Western Mass.  Raining most of the day and the  dampness has seeped into the house.  Sammy’s respiratory problems have reared their ugly heads these past few days.  I am  setting up a humidifier in his room.   The sun came through this morning but its much cooler with plenty to cool breezes.  The change is light and coolness coming on has led the hens to stop laying and they are moulting.  I am getting one or two eggs per day instead of the 5 or 6.  They need the time off.  It will be good to get the new hens this week.   

COMPANY COMING

My cousin Gary came last night from Maryland on Amtrak today.

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He and I have train travel in out blood.  Our Grandfather worked for 41 years on the Pennsylvania railroad.  

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My visits to Maryland as a child were all about trains and most times my Mom and I would travel down there by train.  Train travel in the United States isn’t as convient as it used to be.  When I was young trains stopped almost at every town.  Now they only stop at cities.  Gary came into Brattleboro, Vermont which is only a half hour from my house. 

Some wonderful scenes from he drive on the back roads to Brattleboro .

MOM AND TEENAGER

MOM AND TEENAGER

 

HAYING IN THE MIST

HAYING IN THE MIST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WILD TURKEY'S

WILD TURKEY’S

Just up the road from these gals was a beautiful Tom who was strutting around in front of some gals.  It was a beautiful site.

MAUDE’S CARDS

Friday I had a few of Maude’s photo’s made up into cards.

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 This morning Gary and I cut and folded them.  We are heading down to Sheep and Shawl this afternoon where they will be for sale.  I was so lucky to get this shot, it was on a dark day she was having an afternoon nap.  She is such a happy sheep you can see it in her face.  I am lucky to have her.

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