11 09 2013


Sweet Helen passed  away during the night.   She didn’t appear to be sick.


 In my experience white hens just don’t live long.  I have had 3 and Helen will be my last.  She did live the longest.  It may be because of their breeding to be factory hens.  I certainly will miss her, white hens are my favorites.  She laid many beautiful large white eggs which were appreciated by all who enjoyed them.  


The 14th which is Saturday I will be doing a shift at the Massachusetts Building at Eastern States Expo now know as the Big E.  I will be at the information booth with brochures from all over Massachusetts and The Crafts of Colrain brochures.    It will be exciting and fun I will be there from 3 pm to 9 pm.  Come by and see me.  It’s such an exciting fair with so many things to see that you can’t see it in one day.  Years ago I was in spinning contests here and would demonstrate spinning at the sheep barn.  My Dad worked at one of the Church restaurants  for many years.  


I am doing a Drop Spindle class at Sheep and Shawl at the end of the month.  I am always excited to share the art of spinning .  It’s a wonderful thing to learn.  The range of spinning is endless.  You can stay with the drop spindle forever, or go to a wheel, raise your own sheep or buy local wool, dye with natural or chemical dyes.  Learning to spin changed my life.  It doesn’t have to cost a fortune you can spin lots of things cotton, Angora, flax and other plants.   It is endless.  Hope to see you at the class.

  I remember one trip to Ireland with my daughter.  We took the only cable car ride to Dursey Island.  A wonderful island on the Atlantic.  There were two villages on the island and we had to walk on a dirt road with high cliffs and many fenced fields.  (only one car on the island for the post man.  My daughter collected wool bits off the fences and on the road and I spun it.  It was a memorable trip for both of us.  I would love to go back there and maybe spend some time on the island.


I have an array of cat fabrics on the diningroom table, some already cut and others waiting.


I enjoy making these beds and with catnip inside them they are a delight for cats that sleep on them.  Today I have to go to the fabric store and get matching plain fabric for the back.    I am also picking up my first bags of fresh carrots of the season today.  25 pounds for $12.00  I plan to get two bags.  I can’t buy them in the summer as my house is so damp and they rot quickly.  The sheep will be happy and I will save money too.


I usually wait till a frost is called for but this year I am making things easier on myself and bringing them in a few at a time each day.  Some need to be transplanted. some need to be trimmed, its a job that needs time and not be rushed.



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





One response

14 09 2013
Bealtaine Cottage

It would be lovely to spend an evening spinning wool with you…pity we’re so far away!

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