HAZEL- SALEM CROSS INN-RUG HOOKING

31 10 2013

HELLO

Today was a warmer morning than the last few, yesterday morning greeted me with sleet and freezing rain ,  The back pasture is full of leaves and the glow of them filled the  barn this morning with reddish hues

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HAZEL

Hazel went to the Vets on Tuesday.  He is doing better but may have to be on the medication longer than the 14 days originally planned.  His crow is coming back and the gals at the front desk heard it and came into to say how much better he sounds.  He was quite nice for the doctor she trimmed one of his nails that had gotten broken.

HOOK-IN AT SALEM CROSS INN

Once again Sandy of Woolen Memories has out done herself.  The hook-inn was perfect.  It doesn’t seem possible that its been going on for 15 years.   Debbie, Mary Jane and I arrived at a  good time, and got our table.  We enjoyed the company of lots of people at our table.  Susan came and it was her first time there although several years ago she had visited me there.  We had a lovely time chatting about future shows and her show coming up this weekend in New Hampshire.  We are hoping that this year we are going to do work days at each others houses during the winter.

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ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE APPLE TREE'S LOCATED IN FRONT OF THE INN

ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE APPLE TREE’S LOCATED IN FRONT OF THE INN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GALS AT THE WOOL AND DYE WORKS IN FLORENCE, MASSACHUSETTS

THE GALS AT THE WOOL AND DYE WORKS IN FLORENCE, MASSACHUSETTS

 

CALLING DOOR PRIZES AT LUNCH

CALLING DOOR PRIZES AT LUNCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARY JANE'S RUG

MARY JANE’S RUG

DEB'S RUG

DEB’S RUG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 The hook-in always generates momentum for me , seeing all the beautiful rugs many of them holiday rugs encourages me to take the time to hook every day.   All the interest in New York about hooking with yarn,  it was amazing to see very few people doing it at this hook-in.  Thank you Sandy for making this day wonderful for all of us.

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

 





OUESSANT SHEEP-HOOK-IN AT SALEM CROSS-THE HENS-HAZEL

29 10 2013

HELLO,

 

SALEM CROSS HOOK-IN

You may or may not see a picture of the Salem Cross Inn  I have spent an hours looking for it its suppose to be right here!!!!!!!  Computers!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow is the annual hook-in at the Salem Cross Tavern.  It’s always an event to look forward to.  It fills up within two weeks of being posted.  The cozy tavern offers two floors for hooking a place for vendors and a wonderful lunch.  I just love walking around seeing what other people are hooking and the vendors offer wonderful wools, patterns and primitive things. The weather today is quite chilly with a heavy frost this morning.  Tomorrow it calls for snow showers.  One year the event had to be postponed for a week because of a snow storm.  Last year it was a blustery day with snows.  A wonderful day for hooking at the cozy tavern.  I can’t wait!!!!!!!

 

OUESSANT SHEEP

6 to 8 months ago I stumbled on a blog about these sheep.  I was stunned and amazed because I have never heard of them.  Upon researching Deb Robson’s book there they were.  I had never heard about them because they are so rare.  The blog is called The Spinning Shepherd and is written by Diane who lives in , France and owns a flock of them.  The Island of Ouessant is the original home of the sheep and is located a little over 12 miles off the French coast.  Her description of visiting the island makes one want to immediately  book a flight to France.  I may put this on my bucket list.  Few have been imported some to England. Now I am hearing that people are trying to get the breed here by breeding back from a Shetland.   Why are they doing that to make a quick buck!  The true breed will always be in France and England.  We cannot import sheep into this country any more so let it go…  I guess we will never be able to stop people from chasing after the dangling carrot that is put in front of them.  But there are so many sheep that need homes and go to slaughter unnecessarily, sheep that are in sanctuaries and taken by animal control in cases of cruelty.  Why not give them a chance instead..    That’s my rant of the month I do get upset when people just care about the almighty dollar and not the long-term effect on the animal. I know first hand what that about.

The hens haven’t quite settled into their coop.  Matilda, the feather footed black hen just isn’t sure about the perches. 

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MATILDA

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The other 6 hens have settled in and eyes are getting heavy and she is still looking for the perfect place.  So far I have had to place her on the perch.  I am thinking of adding another perch sometime this week.

HAZEL

 

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Hazel goes back to the vets today.  He is improving but Mrs.Brown sure misses him.  I will talk to the vet about that situation.  It may be too cold for him to be back in the barn this year.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this cold fall day, I hope your day is sunny and warm.   Carole

 

 





MOVING THE HENS-HESTER-BETTY, DYLAN AND TEA’S VISIT

28 10 2013

HELLO

MOVING THE HENS.

Yesterday afternoon I worked on the hen-house.  SInce my carpentry skills are poor it takes me much more time to do anything.  But planning out what I wanted to do was an important step.  The hens don’t care if a board is not cut correctly.  They care about comfort. In redoing this coop I was trying to make things interesting so that during the long days of staying indoors there were things to do.  I did make a shelf near the back window for them to sit on, there are two nesting boxes with a third to be put in when there is time.  Their door to the small yard is very secure and easier for me to manage and lock up.

 I have finished it enough yesterday to bring them in.  My Son and I Brought them over one by one last night.  It was a  better time to get them when they were in bed instead of running around the yard chasing them.  Most were screeching but Hester talked all the way over.  It was cozy inside with fresh food and water and a bed of comfortable shavings.  There was much conversation even after the lights went out.

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 I checked on them later and several had not gotten onto the perch, I got them up and they settled in.

Hester is a remarkable hen. SHe has had disabilities in her life and has overcome them.

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 Her top beak was cut too much at the chick factory , luck was with her as she probably would have been killed because she wasn’t perfect. She did have some trouble eating and drinking but has managed. She is hen with lots to say, and loves to be cuddled and talked to.  I am lucky to have her.

CORNELIUS

Cornelius was in the barn last night checking out where the noise was coming from. He will be disappointed that there are so treats for him in the hen yard anymore.  One of his nightly stops.  Soon I will be stacking hay in front of the kitchen.  My kitchen is always cold with pipes freezing at the most inconvenient times.  With bales of old hay that reduces the risk of freezing greatly.  I will be sure to leave his entrance uncovered.

Dyeing more wool today

I am dyeing more wool today the dye I made yesterday just wasn’t enough to finish the project.

BETTY, DYLAN AND TEA’S VISIT

Betty and her children came for a visit today.  I can’t believe how much they have both grown.

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  They are both actively involved in sports which keeps Betty busy.  I don’t know how she manages, I thought I was busy with three children but now there is sports,  a full-time job and several horses to take care of.  We all lead busy lives these days/  I was so glad to see them.

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BETTY AND LIL

BETTY AND LIL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They all enjoyed visiting with Mable, their dog Morgan was her mother.

 

HAZEL

Hazel is improving slowly each day.  His crow is getting better.  He returns to the Vets on Tuesday.

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

 





RUG HOOKING AND DYEING WOOL WITH WALNUT HULLS-LIL’S FIRST BIRTHDAY-APPLES IN THE CROCKPOT

26 10 2013

Hello

This morning the mountains were shrouded  with a frosty mist.  The outside water bucket was frozen, its time to plug-in the electric bucket.  What a wonderful invention, electric water buckets.  I can remember carrying into the house heavy frozen solid water buckets.  I still do that with the hens.

Rug Hooking and Dyeing Wool

Yesterday while organizing my hooking wools I found this turkey pattern that I started a long time ago.

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I have many projects like this as new things come along I put the others aside.  The old things get finished eventually.  I will finish this onE before Thanksgiving.  I have this bag of cut wool which I will dye today with black walnuts ,\IMG_1682

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It will be just the right shade of brown for the background.  I have picked up some leaves in the pasture to put on the background.  I am also starting the Gingerbread Men which I plan to have for the Crafts of Colrain.

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Lil’s First Birthday

Yesterday was Lil’s first birthday.  She got the knack of opening presents right away and loved digging into the cake.

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I can remember my Grandmother telling me that when you get older time flies and it sure does.   My Granddaughter Tea is driving now and Next year Ricky will be driving.  Where did the time go.

APPLES IN THE CROCK POT

I do love my crock pot and days like today I wish I had two of them.  Yesterday a friend dropped off a basket of her russet apples and I want to make applesauce.

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  Sadie has applesauce in her food every night.  SHe missed the carrots and apples she was able to chew before she lost some of her teeth.  The applesauce sort of makes up for that..  I love applesauce myself so we will both enjoying it.  I am just paring and coring the apples and putting some water in the crock pot,  Leaving them to cook for 4-5 hours and not adding any sugar as these apples are sweet enough.

Hazel 

Hazel is improving ever so slowly, the infection must have been deep in his little body.

I am working on getting the hens in today, They were huddled together last night .

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





CRAFTS OF COLRAIN-BOOKS I AM READING-STONE WALLS

25 10 2013

HELLO,

CRAFTS OF COLRAIN

The Crafts of Colrain is early this year.  I am busy still getting things put away from the NY show and want to make a few things for the tour.  It’s on the 9th and 1oth of November.  It will be a great two days , I hope the weather will hold, November is a fickle month.  I as hoping that the big project on the house would be done  by then but they are not starting on it till the Monday after Thanksgiving.

REARRANGING

I read this old quote from a blog at Deanne Fitzpatrick’s website recently and it really apply’s to all of us who live where the seasons change.

“I’m glad I live where Seasons change, I like my world to rearrange.”  Fall is a rearrange season, time to get the firewood and pellets in place.  Put plastic on windows where there are no storm windows, Get Draft Dodgers in place, this year I m making small ones for the bottom of old windows and where the two windows meet in the middle.  Lots of drafts come in there.  Cleaning up the yard and putting tools away.  Having extra supplies of animal feed on hand because there are those days when one can’t get out in the winter.  Fall is a busy time and it leads us into winter where time slows down.   Winter is a time when things get done that you didn’t have time for in the Spring, Summer and Fall.  Projects that you just had to put off.  I look forward to it now, but I can say when I was working I dreaded each snow or ice storm.  Now with extra supplies I don’t have those worries anymore.

BOOKS I AM READING

My friend Patti recommended this book “ONCE UPON A FLOCK BY LAUREN SCHEUER.

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  I am glad she did, it’s a book of stories about her flock.  I read it in an afternoon. My family and friends have been encouraging me for years to write down all the animal stories and have them published.    The illustrations in this book are just what I wanted in my book.  This winter I will take the time to write the stories and I will contact her about illustrating.  Even if I publish it myself  it will be a fun project.

STONE WALLS

These two pictures are of the stone wall in back of the pasture.

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THE WHITE LATTICE WORK IS TO PREVENT SHEEP FROM SAMPLING THE GARDEN!

THE WHITE LATTICE WORK IS TO PREVENT SHEEP FROM SAMPLING THE GARDEN!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Less than a hundred years ago this mountain in back of my house contained very few trees and a flock of merino sheep.  It’s interesting how things change.  Stone Walls dot all of New England dividing pastures and ownership of land.  Stone walls are endearing to me, in the 1946 house I grew up in my Grandfather and Uncle Roger hauled stones from Chesterfield and build a stone wall in our backyard. It terraced the property making a lovely garden area with wonderful steps going up to it.   SOme of these stones were from family homesteads from way back in our family history.  I would have liked a stone from that wall but the time to get that has passed.  I do hope that the owner of the property appreciates the beauty of it.

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





TAKING A LOOK AT THE GARDENS-HAZEL-A FEW MORE SHOW AND FALL PICTURES

23 10 2013

HELLO,

It got into the low 50’s today but is expected to go back to the low 30’s tonight.  We didn’t have any snow squalls this afternoon, we don’t need them in OCtober.

TAKING A LOOK AT THE GARDEN

Now that the cold weather is approaching I decided to take a look at the gardens and see what will be needed for the spring.  I hope to get a few more evergreen trees for the back hill near the computer room.  It will be great shelter for the birds.  I bought two through mail order because the price was right but both didn’t make it, so I will get them at the local grain store, or maybe in the forest if I can .I also want to get some tall  grasses for the birds.  I think it would be nice to have two honeysuckle plants for the porch.  I have to plant the garden earlier and take a chance on the frost.

I hope to get the garlic in tomorrow, 

Hazel

Hazel is recovering from yesterday’s big adventure to the doctors, and hasn’t eaten much today, his crow sounds a little better but he is still coughing.  He will be on the antibiotics for a full 14 days.

I am including a few more pictures from the show tonight and some fall pictures.\

THESE TWO ALPACAS ARE SO CUTE

THESE TWO ALPACAS ARE SO CUTE

 

 

 

 

A FRIENDLY LLAMA

A FRIENDLY LLAMA

 

 

OUR BARN

OUR BARN

The leaves are going fast, the pasture is full of them and the sheep are out of the barn early so see if any acorns dropped during the night.

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

 

 





A POSTER IN THE MAIL-HOOKING PROJECT-HAZEL-PUMPKIN

22 10 2013

GOOD MORNING

It’s a cool morning here and I am glad the heat is on, the house is cozy .  Much to do today, unpacking the car and getting thing s put away. I need to make the door for the back coop today so that this weekend or before they can be moved inside.  And Hazel goes to the Vet.  A Vet in Northampton who takes care of hens and roosters.

A POSTER IN THE MAIL

This poster was in my mailbox when I arrived home on Sunday night.

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 The power plant is closing next year I will be so glad but the danger  will not be over for many many years.  I know there are many people who approve of nuclear power but most of them do not live near a plant.  I am in the danger zone, just a few hundred feet from the safety zone.  I am constantly reminded of this, mailings come, testing of the emergency horn every week right near my house.  I have asked to be removed from their list but of course no reply. Pretty calenders peppered with information about what to do when something happens to the plant, where to go etc, some people think these calenders are so lovely with old pictures of all the towns to be evacuated, really folks thing about it if something does happen you will loose everything you own, compensation for your property is so low that you wouldn’t be able to buy a garage!, I will have to be dragged away from here.  I have my animals to think of.

RUG HOOKING PROJECT

I am almost finished with the border and hope to get the piece done soon.  

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I plan to do another one only with primitive  flowers in the center.  Many people have  asked for the pattern so I think that I will make up a kit for the flowered one.  I have really enjoyed working on it, I was also asked to make up kits for the angry pumpkin which I will do over the winter.

WORKING IN THE YARD

Yesterday I set up a bird house near the computer window.

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 Its not the Church birdhouse that need restoration during the winter and will be ready for spring.  This pumpkin is growing on the bushes, I am going to take it down this morning before it falls to the ground.

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CORNELIUS

My son and I spotted him last night checking out the hill in back of his house.  It was chilly and he was all fluffed out.  He will live the winter by himself and then in the spring look for a mate.  I hope he will stick around after that but who knows.  It has been a delight having him here, the mice population is gone and its been interesting seeing how he operates.  Its been a wonderful thing for my grandchildren to view such an animals so close and realize if no harm is done to him and he is not scared he will not spray.  He is used to the flow of people and animals here at the farm and sense no fear from us.

HAZEL’S VISIT TO THE VET

HAZEL AT THE VET'S

HAZEL AT THE VET’S

We are back from the vet and Hazel did very well on the car ride and in the vet’s office  He was a hit, everyone thought he was great.  He was their first rooster patient.  They gave him some fluids and some stronger antibiotics and I think he will be fine.  His crow is coming back a  little today.   Many thanks to all the PVCA people for helping me find a vet and their words of wisdom.

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