FIREMANS PANCAKE BREAKFAST-THE CHICKENS-BLACK WALNUT DYE

12 10 2013

Hello

FIREMANS PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The Colrain Fire Department had their pancake breakfast and auction today.  They do this twice a year to earn money for needed equipment.

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  I must say they do  a great job in this town and we are lucky to have them.

THE CHICKENS

Yesterday one of my hens died.  I really don’t know how old she is or what happened.  She wasn’t sick at all.  Now Hazel had a very bad cold and couldn’t hardly crow this morning.

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I have separated him and he has been eating a little boiled egg and yogurt.   No one else seems to be affected but I have sprayed all the coops with RX and hope that I won’t have to put them on antibiotics.  They have never been on them before. The new gals are doing fine and learning how to defend themselves.  They stick together. 

I have decided to put all the inside the barn hens on antibiotics for 10 days.  I have raised hens for over 12 years and this is the first time this has happened but its a necessary precaution.  Only one hen is laying so for 20 days starting tomorrow all eggs will be thrown away..

BLACK WALNUT DYE

I have finished one batch of Black Walnut dye and its in the freezer. 

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I am letting the walnuts dry out and when I get back from NY I will make a few more batches and then throw the nuts in the freezer.  The dye is easy to make.  Now is a great time to find black walnuts on the roadside.  I used about 12 of them in a pot which you only use for dye.  I boil them for a couple of hours, let cool, take the nuts out and put aside and pour the liquid into any freezeable container..  If you want to dye or overdye with it just bring it to a simmer and drop in your pre-soaked wool or yarn and let it simmer for about 45 minutes.  Take it out and rinse.  You can use the dye over and over of course your will get a lighter brown as time goes by.

A WARM SPOT TO ROOST

This morning while driving by the Brick Meeting House I noticed these pigeons on the steeple of the meeting house.

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It was a  little chilly this morning and the sun was heating the steeple up.

BRICK MEETING HOUSE

BRICK MEETING HOUSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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