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


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25 10 2013
Anne Wilson

What a beautiful woodland, what are the trees? Do you collect the leaves for composting? Did you manage to save any of the Jewel weed seeds?

27 10 2013
Francine Keating

I remember that stone wall in your backyard very clearly. Interestingly enough it popped into my mind just last week. It was wonderful. Climbing up those stone steps took you to the garden and we could even get back to the woods beyond.

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