A VISIT TO FUNKSHUN-KNITTING GROUP-FLOODING AND MORE RAIN-PANSY’S

30 03 2014

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A VISIT TO FUNK SHUN

Yesterday I visited Christa at FUNK SHUN, she was busy making the Man Dolls which are so popular.  I dropped off some more salve and will need to return next week with some more things.IMG_2717

THE KNITTING GROUP

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The knitting group meets almost every Saturday at Pine Hill Orchard restaurant .  It’s open to anyone who wants to come.  Lunch is there if you need it.  Various knitting projects are show and admired or you can just sit there and enjoy the conversation.  Although I can’t be there every Saturday and sometimes Pine Hill is having an event and we can’t use the space, I look forward to going each week.

FLOODING

Last night the rains came down and the upstairs of the barn is completely soaked, around mid night it eked its way into the kitchen so pails were placed to catch it.  It even got into the first chicken coop and now I have to replace all the soaked shavings.  That has never happened before.  I never did get the sand bags up there too many other things to bring up, I will get them up today and hope that they will work.  More rain is expected tonight.  There is still snow in the pasture but most of the snow on the mountain has melted.  The problem is the small hill leading down into the barn is still covered with ice and the rain can’t soak in.  Soon it will be over.

PANSY’S

I am hoping that the pansy’s that  came up last year in the garden return again this year.  But I did buy a box of small ones and will put  them in with the bunny and pussy willow table decoration.

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I do love them and have over the years pressed them.  Maybe this year I will make cards out of them.

Thank you for reading my blog on this spring day.   Carole

 

 

 





CHICKEN COOP CLEANING-MORTICIA-SANDBAGS TODAY

30 03 2014

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CLEANING THE COOP

I have already cleaned the perches, now to the messy parts.  I try to do a thorough clean out every two weeks, refreshing it in between.  Cobwebs appear like magic and need to be brushed away with a damp mop.

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Bernice was anxious to lay an egg and was squawking at me the whole time I was in there.

IMG_2714Murphy, Francis and Sweet Pea are enjoying kicking up some shavings.  Francis is 10 years old and still lays an occasional blue egg.

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 I have a large, long poll brush for the upper barn and do that every couple of months.  Spring is around the corner and the end of April the Chickens will be in the summer homes.

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As of this morning she has 3 medium eggs, one rather large egg and one of her own underneath her. 

 

MORTICIA ALL FLUFFED OUT

MORTICIA ALL FLUFFED OUT

 

  One time she had 8  eggs under her and it was a struggle to keep the all warm.  I will add more hay today, she is a great nest builder as are most Bantams, she enjoys adding bits here and there.

 

SAND BAGS

I am going to get some sand bags today.  We are suppose to get lots of rain tonight and it is raining inside the barn again.  Going farther into the barn and in places where it never got to.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this lovely spring day.  Carole

 

 

 





A NIGHT AT SHEEP AND SHAWL-ADVENTURES IN YARN FARMING-MORTICIA

28 03 2014

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ADVENTURES IN YARN FARMING

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Last night I went to Sheep and Shawl to hear a reading on Barbara Perry’s book Adventures in Yarn Farming.  I met Barbara years ago at many sheep events and am so glad to attend the event last night.  Her book is filled with delightful stories about her life on the farm.  We all get into sheep farming in different ways and its interesting to follow everyone’s story.    I knew I would love her book but in the first chapter, Casting On I was hooked by this quote “As a shepherd, I do some of my best work in my pajamas”,  True for me too. The whole reason I bought this old house is that I can open a door from my kitchen and go directly into the barn.  I hardly even saw the rest of the house seeing that I could walk in and feed and water my sheep with no more slipping on icy paths in the winter  I was SOLD!!!!!  Of course I was shocked when I moved in and saw the real condition of the house, oh well its 75% done now.

BARBARA SIGNING BOOKS AFTER THE READING

BARBARA SIGNING BOOKS AFTER THE READING

 

The reading last night was about lambing.  Something that I have never done.  A good part of the time I have had sheep I have been working outside the home and couldn’t add that to my schedule.  Lambs are so cute its was an inviting idea and now looking back I surely wish I had another Lottie, Seamus, Roger or Sadie.  They were the perfect sheep, in their disposition, longevity and intelligence.  But I felt there were always sheep and people were always either giving them away or you could buy some.   

The talk was so interesting and I learned a lot about lambing. Maybe someday she will allow me to come to the farm and see a lamb being born.

Her book goes into detail of the seasons of sheep.  The work that goes into keeping sheep and the joys of it.  You can tell how much she loves her flock.   The pictures alone make the book worth  the price but add to that the patterns, recipe’s all the information its a must have for the Sheep farmer to be or anyone wanting to read a true story about life on a farm.

Her yarns are all hand dyed and the colors are just beautiful, many are sold out before the year ends.  She has various things at her farm during the year.  Check out her web site http://www.foxfirefiber.com.

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Thank you Liz for having these wonderful events at your shop.

Morticia

Well as of yesterday afternoon, Morticia has 3 eggs underneath her.  Two from Sweet Pea that she rolled into the nest and one of her own.  We will know in 22 days!  I think another two eggs are all that she can have underneath  herself.  Sweet Pea’s eggs are mediums and after all even though Morticia thinks she is a large bird she is only a bantam.

Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog today Carole

 





SPRING, THE CLEAN UP SEASON-MORTICIA IS BROODY-MOM

26 03 2014

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SPRING THE CLEAN UP SEASON

I am starting the clean up here.  Things get left undone when temps fall way below freezing.  It’s a busy time and will go full tilt to the planting season.

I was hoping to get to  the spinning night at Sheep and Shawl tonight but high winds are here and tree branches are flying everywhere, so I will stay home and hold the fort down.  Tomorrow night I plan to go to Barb Perry’s (her farm is on the same mountain range as mine) book signing and trunk show at Sheep and Shawl.  Her book is called Adventures in Yarn Farming.  She has a rather large sheep farm and produces wonderful yarns.

MORTICIA IS BROODY

Last night I did my usual check  on the chickens  Morticia was no longer on the her usual place  on the wire of the light.  she was in one of the nesting places.  And she started screaming when I got near, a sure sign  of broodiness.  I have given her more shavings and lots of  hay and some food this morning.  she has one egg of Sweet Pea’s under her and she will lay some  too and before I know it there will be plenty of them under her. 

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 If and when the eggs hatch I will bring her inside.  its the safest way to ensure they will survive.  Murphy is a good example of that.  I was hoping that this would happen this year.

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I wanted something spring in the dining room so I set this up yesterday.  it’s in the terrarium because the cats would sneak on the table when I am not around and tear it all apart.

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 It still does not look like spring outside today, still a lot of snow left.  we are lucky to be escaping the snow which is coming along the coast.  we will get some high winds from the storm and maybe a few flurries.    the mid Atlantic states seem to be getting the brunt of the last few storms.

MOM

Mom is doing well after a few bouts of sickness this winter.  She is cheerful and happy with the dog who lives at the home.  She thinks its her dog.  The dog loves her and is on her lap all the time.  What a wonderful thing.

Many thanks for reading my blog this blustery day, It could go below zero tonight.  I hope this is the end of those temps this year.  Hope you have a wonderful evening.  Carole

 

 





THE LAST SPINNING CLASS-BUTTERFLY MUSEUM WITH LIL

24 03 2014

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THE LAST SPINNING CLASS

All my students  have done so well.  They are spinning and plying, it looks like they have been doing it for years.  Great gals.

LESLIE BROUGHT IN HER MOTHER MARION LOOK ALIKE.

LESLIE BROUGHT IN HER MOTHER MARION LOOK ALIKE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT WONDERFUL YARN

WHAT WONDERFUL YARN

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LIL AT THE BUTTERFLY MUSEUM

This was Lil’s first time at the local Butterfly Museum.  She loved looking at the tiny Quail birds that were walking all around. Lots to see and do there.  

Lil and her Dad

Lil and her Dad

IT'S HARD TO SEE THE THOUSANDS OF BUTTERFLY'S IN THIS PICTURE

IT’S HARD TO SEE THE THOUSANDS OF BUTTERFLY’S IN THIS PICTURE

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

 

 





SPRING!!!!!-CLEANING THE BARN-SCRUBBING MITT-LAST SPINNING CLASS

23 03 2014

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SPRING ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!!!

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View from the sheep’s pasture to my son’s barn.  This was yesterday morning.  It cleared up late morning and the sun came out and everything started melting again.

CLEANING THE BARN

We worked a few hours on the barn yesterday morning.  There was 4 inches of mud in the entry way.  It’s all cleared away and water is now coming in.   I have bought some horse stall pellets to put down and they will soak up some of the water.  When I went to get the shavings the owner said that everyone’s barn is flooding this year.  I hope that Chris and I can come up with a solution because this takes a lot of time and I am lucky that I don’t have a barn full of hay because the bottom layer of it would be mulch and I would have to get it out of the barn ASAP.

Scrubbing Mitt

I am making Scrubbing Mitts with some linen yarn that I have.   It will be great for exfoliation and am going to include a bar of my soap with it.

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Last Spinning Class at Sheep and Shawl

Today is the last spinning class, the time went by so quickly.  I am going to be giving a Rug Hooking with yarns, old sweaters and what have you class and a Drop Spindle and another Spinning Class within the next couple of months and will keep you post about the dates.

Many thanks for taking the time to read my blog on this windy day, I hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole and Minnie

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RUG HOOKING WITH YARN-A DYE STUDY GROUP-COPPER DYE UPDATE

22 03 2014

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Second Day of Spring

Snow flurries are fluttering about this morning while the temps hover below freezing.  Last night the winds were howling, but it will warm up today and this may be winters last gasp.

RUG HOOKING WITH YARN by JUDY TAYLOR

Rug hooking with wool was thought to have started somewhere in the 4th century with tufts of wool.  Methods improved and burlap was being used  as a backing in the 19th century, people were gathering thrums from the weaving or spinning room floors in mills and using them in their rugs.

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This book has been quite useful to me.  It covers hooking with yarn completely.  More and more people have stashes of yarn and this is a wonderful way to use them up. 

In this book you will find out how to figure how much yarn you will need to complete a project, many methods of dyeing, and much more.

NATURAL DYE STUDY GROUP

This summer we plan to have a dye study group.  I am not sure exactly how it will work out.  Maybe we all bring  wool, and other fibers and divide them up.    I will investigate how other groups have done it.  It will be fun.  The blue dye is coming along nicely.

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Chris is here and we  are ready to tackle the barn tomorrow.  I hope we can get a good chunk of it done.

Hope you had a wonderful day and many thanks for taking the time to read my blog.   Carole