MORTICIA AND THE CHICKS-RUG HOOKING-A WEDDING AND A BIRTHDAY

31 05 2014

HELLO

MORTICIA

Pacing back and forth flying up to me on the fence I wish she could talk.  Then I got to thinking that she has never  been in the Caravan always laid her eggs in a nest box or shelf so she probably didn’t know what to do.  I couldn’t take the chance to leave her to find a way out so I brought her in.  First thing she chased all the chicks around and then checked out the nesting boxes. she hopped from nest box to nest box then she laid her egg.  SInce then she has laid an egg every day. 

The kids are annoying and even when she picks the highest place to perch she has company.  Sammy is the only chick to be able to fly that high. 

SAMMY AND MORTICIA

SAMMY AND MORTICIA

 

Sammy loves her Mother and has a pitiful mournful cry when she can’t find her.  Maybe they will be pals when Sammy is out of her teenage years.  Chicken Little and Peepers stick together.  They have all grown so much.

 

PLANTS FROM THE SIDE OF THE ROAD

IMG_3170I dug these purple flowering plants on the side of a dirt road.   They have spread and are really beautiful.  Bloom this time of year and have a wonderful scent.  I don’t know what they are. I put a few Bleeding Hearts in with them .   I do love the scent and have bouquets all over the house now.

RUG HOOKING

I brought this fat cat pattern to the Mass show and started on it.  Its something that I have had for quite some time.  I am hooking it with yarn. 

SAMMY CAT

SAMMY CAT

Yesterday while trying to find a certain box of summer clothes in the box room I came across  more and more handspun yarn.  I will have to make another long rug.  I did see some examples of ways to use up small pieces of yarn and will incorporate it with the pattern.

WEDDING DAY AND A BIRTHDAY

Today is my Son’s wedding day.    It’s a beautiful day with lots of sun and nice temps.  It will be held in a small old church in a nearby town and the reception will be held in his Church hall.  The old church has no electric and is quaint.  It’s a small wedding with that old fashion feeling.  Pot luck food and food cooked on the grill by my son-in-law Rick.  Lil and the boys will take an active part in the ceremony.  Pictures tomorrow. 

Today is also my God-Child’s birthday.  Happy Birthday Niquette.  Hope you have a wonderful day.

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

 





SWEET ANNIE-STRAWBERRIES-A FEW MORE BITS FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS SHOW

29 05 2014

HELLO

LEAD LINE AT THE MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL FEST

For those of you who do not know about Lead Line contests at SHeep and WOol Fests here is a brief overview.    This is a contest in skill.  You will get points for your wool outfit for poise and control for sheep’s fleece.

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The contestant must halter train their sheep.  This is not always the easiest thing to do.  There can be three classes jr. sr and adults.  I was lucky this year to see a few minutes of the contest.  It was younger kids.  Some sheep adjust to all the hoopla and others just don’t.  One sheep ran away jumping and running with the little boy running after her then a crowd of people were chasing the sheep which made matters worse. She was finally caught.  There are prizes given .

 It requires much patience to halter train a sheep these children all receive cheers from the crowd no matter how they do.  A good judge will complement even the worse preformer so they will come back next year with more determination.  I think things like The Lead Line event help to form a good character in children.

PERMACULTURE

The strawberries are just setting fruit and I don’t think I can move anymore to the bed now.  I hope that by putting them in there i can have some for myself.

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  I will put netting on soon.  My blueberries have set fruit too and I will have to test the soil soon I am sure the soil is not acid enough.  I need to find a source of pine needles to put around them too. The hops are doing well too.  

SWEET ANNIE

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Sweet Annie is one of my favorite herbs.  It is invasive if left on its own,  I have left it on its own and am happy with the results.  It’s from the artemisia family and has a lovely sweet scent.  I mix it with my moth away and make wreaths with it in the fall.  I always leave some on the stalk to reseed itself.  I will have some baby plants at the Farmers Market tomorrow.

Today is an Oatmeal day for the hens who would think it would be this late in May but even at this time its in the 40’s. tonight down into the low 40’s..  I will plant my seed on Sunday when the temps return to normal (if there is such a thing anymore)

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

 

 

 





INSIDE CHICKENS ARE NOW OUTSIDE, MORTICIA TOO

28 05 2014

HELLO

CHICKENS ARE OUT

Yesterday was a big day for the inside chickens.  The caravan  was moved by David’s boys into the yard and cleaned out.   Fresh hay and some DE was put in the nesting box.

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 They had a wonderful day taking dirt baths and finding bugs and plants.

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 I put Morticia out today too with them.  It will take them time to get used to her again.   She was getting sick of the kids and now they are bigger than her and are still jumping on her back!!!!!!

MORTICIA HAPPILY EXPLORING

MORTICIA HAPPILY EXPLORING

 Everyone did well and this morning Milly just couldn’t figure how to get out.

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 She had never been in the Caravan before it took her a little while but with some help and the sound of the food dish she scurried out.   She has always had foot problems and her feet always need special attention.  Through all that she is such a sweet-tempered girl.  But yesterday when Hazel made some advanced towards her she gave him a good peck  and I am sure he won’t be bothering her again!

HAZEL SHOUTING OUT HIS JOY FOR BEING OUTSIDE AGAIN.

HAZEL SHOUTING OUT HIS JOY FOR BEING OUTSIDE AGAIN.

The chicks were fine during the night too.  All is well.

I have to unload my car from the show and put things away today.  ALso I need to get things ready for the farmers market on Friday.

EVENT AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

 Tomorrow night  Liz is giving a talk and slide show on The Orkney’s.   It’s a special event free of charge.  I am meeting Patti there, it will be a lot of fun.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this cool, damp day.  I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





More from The Massachusetts Sheep and Wool

27 05 2014

Hello

MORE WONDERFUL THINGS FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL FEST

I spotted this quilt made out of ribbons, isn’t it beautiful and a wonderful way to remember a career of growing sheep and other animals

IMG_3122.There was also a table of plates that were given out at the shows.  I have three of them myself, won at Spinning contests.  A wonderful memory.

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SHEEP

Some wonderful sheep were there brought by people from other states too.  Lincolns and Border Leicesters made me wish I had a much bigger farm, and Tunis, a sheep I have wanted to have for so many years.  Their babes are born with reddish wool and that is the only time that they have that reddish wool.  With their second shearing the wool is a beautiful cream color but their faces remain that beautiful red.

LINCOLNS AND BORDER LEICESTERS

LINCOLNS AND BORDER LEICESTERS

TUNIS

TUNIS

THE SHEEP TO SHAWL CONTEST

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This year the Sheep to Shawl Contest only had two groups.  I am working on the committee to get more groups and we hope to have at least 5 next year.  The prize money goes up with 5 groups, so that should be and incentive for people to enter..

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tomorrow I will have some pictures of the lead line contest.  For those of you that have missed this fair plan to come next year, it’s always on Memorial Day weekend and it really is a family event, lots of entertainment, bring your wheel and spin.  For the parking fee of $10. you can spend the day there, watch the dog trails, visit with sheep breeders, watch the contests and learn a lot about sheep, spinning, felting, dyeing and weaving..  I leave you today with a picture of one of my three plates .  I treasure them.

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

 

 





THE 40TH MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL FEST

25 05 2014

HELLO

THE MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL FEST

 

Yesterday was the first day of the fest and what a  day it was.  Crowds of people came, lots of sheep, so if you haven’t come yet there is still another day.

JUDGING OF THE FLEECES

This is my second of a two-year stint of Judging of the fleeces.  I love doing this as I just love the world of spinning and sheep.  There were about 63 fleeces entered  and I had two wonderful helpers.  There wasn’t a fleece there that I wouldn’t have taken home to spin.    Even though this one didn’t win first I especially liked an Icelandic fleece that was coarse.  As soon as I touched it thought of the durable socks that this fleece would make.

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 Another interesting fleece was a Horned Dorset.  It was beautiful.

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Two of my spinning students  bought wonderful fleeces and I met a wonderful person Beth who follows my blog.  Patti came and we chatted about our chickens and we will meet Thursday night for the talk and slides about Orkney at SHeep and Shawl.

The show is like a family get together.  People who  I have known for over twenty years have stopped by, my good friend Renee and her Mom were there.

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We have all spent memorable times there in spinning contests and sheep to shawl.   I will be working closely with Susan helping with the Sheep to Shawl hoping to get more interest in it next year.

Here are some pictures of some beautiful fleeces.  See you at the fair today.

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More tomorrow about the show.  May thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 





PLANTING BEANS-LIL-MOVING STRAWBERRIES INTO THE HERB BED-DYING WOOL WITH DANDELIONS

22 05 2014

HELLO

PLANTING STRING BEANS

We are expecting showers for the next few days so I though yesterday would be a good day to get one of the bean towers planted.  I have decided to put both of the towers in the front of the house.

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 I moved raspberries to the back of the fence and transplanted some garlic that I couldn’t find last year.  Sometimes the transplanting works and other times it doesn’t.  

Moving the Strawberries

In the side gardens the strawberries have multiplied and moved themselves into pathways.  I decided that the Herb Bed would be the place to put them , it would be much easier to protect them from birds there.  Still have more to move.

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Dyeing wool with Dandelions

I love natural dyeing and the first  years of spinning were devoted to natural dyeing.  I sold dye seeds at shows and grew most of them in my large garden.  I am glad to be coming full circle and getting back to it again.  I will be looking at tag sales this summer for a small copper pot to do some dyeing in.

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I simmered the dandelions in my iron pot for approximately one hour and let them cool in the pot, then simmered the wool in the dye water for about the same time.  I would have liked the color to be a little deeper so I am simmering more dandelions in the same dye bath.  I do like the color that the yellow Shetland yarn yielded.

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LIL

Lil was given a kitchen set and she just loves it.  Here is a picture of her with her Sheep pocket-book.  I have one too.

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

 

 

 

 





DANDELIONS-BABY CHICKS-MINNIE-SCENES FROM BACK ROADS

21 05 2014

HELLO

It’s a bright, beautiful day here at the farm, with rain coming in this afternoon.  The weekend of the 40th Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Fest is promised to be beautiful.

DANDELIONS

Yesterday was hay pick up day.  I made two trips to Joe’s  to get 5 bales at a time.  After I picked up the first load I decided to pick some dandelions.  There were many by the dirt roadside.  I picked about half a pot  full and plan to make dye today using my iron pot.  It should come out a moss-green.  I do love gathering dye stuffs in the wild.  It’s a quiet task and the sounds of the forests are delightful.

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BABY CHICKS

They are doing well in their new surroundings. Only one chick had to be helped up to the nest box.

CHICKEN LITTLE

CHICKEN LITTLE

There was a stare down between Peppers (who is almost the same size as Mama) and Morticia.  It lasted almost a minute.  I heard a squawk and then saw the stare down,   I am sure she was saying,  even though you are as big as me I am still the Mother.

PLANTING FLOWERS

I bought some wild flower seeds to plant in Sadie’s Place.  I want something that will be beautiful this summer but also come back year after year.  Lil wanted to help and she had the shovel and a little rake.  It will be a great spot for us to pick some bouquets later in the summer.

MINNIE

I can no longer feel her backbone, what a remarkable recovery.  She is so much  happier now.IMG_3081

 

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.  I am leaving you with views one from Colrain and the other from Shelburne.  The one from Colrain looks to the north and you can see Vermont and New Hampshire from here.  The other view is to the South where you can see Mount Tom which is in my hometown of Holyoke.    Carole

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