THE FARMERS MARKET-LIVING ON A FARM-THE LAVENDER FEST

29 06 2014

GREETINGS

LIVING ON A FARM

At the last town meeting there was a vote to make our town, Colrain, a farming community.  What a nice gesture.  Most people who live here adjust to farm smells and farm sounds.  But there are those few people who complain about both.  My friend Lynn has had a neighbor complain about her rooster some years ago.  I have a neighbor who constantly complains about everything , some people like to complain but when you live in a rural town you can expect the baaing of sheep, crowing of roosters and the mooing of cows and yes, sometimes very barny smells!  I am glad that Colrain remains a small town and encourages farmers.  We have both large and small farms here and its a great place to live.

THE FARMERS MARKET

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The farmers market livens up when the veggies come in but it’s still an enjoyable place to be on a Friday afternoon.  There are still lots of things to be had, fresh home-made bread,greens, handspun yarn, fresh eggs, ice cream, lamb and much more. Ricky set up the tent and helped me and Jane came and spun.  I am working on the Farmers Market rug and enjoying meeting new people and introducing them to my products.  Here is a look at the progress on the Farmers Market Rug.

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THE LAVENDER FEST

 JOHNSON HILL FARM IN BUCKLAND, MASSACHUSETTS

Yesterday was a glorious day..  Breezes with plenty of sunshine.  Everything looked beautiful and it was a great day for meeting old friends and greeting new people.  Ricky helped me set up. I worked a little on the Farmers Market Rug but today I am bringing my spinning wheel.  Come join me.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on another beautiful day.  Carole

 





RAIN AND BARN FLOODING-A GIFT FROM MOM-TURKEY VULTURES

27 06 2014

GREETINGS

Beautiful clouds and a view to New Hampshire

Beautiful clouds and a view to New Hampshire

RAIN AND BARN FLOODING

We had lots of rain the night before last.4.65 inches here in Colrain 4.95 inches the nearby town of Heath.  We did need rain but not the heavy rain we got last night.  The barn was totally flooded and all the downstairs coops need to be mucked out yesterday and refreshed.  The rain washed  at least a foot of mud from hill down in the trough I dug and then the water flowed through the barn.  Chris mucked out most of the barn while  Ricky  put the fan up to help dry it out and he made Pasta sauce for supper.  Yesterday was a long clean-up day.

A GIFT FROM MOM

We started cleaning the attic Wednesday.  I love the fact that things will finally be organized there with marked boxes and things that I don’t want  will be given or thrown away.  In a Christmas bag in one of the boxes was a pair of slippers which my Mom had given me many years ago.  I took them out of the bag and an envelope slipped out.  A treasure from my Mom.   My Mom loves getting presents but  sometimes the presents she would get for family members were way out there, these would have gotten recycled.  I am glad that I finally looked in the bag because the real treasure was the envelope in the bag.  My Mom’s Mom was  great crocheting, even with severe arthritis in her hands she kept going .Everyone in the family got pillow cases with crocheted edges.  I still have a few of them.  In the envelope was edgings that were made.

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 And on the envelope were instructions from My Mom on how to put them on.

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 A priceless small gift from the past.

TURKEY VULTURES

I had never seen a Turkey Vulture until I moved to Maryland.  Wednesday while taking a back way home from Greenfield, Ricky and I spotted one on the side of the road.  We were lucky enough to get some good shots of him.

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  They are one of those animals that are ugly/cute.  They have a job to do and seem to do it well.  I am so glad that we were able to see this wonderful creature close up.

Many thanks for reading my blog, visit us at The Shelburne Falls Farmers Market today if you can and tomorrow and Sunday at Johnson Hill Lavender Fest in Buckland..  Hope your day is wonderful.  Carole

An organic dairy farm nearby.

An organic dairy farm nearby.





MORTICIA-WREN FAMILY IN THE FRONT BIRD HOUSE-SURPRISE IN THE MAIL-THEOLD SINK

25 06 2014

GREETINGS

MORTICIA

Morticia is sitting on two eggs this morning and acting very broody.  As soon as the two roosters start crowing she and Samantha will be moved outside, sharing the side yard with Mrs. Brown,Hazel and Millie.  They will be separated for a time until they get used to each other.

A FAMILY OF WRENS

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.  They are small birds with sweet voices.  I think they are Wrens.

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 The side bird house has chickadee’sin it this year.  There is a large Robin’s nest in the willow tree and a Blue Jay nest in the CHestnut tree next door.  The morning songs are wonderful.

GREENFIELD FARMERS COOP

The Greenfield Farmers Coop lost a valuable employee this past week.  Jimmy passed away suddenly.  He was my to go to person for anything to do with animals.  He was helpful, funny and kind.  He will be sorely missed.  It reminds me to take the time to tell people how much I appreciate them.

A SURPRISE IN THE MAIL

Yesterday I got a surprise in the mail from my friend Susan.  T wonderful red embroidery pieces.  

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I just love them and will incorporate them into a small bed pillows.  I have bed pillows and use them every night and Minnie does too.

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 They made my day.  I want to do more embroidery this year and last year bought a book on patterns.  I have started one but used a flimsy muslin and now realize that I really needed a stronger more dense fabric. The boys and I cleaned out the most of the bottom of the barn yesterday.  It is all orderly and things easy to get to.  They both are so very  helpful to me.  Today we will spend some time in the attic.  I want to clean it out and label each box.  It will be time consuming to do that but in the end I will save lots of time knowing what is in each box.  I am sure I will find some treasures too.

THE OLD SINK OR ZINK AS MY GRANDMOTHER CALLED IT

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This sink was at the side of the road.  I loved it and had many ideas of what could be done with it.  But it was fall then so it was put in the back of the downstairs barn. Rediscovered again yesterday, Ricky will make a bird bath for the side yard out of it.

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





CHINESE LANTERN PLANTS- LAST HOOKING CLASS-JUNE COUNTRY LIVING

23 06 2014

GREETINGS

It’s another gorgeous day and the boys will be coming down from their annual trip to Montreal today.  I hope to get the downstairs of the barn cleaned out and the attic done while they are both here.  Ricky will go to Eagle Hill a week from today.

CHINESE LANTERNS AND PERMACULTURE

When I was a child we always had these growing in our yard.  Now I have a small patch of them.  They look a lot like weeds but their delicate flowers are beautiful.

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 I will use them for fall decorations.

These along with pussy willows, the winterberry, bittersweet and Sweet Annie are things I love for the fall , winter and spring decorating.  They are expensive to buy but cost so little to plant.  Now I have them with just a short walk in the yard.     

     When I first moved in here I made lists of things that I wanted to have on the property.  Nut trees, strawberries. blueberries, grapes, a few apple trees, peaches and raspberries.  I have all of them just not in the quantity I need for a full year of eating.  I am working on that goal and in a few years I think that the goal will be met.  

Things change  every year. The strawberries didn’t like where I planted them and moved themselves so I have found a good spot which they like and I plan to plant more,  next year.  The apple tree that the workmen broke is slowly coming back and I think it will recover, although the production of apples will be another few years off at least.

LAST HOOKING CLASS

Yesterday was my last hooking class till fall.  I was so inspired when I saw their rugs.

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 Each made changes which made the rug truly theirs.

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Their excitement and enthusiasm was contagious.  I so enjoyed passing the art of rug hooking to them.

COUNTRY LIVING

My June issue of Country Living came several weeks ago.

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 There was a wonderful article about my favorite potter Emma Bridgewater.  I was lucky enough to be given a cup and saucer by a friend some years ago.  Sadly cups and saucers aren’t made much anymore just mugs.  Then I saw a full-page ad about visiting Massachusetts. Good job Mass tourist industry.  It was so well done.

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

 

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HAYING-FOX IN THE YARD-JUNE BIRTHDAYS

22 06 2014

GREETINGS

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COLRAIN VIEWS

HAYING

Joe called after 8 yesterday morning and said he was haying and if I wanted some to come up and let him know.

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The best hay comes from those fields.  Joe takes tender loving care of them. They belong to my friend Lynn and my sheep spent some wonderful years on those fields.  We called it summer camp for  sheep.

The sheep sheltered under the evergreen trees for years

The sheep sheltered under the evergreen trees for years

They would go up in May and come back in October.  For that period they enjoyed fresh pasture.  There has been lots of exciting events associated with their summer camp.  One in particular was when I went up to give them water one morning and found Lottie’s noses covered with quills.  She was a curious sheep  and although the fence was electrified she was close enough to the porcupine to get quilled.  I still have those quills.  My friend Ceacy and I took them out with pliers and as usual Lottie was so good about it.  After I realized how lucky I was that none had gotten into her mouth or eyes.  When the grass on the pasture was scarce Lottie would jump the fence and go down to Lynn’s back door to let her know.  Lynn would run for grain and Lottie would walk into the kitchen..  She really would have liked to live in the house!

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FOX IN THE YARD

It was twilight last night when my Son saw a fox near the side chicken yard.  The fox saw him and ran into the woods.  I know there are foxes here and have seen many of them but this close to my chickens was unnerving. I may have to fence in that whole area.  The Chickens were in the caravan for the night at that time.  It does make me rethink security.

June is a big birthday month in my family.  Starting out with my Grandson Dylan, then Charlie, Grand daughter Tea,  my Cousin Gary and my neighbor Christa.  Even though my Grandfather used to say the best people are born in October I think June  has great people born in it too.

Yesterday was another perfect summer day.  Cooling breezes and beautiful clouds.  Joe got over 1000 bales of hay on that field and all  but 350 or so bales  picked up by grateful people.  Good hay is hard to come by.  I got 10.  My little car can handle 5 bales.   Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you enjoy the day.   Carole

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DICKENS FELLOWSHIP VICTORIAN TEA-SAMANTHA-ELDERERRIES AND WINTERBERRIES

20 06 2014

GREETING

DICKENS FELLOWSHIP TEA

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My friend Louise sent me some wonderful pictures of the DICKENS FELLOWSHIP VICTORIAN TEA  that was held in the Westmont Library  Grounds in Montreal a few weeks ago.  Louise is a very talented lady and made  thecostumes and hats. The proceeds of this event and all others held by the Fellowship go to THE TINY TIM FUND of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.  A good time was held by all and wouldn’t Dickens  have been pleased by the event.  I wish there were a fellowship nearby.

SAMANTHIA

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I think that I can safely call her Samanthia now she sure looks like a hen.  She is so attached to Morticia, that poor Morticia can’t even lay an egg without her.  Her mournful cries when Mama is out of sight are heart wrenching.

ELDERBERRIES

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The elderberries I bought last year are really coming along nicely.  I even have a few blossoms on them this year.

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WINTERBERRIES

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I planted this Winterberry Bush around 5 years ago.  Its taken all this time to adjust to this place and this year for the first time I think there will be berries.

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 I am so please to be able to go out in my own yard and be able to have these beautiful decorations.

MINNIE

Minnie is doing better now.  The reduction in the pill seems to have helped.    She is more active now and eating much better.

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It’s a beautiful day here in Colrain and the clothes are out on the line with gentle breezes.  I hope that you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole

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MINNIE-NEW WINDOWS IN-BLUEBERRY BUSHES AND PINE NEEDLES

18 06 2014

GREETINGS

Colrain views

Colrain views

 

 

MINNIE

Minnie went to the vets this yesterday morning and was not happy about it at all.  More needles and fluids, by the time she was getting her fluids she was really angry.  Growling and hissing.  SHe is back to her old self now.

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 Her tests came back low so her thyroid medication is to be reduced by half and another test may be administered to see if it is actually her thyroid or just part of the Kidney disease process.  I learned that crushing the pills as I had been doing was really not good as they give the food a pill taste and then cats stop eating.  I have got pill pockets and a pill pusher.  WIll try the pill pockets tonight..  She will need fluids occasionally so maybe twice a week I will administer them to her.  She is happy she is at home.

NEW WINDOWS IN

The new windows are in and it only took Brian a day and a half to do it.  They fit perfectly and are letting refreshing air into the house.

BLUEBERRIES AND PINE NEEDLES  

Tyler and I went to the state forest to gather pine needles.  I weeded the blueberries, transplanted the Sweet Annie

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and packed the pine needles around the Blueberries.  I need another couple of bags to finish the job.  In a couple of weeks I will check the PH level to see if it has improved.  

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Weather  

Last night we had lots of thunderstorms, winds and downpours.  The storms ushered the humid air out and now we have cooling breezes and very little humidity.  It looks to be another perfect day her in the hills of Western Massachusetts.   Hope you day is wonderful and many thanks for reading my blog. Carole