NIGHTTIME SKY- DISTRAUGHT ROOSTER-CHICKEN WINDOW BOX-OWEN

29 09 2014

GREETINGS

Its cloudy this morning with a threat of rain later in the evening.  I have sent the proposal back to the man who will fix the drainage problem.  So I hope that will be done within the month.  I am painting the porch floor and the window casings in back of the house.  The whole house needs painting.  I was much younger when I did it last but I am sure I can do it and will plan on getting it down over the summer.

NIGHTTIME SKY

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Last night was a beautiful night for moon watching and star-gazing.  I sat out in the sheep yard for quite a while, watching the bats fly overhead and the sunset disappear in the western sky.  Chris installed an app that lets me see what  is in the nighttime sky overhead. I can be in the house and see whats going on .  Satellites  whizzing by, stars and constellations.  It’s so interesting.  

DISTRAUGHT ROOSTER

Well yesterday Chris and I put the no crow collar on the calmest of the roosters Mr. Peppers.  After it was on he tumbled to the ground and made all sort of wild movements.  I will call the company and see if there was something I did wrong.  We followed the instructions.  I will keep you posted.

CAMP WOOL ORDER

I got a large order for wool packets out to Camp Wool last week.  She needs a Christmas Green.  After many unsuccessful attempts to get the right green today I will mix blue and yellow and hopefully get a green that will be okay.  Usually surprises in the dyeing world are fine with me, they seem to always sell but this time I am frustrated by it all. 

CHICKEN WINDOW BOX

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I put some chrysanthemums in the CHicken window box this year.  They are beautiful.  Usually i decorate it with leaves and pumpkins and I may put a small pumpkins in there. I took the impatients and geraniums out and will replant them and overwinter them in the house.  Next year I can use them again.  I am going to putty and paint the window  and install it sometime this week.  Cold weather is coming!  

Owen is now the blog helper coming in each time I am at the computer.  He gets his daily combing IMG_3799

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

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MORTICIA’S EGGS-PEACHES-OAK TREES,SHEEP AND ACORNS

28 09 2014

GREETINGS

CHRIS AND OWEN

CHRIS AND OWEN

Its nippy this morning with temps in the 40’s but will warm up into the 80’s. So much to do before the real cold weather comes in.  We put some spray insulation in the hole near the back door yesterday.  And I did a little painting.  I hope to get some of the porch floor painted today.

MORTICIA’S EGGS

Here is a glimpse of the two eggs that Morticia is sitting on.  She has made a real cozy nest.

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PEACHES

Here is a picture of my peaches.  They have spotS on them.

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 They are good but not as sweet as most peaches are.  I am going to try to see what can be done to prevent this.  Is it some sort of blight or inscect damage?    This is the second year this tree has had fruit.  Last year the same thing happened and they all fell off.  This year the fruit grew to full size and stayed on the tree.  I wonder if the tree needs more sun or more fertilizer.

THE MIGHTY OAKS

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The woods are starting to be ablaze with color and the acorns are falling like rain.

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 Unfortunately the sheep get up much earlier than me and eat the acorns biting the tops to release the nut.  I have been hunting to the tops to make felted acorns but they are far and few between.  Chris and Ricky will pick some  from near their house and send them to me.  Yea!

I hope you have a wonderful day, and thanks you so much for reading my blog.  Carole

 

 





CHRIS IS COMING-THE HERB CUPBOARD-SAMANTHA AND ROSIE-SOME PARTING THOUGHTS

26 09 2014

GREETINGS

The mornings start later these fall days, the chickens are hardly up when I greet them. The next few days are going to be warm so much has to be done.  Today though it’s the Farmers Market.

Chris comes back

Chris comeS back this evening.  It will be the first time he meets Owen and Sammy.  I have lots of plans for the time he is here.  We have to take up the floor of the porch right near the back door.  When the plumbers came to fix the broken pipe last winter they noticed a large gaping hole and plugged it up but it needs a better fix.  I don’t want anymore frozen pipes this coming winter.  Then he will help me move  the washer, fridge and stove so I can clean behind them.  On SUnday we will do some barn cleaning and putting some of the wood away.  A busy but delightful weekend.

THE HERB CUPBOARD 

Now that the herb cupboard is back in its place its time to repaint it and the doors, woodwork and cabinets in the kitchen.  I love the dark mustard color and hope I can find a color that is close.

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 At one time the kitchen was a very tiny room where the wood stove is and the other part of the kitchen was a wood shed.  There is not much storage area so cabinets had to be bought.  I would like to paint the ceiling over the winter and maybe in the spring figure out what to do with the walls.  There was cheap paneling on the bottom half and I really wanted to put bead board there.

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SAMANTHA AND ROSIE

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They are laying eggs every other day now both of them.  I should have eggs through the winter now.  Not many but at least theirs. 

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SOME PARTING THOUGHTS

 Last night  just as the sunset was receding into the western sky I sat in my chair while filling up the sheep’s water.  The sky was beautiful shades of pink melding into the  dark of night.  It was just beautiful.  Sometimes I just don’t appreciate how good my life is.  I live a simple life doing what I love best, farming in a small way.  I am surrounded by family, animals and friends that truly love me and  even though many days are  a struggle to keep things going I wouldn’t trade it for all the money in the world.

Many thanks for reading my blog today, I hope you day is enjoyable.  Carole





NOVA SCOTIA NEXT SEPTEMBER-MORTICIA-KITCHEN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN

25 09 2014

GREETINGS

The sky tonight was so beautiful.  In the north-western sky it was oranges and yellows and in the south-western sky it was red and blues.  I just love it when I have some time at the end of the day to sit and enjoy it.

NOVA SCOTIA NEXT SEPTEMBER

There is a wonderful trip to Nova Scotia next September and I am hoping to go.  It’s a 6 day bus tour leaving from Vermont.  It’s a rug hooking tour and we will be stopping at Searsport Rug Hooking Shop in Maine, Deanne’s studio in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Cheticamp for 2 nights and Encompassing Design SHop and of course we couldn’t miss seeing the enchanting Peggy’s COve.  The scenery will be breathtaking.  If the bus is full the rates are very low and its all-inclusive.  I will start saving for it now.  Even if you are not a rug hooker its a great way to see lots of Nova Scotia.

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MORTICIA 

She is determined to be a Mother again.  In the morning she will fly out of the nest box and run around squawking getting a drink and quickly eating.  Getting back to her two little eggs as quick as she can.  I put plenty of hay in the nest box and she almost buries herself in it.  Tonight Mrs Brown has joined her.

THE KITCHEN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN

The freezer is in the kitchen but not before all the herbs were taken out of the herb cabinet and it moved across the room.   The move was timely, at this time of year I like to look through all the herbs and refresh them.  This year I dried spearmint, sage, parsley, basil, cilantro, and dill.  I really didn’t think that I would like the arrangement but it made more room and looks quite nice.  I will finish it up tomorrow.

NO CROW COLLARS

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They arrived yesterday and I will put them on the two young roosters over the weekend.  They are not harmful and I think may help the roosters to ive a longer life.  Roosters need to take a huge breath to crow.  The breath is about twice the size of a normal breath.  This collar will not allow them to take such a deep breath and while they will still crow it will not be of that loud volume.  I think this is a wonderful thing.  People always have roosters they love but live in the city and can’t keep them, The collar is lightweight and simple and in no way harmful.  I will let you now how it works .

Many thanks for reading my blog today , I hope you enjoyed the day.   Carole

 





LIFE ON THE FARM-CHICKENS-PEACHES

22 09 2014

HELLO

Fall is being ushered in with windy weather.  It’s not a cold wind, it’s the kind that clears the air.  Trees are starting to turn and the morning glories are getting fewer and smaller.

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If you look close the Chestnuts on my son’s tree are almost ready to fall.

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  The smell of wood smoke waifs through the air as people scurry like squirrels to get ready for the rough  winter we are suppose to have,  

CHICKENS

My wonderful chickens never cease to amaze me.  The inside coop is moulting, even poor Murphy is looking a little disheveled these days.

ONLY ONE TAIL FEATHER LEFT

ONLY ONE TAIL FEATHER LEFT

Morticia in the outside coop has decided to build a nest and have a few more babies.

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There are two eggs in there now and I will let her lay two more and that will be it.  These chicks will be bantams which is what I want to have as a flock in the future.  They are smaller take up less space and eat less.  Yes the eggs are smaller but the yolk is almost as big as a normal egg.   Either Samantha or Rosie are laying now its been a little over 5 months since Samantha was hatched.

tHE SMALL EGG IS PROBABLY THE FIRST ONE LAID AND IS THE SIZE OF A QUARTER

tHE SMALL EGG IS PROBABLY THE FIRST ONE LAID AND IS THE SIZE OF A QUARTER

Both of them are of laying age its hard to know which one is laying and the two larger eggs seem like different colors so they both may be laying.  They should lay through the winter which will be good as the others won’t lay again until December or so and there probably won’t be more than an egg day because of the short days.

PEACHES

The peach tree is heavy with fruit, I will be picking them even though they are not quite ripe.  They had a little insect damage and I need to see if there is something I can do next year organically.

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Many thanks for reading my blog  and I hope you enjoy the day.

Carole





WOOD, HAY AND SEWING EXCHANGE ALL IN ONE DAY-NEW FREEZER

21 09 2014

GREETINGS

Carol K.

Carol K.

 

It’s a rainy Sunday a good day to get some things done.

WOOD HAY AND THE SEWING EXCHANGE ALL IN  ONE DAY

What a day I was exhausted from it.  Up at the crack of dawn and down to FLorence by 8am.  I didn’t know what to expect but was really pleased by the crowds and next year I will know exactly what to bring.   Susan came up from Ashby and we both had a good day.The Lovely ladies from WOol and Dye WOrks were there and everyone from the CHurch were so helpful.

HAY

It's a good feeling to have a barn full of hay.

It’s a good feeling to have a barn full of hay.

I was only home an hour before Josh called for the hay.  50 bales are tucked in the barn  I really have been fortunate to meet some wonderful people and Josh and his family are some of them.  When they found out that I would be out of hay before they could come his Dad came over with three bales to get me through.

Wood

Mike came about an hour after that with wood.  It will take me about 2 weeks to get it stacked on the porch.  Good exercise for me.  I will do a little every day.  Mike grows shiitake  mushrooms and left me with a small bag of them.  I am going to use them in a stir fry tonight..  He is also making the large knitting needles that I sell.  This year I am going to have him make a smaller version of them and try them out knitting a scarf  I think it will be good.  Easier to manage.

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NEW FREEZER

David took me to get a new freezer on Friday.  The last flood ruined my old one.  And  now I will use it to store grain in.  I hope to reduce my trips into Greenfield this winter by stocking up on all supplies.  The freezer is on the porch till I move some things around in the kitchen to make room for it.  

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This past week has been a whirlwind of activity.  We had a simple but beautiful service for my Mom on Monday with my friend Vicar Jane officiating.  Still some loose ends to tie up but I am hoping that this week the pace of life will slow down here at the farm.  I will be doing another box of tomatoes now that I have the freezer and hope to do more pickles and some pickled beets this week.  

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you enjoy the day.   Carole





GETTING READY FOR THE SEWING EXCHANGE-GETTING READY FOR A WOOD DELIVERY- CATS-BAD NEIGHBOR

17 09 2014

GREETINGS

Sammy watching the birds with the draft dodger stuffed cats

Sammy watching the birds with the draft dodger stuffed cats

This morning is wet and gloomy.  The smell of wood smoke was in the air.  We can use the rain it was getting  a bit dry.  The rest of the week will be lovely.  Several skunks have been visiting the two houses for the past few nights.  So far they have not gone into the barn.  But they have perfumed my whole house.

GETTING READY FOR THE SEWING EXCHANGE

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Early on Saturday morning I will be up at the crack of dawn to vend at the Sewing Exchange.  It’s a once a year event at the Congregational Church in Florence.  I have never been but heard rave reviews of it.  If you need anything to do with sewing, knitting , rug hooking you will find it there very reasonable.  I am hoping to find new owners for braiding materials, weaving materials and sewing things.  There won’t be any finished products for sale.  They say the crowds wait outside the door.   Looking forward to the event.

WOOD AND KNITTING NEEDLES

Wood for the winter will be coming sometime this weekend.  Mike Purrington supplies my wood which is cut from his wood lot.  I will be busy over the next few weeks stacking it on the porch.   He is the fellow who makes my large wooden Knitting Needles so he will take that project back with him.  I should have them in a week or so.

THE CATS

Sammy and Owen ate doing well, it’s a blended family now, no hissing or disagreements.  Both the new kitties \are waiting each morning and night for their canned food. 

Sammy and SHorty

Sammy and SHorty

 

A BAD NEIGHBOR

I am lucky to live in such a nice neighborhood.  But there is one person who will complain about me or my animals every chance he gets and it’s not just me he complains about every little thing..    Tonight he called the animal/health inspector about a smell certainly coming from my house.  It was a detergent smell.  SInce I was not doing anything with detergent. it wasn’t me .  He told the inspector that I must be draining my washer into the street, well it goes into a sewer system.  Its harassment and I am getting sick of it.  Of course the inspector didn’t find anything  but I had to explain and it took time.    I am so lucky to live in a Right to Farm community as the last time he told me that he would make me get rid of my chickens.    Well tomorrow is another day..

Many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole