HAPPY THANKSGIVING

27 11 2014

Wishing all a wonderful Thanksgiving.

The storm is gone and the sun is out.  Its a glorious Thanksgiving Day.

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A GREAT BOOK FIND-THE SNOW HAS STARTED- MOLLY

26 11 2014

GREETINGS

I finished unpacking books that were brought back from Belchertown.  Amongst them are The Harvard Classic which my father had bought for his Grandchildren.  In the pile was this wonderful book                         .  Printed in 1941 Its a book of wonderful photo’s of rural Vermont and a one of two paragraph remark about the picture.

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 I especially love this one which was taken  before World War ll.

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MOLLY

Molly and Dolly were hens that were given to me by a friend whose Mother could no longer take care of them.  Sadly Dolly died this past year but Molly is still full of vim and vigor.  Last night she decided to perch in an unusual place the screen door that separates the coop. SHe didn’t mind that the screen came down.  Changes are always made between the two coops when I am feeding or cleaning them out.  This past week Matilda  joined Hazel’s group while Samantha joined Murphy’s.  Life among chickens isn’t that different from people’s lives.

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I will have to fix the screen again although no one seems to mind.  You can see that she can hardly keep her eyes open it was way past her bedtime!

THE SNOW HAS STARTED

Its coming down in a sleet and snow mix and I am sure will soon change over to a full snow.  We are suppose to get 6-12 inches closer to 12 in these hills.  The birds know that it’s coming and have been eating through all the bird food since yesterday.  I will do a refill before the storm gets going in force.

I love snowy days.  After tidying up the house I plan to get the wood stove going and knit the day away.  I don’t do enough of the things I love but winter time is when I can catch up on all my projects.

The lights flickered off and then on again.  The snow is heavy on the power lines and the wind is starting to blow.  It’s after 4 pm and its been snowing for quite some time.  The picture below was taken about 4 pm.  I think we might just get the 12 inches.

WINTER WONDERLAND

WINTER WONDERLAND

Thank you so much for reading my blog on this snowy day.  I hope you are cozy and warm today.    Carole





THROUGH THE BARN WINDOW-STORM COMING-ROSIE- ROADSIDE TRIMMING

25 11 2014

GREETINGS

FROM THE BARN WINDOW

My barn window offers wonderful views.  Moon light often streams through, Stars on a moonless night, Snow gently coming down, even rain coming down.  Tonight we had a spectacular sunset.    Tomorrow 6-12 inches of snow.

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We have been enjoying temps in the 50’s and 60’s all this week.  I worked like a mad woman these past few days getting things done.  EVerything is picked up in the yard and manure is spread around.  We may be back in the 50’s again over the weekend, the one thing that didn’t get done was bulb planting and garlic planing.  I hope I can do it over the weekend.    

ROADSIDE TRIMMING

The Maine Organic Newspaper had an interesting article on road trimming.  You see the trimmers on the roadways all summer long.  What I never thought about is when they are around.  It seems that lots of the trimming is when wild flowers and shrubs need pollinating.  So these flowers and the insects that pollinate them are becoming more scarce.  It all makes sense and they are truly worried about the monarch butterflies who depend on milkweed leaves to thrive.  I am hoping to plant some milkweed next year.

ROSIE

Rosie is finally getting her feathers back but still sleeping where its warm and cozy in the nest box.

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

 

 





SHELBURNE FALLS FARMERS MARKET-MAINE ORGANIC FARMER AND GARDENER-TWICE 55

24 11 2014

GREETINGS

The woods are shrouded in fog this morning and a gentle rain has been falling all night.  I redug the trench and no water in the barn.  I cleaned the barn yesterday and one to get on a once a week schedule of barn cleaning again.  It sure makes things easier and only takes an hour and a half.  I am off to the cemetery to plant spring bulbs this morning.

SHELBURNE FALLS FARMERS MARKET

Saturday was a perfect day for the Autumn market.  It was brisk and windy and the day ended with a few snow flurries.  The crowds weren’t there  like last year but it was an enjoyable day.

MY TABLE AT THE MARKET

MY TABLE AT THE MARKET

 More and more fairs are held that weekend so the competition is brisk.  I made a lot of contacts and met  Eliza.  Eliza writes a beautiful blog with many wonderful pictures and she is only a few towns away.

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ELIZA

It was wonderful to finally meet her.  Her blog is elizawaters.wordpress.com.  Check it out.

LOTS OF VEGGIES

LOTS OF VEGGIES

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND PEARS

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND PEARS

 

MAINE ORGANIC FARMER AND GARDNER

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Lots of interesting news.  I particularly liked the article on the comeback of Granges in Maine.  With the encouragement of farming, Granges in Maine are making a comeback.  What good news. The Grange was an important part of my family life and I hope that our state can start to encourage small farming.  This newspaper is very reasonable and if you are a farmer, gardener or folks that are interested in your food I encourage you to join this wonderful organization.

TWICE 55

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Since I got my Piano back I have been looking for these wonderful song books.  They were found in some books that I brought back from my old homestead.  I am delighted.  Twice 55 was first published with a collection of 18 songs in 1913.  It soon went to 55 songs and when World War One came along it went to 120 and was named Twice 55.   These song books came from my Dad’s homestead where there was a large family steeped in the arts of singing and playacting.  

My Dad and I would often have sing-a-longs on car trips.  One of my favorite songs was Loch Lomond.  I once was in Scotland and on the way back to the airport from The Highlands I saw a small sign Loch Lomond.  I quickly stopped the car, it’s a beautiful loch and it brought back those sweet times of my Dad and I signing that song.  I am not a great piano player but will enjoy playing some of these songs again.

The chickadee’s have been out in full force getting as any sunflower seeds as they can.  I hope you have a wonderful day its starting to clear up now.  Many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole and my helper Owen

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A CHICKEN MYSTERY-OWEN-CHICKEN LITTLE- SHELBURNE FALLS AUTUMN MARKET

21 11 2014

GREETINGS

Yesterday I was without internet for most of the day, I didn’t realize how much I would miss it.  Eventually my Son found the cause the phone line had become unplugged!   Its cold here this morning but will rise up to the 40’s this afternoon.  Then bitter cold tonight.   The people in Buffalo could get another 3-4 feet of lake effect snow today on top of the 4-5 feet they already have.  No one can really be prepared for that amount.

THE CHICKEN MYSTERY

This picture is of  a rooster and a hen or two roosters, not sure.

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 I thought they were both roosters but Chicken Little now looks like a hen.  No eggs though which leads me to think that he is a he.  Strange though.

SHELBURNE FALLS AUTUMN FARMERS MARKET

Shelburne Falls has its autumn farmers market this Saturday from 11 am till 4 pm in the elementary school.  It’s a wonderful event where you can pick up some locally made items and still buy some wonderful produce.  

CAT TOYS

I have been busy making cat toys for the farmers market

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and some to send to Ahimsa SHelter where my two new kitties came from

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.  It’s such a nice shelter where loving care is shown to each animal and great care is given to find just the right owner.

OWEN

Owen had his doctors visit yesterday.  He certainly doesn’t like going anywhere.  All numbers are good so he won’t have to go back for three month.  He gained 2/10’s of a pound.

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The Thursday Spinner met at Jane’s today.  Everyone had an interesting project.   Many thanks for reading my blog today.  Its going to be a bitter night and the wood stove is keeping the kitchen nice and warm.   Carole

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PICTURES OF MY FIRST FLOCK OF SHEEP-A VISITOR IN THE PASTURE-CHRIS AND OWEN-ELLIOTT-ROSIE

18 11 2014

GREETINGS

Its a cold day today with a bitter night coming upon us.  January weather, well for me its a test to see how warm the house stays with wood and pellets during the  day and oil at night.  So far so good.  Its quite comfortable in the house.  Lots of work keeping everything going but worth it.  A warm up next MOnday maybe I can still get the garlic planted!   I have been wanting to share some pictures of my first flock of sheep.  All Border Leicesters and as far as I a concerned the best flocK that anyone could have.  The first picture is of Seamus, who was a 300 pound beauty.  He was as gentle as a kitten, the second picture is of some of the rest of the flock including my angora goat Timmy.

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THE FLOCK

THE FLOCK

 

A VISITOR IN THE PASTURE

Miles and miles of woods start where my pasture leaves off.  Many animals live there.  This morning my son looked up in the pasture and saw the sheep and Elliott and then something else, a deer.  A young doe coming out of the barn.  The sheep and Elliott didn’t seem to notice which leads me to think that this has been happening for a while.  SHe probably discovered food and drink inside the barn.   SHe easily jumped the fence  when my son’s dog barked.  Always something interesting.

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A couple of weeks back when I was still ill I went up to feed the sheep and noticed that Elliott was bleeding from the mouth and there was a tooth missing.  Of course I got all upset but called a llama expert  and found that this happens in old age.  They do loose their front teeth, not to be concerned because they chew with their back teeth.  By the time I went back upstairs he was happily eating his hay and had finished his grain.

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Chris and Owen

The new cats really like CHris. especially Owen.

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ROSIE

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Poor Rosie what a time to moult.  I have fixed up a nest box for here with lots of shavings and hay and she seems to stay warm there.  She still ventures outside during the day.  New feathers are coming in .

Many thanks for reading my blog on this blustery day, I do hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are.

Carole 

 





GETTING BACK TO NORMAL-BARN CLEANING AND MORE HAY-NIGHT TIME VISITOR-NEW ARRIVAL

16 11 2014

HELLO

Slowly my strength is coming back and today I almost feel like my old self.  So much to do getting reading for the cold and snow.  Freezing rain, then snow are expected for tomorrow.

BARN CLEANING AND MORE HAY

Chris is here to help me get some tasks done.  He and Charlie cleaned the barn totally yesterday and it looks great.  I appreciate the help so much.  Today Chris and I cleaned up the yard and  got the barn ready for a delivery of hay.  The bales were heavy but all are safely in the barn.

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.  The heated water tank is set up inside.  I still need to put plastic covering on the chicken ‘s window and get the lamp installed but that’s another day.

Night time visitor

This possum has been visiting my son’s house every night.  He rests in the chestnut tree and we are wondering if he likes the vantage point or is finding nuts.

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MEET SAMANTHA or SAMMY PUPPY AS LIL CALLS HER

My son and his family rescued this wonderful dog in New Hampshire.  SHe fits in beautifully.  Only 2 she still has a bit of puppy in her.  I will be including more pictures of her in future blogs.

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PEEPS AND TWEETS UPDATE

They have grown and are very vocal.  Mama is still very attentive to them.  They both have feathered feet like their father, Hazel.

PEEPS

PEEPS

TWEETS LOOKING UP

TWEETS LOOKING UP

Many thanks for reading my blog on this cold late fall day.  I hope you have a lovely day.  Carole

SAM CAN'T YOU SEE I AM NAPPING!

SAM
CAN’T YOU SEE I AM NAPPING!