SOAP MAKING DAY-SCENES FROM COLRAIN-CHICKEN YARD

28 04 2015

GREETINGS

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Another nice spring day today.  The robins are out digging for worms and the CHipmunks are busy making new tunnels and collecting food.  Lots of people don’t like them, I have had a fondness for them since I was a child.  So I enjoy their antics.

SOAP MAKING DAY

Yesterday I made a double batch of Calendula soap.  I have three more different kinds of soap to make, Oatmeal, Summer Rose,  and the Basil/Lime gardening soap.  The making of soap is a time-consuming process.  Just setting up take about 45 minutes.

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 I started yesterday at 7:30 and finished cleaning up after 1.   It has cooled off overnight and cutting it is the next step, then it will sit and cure for 3 weeks or more.  

I am hoping to sell some on my Facebook page this year.

CHICKEN YARDS

I have raked up and seeded part of the chicken yard in front.  Now all we need is some good rain which is supposed to come at the end of the week.

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I still have manure to get rid of in spite of giving 2 truck loads away.  I will be cleaning the barn during the weekend but there won’t be too much then.

 I want to get the chickens in the house out soon but there is a big clean up from the fallen tree and I need to move some fencing.  I think that I will plan on doing that this coming weekend when the temps are suppose to go to about 70.   

DOOLIN POTTERY

Whenever in Claire, Ireland Cindy and I always went to Doolin Pottery.  The cottage and shop was old  and well taken care of, and samples of the pottery that was available was put out on the old stone wall.  One year we went there and someone else was living there we were so disappointed and found out that she had moved to Australia.  I love this sweet little wall vase and have it in my bathroom always filled with flowers.

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

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WINTER-PLANTING PEAS, CHANGING THE GARDEN AROUND

26 04 2015

GREETINGS

Sammy taking it easy

Sammy taking it easy

Chris and I have been busy, the barn is totally cleaned and their drinking water is now outside making chores easier.  Some of the fallen tree wood and branches are in piles, part of the front hens yard is ready for clover planting and the clothes line is back up.  These are among the many things that got done with Chris here.  He also made me a new Whispering Pines  Farm Facebook store page which I will be working on.

WINTER

Even though winter is (hopefully) over its time for me to start preparing for next winter.  All the limbs and sticks that have fallen during this past winter need to be cut and put into bags for kindling for next winter.  I am hoping to burn wood and pellets during the day and oil at night next winter.  This year I went through about 20 bags of kindling.  I know I will need more this coming winter.  Nothing on the property gets wasted.

PLANTING PEAS

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Yesterday I planted two different varieties of peas.  One is a snow pea and the other is regular pod peas.  I am changing the gardens around this year and the peas were planted on the fencing that I had planted tomatoes before.  For the past two years the tomatoes have not been doing that well and I have had to buy tomatoes for freezing.  So this year peas will go along the fence.  The end of May I will be planting Cucumbers along the fence and by the time they start climbing I should have picked all the peas.  I hope to freeze most of the peas for good winter stews and soups.

Cindy came last night and She and Chris left this morning.  He will be back in the summer  I ll miss him

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a lovely day.  I leave you today with some more shearing pictures.

Lil had a wonderful time at shearing day

Lil had a wonderful time at shearing day

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SHEARING DAY

23 04 2015

GREETINGS

Yesterday was a wild day with warmth and sunshine early on to heavy rains and high winds when we started shearing.  Then cold.  Today its sunny but cold and windy with snow showers and some rain showers in the afternoon.

SHEARING DAY

Before

Before

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after

Steve and Chris did a wonderful job.  CHris learning new techniques like moving and flipping a large sheep and giving Steve lots of help.

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Firs was Marley, we may have to do him twice a year certainly his nails got long this year so I will have to do them in the summer and maybe give him a trim at that time.  His fleece was very long.  We put him outside when he was done and onto the next which was Carol K. , then Maude, Lucy and then Sally was last.

Litte Marley

Little Marley

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Lil and her Mom and two brothers came over, she entertained us by singing Baa Baa Blacksheep!

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

 





CHRIS ARRIVES-ShEEP -CHICKENS-LIFE ON THE FARM

20 04 2015

GREETINGS

Rain rain and more rain for the week.  The sheep are inside till the shearing.

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And the spring flowers will be popping up everywhere. Thanks to my Son and Daughter in law who took care of Elliott yesterday.

CHRIS ARRIVES

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He has already worked in the barn, is making the front chicken area bigger and cutting some branches which were on the porch roof.  Tomorrow will be barn cleaning.  I know he will catch me up on all the things I intended to do while I was sick. Yea!

CHICKENS

I was able to pick up a bag of chicken scraps yesterday.  Bok Choy, herbs and cabbage.  I cooked them up a little and they will be enjoyed today for snack.

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Many thanks for all your kind and thoughtful comments about Elliott.  Each will be answered soon.  Carole

 

 

 





GOODBYE ELLIOTT-VETS

19 04 2015

GREETINGS

GOODBYE ELLIOTT

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Last night was a beautiful starry night and Elliott passed away.  It was such a blessing and he was in his barn with his sheep.  Today we buried him and the sheep got to say their goodbyes.  Marley spent the most time with him smelling him and looking, their protector is gone.   Everything will change about the herd now, it will be interesting to see who steps up to the plate and tries to take Elliott’s place.

Last years sheraing

Last years shearing

VETS

I was very disappointed in my Vet who is not local but practices in another state..  When I called him Thursday he said he was too busy to come and would be here on MOnday.  Compassion must not be important in that group.  They have been here for the sheep and Elliott before, I would never recommend this group to anyone. 

When living in Belchertown I went to Mill Valley Vets .  Dr. Morcum was my vet.  He is a compassion and loving person who cares deeply about the welfare of animals.  Everyone who works at the clinic is kind and caring.  My friend Renee has worked there for years.  I wish I lived closer so I could still go there.

I will be looking for a new vet and will make sure that if there is an emergency they will come.

Many thanks for reading my blog today.  So many changes ont he farm this past year, I hope that this is it for a while.  Carole

 





FAMILY AND FRIENDS-ELLIOTT

17 04 2015

GREETINGS

Its raining here today and we do need it.  It has been dry and this will help to prevent forest fires.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS

This year has been the hardest year for me.  With the death of my Mother and many animal family members passing on, sickness and worries, it seemed never-ending.  My family and friends have stood by me, helping me in many ways.  In my darkest hours someone has been there.  I am eternally grateful.  My blogger friends have sent kind e-mails . each one is treasured.  I am grateful to have all of you in my life.

ELLIOTT

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Elliott has taken a turn for the worse, I knew that he couldn’t come out of this but as long as he wanted to carry on I would do whatever I could for him.  The Vet has been called and he will come Monday to send him on his way to the sheep that have been waiting for him..  I didn’t really realize how much his illness has affected me till the other day when I had a complete meltdown.  Then and only then did I realized how much I have worried about him.  My friends Ceacy and Lynn came over yesterday  And got him moved with a lot of snorting and spitting and growling from himself.  We made him quite comfortable and left him eating hay.    He has pain meds too.  

When I was offered him I refused.  I didn’t want another large animal.  Llamas aren’t the friendliest of creatures and at that time my flock of sheep were well-trained.    My friend Lynn talked me into it and the deal was done.  Poor Elliott had never seen a sheep before.  You could almost see his eyes rolling when he saw them.  Right from the beginning he knew his job.  He guarded his sheep  and would patrol the perimeters of the pasture.  If something was in the woods he would lay down in front of the barn door and the sheep could not go out.   No dog with any sence would venture too near the fence or Elliott would come running and spitting.That flock of sheep respected him and would follow his lead.  He is the best Llama in the world.

MOre and more bulbs are popping up, I am hoping to plant some herbs seeds today.  Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole





DEB’S THREE CROWS-GLORIOUS SPRING DAY-PUSSY WILLOWS- LIL

12 04 2015

GREETINGS

DEB’S HOOKING PROJECT

I love how the Three Crow’s is coming out.   Great Job Deb

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GLORIOUS SPRING DAY

Instead of doing work in the house I spent the afternoon outside.  What a beautiful day.  I moved some manure around and Charlie cut 2 branches of the pussy willows and I put them in bunches.  They are beautiful this year.  

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Lil stopped by .

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

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