CANADIAN GEESE-THE LAVENDER FEST-THE ROBIN

28 06 2015

GREETINGS

Its been raining hard off and on all night.  At this point it seems that I won’t be setting up at the Fest today.  Chris made sure that everything was dug out so no water came in the barn.

CANADIAN GEESE 

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Since I moved her 18 years ago geese have made nest on this property, showing their goslings how to walk on the side of the road and how to cross it and the best places in the neighborhood to get a meal.  Its one of those things in this fast pace world that slows you down for a few moments just to watch them.

THE LAVENDER FEST

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Yesterday was a perfect day for the Lavender Fest.  Cooler temps and a cloudy day made things perfect.  They had the biggest attendance ever.  I sold quite a bit of salve and met so many nice people. 

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This is Marty she is Sandy’s sister (Sandy hosts the Lavender Fest).  SHe bought my Norwood Loom and want to show me her first project on it.  I am so glad that the loom has gone to such a wonderful home.  Great Job.

ROSE GERANIUM SALVE

The rose geranium salve is done.  I thought i had a brilliant idea but ir didn’t work out.  I thought I would grind up some rose petals to put in the salve. but had to strain them out.  A lesson learned.  The salve came out nice with a subtle, musky smell of roses. 

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THE ROBIN

A the fledglings should be gone from the nest in the Crabapple tree but there is one  who won’t leave the nest.  It’s as big as its mother.  There are some kids that never want to leave the nest!

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Sorry its a bit blurry taken through a window.  Thanks to Gary for a few of the lavender pictures.

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

 

 

 

 

 





MYSTERY ILLNESS IS STILL A MYSTERY-GARY COMES-CHRIS IS COMING FRIDAY -LIL FINALLYS FINDS AN EGG

24 06 2015

GREETINGS

We had another day of crazy weather yesterday.  Heavy rains, thunderstorms, Tornado warnings. Today is wonderful summer day.  This morning Lil found an egg.

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MYSTERY ILLNESS

The medication has not improved me at all so I will probably stop taking it soon. I think I have a form of Lymes disease which is often not diagnosed.  Further investigation is necessary.

GARY COMES

Gary came yesterday to spend some time here and may come back to help me out with the Crafts Of Colrain.  

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Unfortunately on the way home my car overheated and had to be towed home.  David can fix it and  will be back driving around tomorrow.

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Today Gary turns 65 and we celebrated his birthday with a CHrista Snyder Cake .   Lil helped Gary blow out the candles and loves cake.

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Chris is coming on Friday and will spend a week here.  I sure can use his help.  We will be working on the downstairs of the barn and a new website, fishing and swimming.  HIs Mom and friends will visit on Friday too.  How exciting.

Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole

 

 





FOOTSTOOL-HOGWEED-CHINESE LANTERNS-GATHERING ROSE PETALS FOR CHICKENS

21 06 2015

GREETINGS

Lil checking for eggs this morning

Lil checking for eggs this morning

I can’t believe that I had to light a fire in the stove this morning.

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It was only in the 40’s here.  More rain coming in so trenches were dug this morning and will be checked tonight.  We have had curious weather this spring.  The one thing I can count on each year is the Jewelweed plant .  It really doesn’t care if its warm or cold it just grows and grows.  I have pulled about 1000 plants and have so many more to get out before seeds form.

FOOTSTOOL

It’s been years in the making and now it  will become a pillow.  It will not fit into the footstool frame.  I will cover the footstool with a paisley  material that I love.

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This is the first time I have ever heard of Hogweed.  A friend thought  she had it so I did some investigating online

Its listed as a Federal Noxious  plant.  It can grow up to 14 feet tall with leaves as large as 5 feet across.  DO NOT TOUCH THIS PLANT.  Touching the sap of this plant can cause sever burns, permanent scaring and even blindness.  

CHINESE LANTERNS

They have come back this year and multiplied.  I am glad I do love them in fall decorations.

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ROSE PETALS

I am gathering and drying herbs for the chickens i the winter.  Today I picked the rose petals that fell on the ground.  I will dry them tomorrow.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day tomorrow.   Carole

 





NEW BAGS FROM CHRISTA-MOVING HENS

18 06 2015

GREETINGS

Cloudy day with some rain expected in the afternoon.  Got hay this morning and received a message from another hay source yesterday who sells me at least 100 bales each year.  He said he would be lucky to supply me with 50 bales this year.    It will be a tough feeding year.

 

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I was so sorry to hear about the killings in Charleston this morning.  I was brought up where you would judge a person by his character not his color.  Our country seems to be going backwards instead of forward.

NEW BAGS FROM CHRISTA

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Look at the new bags from Christa.  THey are made from my feed bags and are purse size.  She has even put my logo on them.  I love the lining fabric and the pocket.  Just wonderful.  I will have some available at the Lavender Fest.

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MOVING HENS

Every time I move hens I think things will go smoothly most times it doesn’t.   I had the caravan yard ready and decided to move the two large hens that Murphy was picking on  and  Morticia and Violet the Bantams into the caravan area.  That did not work out at all so I quickly moved the Bantams into Hazel and Mrs. Brown’s pen.  Hazel was delighted two more girls his dreams have come true but Mrs. Brown was very angry.  Her little face showed it.  I really think she was jealous.  Just one month ago they were all together happily.  Today is another day and peace seems to reign.

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I will leave you today with a little video of Morticia taking her first real dirt bath since late fall.  HOpe you have a  lovely day  Carole





JOHNSON HILL FARM LAVENDER FEST-SILK EYE PILLOWS-MAKE DO-EGGS

16 06 2015

GREETINGS

Rains all day yesterday and moe drizzle this morning.  Heaving rains and thunderstorms may come in this afternoon then a dry spell. Perfect weather.  The yard for the chickens is almost ready and I hope to have some of them out tomorrow.

JOHNSON HILL FARM

 

JOHNSON HILL FARM

Buckland – Massachusetts

JOHNSON HILL FARM

Visit our Lavender ‘Coop’ where fresh-cut stems hang to dry.

Home of the Lavender Labyrinth

Our doves are released daily for exercise,

weather permitting

Each of the past 11 years we have hosted the Annual Lavender Festival

held the last full weekend of June.

 The 2015 Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28, 2015

​10 am to 4 pm each day

I hope that you will put this on your calendar.  It’s a not to be missed event. The Cardinal’s have hosted this event with the help of their family.  I will be vending there with my Cousin Gary hope to see you.  Please leave your dog at home.  Thank you.

SILK EYE PILLOWS

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I have finished some Some Silk Eye Pillows,  They are filled with flax and lavender.  SOothing for tired eyes.  The silk is hand dyed, and they is available in size small and medium at the show or from me directly.

MAKE DO

Another project gone from the dining room table.  A blanket that my Dad always kept in his car.  It kept kids warm, was used for picnics covered fresh veggies and many more things.  It’s a nothing special blanket probably acrylic but the memories held in it are more precious than all the money in the world.    My Dad was a caring person who always thought of others before himself  always watching over his family and friends like a Shepard watches over his flock. 

After years of wear and being stored it had some holes in it.  I cut it up and the cats will use some of it in their beds and I will use large piece in my car.

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We live in a throw away society today.  There are things that have to be thrown away, i do my best to recycle and repurpose things. My family always repaired things and used them up this went back for generations its hard to break that old of a habit. 

EGGS

I have heard that in some states eggs are being rationed because of the avian flu.  I am always grateful for having my chickens.  They have given me so much more that I could give them.  Eggs and Entertainment!!!!!

Matilda  in the nest box this morning

Matilda in the nest box this morning

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





AND THE RAINS CAME-BABY ROBINS-SHEEP WAITING

14 06 2015

GREETINGS

Warm days and cool nights, all the flowers are blooming, seedlings starting to emerge, chickens laying lots of eggs, sheep growing more wool, and cats watching chipmunks and birds by day and the antic’s of skunks at night.  We did have a terrible thunderstorm the night before last and the skunk must have been right near my bedroom window.  The sky filled up with light and with a crack of thunder the perfume de skunk came floating in my window.  The cats raced to the window and I smiled.  Even skunks get startled by the noise and light of the storm.

AND THE RAINS CAME

The rains came down in torrents the night before last. Mud and water flowed through the barn.

MUD

MUD

 I will be digging trenches today as more heavy rains are expected tonight.  The downstairs back chicken coop got wet and I did clean that last night  Lauren , Tyler and Charlie came over and  it took them almost 4 hours to get it all cleaned.

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 What a huge help, it would have taken me alone a better part of a week.   My friend Danielle will be over sometime to load it all into her truck and  mulch her garden with it.  I have a never ending supply.

BABY ROBINS

From the hay door the Robins nest can be seen and Tyler took some great pictures.

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THere is always one that wants all the food.

THere is always one that wants all the food.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this sunny June Sunday.  I hope you have a lovely day.   Carole

Carol Kinnevan

Carol Kinnevan

Marley

Marley

 





MYSTERY ILLNESS SOLVED-ELDERBERRIES-OIL LAMPS

12 06 2015

 

GREETINGS

We are in store for another nice day today.  I got some seeds and plants in yesterday and more will go in today.

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MYSTERY ILLNESS

I have been sick on and off for the last year.  I had odd symptoms which led me to think it was lymes disease.  A friend Vicki, talked about the Wellness Clinic in Northampton and I made and appointment.  It’s a wonderful place where they care deeply about people and treat  and know lots about lymes.  After 22 tubes of blood and 32 pages of  labs I got my results back.   I have two different viruses running in my body, my immune system cannot fight them off so I am going to be on an antiviral medication..    I am so happy to have found out what is wrong and to have treatment for it  I will be feeling like myself in no time I hope.

ELDERBERRIES

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This is the third year that these large bushes have been in the ground.  I now wish that I had planted them somewhere else.  BUt there they will stay. I kept thinking of the elderberries in the wild sort of compact bush, these are bushes are huge and with branches hither and yon.   The flowers are beautiful this year and I hope to make some Elderberry syrup for winter ailments .

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OIL LAMPS

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I have oil lamps  in many rooms, with some oil in them and ready to go.  The lights rarely go out here and there are flashlights that light up rooms now.  But having  an oil lamp  or two reminds me of a simpler life.  

In Massachusetts when I was a child over 60 years ago we did have fierce winter storms which dumped feet of snow on the ground. Lights would  go out and we needed oil lamps and camp stoves to get through.  My  Dad would cook breakfast for all the neighbors, as a child it seemed like so much fun.

In Maryland when visiting my Grandmother the summer thunderstorms would just sit on top of the Susquehanna River.  My Grandmother was terrified of  storms and would wake everyone in the house except for my Grandfather and we would all have to go into the parlor and sit around  the oi lamp.  Each clap of thunder would bring a gasp from my Grandmother and seem worse than the other.  In all my life I have never been in storms like that anywhere else.

Lil came over yesterday to check out the Hazel and Mrs. Brown.

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