HELEN-THE VINTAGE SHETLAND PROJECT-MORNING GLORIES

31 07 2015

GREETINGS

It’s been hot and humid and today we had some showers.  The humidity is supposed to be much less tomorrow but tonight it’s just sticky.

HELEN

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Helen is done her antibiotics and seems to be so much better.  I hope Chris and I can get her outside area finished so she can spend the rest of the summer outside.  Although I think she loves being in the kitchen and getting all the attention.  SHe is so sweet.

A NEW KNITTING BOOK WITH HISTORY LESSONS AND PATTERNS -THE VINTAGE SHETLAND PROJECT

One of the patterns from the book is The Prisoner of War Jumper.   The jumper was knitted for Ralph Paterson by his wife. He was wearing it when he was taken prisoner of war in Hong Kong. He must have held it dear as he mended it with odds and ends of yarns.

This book is so important to the people of the Shetlands, shepherd’s, spinners, knitters and history buffs around the world.

The author Susan Crawford has written other vintage knitting books I am not sure when this book will be coming out but I will keep you posted or you can check out her website susancrawfordvintage.com

MORNING GLORIES

 

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The morning glories are out in force again this year.  I was worried that there would be none as the large tree fell on the bird house and their spot.  It was late spring when the mess was cleared away but they and the bird house escaped the worst of the tree damage.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this sultry evening.  I hope its cooler where you are.  Carole

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HAY-FAMILY-SLEEPING PORCH

28 07 2015

GREETINGS

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t’s the three H’s today, Hazy, Hot, and Humid.  We expect these days in the summer and I try to get most of my chores done early.

 FAMILY

I am lucky to have three wonderful children and their spouses and kids.  As one ages one  need more help and each one of them are there for me in many different ways.  A big hug and thanks to all of you . 

HAY IN THE BARN

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Betty, Jason and Lauren got hay in the barn yesterday.Its the start of my stash of 100 bales.  With the shortage this year I want to fill the barn. They also brought up the hay I just bought, what a help.  Thanks to all.

SLEEPING PORCH

I needed something to get me excited about this house again.  I have this love hate relationship with it.  It was so neglected and always needs money and work one does get sick of it.  On the other hand its a unique house octagon shaped with a post and beam barn.  My friend Susan and I were talking about sleeping outside.  And the idea was started.  I had planned to put up two old windows that were here when I moved, up on the east side of the porch.  Blocking winter winds off the mountain might make the house a little warmer.  Then I thought that next year I could screen in  that side of the porch.  Then I looked up SLeeping Porches online and really got excited.

Sleeping porches date back 100 or so years.  Use for comfort in the hot weather.  Still used in many lake cottages.  Its coming back in vogue now.  It would be fun to sleep our in the cool air with wonderful night sounds but at the same time being protected from bugs and things that go bump in the night.

I hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog on this steamy day.  Carole





RUG HOOKING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE-EGGS-WAULKING WOOL IN SCOTLAND TODAY

25 07 2015

GREETINGS

Less humidity and a slight breeze is making these days summer perfect. 

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Driving through Vermont at any time of the year is wonderful but I especially love it in the summer.  Everything lush green, so many wonderful old farms. Lebanon New Hampshire is just a little over an hour and a half from my house. I take back roads till I get to Brattleboro then a highway route 91 to Lebanon.  Even the highway has some majestic scenery.  It was great to see old friends and meet new ones

Louise with her latest rug

Louise with her latest rug

Deb with her latest rug

Deb with her latest rug

CATNIP

DRIED CATNIP

DRIED CATNIP

Pattie gave me two large feedbags full of catnip.  I left them in the car.  On a few summer days they were dry.  ANd another benefit , catnip has a calming effect on people so my errand runs were less stressful!

THE NEW HEN

I love the shape of this egg

I love the shape of this egg

She has settled in and has laid an egg for the past two days.  To me that is an indicator that she feels comfortable..  I understand from Charlie that Morticia dug a hole and visited.  I am giving them more time to get use to each other, then hopefully they will get along.

WHAT IS GOING ON IN SCOTLAND TODAY-WAULKING THE WOOL

Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh's photo.

it would be wonderful to be there, to sing the old songs and be a part of it.

Waulking is a finishing process of the wool tweed. It is usually done by a group of woman pounding the cloth rhythmically The process was timed by song not minutes or hours.  For more detailed information please look up Thistle and Broom online. 

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Have a listen to one of the songs.
At this time of year there is a wonderful wool festival going on in Scotland, I am enjoying it via facebook. and you can to, here is the link.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this wonderful summer day, I hope you enjoyed my traveling to New Hampshire and Scotland. Carole





NEW ARRIVAL-THE LATEST IN CHICKEN WEAR-THE GARDEN-GOING AWAY

22 07 2015

GREETINGS

Chris has gone and I spent a lovely afternoon with my friend Patti.  Her gardens are to die for.  SHe has done such a splendid job on them.  I got a huge bouquet of catnip which I will be drying and making into cat beds and toys.  Some of the humidity is gone and a slight breeze on this beautiful summer day.

 

Helen had her stitches out on Monday it was the hottest day.  SHe has an infection and will have to take antibiotics for 10 days.  She GAINED 1-1/2 pounds.  Yea Helen.  Chris and I worked some on her new house.

 I did a spring cleaning on one of the inside coops hanging spearmint in it to keep it smelling nice and discourage insects.

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NEW ARRIVAL

Kitty has arrived and looks like a lighter version of Helen.  She was the only bird left in a flock  and needed company.  She will be separated from Hazel’s group by a fence  till they get use to each other.

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 I hope it will be a smooth transition.  SHe is an older bird and will lay the occasional blue/green egg.

THE NEWEST CHICKEN IN CHICKEN WEAR

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Phoebe’s back is a mess from Mr. Peppers and she adores him so, taking her away from him would be a last resort.  Now she is wearing the latest in chicken wear, a chicken saddle.  I think the color goes well with her lavender/gray feathers.  She is now used to it  I think I will make a few for her as she will need a change every once in a while

THE GARDEN

I don;t have a lot of sun on this property, the greatest amount is behind the house on the hill.  It makes gardening quite difficult with leg problems.  I will be thinking of ways I can improve things and make them easier.  

What I did plant this year is doing well.  I love seeing the leeks flourish and think of all the potato leek soup I will be making each time I see them.

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Some beans are coming along, the peppers and herbs are doing nicely and radishes and beets  will be plentiful.

The Sheep

They have been enjoying the many corn husks and weeds this summer.

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GOING AWAY

Tomorrow Debbie and I will be leaving for White River Junction fpr 2 days of Rug hooking, seeing old friends and listening to lectures.  I haven’t been in some time and am looking forward to the two days away.  It’s the first time I have left Sammy.    We will have a wonderful time and there will be lots of pictures when I get back.

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you are enjoying this summer day. Carole





SWIMMING ON THE DEERFIELD-THE HISTORY AND GEANEALOGY-PEPPERS ROM THE GARDEN

19 07 2015

GREETINGS

Hot and steaming for today luckily the nights seem to cool off.  Rain showers are preventing the hay from being done.  Jewel weed is almost 7 feet high, going to put a post on Facebook , free jewelweed and free manure come and get it.

Sammy thinking about where he will spend this steamy day

Sammy thinking about where he will spend this steamy day

SWIMMING ON THE DEERFIELD

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We all went down to Sunburn beach on the Deerfield River on Friday.  The water was frigid. Once you got use to it you were fine.  There are lots of glacier pot holes on this part of the river and jumping off them is so much fun.

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 A great time was had by all.

 Lauren and Lil shivering but crying because she didn't want to go.

Lauren and Lil shivering but crying because she didn’t want to go.

LAST SPINNING CLASS

The last spinning class was yesterday.  Both Deb and Joan made wonderful yarn.  We practiced with cotton/linen, mohair, Angora and made some designer yarns.  I enjoyed the class and am looking forward to seeing them both again.

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HISTORY AND GENEALOGY OF CHESTERFIELD MA

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Besides mentioning my families that lived in Chesterfield this book is a treasure-trove of information   When I was a child almost everyone in town was a cousin.  This book explains how that all came about.  So interesting are the comments like Killed by lightning, basket maker of pounded ash, one man was a blacksmith, farmer and man of strength, typhoid fever is mentioned.  large families were the norm and many children didn’t live to the age of 5.  This book covers the years 1762 to 1961. Life was so hard in those days.  

PEPPERS FROM THE GARDEN

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IN the freezer they will go

Many thanks for reading my blog on the summer day, I hope you are enjoying cool breezes wherever you are.

Carole

 

 

 





BLUEBERRY PICKING-MAKING HERBAL VINEGAR-HELEN-A CAT STORY

17 07 2015

GREETINGS

The hot and hazy summer day are here but Wednesday night brought low temps and a cold breeze.  The days of summer are having me doing things that I love, making vinegar. drying herbs, putting up food and trying to stock  my shelves for the long winter ahead.  Oh how I wish for a couple of acres then I would hardly have to visit the grocery store.  But I will make do and be grateful for the land that I have.

BLUEBERRY PICKING

On Wednesday  Chris and I, Lauren, Charlie  Tyler and Lil went blueberry picking.  Li ate more than she picked.

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 The farm is along route 2 about 10 minutes from the house.  Its located on a hill top overlooking the valley below.

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 The berries were huge and in no time we had 16 pounds and Lauren and family had a little less.

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I am hoping to get 50 pounds picked this summer.  I freeze them on cookie sheets and then bag them up.

MAKING HERBAL VINEGAR

I have been making Herbal Vinegar since I was in my twenties.  I use them and give them away as gifts.  Today I made a Dill/Garlic, a Rosemary/Garlic and a Oregano, Thyme and Garlic .

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HELEN

She has made a remarkable recover and will have her stitches out on MOnday.  SHe is eating me out of house and home, making up for lost time.

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 We are working on her new home today.

A CAT STORY

I had a beautiful white cat named Ernest Dodge.  He was one of the many rescue cats that I had gotten.  He ran and played the days away.  One day I noticed this small black cat looking in the living room window watching Ernest only.  I am not taking any more cats I have way too many I said.

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She was at the window watching  Ernest  everyday with this loving look.  I started feeding her and in two weeks she was at the vets getting fixed.  SHe followed Ernest everywhere, cuddled with him it was pure love.  I found this old picture of Ethel Dodge (both  cats named for a  great Aunt and Uncle who meant so much to me) and all the wonderful memories came flooding back.  Animals come and go in my life, each one is special, each one I am grateful for no matter how they have come into my life, and yes more animals have knocked at my door and I have let them in.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this wonderful summer day.  I hope you are enjoying the day.  Carole 

 





CHRIS ARRIVES-FLOWERS AND THE GARDEN

15 07 2015

GREETINGS

July weather is here, hot and sticky.  Today its cloudy with more chances of rain.  Getting cooler tomorrow though.

CHRIS ARRIVES

Chris arrived yesterday evening.  We have lots planned including getting an area ready for Helen and hopefully, getting Eddie’s NO CROW collar to stay on him so he can be out with her. SOme carpentry work computer stuff and fishing.

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UNEXPECTED SURPRISE

Several years ago my friend Lynn gave me some Poppy seeds.  They finally got spread last fall, now beautiful pink poppies are coming up in the oddest of places.  Oh how I love that.

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FLOWERS AND THE GARDEN

SWEET ANNE

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CONEFLOWER

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PATIO PLUMB TOMATOES

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