THE NEW HENS-PROJECTS REVISITED-PLANTING THE GARLIC

29 09 2015

GREETINGS

The huge harvest moon lit up the sky Sunday night and the eclipse was a sight to behold.  Cooler weather will be arriving with burst of color in the trees.  Rain is coming in for the next few days and we certainly do need it.

THE NEW HENS

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The three hens seem to be doing quite well.  Before the end of October everyone will be in the barn.  And in December most of the gals will be laying again.  I am getting two or three eggs a day now and just a few months ago I was getting 8 or 9

Eddie is quite happy with the new arrivals

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REVISITING OLD PROJECTS

Keeping this farm going is a full-time job.  I just don’t have the time to keep up with old projects.  Here are a few of the projects that I want to get finished and will be working on them this fall.

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I love this Camp Wool rug of Nubble Light.  I want to finish it this year.  I would hate to say how long I have been working on this rug.  Taking it out and doing the rocks, then its put away then doing the grassy areas and put away etc etc etc.  Its been a hard rug for me as I didn’t want it to look like all the other rugs in this pattern.  I wanted it to look real and after taking a class at Deanne’s in Nova Scotia I was able to get the look I wanted in the rocks, sea, and grassy areas. I have used all kinds of material, from handspun yarn and roving from my sheep to special wool material picked up here and there.  The pin is something my Mom used to wear and I will put it in the sea when I am done.  The puffin flying is Cindy’s favorite bird.    I have to get this done as I have two more rugs to make for David and Betty.  As my friend Deb said its just a weekend’s work.  Will keep you posted on the progress.

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This rug pattern I got many years ago too.  I started it and then put it away. Didn’t like the look of the straight lines mixed in with the lettering.   I am not a straight line person. I think I will rip out everything but the lettering.  I do love the chicken and cat and will do the area around the lettering in cream and white.  Drawing little circles to the design which will add depth to it.  I may change the middle to include a sheep or two!

Rug Hooking is so much fun and as you gain  experience your hooking changes..  I love hooking with yarn, I think you can be more creative with it and am so grateful to Deanne for showing the world  how creative one can be with hooking.  I have come to a place in my hooking where I am mostly satisfied with what I do.  Most times its very different than others do but I never was one to follow rules!

PLANTING THE GARLIC

Usually I plant the garlic late when its cold.  Yesterday was a beautiful, warm day so the garlic got planted..  Today I will mulch it.   Last year I just didn’t get around to it and I was very sorry.  I love having my own garlic and not having to worry about adding it to my grocery list.  Organic garlic is around $5.00 for 4 bulbs.  Planting garlic cost me $.85 per bulb.   Each bulb had at least  10 cloves on it so I come out way ahead even it only half of them survive.  I hope to get a few more bulbs..

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I have a little more room in the hill garden since the work was done in back so more things can be planted in the spring.  I am getting my raspberry patch ready for plants that my friend Joan is giving me .  My two apple trees have survived all the work that has been done on the house and I hope to have a grape arbour put up in two places next spring.

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Bird watching

Bird watching

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





FENCING DONE-SHEEP-NEW ARRIVALS-PEACHES

25 09 2015

GREETINGS

We are still enjoying the great weather. It has enabled me to get the fencing done.

FENCING DONE

I am so gad that its  done.  Moving and setting up those 16 foot sections of fencing was harder than I remembered.  Of course I am a lot older now.  Today I hope to start seeding, small areas of the fenced in area.

The sheep had been in the barn for 4 days.  They were glad to be out but bewildered by the fenced in area.

What's going on!

What’s going on!

All was forgotten soon enough when acorns were spotted.  Soon they were  gobbling them up.

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Still lots to do out of the sheep area and fixing up the gardens there.  

NEW ARRIVALS

Its fall and time for my annual visit to John Peters (The Chicken Man)  It’s a trip I always look forward to with anticipation , what kind of hens will come home with me this year.  I promised myself to get only two birds.

Lynn and I met Sheila a fellow chicken lover from Williamsburg and off we went.  Between us we bought 9 hens.  Sheila getting the most at 4, Lynn got two and I got three.  I bought an Easter Egger and two bantam Easter Egger.  They will all start laying in late fall.

Lynn with Emma

Lynn with Emma

I put them in the dog house and there was quite a bit of discussion between them.  There is just enough time for the adjustment and they will be part of the other flock.

 

Emma is the buff colored Bantam and Rosemary is next to her the bigger bird is Dorothy

Emma is the buff colored Bantam and Rosemary is next to her the bigger bird is Dorothy

PEACHES

I had beautiful large peaches this year but this is how they looked.  I think it’s caused by a moth but don’t know what to do about it.  Any advice?

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Woody is back

Woody is back

Many thanks for reading my blog on this beautiful day.  Carole





DRAINAGE WORK-DREAM PILLOWS-HERBAL VINEGARS

22 09 2015

GREETINGS

We are enjoying a long stretch of great late summer weather with some needed rain coming next week.  The side yard chickens were concerned about the activity in the sheep pasture, every so often I would hear the alert call from Eddie.

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DRAINAGE WORK

What a wonderful feeling to have it done.  Still more work to do getting the fencing up and some seed planted on the berm.  Luckily I have help from Lauren.  Its been years since I have done fencing, great exercise.

THE BERM WITH VALLEY'S BOTH BEHIND AND IN FRONT OF IT

THE BERM WITH VALLEY’S BOTH BEHIND AND IN FRONT OF IT

am so grateful that I finally found the right person for the job.  He knew exactly how to make the water flow.  Demers Landscaping out of Turners Falls did the job and he was recommended by my Vet.  6 old tires and some fencing and other odd things were dug up.  Lots of large boulders were placed near a retaining wall to further stop erosion.

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It will make a nice focal point for flowers and a bird house.  The garden area will change next season and I will have the winter to think about it.  

DREAM PILLOWS

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I cut out lots of primitive hearts yesterday and mix up all the herbs except for Lemon Balm which is  drying in the dehydrator for the dream pillows.  I hope to get some sewing done tomorrow and get them packaged up.  They really do help with a more restful sleep.

MAKING HERBAL VINEGAR

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A couple of days ago I finished up making my Herbal Vinegar for the year.  I love finding uses for bottles and one darker one is a olive oil  bottle and of course a coke bottle.  Garlic and Rosemary are my favorite kind to make .   You can make them out of any herbs but the more tender herbs like oregano will need to be drained out after a couple of weeks.  As I am writing this I think I will do one more, a vinegar with lavender in it.   These make simple, wonderful gifts with little cost and time.   My recipe :

Vinegar (good quality)  enough to fill your bottles (I guesstimate) 

Herbs:

Lavender, Dill, Chives, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme are a few I have tried and I do add Garlic to many of my mixes.

Clean bottles throughly , add vinegar to sauce pan and bring to a simmer (do not let it boil)   Add herbs to the bottles.  For a large bottle I usually add 3 stems of rosemary and one garlic sliced.  Add vinegar with a funnel and I like to cap with a cork.    I do like to put a tag on the with the ingredients and a ribbon or raffia for gift giving.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this delightful day.  Carole 





KNIT ME SOME HAPPINESS-THE GARDEN-CAMP WOOL-FREE MANURE

20 09 2015

GREETINGS

Its a beautiful, crisp morning with a hint of fall in the air.   Tomorrow the men come to do the drainage in the back of the barn.  Lots of fencing has to come down this afternoon.  It will be great to have that done. I have had some computer woes this week.  Updating and cleaning up has caused havoc.  I upgraded my iPad and now I can’t do anything with it.  THANKS APPLE, I WILL NEVER UPGRADE AGAIN!!!!! My lap top I did manage to get it going again but when Chris comes he will have to  work on it.  He will have it fixed in a jiffy.

Knit Me Some Happiness

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I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

THE GARDEN

Because of the work being done in the back some things have to be picked now.  I pulled up this gigantic heirloom  radish.  I will try it in my next salad.

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I also planted leeks this year and had to pull up some.   They will be frozen in slices for soups or tarts.

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DYEING WOOL

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I have been busy dyeing wool this week for CAMP WOOL in Kennebunk, Maine.  (If you haven’t been there its a wonderful place for lovers of all wool crafts) I hope to have it all dried and sent out soon.  

FREE MANURE

Why buy when you can get it for free right on the farm.   Great for starting new gardens just spread it on top and let winter do its work.  Bring a truck or bags.  Ingredients: sheep poop, some hay and shavings.  Most of it has been brewing all summer so its safe to put right around plants now.

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

 





MISCHIEVOUS CATS-POD CAST FOR KNITTERS-DYEING WOOL

17 09 2015

GREETINGS

Warm days and cool nights are perfect.  The leaves in the back mountain are ever so slightly showing changes.  This summer has been a funny one.  With torrential rains and cool enough temperatures to warrant a wood stove being lit.  Terrible fires in the west with flooding everywhere.  Climate change is here to stay and we have to learn to live with the abrupt changes.

MISCHIEVOUS CATS

Packing up for the show I found my Cat Pincushions.  Well should I say what was left of two of them.  The cats found them and thought that they were cat toys and ripped them open only to find that there was no catnip in them only walnut shells.  I will have to make sure that the new ones I make are in cat proof boxes.

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PODCAST FOR KNITTERS

I have found a great Podcast for knitters called KnitBritish.  The pod cast are many and they want British people to buy wool grown and spun  in Britain.  I love it and encourage all you knitters here in the states to follow suit and buy only wool grown here when you can.   Not enough is done to encourage that but I do know that Liz of Sheep and Shawl carries many wool’s grown locally.

 I love listening to the podcast for he  helpful hints and interesting facts about the wool’s she finds.  It inspires me while I am working on my projects for shows.

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DYEING WOOL

I have been getting another order ready for Camp Wool in Kennebunk, Maine.  I have finished the purples today and am onto the flesh  and pumpkin colors .

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

lunch today

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THE FAIR-NEW BAGS FROM CHIRSTA-BEETS-COSMO

15 09 2015

GREETINGS

Last night was chilly, I ended up closing most of the windows.  I am sowing bringing the porch plants in and have put my Amaryllis to bed for 6 weeks.

THE FAIR

The fair was a wonderful event which I will do again next year.  Lots of friends came including Eliza  fellow blogger and Chris a student of mine.  More than half of the heating pads I made flew off the table.

A clown and his bubble machine

A clown and his bubble machine

NEW BAGS FROM CHRISTA

I love Christa’s bags and this latest one is my favorite.  I carry my camera and iPad almost everywhere I go.  I don’t use a bulky computer bad but usually put it in my Purse.  This zippered bag is ideal for the camera, which fits into the pocket and my iPad. .  The long handle slips around my head and over my shoulder and is so secure.  She is making more so e-mail me if you are interested.

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BEETS

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I have pulled up the beets and will get going on canning them soon.  They are in the way of the back excavation.   To say that I planted them late I had a great crop.

Fennel, sting beans, peppers and cherry tomatoes still doing well.

COSMO AND SAM

He is doing well, still not fond of the other kitties but that comes in time.  I am so glad that I got him he is a great addition to my cat famiy

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He has such wonderful markings.

Poor Sam got locked in my sewing room for a day.  I heard his meowing from the porch and he was in the South bedroom window crying for help.  How smart of him.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I  hope you have a wonderful day.  We are in for a wonderful spell of warm days and cool nights.  Wonderful!





A NEW ARRIVAL-FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR-GOLDENROD SALVE

10 09 2015

GREETINGS

Much needed rain has arrived.  Temps lower and humidity leaving for the weekend.

A NEW ARRIVAL

I have been wanting another white cat and thought that this summer I would really start actively looking.  I follow Northampton Vets on Facebook and last week there was a posting about a  mostly white cat that needed a home.  I sent and e-mail and Cosmo is now here.   Lots of effort went into rehoming Cosmo, from his original owner who took extraordinary care of him to Genevieve who brought him here and Northampton Vets who took such loving care of him, I thank them all so much.

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He has had an eye removed, he could never see out of it and it was troublesome and some dental work done by the clinic.

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 He is approximately  8 years old and a very big cat.  He cried most of the night last night missing his family and in unfamiliar surroundings.  It will take some time for him to be adjusted.  Of course the other cats are curious and Willie the meekest of the cat family wanted to come into the bedroom.  He was greeted with some loud hissing sounds and retreated to the window sill.

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I  will slowly introduce the cats.

FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR

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This coming weekend I am vending at this wonderful old fair.  There is a craft tent there.  Come visit and look for me.  I have been busy making all sorts of things an I will have Christa’s Feed bags there too.

GOLDENROD SALVE

I just read an article on Goldenrod Save for aches and Pains so I have decided to make a trail batch .

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I have gathered Golden Rod , added it to a good quality olive oil and it will infuse for a month or so  In the meantime I will gather and dry some goldenrod just in case the salve works well.  

Many thanks for reading my blog on his cloudy, rainy day.  Cool air is now drifting in the windows and clearing a the humidity out.  Have a wonderful day.   Carole