SHOWS-MAKING BIRD TREATS AND FEEDERS-THE FIRST EGG-HELEN UPDATE

28 11 2015

GREETINGS

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I am so happy to be back blogging.  We have had such warm weather for November, cooler temps are coming in this afternoon but still not too cold.  I am grateful for the time to get things in order on the farm and still have a few tasks to complete before the ground freezes.  The sunsets here have been so beautiful.

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SHOWS

The Crafts of Colrain was a well attended event and I enjoyed the crowds, friends visiting and many new people came .I am busily making new inventory.  

The Shelburne Falls Autumn Farmers Market is one of my favorite shows.  So many different vendors with farmers set up with their fall and winter veggies.  Lots of fun and a easy, relaxing show.

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MAKING BIRD TREATS AND FEEDERS

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I found this recipe to make the suit block out of coconut oil.  I bought a small bag of mixed seed and nuts and made it.  Its so much cheaper to make  (for me at least because I buy my coconut oil  in 50 lb containers)  They say its better for the birds and they are enjoying it.  The whole thing takes about 5 minutes to make.  I layer a container with foil and add with about an inch of the seed and nut mix then melt the coconut oil at low temp and pour  over it and let it harden.

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FEEDERS

I love this feeder.  I won it at the Heath Fair some years ago.  This year I put it on top of a 4×4 and it has attracted so many birds.  I think I can make one so in the spring I will attempt it and put it on the other side of the porch.

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THE FIRST EGG

It has been well over 6 weeks since I have gotten any eggs.  I did buy a dozen but even though they say they are organic they don’t look or taste as fresh as mineIMG_6096

Matilda has laid the first one and continues to lay and egg a day.  I am sure the others will follow suit soon.

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HELEN UPDATE

She is doing well and living inside till next spring.  Her house is ready for her, Mrs. Brown and Hazel  will be put where there are no grasses .

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

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28 11 2015
Eliza Waters

Thanks for the suet tip – I might well try it.

28 11 2015
wspines

The birds really like it and it’s so easy to make let me know if you make it

30 11 2015
Sharon - creativityandfamily

I like the idea of suet blocks, I have also seen it pressed into pine cones and I rather fancy that idea too! x

27 12 2015
wspines

I have never tried pine cones think I will thanks for the reminder Sharon

27 12 2015
turtleknits

Did you include the recipe? I can’t find it. I’d like to try it.

27 12 2015
wspines

Hi
I melt coconut oil slowly mix in seeds and nuts which I bought at Walmart and pour into a pan with sides. It takes overnight to harden and then you can cut it to fit whatever you are going to hang it in . I use those wire cages. It is economical to make and you can add things like cranberries pieces of dates etc. if you have any other questions I would be happy to answer them. The birds around here love it do if you don’t have the metal things you can fill half an orange shell with it.

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