EGGS-FIBERUARY-GARDENING AND PLANTING BY THE MOON

31 01 2016

GREETINGS

Another sunny day and in the 40’s.  The days are longer and Spring is coming.  The last week has been a week of  sudden events.  My youngest daughter Betty fell and broke three bones and has had surgery and my oldest daughter, Cindy lost her beloved Mother-in-law quite suddenly on Tuesday.  Most of the time we live our lives without consequence but these two things happening to me remind me how one instant can change things and how short and precious life is.

EGGS

What the heck happened here.  I am guessing that this hen didn’t lay an egg in a couple of days and this was what happened.  It looks like a combination of two eggs.  Some solid shell with a membrane over part of it.  Never a dull moment in raising chickens.    

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FIBERuary

The blog is up and running FIBERuarysite.wordpress.com.  I am so excited about the wonderful articles that are coming in.  Don’t forget the Valentine event at Sheep and Shawl.

STORIES FROM THE FARM

On February 7th I will be speaking  at Sheep To Shawl.  Here is the blurb from the local paper.

Stories From The Farm – Carole Adams of Colrain will tell her stories SUNDAY, Feb 7 between 1:00 and 3:00 with time for questions at Sheep & Shawl in South Deerfield. She has raised sheep on a very small farm for over 20 years, has compiled a book of stories, is a spinner, dyer, weaver, rughooker, and fleece judge. Free. Refreshments provided.  Presenting speakers every Sunday of the month of “FIBERuary.” 265 Greenfield Rd, Rte 5/10 in the Tibetan Plaza, South Deerfield, MA  www.sheepandshawl.com  413-397-3680

I am looking forward to sharing my life as a small  farmer with you.  Join us at Sheep and Shawl.

GARDENING AND PLANTING BY THE MOON

I have been trying to get this book for several months now.  I finally got it today and it looks great.  I can’t wait to start reading it.  According to my blogger friend Anne, who has used this method you do get better yields and flavors.  Thanks Anne for the info.

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Thank you so much for reading my blog    Carole

 

 

 





IT’S FIBERUARY IS COMING

27 01 2016

GREETINGS

Sunny and glorious today.  The chickens are out  and it may be in the 50’s on Sunday.  Not normal winter weather but I do love it and on top of  that oil prices are low.

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IT’S FIBERUARY IS COMING

I have been reading Wovember for the past 3 or so years and thoroughly enjoy everything about it.  I have learned many new things. met many new people and learned about fiber life in The British Isles.  British Wool and Farmers are promoted in each article.  

We here in our local, Western Massachusetts area have such a diverse farming community but its relatively unknown.  I had been thinking of something for us to do in the cold winter months to promote the same thing here.  I spoke with Liz of Sheep and Shawl Shop in South Deerfield about my idea of It’s FIBERuary and its a go for this year.  

In the month of February we hope to have an article each day about people who work with fiber and animals.  Some of the articles will be Rug Hooking, Raising Sheep, Angora Rabbits, Alpaca’s, Pygora goats and other fiber animals, Shearing, knitting and weaving, needle felting, dyeing  and so much more.    Please join us on FIBERuary on WordPress.

Sheep and Shawl Shop will offer speakers on each Sunday of the month of February.   Times  and directions will be announced.  There will also be a Valentine contest made out of fiber at Sheep and Shawl  and information will be forthcoming .

The following is a list of the talks.

Sunday, February 7th

Stories From The Farm – Carole Adams

I have raised sheep for over 20 years and have a book full of interesting stories and have lots of experience in farming with sheep in a small way.

Sunday, February 14th       Three presenters that day!

Chris Pellerin – Dunroamin Farm

Pygora Goats

 

Hilary Woodcock-Woodcock Farm

Hilary will give a talk on Alpaca to Yarn

 

Jenny Atkins Angora Rabbits

Jenny will talk about her beautiful Angora Rabbits

 

Sunday, February 21st

Margaret Russell

Weaver of Rare Breed  Wools

Be Sure to put these events on your calendars.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you will be able to attend some of these events or read about them on the blog.  Have a wonderful day.  Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





ROSEMARY-INSTAGRAM AN ACT OF KINDNESS-PINE HILL KNITTING-

20 01 2016

GREETINGS

These past few days have been frigid.  With wind gust from 30 to 40 miles per hour coming off the mountain, you can tell where the air leaks are in this old house!  The winds have died down and the temps will go up to 30 today.

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The sheep were toasty with their warm coats, some nice grain and  the barn to selter them.

ROSEMARY

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She finally laid her first egg and its a beauty.  Another Olive Egg Yea.  She is the white with brown hen.

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  She has fit in with the crowd and knows to stay away from Samantha and Rosie who are the bossiest of hens.  Anyone within a foot area of them gets a peck.  Wish I had a separate area for them.  But in life we all have to know how to stay clear of trouble Rosemary has learned that lesson.

INSTAGRAM

I have been on Instagram for some time now and thoroughly enjoy it.  It’s a chance to share ideas, view other countries see other people’s pets and children and learn so much.  Today while checking out new people to follow I came across something I want to share with you. A wonderful act of kindness.  A picture venue was set up with  a favorite, Beatrix Potter series laid out , a candle set on a sweet table.   The Woman wrote my Mother read these books to me as a child as  did her Mother to her.  And on her death-bed  I read them to her. This brought tears to my eyes as it did to many other readers.  Such a simple act  brought such comfort to her Mother.  I reminder to us all it’s the simple acts of kindness that mean so much to us.

PINE HILL KNITTING

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On most Saturday afternoons a group of knitters and other crafts people will be found at Pine Hill In Colrain.  A get together  of like-minded people to share their adventures in crafts and in life.  Nice crowd last Saturday.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this bright winters day.  Carole

COSMO

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CHICKENS AND EGGS-NEW SPINNING STUDENT-WILBUR-NEW PROJECT

16 01 2016

GREETINGS

Yesterday was a beautiful winters day sun in and out some clouds and not too cold. Today we are having sleet and snow won’t amount too much just enough to cause poor driving conditions.  Had quite a nice lunch out with friends yesterday and watched  a few people skiing on Berkshire East.  We have been so lucky with winter weather this year.

CHICKEN AND EGGS

The inside hens are laying and I was really surprised in the difference of color of the eggs.    I really though of Helen’s and Gladys eggs were the same color but as you can see in the picture one is olive-green and the other is blue.  Love the colors.

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SPINNING STUDENT 

I have a new spinning student coming to the house.  I had forgotten how exciting the process is to a new student.  It reminded me of my early spinning days .  How excited I was to find a different fleece, be it the color or breed.To make my own yarn from it, learning how to spin a fleece and to dye wool.  All these things have held my interest for well over 30 years.  I love teaching spinning and passing on this historic craft and the knowledge of sheep on.  My new student plans to get some sheep, she has thoughtfully checked out breeds and fiber and will give a couple of  lucky sheep a good home.

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WILBUR

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Wilbur has been gone over 5 years now but his presence remains through his yarn, fleece and roving.  Two of his great grand daughters are here on the farm.  Not everyone liked Wilbur he was a big, very shy sheep,   I was very fond of him and was glad to give him a forever home.  I share his remaining wool with friends these days.  My friend Sandy wanted more Wilbur wool to give to her sister, Marti  who has fallen in love with Wilbur. This was before the holidays and I forgot all about it.  I happened to see Sandy this week and Marti sent up a gift.  How appropriate.  Now I have a Wilbur mug, a sweet little bag which fits my knitting  nicely and some wonderful chocolates.  I still have more Wilbur to share.  Thanks Sandy and Marti.  

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FUN PROJECT

 

This project has been waiting in the wings for a purpose for many years.  I asked a friend to be on the look out for some small windows for the Chicken Coop.  She came back with three, two of which are in the coops now.  I loved this one and knew it had a purpose but for what!!!!!!!

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I have gotten back to embroidery again and saw some transfers of chickens and ordered them.  The four windows will contain different embroidered chicken pictures.  It will make an  unique frame and interesting pictures to hang on the wall.  I am on the look out for more windows which  I think might sell.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this winter like day.  Carole

 





STURBIDGE VILLAGE AND HOW IT INSPIRED ME AND THEIR COOKIE RECIPE BOOKLET

8 01 2016

GREETINGS

Mild weather is coming but first some sleet and ice.  Its suppose to be in the 50’s on Sunday with heavy rains.  Hope it washes the snow away.  I am good now with snow for the winter!

COOK BOOKS

When my children were living at home we had a family membership to Old Sturbridge Village. A working village where you could see people of that time doing their normal day activities.  It was so educational and we loved it.  We went often.  I really felt at home and wish I could have worked there. I loved the Freeman Farm,

Freeman Farm is one of the popular living history exhibits at Old Sturbridge Village in New England

Picture taken with permission from the Old Sturbridge Website.  Freeman Farm

Freeman Farm was warm and inviting with chickens, a beautiful barn and sheep.  A spinning wheel in the parlor a herb garden  in the front and a huge Lilac bush on the side of the house,I could have moved in.

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At the end of our tour we always stopped at The Bakery which the kids would each get a huge home-made cookie and we would buy another bag to bring home.  I bought their small recipe booklet and have been making cookies from this book ever since.  

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If you ever want a wonderful place to visit that’s both educational and fun visit Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass.  It on my lists of fun things to do this summer.  I haven’t been there in years and think of  it often.  

I would never be in this place in my life if I hadn’t visited Sturbridge VIllage.  It inspired me to learn to spin and I have shared that love with hundreds of people.  You never know in this life what will inspire you and send you on a different path.  Thank you Sturbridge Village for inspiring me and sending me on this path of spinning, sheep the love of herbs, chickens and homespun crafts..

Below is an embroidery piece of “The Salt Box” house I did years ago.  I need to frame it again.

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

Sturbridge Village has a website which gives you information on the many activities and special events it also lists their normal hours. ww.osv.org  Check them out .





FIRST PAIR OF SOCKS 2016-HYACINTHS-LUNAR CALENDAR

6 01 2016

GREETINGS

The cold has arrived and it was 4 degrees this am, tonight falling to about the same then a slight warm up.   Not use to the cold at all.  No frozen pipes so far.

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I have many unfinished sock projects and have finished the first of them today.  Have enough yarn left over to make a hat.

I have mending to do on these other two socks, it won’t take long.

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Here is another project that I started some years ago.  It will take me quite a while to finish it but I hope to be able to wear it on my next trip to  Ireland.  I am using yarn  from my sheep Wilbur

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HYACINTHS

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I bought two packages of bulbs this year.  Just started one yesterday and will be doing a few every day from not on.  Can’t wait till they bloom.  Have had no luck with my Amaryllis this year.  The bulbs are good and they were stored in a dark spot for 6 weeks.  Guess they just aren’t ready.

LUNAR CALENDAR

Every year I buy a Lunar Calendar.    This year I hope to plant my garden by the moon.  My Blogger friend Anne does and her gardens are wonderful  and so productive.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this cold winters night.  Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.  Carole

 

 

 





HAPPY NEW YEAR-REPAIRING A QUILT-COSMO AND CHANGE-SEED CATALOGS

3 01 2016

GREETINGS

HAPPY AND HEALTHY NE YEAR.  May this New Year bring you joy and happiness.

With immune system difficulties I am sick again and slowly recovering.  I did get over a nasty cold which I had over the holidays.  My resolution this year is to keep my immune system in top shape .  We are getting the coldest weather of the year tomorrow.  I have enjoyed this long spurt of warmish weather.  Got so many more things done outside this winter.

REPAIRING A QUILT

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My Grandmother was a seamstress I am not, but I do love to sew.  My friend Fran and I are so grateful to our Mom’s for teaching us that skill. I started  helping my Mom  treadeling the machine  while she sewed I was around 5 at the time.  She made all my dance recital costumes, slip covers and clothes.

I made this quilt in the late 70’s and now its in dire need of repair.  It was made in pieces and I would sit in front of the fireplace on cold winter nights sewing.  Most of the fabrics are from old clothing.  The red and white leaf is from a maternity dress I had made.  

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COSMO AND CHANGE

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I am getting to know Cosmo in many different ways.  I realize change upsets him immensely.  The holiday week that Chris was here Chris slept in my upstairs bedroom.  Cosmo  got sick and  he is fine now.  This has happened when things changed before.  His life has been full of change last but not least an eye operation and moving here.  I will try to keep things constant for him.

Chris was a big help , bringing in the grain is a big task that I didn’t have to do last week Yea.

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SEED CATALOGS

The seed catalogs have been arriving since before Christmas.  Wonderful to look at and plan

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