WINTER STARTS WITH WINDS AND SNOW-NEW HOLIDAY THINGS

22 11 2016

GREETINGS

We have had snow flurries and winds and in Peru, Massachusetts they had 20 inches of snow already.  Skiing season will be early this year.

THE SHEEP AND CHICKENS

The barn door was closed for the first time since last spring and the sheep are always anxious to go out in the morning now.

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Now with the chickens from Patti and the two new ones I bought the coop is cozy.  I have not started the hoop house and am hoping for a few days in the 40’s this coming weekend to get that up.

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MAKING SOME FUN THINGS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

I have been busy making lots of fun things for the holidays.  A batch os Calendula Soap is wrapped and ready to go. Look for them on my etsy shop the end of the week or I will be in Buckland Friday night  at McCusters Market for Moonlight Magic. It runs from 4-9 pm.  Come visit me there.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this late fall day.    Carole

 

 





COSMO-WATCHING PUMPKINS GROW

3 09 2016

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GREETINGS

We need rain so badly , today there is a chance but it doesn’t look like it will happen.  Luckily the hay crops are good and garden still flourishes.

COSMO

Cosmo’s lump has grown larger which is a huge concern for me.  Yesterday he went to Brookside  Animal Hospital and he stayed overnight there and is having surgery this morning.  With his FIV status these things happen.  I am very hopeful that he will be okay.  He really has been through a lot in his life and really hates being put in a carrier.  It was very generous of the clinic to keep him overnight at no cost to me.

WATCHING PUMPKINS GROW

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The pumpkin is an amazing plant.  Watching the pumpkins form and grow is so interesting.  They change every day, growing larger and larger.  This year I used up all my pumpkin seeds and so now I really don’t know what kind is coming up.  They look like Cinderella ones.

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CATNIP

My friend Patti visited recently and brought up more catnip which I am now drying and some wonderful turf and turf houses.  I will enjoy them this coming fall and winter.  I love the smell of a turf fire.  She visited with her two girls who are now integrated into the side yard flock.  SHe and her husband are moving to Ireland in the fall

TUESDAY FARMERS MARKET IN GREENFIELD

If you live near the area and haven’t been you are missing a treat.  Goat Cheese and soap, maple products, fresh veggies, mushrooms, honey and herbal products, Lamb, duck and pork products, all my stuff  fresh home-made soups, farm fresh eggs and  so much more.There are always demo’s going on and many times samples of the products sold.  This week Jill Horton Lyons was spinning from a rabbit and I was rug hooking.  Come on down we are located in the alley way near Greenfields market  Every Tuesday from 1:30 to 6:30 rain or shine.

SKELLIG BY LOREENA McKINNETT

 

 

Her voice is so beautiful.  Haunting music on the cd The Book of Secrets.

Cosmo is home he will have to be quiet for a while.  He was very hungry and glad to be home.  He went around and around looking at everything and checking out his favorite spots.  I won’t get the results of the path for a few weeks.  I am hoping all will be well.  Glad to have him home when one is missing its not the same.  Thanks for reading my blog on this beautiful day. Carole

As you can see his arthritis is bothering him

As you can see his arthritis is bothering him





FAMILY WEEKEND-MY ROSES-CAT DROP OFF

9 06 2016

GREETINGS

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I am so glad that I didn’t put all my winter clothes away.  It is so cold here today.  The winds are blowing and temps are cold enough for mittens when feeding the outside chickens.  Now I did complain about the hot weather but I guess we do need that to keep the plants growing.

FAMILY WEEKEND

Some pictures of Cindy’s graduation.  Chris drove me back and on Sunday David and his family, myself, Chris and Lilly ad went to Wayland for Ricky’s graduation.  Rick made all sorts of wonderful food and Ricky made Pizza on a new wood fired pizza oven.    It was a wonderful day.

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Chris.Cindy.Rick and Ricky

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MY ROSES

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I was so sadden this spring when my large Rugosa rose didn’t sprout leaves.    How would I replace such a beauty.  Recently I decided to cut it down and look for another one.  Lo and behold there was new growth hidden by jewel weed.  

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CAT DROP OFF

I would love to know why people think that this is a wonderful drop off place for unwanted cats.  I have rescued cats for years.  I love taking in animals that need homes but  there is a limit.  How can these people live with themselves.  There should be a law that every animal be chipped then the people who do these unspeakable things can be fined.  There are three cats living at my son’s barn.   I will trap the latest cat as it is small and probably won’t survive in the wilds long.    A sadness comes over me when I think about animals and people in need.  People think animals have no feelings.  Its taken my Sammy some time to understand that there will always be food and water here.  When a dish gets close to being empty he will stand by it till it gets filled.  It also took him a while to understand that when I reach down to him I am not going to hit him I just want to pet him.    I don’t have a lot of hope for the world.  Yes there are a lot of good people in it but so many child and animals abusers.  So many people hungry and homeless and we here in America can’t seem to do anything about it.  It’s all about corporate greed and now the two people running for president are both corporate people.  I would love to move to a country that cares about its people and animals.  I could see my self living in Nova Scotia.   Well I am here to stay and make the best of this life I have been given.  I love taking care of the animals I have and am becoming more self-sufficient.  I have distanced myself from the corporate world as much as possible and will try give back to people in need.

Many thanks for reading my blog on the cold, windy day, hope its warm where you are.   Carole

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On our way to get hay on Saturday Chris and I came across these two.   Herself was on one side of the road squawking and himself on the other.  We stopped and let her cross and all was well.  They look like they had been out for a stroll and were headed back to the barn.

 

 

 





GOODBYE ELLIOTT-VETS

19 04 2015

GREETINGS

GOODBYE ELLIOTT

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Last night was a beautiful starry night and Elliott passed away.  It was such a blessing and he was in his barn with his sheep.  Today we buried him and the sheep got to say their goodbyes.  Marley spent the most time with him smelling him and looking, their protector is gone.   Everything will change about the herd now, it will be interesting to see who steps up to the plate and tries to take Elliott’s place.

Last years sheraing

Last years shearing

VETS

I was very disappointed in my Vet who is not local but practices in another state..  When I called him Thursday he said he was too busy to come and would be here on MOnday.  Compassion must not be important in that group.  They have been here for the sheep and Elliott before, I would never recommend this group to anyone. 

When living in Belchertown I went to Mill Valley Vets .  Dr. Morcum was my vet.  He is a compassion and loving person who cares deeply about the welfare of animals.  Everyone who works at the clinic is kind and caring.  My friend Renee has worked there for years.  I wish I lived closer so I could still go there.

I will be looking for a new vet and will make sure that if there is an emergency they will come.

Many thanks for reading my blog today.  So many changes ont he farm this past year, I hope that this is it for a while.  Carole

 





JUST OCCASIONAL FLURRIES!!!!! ONTO THE STATE SEMI-FINALS-MY FAVORITE PLANT CATALOG FINALLY CAME

8 03 2015

GREETINGS

Its a two blog day my first ever.  I just wanted to share the wonderful story about these people helping all those wonderful dogs.  I know a few of those dogs myself.

JUST OCCASIONAL FLURRIES!!!!!!

I turned on the weather first thing this morning and they said just occasional flurries.

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 Well there is an inch on the ground and I can hardly see the mountains across the way.  

ONTO THE STATE SEMI-FINALS

What a great game and Belchertown won for the first time and now they will go on to play in the State semi-finals on Wednesday.

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 The played a terrific game and Tea’ scored 32 points in the game.  Great job.

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MY FAVORITE PLANT CATALOG

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If you haven’t been to Andrew’s Greenhouse you are missing a real treat.  Lots of bedding plants, herbs and roses, plus vines.  I will make one of a few trips down to SOuth Amherst in mid April.  its a family owned business and they are very knowledgeable about all aspects of buying growing and harvesting your plants.  Get a catalog I have already picked out a few items including curry plants, and I want to get at least one more Bay Tree. The one I bought from them several years ago is doing great but I plan on freezing more soup mixes this coming summer so I will need at least one more plant. 

After the holidays I put this squirrel feeder up and filled it with corn cobs.   He finally found it and has been having a great time. We don’t have many squirrels around so it so much fun to watch him.

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Many thanks for reading my blogs today and the sun is now shinning and I hope it is wherever you are.  Carole 

 

 

 

 





CONTINUING FAMILY TRADITIONS-ANGUS-THE TWO BOY’S

23 08 2014

GREETINGS

CONTINUING FAMILY TRADITIONS

Today I canned tomatoes.   It’s a long tradition in my family.

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 On steamy, hot summer days in Maryland, the small gas stove in my Grandmothers basement  was lit.  The women in the family were busy cutting and peeling tomatoes right from the garden.  As a child it seemed like a day long project they were only finished when all the tomatoes were done and the jars were on the shelves in the basement.  These women, my Grandmother and her daughters knew how important it was to have food on the shelves.  They had gone through the depression.  My Grandmother fed many Hobo’s tomato sandwiches, they were appreciative and it might have been the only meal they would have had that day.

My Mother continued the practice and I can vividly see the stocked shelves in our basement..  Jars and jars of blueberries picked from the farm, peaches from our own tree, tomatoes, beans and corn from our garden, and pickles of all kinds.  She always made Mustard Pickle with a recipe that was handed down from my Dad’s Mom.  I wish I could find the recipe.

Today I am also cooking diced tomatoes in the crock pot.  Herbs,garlic and peppers from the garden are added to the tomatoes and some diced onions from the farmers market top it off.  These will be put in packets and frozen for sauces for this  coming winter.

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I am hoping to dry some peaches and more herbs.  Plan to freeze the string beans and some corn and make pickled beets.

ANGUS

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Angus went to  the vets yesterday.  He had been having all sorts of problems.  He will celebrate his `17th birthday next week along with his brother Shorty.  His blood work and tests came back in the okay range so fluids were given and he has to take an appetite enhancer.  He hates pills and will hold them in the side of his mouth for as long as 10 minutes and then you  see him spit it out!  Dr. Funk showed me how to do it.  He has to go back today for more fluids.  He was so happy to be home.  He likes living upstairs now.

Its been raining here for a couple of days now so I did not do the farmers market yesterday.  It’s a gentle rain so that is good.  The cukes are starting to ripen and there may be enough for making bread and butter pickles later this month.  Chris will be leaving on Sunday and Ricky will be here for a few days.  He will be helping me to inventory all the family items in the house.  We will take a picture of the item and then he will write a narrative.  So many things have been handed down to me I want my family to know where these things came from.

THE BOY’S

Here is the latest photo of the boys.  They are grand roosters.  They have marvelous crows and are very friendly.  When it gets cooler they will be living with the sheep upstairs for the winter.

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

 

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WATER WATER EVERYWHERE-COUNTRIES I WILL NEVER VISIT-THE PATTERN LIBRARY-ROADS IN THE WINTER-HESTER-A GRAND DAY FOR EGGS

23 02 2014

HELLO

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE

Water was falling like rain in the barn yesterday morning and it will only get worse as it warms up.  After many years of struggling with this problem I had someone come and fix it.  Well the problem I wanted addressed wasn’t addressed so I am left with something worse now.   This is the second time this winter that the barn has leaked.  Yesterday I moved the back hens because water was coming in their coop.  Luckily I have room for them in the front coop.  Chris has been digging trenches and I think that is helping a lot.  Old house are not for the faint hearted.

COUNTRIES I WILL NEVER VISIT

I enjoy Mary Jane’s Farm magazine.  This past issue had an article about Vets who travel to different countries free of charge to help animals.  Then I read with horror what these countries do before tourist season.  Most strays are poisoned. They don’t want  tourists to see starving animals or be bothered by strays.  Mahatma Gandhi said it so well “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”  Below is a partial list of the countries.  They are online if you wish to know more .  The only way this treatment will stop is for people to be outraged  and address it with the countries.  I am going to e-mail each county and relay my feelings about this.    I am not surprised about some countries on the list, they have shown their little value for human life so why would animals be different.

SPAIN     GREECE    ITALY    PORTUGAL    MEXICO    AND EVEN SOCHI

THE PATTERN LIBRARY   RUGS AND WALL HANGING

Published by Ballantine Press

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This tiny book has been a big help to me when I was starting making rugs.  Its only 96 pages long and very reasonable for people starting out. In it are basic instructions for hooked rugs, needlepoint rugs, proddy rugs, latch hook, punch hook, braided and simple woven rugs. It tells you how to transfer a pattern, to join and finish off and much more.  Many examples of all these techniques are included.  If you are just starting out it has just enough detail to get you going on any rug technique.

MY HESTER GIRL

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She is doing well.  She seems content, talks up a storm all day long than roughly around 4 pm she is tired and wants the lights off.  Her little head goes into her back and her eyes close as she rests for another day.

A GRAND DAY FOR EGGS

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Yesterday was a grand day for eggs.  A half-dozen was laid.   I saw Sweet Pea , The Welsummer Hen, lay an egg.  I wasn’t sure she was laying  but now I have proof.  Her eggs will be a little bigger than Morticia’s but not as big as a regular size hen..  In spite of the water coming into the barn all is right when the hens are laying.  The back coop hens seem quite content with their new space although the perches are in different places so a little help was given to get everyone up last night.

 

THE ROADS THIS WINTER

As I mentioned in another blog the roads have taken a big toll this winter and with towns coffers in such bad shape they will not be fixed anytime soon.  Yesterday I was in Greenfield, One of the worst places for bad roads even in good weather, when my car went into a pot hole and a nearly new tired ruined.    This winter has taken a toll on everyone, we are having another warm day with temps around 45 but then the polar vortex returns with more cold weather.  I am always glad when February is done, March usually brings in a new season,  MUD SEASON, but I do like it the snow is gone and the earth is drying out from the winter

Many thanks for reading my blog on this delightfully warm day.   Carole