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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SHELBURNE FALLS FARMERS MARKET-MAINE ORGANIC FARMER AND GARDENER-TWICE 55

24 11 2014

GREETINGS

The woods are shrouded in fog this morning and a gentle rain has been falling all night.  I redug the trench and no water in the barn.  I cleaned the barn yesterday and one to get on a once a week schedule of barn cleaning again.  It sure makes things easier and only takes an hour and a half.  I am off to the cemetery to plant spring bulbs this morning.

SHELBURNE FALLS FARMERS MARKET

Saturday was a perfect day for the Autumn market.  It was brisk and windy and the day ended with a few snow flurries.  The crowds weren’t there  like last year but it was an enjoyable day.

MY TABLE AT THE MARKET

MY TABLE AT THE MARKET

 More and more fairs are held that weekend so the competition is brisk.  I made a lot of contacts and met  Eliza.  Eliza writes a beautiful blog with many wonderful pictures and she is only a few towns away.

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It was wonderful to finally meet her.  Her blog is elizawaters.wordpress.com.  Check it out.

LOTS OF VEGGIES

LOTS OF VEGGIES

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND PEARS

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND PEARS

 

MAINE ORGANIC FARMER AND GARDNER

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Lots of interesting news.  I particularly liked the article on the comeback of Granges in Maine.  With the encouragement of farming, Granges in Maine are making a comeback.  What good news. The Grange was an important part of my family life and I hope that our state can start to encourage small farming.  This newspaper is very reasonable and if you are a farmer, gardener or folks that are interested in your food I encourage you to join this wonderful organization.

TWICE 55

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Since I got my Piano back I have been looking for these wonderful song books.  They were found in some books that I brought back from my old homestead.  I am delighted.  Twice 55 was first published with a collection of 18 songs in 1913.  It soon went to 55 songs and when World War One came along it went to 120 and was named Twice 55.   These song books came from my Dad’s homestead where there was a large family steeped in the arts of singing and playacting.  

My Dad and I would often have sing-a-longs on car trips.  One of my favorite songs was Loch Lomond.  I once was in Scotland and on the way back to the airport from The Highlands I saw a small sign Loch Lomond.  I quickly stopped the car, it’s a beautiful loch and it brought back those sweet times of my Dad and I signing that song.  I am not a great piano player but will enjoy playing some of these songs again.

The chickadee’s have been out in full force getting as any sunflower seeds as they can.  I hope you have a wonderful day its starting to clear up now.  Many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole and my helper Owen

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COMPUTER WOES-THE SHOW-SNOW

24 11 2013

GOOD MORNING

SUNRISE THE FRIDAY MORNING

SUNRISE THE FRIDAY MORNING

COMPUTER WOES

For the past two days my computer has not worked, no mater what I seemed to do , but today I fixed it by going back in time.  I love that part of the computer and have used that in the past to get rid of things that have happened.  This time I think it my computer clean up was what caused the problem.  Don’t you wish sometimes we could go back in time and fix something we have done?

Snow

Its bitter cold this morning and snow is covering the ground.  The winds were wild for a time last night and one piece of my plastic has come off the door on the second floor..  I will fix that as soon as I can.  It looks like winter is already here.

THE AUTUMN FARMERS MARKET

It was a delightful small show in the elementary school in Shelburne Falls.  Music was playing through-out the day.  For my first time I did well, realized that I needed one more table for next year and some Vegan Salve.  There are many Vegans in Shelburne Falls and they are interested on how people care for their animals.  They took my card and I am sure to get some business.  It was a good networking day and I made money too.   There were so many wonderful things there for sale, veggies, garlic wreaths, felted items, meat and eggs, wool, soap  wonderful things made from old buttons, handmade clothing, maple syrup, jams and jellies, pickles and much more.   You could do all your Christmas shopping right here and have it all be local.

MY BOOTH

MY BOOTH

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A FARM NEAR MY HOUSE

A FARM NEAR MY HOUSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL SPINNER NATURAL DYER

LOCAL SPINNER NATURAL DYER

 

 

 

HER YARNS

HER YARNS

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAMS JELLIES AND DRIED APPLES

JAMS JELLIES AND DRIED APPLES

 

 

 

 

NEEDLE FELTED ITEMS

NEEDLE FELTED ITEMS

 

 

 

 

Many thanks for reading my blog on this windy wintry day.  As I send this the wind is howling off the mountain.   Carole