RUGOSA ROSES-THE BABY CHICKS-SAM

10 06 2014

GOOD MORNING

ROSES

The Rugosa Roses are in Bloom.  This year I am going to save any petals that drop for a rose potpourri that I hope to make in the fall.  My plants are tall and gangly so I will have to trim them this year sometime.  I have to walk by them to go to the side yard coops and the smell of the blooms are delightful.

SCENES FROM COLRAIN

This picture is from The West Branch River which runs through the town of Colrain.  It is a river of much activity in the summer months with families cooling off in it and fishing almost every month of the year.  It runs into The Deerfield River .

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The Baby Chicks.

My friend Anne from Ireland, a chicken expert thinks the two white and black chicks are roosters and I expect that she is right.  They were acting the part the other day.  I will separate them in a month or so.   Morticia and Sammy will go out in the side yard in the same area as Mrs. Brown, Hazel and Milly but will be separated for a  brief time so they have a chance to familiarize themselves to each other.  I have a dog house which I converted and will set that up in the yard.  The two roosters will stay in the coop that they are in for the summer.  Then they will be moved into a coop that I am in the process of purchasing  which will be put in the upstairs of the barn for the winter.

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Egg production has been splendid so far this spring.  Most of my hens are over 5 so I consider myself very lucky.

SAM

My Sammy is at Brookside ANimal Hospital.  He is suffering from end Kidney failure.  They are doing their very best in hopes that he can come back home.  He was dehydrated and his temp was low.  I have had him for almost 18 years.  He has been there for me in the most troubling times of my life.  Always near me, a rock in a stormy sea. The thoughts of him not being with me are inconceivable but with todays diagnosis I know this will happen.  I am hoping that we have a little more time. I will know more tomorrow.

SAM

SAM

 

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





RUG HOOKING CLASS AT SHEEP AND SHAWL-CHICKS ARE OUT

9 06 2014

GREETINGS

Its a beautiful morning here at the farm. I have planned a day of planting and getting the outside area done for Morticia and her family.  Its time for them to be out.

Class at Sheep and Shawl

It was a wonderful class, there were only 2 students the other two couldn’t make it so hopefully we can make up the class this week and they can take the finishing class.  We started with the proddy flower and then did the wool fleece ones.

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THE CHICKS ARE OUT

I spent a good part of the day putting a covering over their area and making sure the fence was tight.    They were out for a few hours and ate bugs and grass and the two white ones fought with each other.  Now I have seen hens do that but it did make me wonder if the two white ones are roosters!!!!!!  They still cry when Morticia is out of sight.

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Haying season has started in earnest here .  It was perfect weather for it.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope your day was special.   Carole

 

 

 

 

 

Wjat a wonderful class  

 

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MORTICIA AND THE CHICKS-RUG HOOKING-A WEDDING AND A BIRTHDAY

31 05 2014

HELLO

MORTICIA

Pacing back and forth flying up to me on the fence I wish she could talk.  Then I got to thinking that she has never  been in the Caravan always laid her eggs in a nest box or shelf so she probably didn’t know what to do.  I couldn’t take the chance to leave her to find a way out so I brought her in.  First thing she chased all the chicks around and then checked out the nesting boxes. she hopped from nest box to nest box then she laid her egg.  SInce then she has laid an egg every day. 

The kids are annoying and even when she picks the highest place to perch she has company.  Sammy is the only chick to be able to fly that high. 

SAMMY AND MORTICIA

SAMMY AND MORTICIA

 

Sammy loves her Mother and has a pitiful mournful cry when she can’t find her.  Maybe they will be pals when Sammy is out of her teenage years.  Chicken Little and Peepers stick together.  They have all grown so much.

 

PLANTS FROM THE SIDE OF THE ROAD

IMG_3170I dug these purple flowering plants on the side of a dirt road.   They have spread and are really beautiful.  Bloom this time of year and have a wonderful scent.  I don’t know what they are. I put a few Bleeding Hearts in with them .   I do love the scent and have bouquets all over the house now.

RUG HOOKING

I brought this fat cat pattern to the Mass show and started on it.  Its something that I have had for quite some time.  I am hooking it with yarn. 

SAMMY CAT

SAMMY CAT

Yesterday while trying to find a certain box of summer clothes in the box room I came across  more and more handspun yarn.  I will have to make another long rug.  I did see some examples of ways to use up small pieces of yarn and will incorporate it with the pattern.

WEDDING DAY AND A BIRTHDAY

Today is my Son’s wedding day.    It’s a beautiful day with lots of sun and nice temps.  It will be held in a small old church in a nearby town and the reception will be held in his Church hall.  The old church has no electric and is quaint.  It’s a small wedding with that old fashion feeling.  Pot luck food and food cooked on the grill by my son-in-law Rick.  Lil and the boys will take an active part in the ceremony.  Pictures tomorrow. 

Today is also my God-Child’s birthday.  Happy Birthday Niquette.  Hope you have a wonderful day.

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

 





MAMA AND THE CHICKS HAVE MOVED

20 05 2014

HELLO

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It’s a chilly morning herE on the farm.  In the 40′.  The cold gets a grip on this cement house and doesn’t want to let go.  As soon as the kitchen is cleaned up from the chicks I can start a fire in the wood stove to take the chill off.

 There has been a Salmonella scare for folks that recently bought chicks.  One hatchery in particular.  I don’t know what the outcome would be as they get older.  Can it be treated?  Yes $75. for a test and then a vet’s visit and a shot. Was the hatchery not careful?  I am grateful that I haven’t bought any chicks this year.  It’s a real worry when getting any new animal.  Cats, chickens, sheep all have particular problems which could affect the rest of your animals.  I will keep you posted.

IMAMA AND THE CHICKS HAVE MOVED

They didn’t know today would be such a big day.  They went into their new home this morning.  Mama was showing them all the ropes.  On this farm its a wonder that I get anything done.  I could sit and watch the animals for hours.  

Mama telling them where the water is.

Mama telling them where the water is.

The day is over and they have been busy.  Mama is exhausted teaching them so many new things today.  SHe hopped up into the nest box and there were screams from the babies.  Each one is settled in near or under Mama tonight in the nest box.  I bet tomorrow they will try and figure out how to get in themselves.

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Nighty Night

Nighty Night

  When watching Morticia teaching them things it makes one reflect on how much my parent taught me.  I am extremely grateful to both of my parents for giving me such a good upbringing.  Its hard work bringing up children.  

Many thanks for reading my blog today I hope your day was enjoyable.   Carole

SADIE'S PLACE

SADIE’S PLACE

 





CRANBERRY HEARTS-UPDATE ON CHICKS-YOU TUBE-SOME TOMATOES IN

17 05 2014

HELLO

CRANBERRY HEARTS

I made the hearts yesterday and they will be drying for a couple of weeks.  They are very popular for small gifts.

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UPDATE ON CHICKS

They are so funny and getting quite colorful now.  

New feathers coming in.

NEW feathers coming in.

 

TOMATOES

I picked up some organic tomato plants yesterday at Greenfield Farmers Co-op and got them in today.

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 Great weather for planting, a nice rain coming down.

Murph decided to watch the girls from inside today, He isn't fond of rain.

Murph decided to watch the girls from inside today, He isn’t fond of rain.

 I planted two by the driveway and two by the steps.  I would like to get my string beans in this week but with the show coming up next weekend  I don’t know if that’s possible.

YOU TUBE FIND

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I found this on you tube and thought it was a great idea.  What a great way to use those windows I have in the barn.   A nice greenhouse for keeping tomatoes longer or an entry way for my back door.  I think they probably would be more suitable for the greenhouse.  While living in Maryland I would have to drive by this house on my way to work and it had those types of door as a sort of temporary entrance to their house.  They used three doors 1 on each side and 1 as for the actual door.  They were probably hinged together.  I know something like that would keep a lot of cold air from entering my kitchen.  Its something I have wanted to do here and I will put it on my summer list.

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

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YEARLY BATTLE WITH JEWEL WEED-PAYING FOR NOT HAVING A LAWN-TEENAGE CHICKS

15 05 2014

HELLO

MY YEARLY BATTLE WITH JEWEL WEED

Its started, there are surely thousands of Jewel Weed plants on my property.  They love living here.  I know I pull up thousands every year and give them to the chickens.  I like the plant but enough is enough.  Maybe I will try some for  dye this year.

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THE WORK IS DONE ON THE HOUSE

The work is done on the house and the original men that came up finished up yesterday.  unfortunately the men who came in between ruined my heirloom apple tree and a Hydrangea Tree.

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NO LAWN PAYMENT

I was listening to VPR this afternoon and they were talking about the drought in California.  In some communities they are paying people $.50 per square foot to take out the lawn.  I guess I am ahead of the times I took out mine 14 years ago.   I no longer worry about a lawn mower, gas and weed whacking, I have beautiful flowers all  spring , summer and fall, there are  fruit trees and some Hazel nut trees now on the property. Pussy willows for early spring, bittersweet for fall decorations and greens for the CHristmas season.  My neighbors still mow their lawns so I don’t miss out of the smell of freshly cut grass. I mulch my yard with barn and chicken shavings, hay and manure so no watering is needed during the summer.  I have noticed some houses in Greenfield that have done the same thing, it might  becoming a trend.  Less work and money paid out in the end. 

 

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TEENAGE CHICKS

Oh my the chicks are teenagers, getting into all sorts of trouble and driving their  Mother  crazy.  They are so cute always hungry, and alway watching me and Mom.  I hope that they will be out in the coop by the weekend.  I will miss them but my kitchen will be mine again.

WE ARE HUNGRY

WE ARE HUNGRY

Many thanks for reading my blog on this sunny, warm day and I hope that you enjoyed your day.  Carole

 





BUSY SPRING DAYS-HAY-CHICK UPDATE-RUG HOOKING PROJECT

11 05 2014

HELLO

BUSY SPRING DAYS

The days are flying by with work from morning till dusk.  I fall into bed exhausted every day.  I wonder how I did all this while working and some days I wish I was back at work just to have some rest.  Soon the chores will be done and planting will start.  I have been working on the back coop, but it’s still wet and needs to dry before doing anymore.  

RUG HOOKING PROJECT

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I am almost finished the rug hooking project for class  I want to put a braided roving  around the entire thing.  I did put cinnamon sticks and cloves inside and will probably use it for a hot pad.

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Hay

My friend Joe has plenty of hay left so I can buy hay from him now.  He lives in COlrain and the hay comes from the fields my sheep summered on years ago.  Its great hay and they love it , but its harder to get up the stairs. The cost is a dollar different that the hay I bought so its saving me money too.   I hope he will have extra hay on the fields this summer. The following are pictures of the view on the way up and back to get hay.

Looking into Vermont and New Hampshire

Looking into Vermont and New Hampshire

 

Looking towards my house and Griswoldville

Looking towards my house and Griswoldville

CHICK UPDATE

 

sammy and Mom

Sammy and Mom

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I think they are in the teenage stage now, getting into trouble all the time.  They still try to sleep under Morticia but they are almost as tall as she is.

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