FRIGID TEMPS, GOODBYE CHICKEN LITTLE -CHRISTMAS SHEEP ORNAMENT-HELLO HELEN AND PHOEBE

9 12 2014

GREETING 

It’s a frigid morning here on the farm.  Ice in the chicken water.  Oatmeal is cooling to warm up their tummies.  SHeep are comfortable with their warm coats.  Cats curled around the wood stove.  All is well.

GOOD BYE CHICKEN LITTLE.

On Sunday morning I went into the coop and he was slumped in the corner.  His comb was very pale for months now, but he was active and running around and eating well.  I really wonder if there wasn’t something wrong, only he seemed fine.  Mr. Peppers is looking for him.  He is lonely.  I called up The CHicken Man and made arrangements to get a couple of hens.

I went down just as dark was approaching.  The smell of wood smoke was wafting through the air.  He lives about 10 minutes drive from my house in a remote part of Colrain.  I love the drive the scenery is spectacular even at that hour.  His coops are sparse in the winter, but he had a few cute bantams and other hens that will be laying soon.  I bought 2 araucana’s so there will be a few more green or blue eggs  coming soon.  Phoebe is the lighter colored one and very shy so no picture of her today, she is also flighty and Helen is the darker one, she is calm and friendly.    Mr. Peppers is on top of the world today!

Mr. Peepers encouraging Helen to try the Oatmeal

Mr. Peepers encouraging Helen to try the Oatmeal

THE SHEEP ORNAMENT

There is a lot of mistakes in this first one but I like how it came out.  I put cotton stuffing in it and some balsam.  I think it would be better if it was firmer though.  My friend Vicki has something that is firm and I will try that.  I will be going  near JoAnns fabric store on the 15th so I may have one half made to see what size of styrofoam I would need if Vicki’s don’t work.  I am working on another one now.  Will share that one when its done.

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As I am writing this, the wonderful smell of lemongrass has come up the stairs.  Its bubbling away on the wood stove in the kitchen.  Living in an old house is always interesting.  Sometimes in good ways and other times in bad.  

Many thanks for reading my blog on this cold day.  I hope your day is spectacular.  Carole





AN AFTERNOON IN BRATTLEBORO-NEW SHEEP-MRS. BROWN LAYS AN EGG

13 01 2014

HELLO

SUNRISE IN COLRAIN ON THE RIDE TO THE VETS THIS MORNING

SUNRISE IN COLRAIN ON THE RIDE TO THE VETS THIS MORNING

Yesterday I spent part of the afternoon in Brattleboro.

ICE FISHERPEOPLE ON THE BACK WAY TO BRATTLEBORO

ICE FISHERPEOPLE ON THE BACK WAY TO BRATTLEBORO

 A lovely town in Vermont.  I drive the back way over hills and dales with the smell of wood smoke seeping in the car, it was perfect. It actually takes less time than the highway.  I needed to pick up some beads for the spinning wheel hooks and some wire.  The bead store in Brattleboro is very large they even carry needle felting supplies.  Then I went to the Food co-op, I haven’t been in there since they made the new building.

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 Its large and roomy and has everything you could want.  It was good to get out and away from the ice problems in the barn.

GREAT NEWS

A new sheep is coming to my barn this spring.  Her name is Lucky,   She is going to be having a baby in a couple of weeks so it will be springtime that she will come.  She is a Border Leicester.  Yea, my little herd is complete.

MRS. BROWN LAYS AN EGG

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Mrs. Brown laid an egg today. She wasquite proud of herself and it’s a beauty, she is back to her old self again.  I was secretly hoping that she would become broody and hatch a few chicks, we will see about that.

WILLIE

Willie is back home and spending the night with Sammy.  Angus doesn’t like Willie (he is the cat that wants to be an only cat) and I fear that something might happen so he and Sam will spend a quiet night together.  They are both already happy with special foods.

Tonight I am going to Tea’s basketball game in Bernardston.  A report with follow tomorrow.  Hope you had a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole