BIRTHDAY SURPRISES-GETTING READY FOR A POP UP SHOP-THANKSGIVING AT THE DEERFIELD INN.

30 11 2015

GREETINGS

The cold spell is here and I am still getting a couple of outside chores done. Life moves at a slower pace after the first of the year.  I am already planning the gardens for next year.  One of the most important things I am going to do is plant a Christmas Greens Garden in  one of the new excavation spots near the stone wall and woods.  Every year I either have to scour the woods or buy Christmas greens and I am sick of it.  I would rather have them growing here for the birds to enjoy and me to pick.  I plan to get 3 Winterberry bushes.  I planted three about 4 years ago and realize that they were not planted in the proper spot and only one survived.  It had one berry on it and a bird got it! I also want to get a couple of of box wood, a couple more holly plants, my only female plant got winter kill during a bitter cold winter a couple of years ago.Add to that a couple of evergreens and I think I will be set.  These will add places for the birds and squirrels along a stone wall and will make a pleasant view from the barn and house.  I have the rest of the winter to look at catalogs to find the best plants.  What fun.

BIRTHDAY SURPRISES

My birthday this year was full of surprises.  It started with a face time from my two daughter saying they had found a car for me.  My poor old car was falling apart.  Now I have a van which will carry more hay and allow me to take many more things to shows.

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Next my son said he would rip up all the old floorboards in the barn and replace them.  I have been so concerned about the floor, the water has come in for several years and the floors were rotting.

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Even Lil helped

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These two things I needed most thank you so much to my children and their spouses.

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Everything is set for winter now.  The hose is brought in and the electric water bucket filled and plugged in.

POP UP SHOP

 

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I am going to be involved with my friend, Christa in this Pop Up Shop in Turners Falls for the Christmas Season.  We will start on December 11th and will be open that weekend  each day from 11-5.  And then the following weekend.

I will be giving you more info as the time nears with lists of things that we will be selling.  Buy locally made things and meet the crafters .

Today I am drying oranges for the Christmas Balsam Mix.  The house smells wonderful.

THANKSGIVING AT THE DEERFIELD INN

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This is the second year Cindy and I have spent Thanksgiving together at Chandlers restaurant and the Deerfield Inn.  Cindy has now finished Law School and will graduate with her class next June.  We may resume our annual Thanksgiving in Ireland next year which we have done for years.  We had a great dinner at Chandlers with a special treat of having my neighbor Christa (the pastry chef) come out and  visit with us on this very busy day.  After a peaceful night and a wonderful breakfast we both went back to our busy lives.

A wonderful raised Herb garden in back of the restaurant at The Deerfield Inn

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Old Deerfield is a wonderful place to visit, History of America abounds here.

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A SURPRISE VISITOR

I wonder who it is   It doesn’t smell skunky, haven’t seen any raccoons around so it might be a possum.  I am sure I will find out.  But it is time for animals to find warmer quarters.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this chilly morning.  Hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





AND THE RAINS CAME-BABY ROBINS-SHEEP WAITING

14 06 2015

GREETINGS

Warm days and cool nights, all the flowers are blooming, seedlings starting to emerge, chickens laying lots of eggs, sheep growing more wool, and cats watching chipmunks and birds by day and the antic’s of skunks at night.  We did have a terrible thunderstorm the night before last and the skunk must have been right near my bedroom window.  The sky filled up with light and with a crack of thunder the perfume de skunk came floating in my window.  The cats raced to the window and I smiled.  Even skunks get startled by the noise and light of the storm.

AND THE RAINS CAME

The rains came down in torrents the night before last. Mud and water flowed through the barn.

MUD

MUD

 I will be digging trenches today as more heavy rains are expected tonight.  The downstairs back chicken coop got wet and I did clean that last night  Lauren , Tyler and Charlie came over and  it took them almost 4 hours to get it all cleaned.

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 What a huge help, it would have taken me alone a better part of a week.   My friend Danielle will be over sometime to load it all into her truck and  mulch her garden with it.  I have a never ending supply.

BABY ROBINS

From the hay door the Robins nest can be seen and Tyler took some great pictures.

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THere is always one that wants all the food.

THere is always one that wants all the food.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this sunny June Sunday.  I hope you have a lovely day.   Carole

Carol Kinnevan

Carol Kinnevan

Marley

Marley

 





MORE TORRENTIAL RAIN-RICKY AT EAGLE HILL SCHOOL-ROSIE AND SAMANTHA

1 08 2014

GREETINGS

MORE TORRENTIAL RAINS

Last week we had a terrible storm with torrential rains thunder and lightning and winds.  Rain poured into the barn and ruined some hay and caused Chris and I a mountain of work which is still being done. 3-4 inches of rain fell in that storm which didn’t last long.  Just an hour ago the heavens opened up again and lots of rain fell .

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 Its becoming a weekly thing.  Washing away dirt and gravel roads in town.  Some  dirt roads are quite passable but if you get to near the edge you tires could end up in a ditch 2 feet deep.    This is the new norm now every week we get a batch of rain like this.  Cindy has given me a list of names of companies who do drainage work.  I will be calIing them soon to get estimates.   I cannot continue to clean up and throw away hay.  Tonight’s storm left no damage in the barn but last week all the coops downstairs got wet too.  I hope this problem gets resolved soon.

LOOKING THROUGH THE BARN DOOR

LOOKING THROUGH THE BARN DOOR

 

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EAGLE HILL SCHOOL

Today was the last day of school for Ricky at Eagle Hill.  He has done remarkable there this year.  We are all so proud of him.

SAMANTHA AND ROSIE

I finally got a picture of the two of them but is dark.  Rosie is the smaller one.

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I hope the weather is dryer where you are, many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole

CAROL K at the end of the fence hoping for more treats.

CAROL K at the end of the fence hoping for more treats.

 





RAIN AND BARN FLOODING-A GIFT FROM MOM-TURKEY VULTURES

27 06 2014

GREETINGS

Beautiful clouds and a view to New Hampshire

Beautiful clouds and a view to New Hampshire

RAIN AND BARN FLOODING

We had lots of rain the night before last.4.65 inches here in Colrain 4.95 inches the nearby town of Heath.  We did need rain but not the heavy rain we got last night.  The barn was totally flooded and all the downstairs coops need to be mucked out yesterday and refreshed.  The rain washed  at least a foot of mud from hill down in the trough I dug and then the water flowed through the barn.  Chris mucked out most of the barn while  Ricky  put the fan up to help dry it out and he made Pasta sauce for supper.  Yesterday was a long clean-up day.

A GIFT FROM MOM

We started cleaning the attic Wednesday.  I love the fact that things will finally be organized there with marked boxes and things that I don’t want  will be given or thrown away.  In a Christmas bag in one of the boxes was a pair of slippers which my Mom had given me many years ago.  I took them out of the bag and an envelope slipped out.  A treasure from my Mom.   My Mom loves getting presents but  sometimes the presents she would get for family members were way out there, these would have gotten recycled.  I am glad that I finally looked in the bag because the real treasure was the envelope in the bag.  My Mom’s Mom was  great crocheting, even with severe arthritis in her hands she kept going .Everyone in the family got pillow cases with crocheted edges.  I still have a few of them.  In the envelope was edgings that were made.

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 And on the envelope were instructions from My Mom on how to put them on.

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 A priceless small gift from the past.

TURKEY VULTURES

I had never seen a Turkey Vulture until I moved to Maryland.  Wednesday while taking a back way home from Greenfield, Ricky and I spotted one on the side of the road.  We were lucky enough to get some good shots of him.

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  They are one of those animals that are ugly/cute.  They have a job to do and seem to do it well.  I am so glad that we were able to see this wonderful creature close up.

Many thanks for reading my blog, visit us at The Shelburne Falls Farmers Market today if you can and tomorrow and Sunday at Johnson Hill Lavender Fest in Buckland..  Hope your day is wonderful.  Carole

An organic dairy farm nearby.

An organic dairy farm nearby.





A VISIT TO FUNKSHUN-KNITTING GROUP-FLOODING AND MORE RAIN-PANSY’S

30 03 2014

Hello

A VISIT TO FUNK SHUN

Yesterday I visited Christa at FUNK SHUN, she was busy making the Man Dolls which are so popular.  I dropped off some more salve and will need to return next week with some more things.IMG_2717

THE KNITTING GROUP

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The knitting group meets almost every Saturday at Pine Hill Orchard restaurant .  It’s open to anyone who wants to come.  Lunch is there if you need it.  Various knitting projects are show and admired or you can just sit there and enjoy the conversation.  Although I can’t be there every Saturday and sometimes Pine Hill is having an event and we can’t use the space, I look forward to going each week.

FLOODING

Last night the rains came down and the upstairs of the barn is completely soaked, around mid night it eked its way into the kitchen so pails were placed to catch it.  It even got into the first chicken coop and now I have to replace all the soaked shavings.  That has never happened before.  I never did get the sand bags up there too many other things to bring up, I will get them up today and hope that they will work.  More rain is expected tonight.  There is still snow in the pasture but most of the snow on the mountain has melted.  The problem is the small hill leading down into the barn is still covered with ice and the rain can’t soak in.  Soon it will be over.

PANSY’S

I am hoping that the pansy’s that  came up last year in the garden return again this year.  But I did buy a box of small ones and will put  them in with the bunny and pussy willow table decoration.

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I do love them and have over the years pressed them.  Maybe this year I will make cards out of them.

Thank you for reading my blog on this spring day.   Carole