THE CABINET STORY-LOOSING ANIMAL FRIENDS-VISITING FRIENDS

14 08 2017

 

 

LEMON BALM

GREETINGS

Freezing sweet corn , drying lemon balm, digging up  garlic,picking tansy and artemisia, waiting for the tomatoes to ripen are some of the things I love about summer.  the house smells of herbs and flowers .

LOOSING ANIMAL FRIENDS

On Saturday my youngest daughter, Betty had to put her beloved horse Beamer down.  He was a beauty who came to her as a young horse from Western Canada.   He was the perfect horse for her.   A registered Morgan who was loved by everyone who met him.   The decisions that we who love our animals more than life itself have to make are never easy, but they have to be made for the animal sake.  Run free Beamer you and Betty will be together again someday.

THE CABINET ADVENTURE

It all started with a ride to Brattleboro, Vermont to look at appliances.  We didn’t have much luck there but we did see a sign saying doors and window for sale.  This was Deconstruction Works of the former renew store.   We asked about cabinets and he said to follow him on Facebook and so I did  In less than a week he  had cabinets from a home he was working on.    $250. for 6 pieces seemed like a bargain price.  They were a darker maple color and it came with a counter top and sink.

 

Measurements were taken and they would fit nicely.   I plan to get a new counter top and will have the new/old sink that I bought put in it.  Now they are on the porch awaiting the other things to get done  I really like the idea of reusing and the trip to Newfane, Vermont was delightful.  The house was located on a muddy dirt road with a wonderful field and meadow and beautiful views.  It had a lovely large birch tree close by and a huge stone wall.

VISITING FRIENDS AND WINDING  A  WARP

Yesterday I went to visit friends and wind a warp.  Charlie and Ken live in a lovely cottage by the side of a babbling brook.

And there are many wonderful gardens.

 Charlie wanted to weave again and I told him about the Structo Loom used by The Springfield Weavers to show people how to weave.  He remembered seeing the group at The Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Fest this year.    A couple of weeks ago he purchased on   eBay and  yesterday I wound a warp for scarves out of mohair boucle.

  There is enough warp to weave 4 or 5 scarves.  Ken made a delightful lunch and Charlie and I spent a delightful afternoon.

Heading to the Heath Fair on Saturday.   Come and visit me at the large tent.  I hope to be spinning.  Many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole

 

 

 

 





A LITTLE WINTER CHICKEN FUN-RUG HOOKING-A VISIT WITH BETTY

13 02 2016

GREETINGS

COLD COLD COLD, it was  5 above when i got up this morning, although the barn wasn’t too cold  but as soon as i opened the door a blast of cold air came in.  I have prepared  for the cold days and night ahead in hopes that everyone will be good.    The sheep will be inside the barn as the brutal winds will blow off the mountain and throughout the barn.  Temps will go down to more than 14 below and will chills in the 30 below range.  Hope this is the only blast of real winter we will get.  Tuesday we are expecting a storm but now they say it will be sleet turning into rain.  What a winter.

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 LITTLE BIT OF WINTER CHICKEN FUN

This was on face book this morning and I though I would share it with you.  I am Pesky Eggsitter!

 

Rug Hooking project finished.

I hooked this some time ago not knowing what I would do with it.  I have sewed a lining into it and now it will hold spring pussy willows.

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A Visit With Betty

My youngest daughter Betty fell a couple of weeks ago and had some serious damage done to her leg.  She is doing well after some surgery and will start PT soon.  Yesterday I spent the afternoon with her and her 2 dogs Lexi and Tilly.  I am teaching her how to knit and she did very well.  Soon she will have a scarf done.  We had a wonderful visit

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Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope the weather is warmer where you live.  Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EGGS-FIBERUARY-GARDENING AND PLANTING BY THE MOON

31 01 2016

GREETINGS

Another sunny day and in the 40’s.  The days are longer and Spring is coming.  The last week has been a week of  sudden events.  My youngest daughter Betty fell and broke three bones and has had surgery and my oldest daughter, Cindy lost her beloved Mother-in-law quite suddenly on Tuesday.  Most of the time we live our lives without consequence but these two things happening to me remind me how one instant can change things and how short and precious life is.

EGGS

What the heck happened here.  I am guessing that this hen didn’t lay an egg in a couple of days and this was what happened.  It looks like a combination of two eggs.  Some solid shell with a membrane over part of it.  Never a dull moment in raising chickens.    

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FIBERuary

The blog is up and running FIBERuarysite.wordpress.com.  I am so excited about the wonderful articles that are coming in.  Don’t forget the Valentine event at Sheep and Shawl.

STORIES FROM THE FARM

On February 7th I will be speaking  at Sheep To Shawl.  Here is the blurb from the local paper.

Stories From The Farm – Carole Adams of Colrain will tell her stories SUNDAY, Feb 7 between 1:00 and 3:00 with time for questions at Sheep & Shawl in South Deerfield. She has raised sheep on a very small farm for over 20 years, has compiled a book of stories, is a spinner, dyer, weaver, rughooker, and fleece judge. Free. Refreshments provided.  Presenting speakers every Sunday of the month of “FIBERuary.” 265 Greenfield Rd, Rte 5/10 in the Tibetan Plaza, South Deerfield, MA  www.sheepandshawl.com  413-397-3680

I am looking forward to sharing my life as a small  farmer with you.  Join us at Sheep and Shawl.

GARDENING AND PLANTING BY THE MOON

I have been trying to get this book for several months now.  I finally got it today and it looks great.  I can’t wait to start reading it.  According to my blogger friend Anne, who has used this method you do get better yields and flavors.  Thanks Anne for the info.

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Thank you so much for reading my blog    Carole

 

 

 





MOVING THE HENS-HESTER-BETTY, DYLAN AND TEA’S VISIT

28 10 2013

HELLO

MOVING THE HENS.

Yesterday afternoon I worked on the hen-house.  SInce my carpentry skills are poor it takes me much more time to do anything.  But planning out what I wanted to do was an important step.  The hens don’t care if a board is not cut correctly.  They care about comfort. In redoing this coop I was trying to make things interesting so that during the long days of staying indoors there were things to do.  I did make a shelf near the back window for them to sit on, there are two nesting boxes with a third to be put in when there is time.  Their door to the small yard is very secure and easier for me to manage and lock up.

 I have finished it enough yesterday to bring them in.  My Son and I Brought them over one by one last night.  It was a  better time to get them when they were in bed instead of running around the yard chasing them.  Most were screeching but Hester talked all the way over.  It was cozy inside with fresh food and water and a bed of comfortable shavings.  There was much conversation even after the lights went out.

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 I checked on them later and several had not gotten onto the perch, I got them up and they settled in.

Hester is a remarkable hen. SHe has had disabilities in her life and has overcome them.

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 Her top beak was cut too much at the chick factory , luck was with her as she probably would have been killed because she wasn’t perfect. She did have some trouble eating and drinking but has managed. She is hen with lots to say, and loves to be cuddled and talked to.  I am lucky to have her.

CORNELIUS

Cornelius was in the barn last night checking out where the noise was coming from. He will be disappointed that there are so treats for him in the hen yard anymore.  One of his nightly stops.  Soon I will be stacking hay in front of the kitchen.  My kitchen is always cold with pipes freezing at the most inconvenient times.  With bales of old hay that reduces the risk of freezing greatly.  I will be sure to leave his entrance uncovered.

Dyeing more wool today

I am dyeing more wool today the dye I made yesterday just wasn’t enough to finish the project.

BETTY, DYLAN AND TEA’S VISIT

Betty and her children came for a visit today.  I can’t believe how much they have both grown.

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  They are both actively involved in sports which keeps Betty busy.  I don’t know how she manages, I thought I was busy with three children but now there is sports,  a full-time job and several horses to take care of.  We all lead busy lives these days/  I was so glad to see them.

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BETTY AND LIL

BETTY AND LIL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They all enjoyed visiting with Mable, their dog Morgan was her mother.

 

HAZEL

Hazel is improving slowly each day.  His crow is getting better.  He returns to the Vets on Tuesday.

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