HAPPENINGS ON THE FARM

16 10 2016

 

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GREETINGS

We have had a couple of very cold mornings and some frost hs touched the pumpkin leaves.  The beans and flowers are still doing well.  This year the frost has come late.

HAPPENINGS ON THE FARM

The chickens are all in their winter spots,

On these cold nights Morticia is looking for someone to cozy with!

On these cold nights Morticia is looking for someone to cozy with!

and I am thinking of making a hoop house for the front chickens.  I can use cattle panel fence  which I have and I will need some cement blocks, and heavy plastic.  I was told I could probably find some heavy plastic from a greenhouse.  I will have to have some ventilation and a door that I can get in and out.  I have been wanting to do this for years and often thought of a glass green house and started collecting windows for this purpose.  I think this is easier.

The cats are all well.  Cosmo shows no sign of the cancer bothering him yet although the lump is back.  He is frisky like a kitten now.  Happy days for him.

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Shorty, the elusive Baby and Willie taking their morning nap

Shorty, the elusive Baby and Willie taking their morning nap

 

 

 

 

Sammy prefers the bed for a cozier nap

Sammy prefers the bed for a cozier nap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The little lamb that was suppose to come to Maude was sickly and died so she will spend the winter separated from the sheep.  She seems okay with that we will see how it goes.

I have been busy gardening canning and freezing and making things for shows and the farmers market.

garlic waiting to be planted and bread and butter pickles

garlic waiting to be planted and bread and butter pickles

 

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 I am thinking of growing  mushrooms for a cash crop next year so am reading up on them.  I still plan to plant flax and more pumpkins and gourds to sell at the market.

THE DREADED STAIRS

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These are the stairs that go up to the barn.  I carry hay and 50  pounds of grain up these stairs and have done so for the last 18 years.  I have felts quite lucky to have not fallen down them as there are steep.  Well last Saturday I did fall down 4 of the stairs.  I bent my unbendable knee and hurt my back.  I am fine but will take more care now.  Lesson learned!!!!!!!

A couple of these may be in my future!!!!!

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this cool fall morning.

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WOOD, HAY AND SEWING EXCHANGE ALL IN ONE DAY-NEW FREEZER

21 09 2014

GREETINGS

Carol K.

Carol K.

 

It’s a rainy Sunday a good day to get some things done.

WOOD HAY AND THE SEWING EXCHANGE ALL IN  ONE DAY

What a day I was exhausted from it.  Up at the crack of dawn and down to FLorence by 8am.  I didn’t know what to expect but was really pleased by the crowds and next year I will know exactly what to bring.   Susan came up from Ashby and we both had a good day.The Lovely ladies from WOol and Dye WOrks were there and everyone from the CHurch were so helpful.

HAY

It's a good feeling to have a barn full of hay.

It’s a good feeling to have a barn full of hay.

I was only home an hour before Josh called for the hay.  50 bales are tucked in the barn  I really have been fortunate to meet some wonderful people and Josh and his family are some of them.  When they found out that I would be out of hay before they could come his Dad came over with three bales to get me through.

Wood

Mike came about an hour after that with wood.  It will take me about 2 weeks to get it stacked on the porch.  Good exercise for me.  I will do a little every day.  Mike grows shiitake  mushrooms and left me with a small bag of them.  I am going to use them in a stir fry tonight..  He is also making the large knitting needles that I sell.  This year I am going to have him make a smaller version of them and try them out knitting a scarf  I think it will be good.  Easier to manage.

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NEW FREEZER

David took me to get a new freezer on Friday.  The last flood ruined my old one.  And  now I will use it to store grain in.  I hope to reduce my trips into Greenfield this winter by stocking up on all supplies.  The freezer is on the porch till I move some things around in the kitchen to make room for it.  

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This past week has been a whirlwind of activity.  We had a simple but beautiful service for my Mom on Monday with my friend Vicar Jane officiating.  Still some loose ends to tie up but I am hoping that this week the pace of life will slow down here at the farm.  I will be doing another box of tomatoes now that I have the freezer and hope to do more pickles and some pickled beets this week.  

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you enjoy the day.   Carole





CANNING PICKLES – DYEING WOOL

20 08 2012

HELLO

Today I finished the pickles.  They came out good.  A little hot, so if you wanted them really hot you could add 2 hot peppers to the batch.   I hope to make some corn relish over the weekend.

DYEING WOOL

I have been dyeing wool all morning.  The first batch was  dyed with Pro Chemical dyes in Lavender and Dark Orchid.

The end result

Although this came out good it’s not the result I want so I am continuing to dye.  The next dyes that I tried were burgundy and mahogany.   This

came out a little too dark.   I just used mahogany dye and left various pieces in for different times and I think all the colors that I got will work well.

I finished hooking Shorty this afternoon and added a little of the dyed wool and I think it will work well.

HAPPY DAY TO YOU





RUG HOOKING CHICKENS

20 08 2012

Hello

Today was a beautiful day not too hot and not too cold.  Tonight will be just right too. It was my grandson Rickys 14th birthday.  The chickens really enjoyed the day as I was cooking corn to freeze and they enjoyed all the cobs with some corn left on them.  The sheep had the silks and the greens from the corn, everyone is happy.

THE CAT AND PUMPKIN RUG

I am so happy how this rug is turning out and its so much fun to hook.  This cat is Shorty.  I may or may not spray his feet with tea after the rug is done, it’s too soon to tell now.  I am hoping to dye the background tomorrow.  I want to do it in purples but I only will dye a small piece to see if its right.  This is what I completed  at the Fair yesterday.  The two colors are perfect.  I bought them from Green Mountain Rugs.  I called her and told her that I was doing an orange cat and she sent me these colors.

 

 

 

THE CHICKENS

Mrs. Brown and Morticia are still sitting and by my calculations within the next 4 days and egg or two should hatch.  I hope they won’t be disappointed.  They have tried several times this  year.

Hester is happy tonight and I added some more shavings so she is really comfortable.

The retired ladies getting settled in for the night.  The black hen, Sally is 11 years old.  Although she doesn’ t lay anymore she is very active and is out and about every day.

This is Murphy, he has settled in for the night.  He has a story which I will tell you about soon.

 

PICKLES
I am making Chopped SUey Pickles again.  I did buy some red peppers and thought for sure they were the sweet ones but now I know one of them was hot.  My son-in-law, Rick can’t wait to try them.

GOOD DAY TO YOU.

 





Canning Pickles, Sadie and Hops and Recipe

31 07 2012

Hello

The pickles are done and the air in the house smells wonderful.  Red peppers aren’t out in our area year and that would have added a bit of color.

CHOPPED SUEY PICKLES

6 large cucumbers seeded if desired (I don’t seed them)

11 medium onions sliced

3 large sweet green peppers

3 large sweet red peppers

1/2 cup salt

1 pint vinegar (2 cups)

1/2 pint water

4 cups sugar

2 Tbs celery salt

3 tbs. mixed pickling spices

1 tsp. curry powder

Slice cucumbers, onions, peppers thin.  Sprinkle the salt on top and add enough cold water to cover vegetables.  Let stand overnight.  Drain thoroughly.  Add vinegar, mixed spices, water, sugar and celery salt.  Boil about 10 minutes.  ADD CURRY POWDER JUST BEFORE BOILING TIME IS UP.  Pack into sterilized jars and seal at once.

 

SADIE GIRL WAITING FOR HER SUPPER