THE LOWER GARDEN-CHICKEN THINGS-LOSS OF A FRIEND-GETTING FOOD IN FOR THE WINTER

3 09 2017

GREETINGS

We have  had mornings of nippy fingers and today its a cold, damp rain.  We need it though as things were getting very dry.  I can’t believe it’s already September.  

THE SIDE YARD GARDEN

This garden has been neglected this year and I am weeding and remaking the garden paths, tying up the apple trees and trimming them.  I am hoping to plant some beets soon.  The blueberry bushes produced  more berries than I ever got.

 I am cutting the  spearmint and tying it into bundles and drying it up in the barn to freshen up the chickens nest boxes during the winter.  I have other,mint plants in the front yard to do the same with.  After they are all dry I will mix them with lavender and a few other herbs and store them, keeping a few branches to hang in the coop  It does help to keep the coop smelling better during the long winter days.

A GREEN HOUSE FOR THE CHICKENS 

Every year at this time I think about a nice greenhouse for the chickens to go in during the long winter.  More space to run around and some fresh air.  I always get so busy in the fall and it doesn’t get done.  I bought a make your own greenhouse book at the Library Book sale at the Heath Fair and I am planning on seeing what I can do.  Nothing elaborate and something I can put up and take down every year.    I would like to find some old windows.  It takes time and I never seem to have enough of it in the fall.

LOOSING A FRIEND

Our community lost a friend, mentor and Volunteer Fireman Harry Dunning.  His wife Jane took loving care of him through the long illness.  The service for him was beautiful and inspiring.    In sadness there is beauty and it surely was in that Church on Saturday.  

FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR

I will be vending at the fair this year again.  One thing that I have done is take an old ,broken down wooden tool carrier and fixed it as best as I could and pickle painted it.  It will be perfect for my bags of wool for needle felting .    I look forward to the show, good company and lots of excitement and return customers makes it a fun weekend.  Pan to have lots of new handmade items there.

STORING FOR THE WINTER

Today hops and catnip are being dried in the dehydrator the smell permeates the house.

 Catnip did well where I placed it this year, plenty of sun is what it needed.   I bought some Pennyroyal from Sue Bates also and it is living near the catnip and it loves it there.  Its next on my list to dry.  Susan has the best plants and always brings them to The Massachusetts Sheep and Wool show.   She is at Brimfield this week, check out her booth at Quaker Acres.

I picked a pail full  of hops this week and they will be going into dream pillows today.

The small Hazel Nut tree produced a box full of nuts.  They are safely in the car for drying, which was the suggestion on the internet.  I think I got them just in time as some of them were ripe.

 

I am now getting Roma tomatoes and today will get them in the freezer.  Peppers are on the agenda too and so far I have one large bag in the freezer.   I need about 6 large bags to get me through the winter.

BANTAM HENS

 

Morticia and her daughter Violet have been nesting for months now.  I have separated the side yard chicken area and they along with Opal who had the sneezes when I got her, will go outside in the converted dog house tonight.    They all need to change their life styles!!!!!!!In another month they will all come in and I hope to have the big front coop separated so the Bantams have their own space.  Eventually I hope to have all Bantams as they need less room and require less work..

Many thanks for reading my blog today.   The leaves are just starting to turn on Route 2, It looks like a fabulous fall.  Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 





COSMO-WATCHING PUMPKINS GROW

3 09 2016

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GREETINGS

We need rain so badly , today there is a chance but it doesn’t look like it will happen.  Luckily the hay crops are good and garden still flourishes.

COSMO

Cosmo’s lump has grown larger which is a huge concern for me.  Yesterday he went to Brookside  Animal Hospital and he stayed overnight there and is having surgery this morning.  With his FIV status these things happen.  I am very hopeful that he will be okay.  He really has been through a lot in his life and really hates being put in a carrier.  It was very generous of the clinic to keep him overnight at no cost to me.

WATCHING PUMPKINS GROW

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The pumpkin is an amazing plant.  Watching the pumpkins form and grow is so interesting.  They change every day, growing larger and larger.  This year I used up all my pumpkin seeds and so now I really don’t know what kind is coming up.  They look like Cinderella ones.

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CATNIP

My friend Patti visited recently and brought up more catnip which I am now drying and some wonderful turf and turf houses.  I will enjoy them this coming fall and winter.  I love the smell of a turf fire.  She visited with her two girls who are now integrated into the side yard flock.  SHe and her husband are moving to Ireland in the fall

TUESDAY FARMERS MARKET IN GREENFIELD

If you live near the area and haven’t been you are missing a treat.  Goat Cheese and soap, maple products, fresh veggies, mushrooms, honey and herbal products, Lamb, duck and pork products, all my stuff  fresh home-made soups, farm fresh eggs and  so much more.There are always demo’s going on and many times samples of the products sold.  This week Jill Horton Lyons was spinning from a rabbit and I was rug hooking.  Come on down we are located in the alley way near Greenfields market  Every Tuesday from 1:30 to 6:30 rain or shine.

SKELLIG BY LOREENA McKINNETT

 

 

Her voice is so beautiful.  Haunting music on the cd The Book of Secrets.

Cosmo is home he will have to be quiet for a while.  He was very hungry and glad to be home.  He went around and around looking at everything and checking out his favorite spots.  I won’t get the results of the path for a few weeks.  I am hoping all will be well.  Glad to have him home when one is missing its not the same.  Thanks for reading my blog on this beautiful day. Carole

As you can see his arthritis is bothering him

As you can see his arthritis is bothering him





NEW ARRIVALS-CATNIP-SWEET PEA’S

12 07 2016

GREETINGS

We had glorious rain over the weekend  and we still need more.  It perked the gardens up but didn’t fill the rivers.  The cooler weather the rains brought was welcomed.  We are in for another hot spell and my friend Susan will be at Brimfield during it.  She will be at Quaker Acres look for The Plant Lady.

NEW ARRIVALS

PRUDENCE

PRUDENCE

My friend Patti is moving to Ireland soon and I have taken her hens Prudence and Beatrix.  Follow her on brookwoodshire.wordpress and learn about her adventures.  The girls came on Friday and are settling in .  There was some excitement on Saturday when Prudence had to lay an egg and decided to go home and do it.  My grandson Tyler (the chicken whisperer) caught her in my sons yard.

BEATRIX IS EXCITED ABOUT NEW FRIENDS

BEATRIX IS EXCITED ABOUT NEW FRIENDS

 Now there are (hopefully) no escape routes and they are  both laying.  They are separated from the rest pf the group and there has been much bantering going on back and forth.  Soon I will  open the gate some to see how things go.  Olive my last hen to arrive has taken over the leadership role in the flock so it will be interesting how things unfold.

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CATNIP

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Patti brought me this wonderful bag of catnip.  I am drying it and the house smells wonderful.  The cats are enjoying bits and pieces of it too.

SAMMY AND THE ELUSIVE CAT BABY ARE RESTING AFTER SOME AFTERNOON CATNIP

SAMMY AND THE ELUSIVE CAT BABY ARE RESTING AFTER SOME AFTERNOON CATNIP

Patti’s cat Merlin is moving to Ireland too so I will pack him a good supply of cat toys.

SWEET PEAS

 

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Yesterday I needed to get hay and discovered these wonderful sweet pea’s that John’s Mother has grown for years.  Against the stone wall they are so spectacular.  She gave me a bouquet.  These don’t have the delightful smell of some but nonetheless they are beautiful.

SUMMER BOUQUET

SUMMER BOUQUET

Many thanks for reading my blog on this wonderful summer day.  I will be at the Tuesday Greenfield Market today from 1:30- to 6:30 located next door to Greenfields Market.  Carole

 





HAPPY FOURTH-FARMERS MARKET PROJECT-WEEKLY RIVER TIME=COSMO AND CATNIP

4 07 2016

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY

The humidity has left and we have warm days with coolish nights.  Ideal summer weather.  We had some much-needed rain but are still in a pre-drought condition

FARMERS MARKET PROJECT

I have two pieces that I need to finish this summer and the Farmers Market is a good place to work on them.

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This is such a fun piece I love working on it.

 

WEEKLY RIVER TIME

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I love the river, its peaceful and quiet so this summer I decided to take the boys to the river once a week.  I will bring a project they will do whatever they want.  Charlie loves to swim and Tyler like to check out animal habitats and construct boats out of things found on the riverbed.  His boat yesterday out of branches and leaves worked pretty well.  He has plans for a better model.  I brought my quilting pieces there.  

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COSMO AND CATNIP

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Catnip is sooooooo good!

I am so glad Cosmo came into my life.  He is a unique cat .   He has taught me lessons about only having one eye, and made me understand in the animal world they adapt so much more easily.   Little did I realize that one day there would be a one eyes sheep in my family.

I don’t know if he ever had real catnip but yesterday I introduced it to him.    He was over the moon about it.  The dried catnip is nice but the real stuff is so good.

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All he needs now is a bow tie!

A SUPER HERO NEXT DOOR.

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If I ever need a super hero there is one next door.  Her brothers helped her make the costume and Lil is a super hero these days.

I am still planting things in the garden, Brussel sprout plants went in yesterday and some flower seeds.  Slowly things are coming up.  Many thanks for reading my blog today.  Carole

 





RUG HOOKING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE-EGGS-WAULKING WOOL IN SCOTLAND TODAY

25 07 2015

GREETINGS

Less humidity and a slight breeze is making these days summer perfect. 

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Driving through Vermont at any time of the year is wonderful but I especially love it in the summer.  Everything lush green, so many wonderful old farms. Lebanon New Hampshire is just a little over an hour and a half from my house. I take back roads till I get to Brattleboro then a highway route 91 to Lebanon.  Even the highway has some majestic scenery.  It was great to see old friends and meet new ones

Louise with her latest rug

Louise with her latest rug

Deb with her latest rug

Deb with her latest rug

CATNIP

DRIED CATNIP

DRIED CATNIP

Pattie gave me two large feedbags full of catnip.  I left them in the car.  On a few summer days they were dry.  ANd another benefit , catnip has a calming effect on people so my errand runs were less stressful!

THE NEW HEN

I love the shape of this egg

I love the shape of this egg

She has settled in and has laid an egg for the past two days.  To me that is an indicator that she feels comfortable..  I understand from Charlie that Morticia dug a hole and visited.  I am giving them more time to get use to each other, then hopefully they will get along.

WHAT IS GOING ON IN SCOTLAND TODAY-WAULKING THE WOOL

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it would be wonderful to be there, to sing the old songs and be a part of it.

Waulking is a finishing process of the wool tweed. It is usually done by a group of woman pounding the cloth rhythmically The process was timed by song not minutes or hours.  For more detailed information please look up Thistle and Broom online. 

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Have a listen to one of the songs.
At this time of year there is a wonderful wool festival going on in Scotland, I am enjoying it via facebook. and you can to, here is the link.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this wonderful summer day, I hope you enjoyed my traveling to New Hampshire and Scotland. Carole





WINTER-PLANTING PEAS, CHANGING THE GARDEN AROUND

26 04 2015

GREETINGS

Sammy taking it easy

Sammy taking it easy

Chris and I have been busy, the barn is totally cleaned and their drinking water is now outside making chores easier.  Some of the fallen tree wood and branches are in piles, part of the front hens yard is ready for clover planting and the clothes line is back up.  These are among the many things that got done with Chris here.  He also made me a new Whispering Pines  Farm Facebook store page which I will be working on.

WINTER

Even though winter is (hopefully) over its time for me to start preparing for next winter.  All the limbs and sticks that have fallen during this past winter need to be cut and put into bags for kindling for next winter.  I am hoping to burn wood and pellets during the day and oil at night next winter.  This year I went through about 20 bags of kindling.  I know I will need more this coming winter.  Nothing on the property gets wasted.

PLANTING PEAS

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Yesterday I planted two different varieties of peas.  One is a snow pea and the other is regular pod peas.  I am changing the gardens around this year and the peas were planted on the fencing that I had planted tomatoes before.  For the past two years the tomatoes have not been doing that well and I have had to buy tomatoes for freezing.  So this year peas will go along the fence.  The end of May I will be planting Cucumbers along the fence and by the time they start climbing I should have picked all the peas.  I hope to freeze most of the peas for good winter stews and soups.

Cindy came last night and She and Chris left this morning.  He will be back in the summer  I ll miss him

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a lovely day.  I leave you today with some more shearing pictures.

Lil had a wonderful time at shearing day

Lil had a wonderful time at shearing day

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EGGS AGAIN – FINISHED NY PROJECT-FUNK SHUN-CAT TOYS

16 11 2013

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The weather is warming up some, now I can get some of the outside chores done without freezing.  Buttoning up is a priority.

EGGS

The girls are slowly getting back to the egg laying business.  Alice has been laying these huge eggs for days now and someone else in the front coop has started laying again.

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 One hen in the back is  laying too.  It’s so good not to have to buy eggs.

FINISHED NY PROJECT

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I finally finished the NY project and I like how it came out.  Subdued colors makes it look very primitive.   I plan to make another one with primitive flowers.  But now I am going to get going on finishing the Thanksgiving one.

FUNK SHUN

I needed to resupply some things at FUNK SHUN and look what Christa’s making.  Aren’t they so cute!!!!!

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CAT TOY JAR

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I Spent some time today making cat toys and replenishing my cat toy jar which sits in the kitchen.  If I remember I hand out these toys to friends that come.  These are cat toys that aren’t quite up to par but perfect for any cats including mine.  I hope that over the winder I can make 250 cat toys to build up my supply for the year.

It was a beautiful day here at the farm I hope you had a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole