CRAFTS OF COLRAIN-BOOKS I AM READING-STONE WALLS

25 10 2013

HELLO,

CRAFTS OF COLRAIN

The Crafts of Colrain is early this year.  I am busy still getting things put away from the NY show and want to make a few things for the tour.  It’s on the 9th and 1oth of November.  It will be a great two days , I hope the weather will hold, November is a fickle month.  I as hoping that the big project on the house would be done  by then but they are not starting on it till the Monday after Thanksgiving.

REARRANGING

I read this old quote from a blog at Deanne Fitzpatrick’s website recently and it really apply’s to all of us who live where the seasons change.

“I’m glad I live where Seasons change, I like my world to rearrange.”  Fall is a rearrange season, time to get the firewood and pellets in place.  Put plastic on windows where there are no storm windows, Get Draft Dodgers in place, this year I m making small ones for the bottom of old windows and where the two windows meet in the middle.  Lots of drafts come in there.  Cleaning up the yard and putting tools away.  Having extra supplies of animal feed on hand because there are those days when one can’t get out in the winter.  Fall is a busy time and it leads us into winter where time slows down.   Winter is a time when things get done that you didn’t have time for in the Spring, Summer and Fall.  Projects that you just had to put off.  I look forward to it now, but I can say when I was working I dreaded each snow or ice storm.  Now with extra supplies I don’t have those worries anymore.

BOOKS I AM READING

My friend Patti recommended this book “ONCE UPON A FLOCK BY LAUREN SCHEUER.

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  I am glad she did, it’s a book of stories about her flock.  I read it in an afternoon. My family and friends have been encouraging me for years to write down all the animal stories and have them published.    The illustrations in this book are just what I wanted in my book.  This winter I will take the time to write the stories and I will contact her about illustrating.  Even if I publish it myself  it will be a fun project.

STONE WALLS

These two pictures are of the stone wall in back of the pasture.

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THE WHITE LATTICE WORK IS TO PREVENT SHEEP FROM SAMPLING THE GARDEN!

THE WHITE LATTICE WORK IS TO PREVENT SHEEP FROM SAMPLING THE GARDEN!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Less than a hundred years ago this mountain in back of my house contained very few trees and a flock of merino sheep.  It’s interesting how things change.  Stone Walls dot all of New England dividing pastures and ownership of land.  Stone walls are endearing to me, in the 1946 house I grew up in my Grandfather and Uncle Roger hauled stones from Chesterfield and build a stone wall in our backyard. It terraced the property making a lovely garden area with wonderful steps going up to it.   SOme of these stones were from family homesteads from way back in our family history.  I would have liked a stone from that wall but the time to get that has passed.  I do hope that the owner of the property appreciates the beauty of it.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this Fall day.  I hope your day is wonderful.   Carole





THE BIG E-MORE FOUND CAT FABRIC-ISLANDS OF BRITAIN

16 09 2013

Hello

THE BIG E

Yesterday was my day at the BIG E.  I worked in the Massachusetts Building at the information booth.

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 I passed out thousands of brochures about places to visit in the state including The Crafts of Colrain brochure.  I had a good education of the many places to see just in my area.  I am planning a visit to Emily Dickinson’s house soon.

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have to say that I haven’t been to the Big E and the State Buildings in years.   Things really have changed, gone are the Christmas trees and fresh Wreath’s in the Maine building so were the blueberries, all that was left of them was pies. The lobster in salt water tanks were also gone so was the smell of the ocean.  The animals were also gone.  In their place were vendor booths selling their wares.    Commercialism was what it was all about.

 

 

 The Massachusetts building was the same, where are the trout tanks and  the animals of our area where were the cranberries!!!!!!!!!  The trees you could take home and plant.  The BIG E was started as an agricultural fair, I wish it would return.

 IN the Massachusetts building was the Granges.  When I was a child Granges were an important part of a small town.  Now they are dwindling.  The old folks who kept them going are dyeing out.  I guess as one gets older we are saddened by the loss of things that we hold dear.  We can’t change things but we can keep them alive by sharing these things with other generations.

MORE FOUND CAT FABRIC

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Oh my I don’t know if I should be glad or sad.  It just means that more cat beds and toys need to be made.  Over the years whenever I see a cute material of cat prints I would pick up a yard or so, sometime if there was a special sale I would get many more yards.  I am still find those and will continue making the beds for a while yet.

DONE WITH THE BOA

I have stopped doing business with the bank of america.  I am tired of their CEOs making a disgusting salary charging all those fees.  I have gone to a local bank, Greenfield Cooperative Bank.  A bank where the employee’s aren’t paid to be friendly they do it naturally and are local people.

MARTIN CLUNES DICOVERS THE SHETLANDS

My friend Louise alerted me of this wonderful thing Martin Clunes (of Doc Martin fame) is doing.  He is hosting a program about The Island ‘s of Britain.  The first episode is about THE SHETLAND’S.  Another island mentioned is Rathin Island off of the coast of Northern Island.  I have tried on several trips to Northern Island to get out there but the weather was always too bad to make the trip.  Most of my visits to Ireland are in late November so that probably is the reason.  Only 80 people live on the Island now and there are only 4 children in school.  A new family moved  there from the main land and he now runs a boat back and forth to the main land so that people can now work off the Island.  I do hope the island can revitalize itself.  So many islands in Ireland are not inhabited anymore.  You can google Islands of Britain and you can find the show there.  He is as hysterical in this as he is in Doc Martin.  I admire Martin Clunes he never let fame go to his head.  

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.    Carole