THE ESCAPE ARTIST-A LITTLE SNOW-LIL

3 04 2016

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The faint mountain in the distance is Mount Tom which is located in my old home town Holyoke,  A wonderful place to grow up.  This is taken from Shelburne  more than 20 miles away.

GREETINGS

Winter weather has returned for a few days.  The winds are blowing off the mountain this morning making it feel even colder.  Wood smoke is in the air but alas it won’t last.  Spring birds are here huddling together to keep warm the bird feeders are full to keep them going through these few days.

THE ESCAPE ARTISTS

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Mr. Peppers and Phoebe

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A couple of days ago I was tidying up the back coop listening to Mr. Peepers and Phoebe chatting away  then I heard a strange sound.  I hurried out the back door and they were nowhere to be found.  These days I can’t run with these bad legs so it took me a few minutes to get around the side yard.  There they were as pleased as punch with themselves walking along and scratching up bugs as they went.  I tried to get them but they FLEW away!!!!!

By the time I got around to the other side of the house they were half way up the mountain having the time of their lives.  This time of year the creatures that live on the mountain are pretty hungry.  There would be no chance for the two of them unless they flew to the tree tops.  I ran to get Lauren and she came with Lil and chased them many times up and down the mountain and to neighbors houses.

Mr. Peppers found a wonderful spot on top of my neighbor Larry’s garage.  There he sat so proud of himself crowing.  With Larry in tow we continued the chase for about an hour.  We were all getting exhausted and so were the birds.  Just in the nick of time Tyler came home from school.  He loves birds and knows so much about all kinds of them, and within 15 minutes he had caught the two of them.  The two of them looked like they were going to pass out with all the fun and merriment.  They are safe now and when this bad weather is gone I will be out fixing up the covering that had blown off.  It will be much more secure from now on end.  And at some time I will need to trim their feathers.

A BIG DAY FOR LIL AT PRE-SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Lil has been waiting to go to school like her brothers.  Friday was an open house.  She was so happy.  So many new things to try, and in that one hour I think she tried them all.

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

 

 

 

 





THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CHICKENS-COLLECTING COMFREY-ANGUS

19 07 2014

GREETINGS

MORTICIA AND SAMANTHA

The have adjusted to the move and it didn’t take long for Mrs. Brown to come and visit,   She was very happy to see Morticia and found a place to slide herself under the fencing that divides the area.  A joyful reunion.  Mrs. Brown doesn’t like children and found Samantha annoying.  Samantha learned quickly to stick by her Mom.  

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MORTICIA

 

 

 

 

 

MR. PEEPERS AND CHICKEN LITTLE

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For the past few days I have heard practicing, yesterday it was a terrible rooster sound today its much better,  Practice does make perfect.

ANGUS

Angus has lost some weight and just didn’t look right so off to the vets he went.

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  He has an infection and some signs of liver problems.  He is now on an antibiotic and some medications to help his liver.  Old age isn’t fun for any of us.

GATHERING COMFREY

Chris and I went up in the back of my son’s yard to gather comfrey.  It grows so well there.  I will dry some for winter use and make another batch of salve.

SHELBURNE FALLS FARMERS MARKET

It takes time for people to get to know your products and what you do.  Yesterday was a good day at the market for me.  Each week it gets better and better.  I will include a picture of the rug progress soon.  I have spun some of Elliotts wool and will be dyeing it purple this afternoon.  That will be the border color of the rug.  I am so enjoying this rug and the people at the market are enjoying the progress.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today, I hope you have a lovely day.   Carole

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CHICKENS AND FAREWELL LUCY-BUMBLE BEE’S-THE FARM STAND

5 06 2014

HELLO

FAREWELL LUCY

Last night i went too night check the front coop.  Every night someone seems to be in another place and I will have to find her.  There were 9 hens and Murphy in the front coop.  Last night I only found 8 and Little Lucy has passed away in the corner.

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LUCY

 She was the last of the Golden Comet, a hybrid bird.  I will never get anymore of these.  They are bred to be egg machines and don’t live a long life.   Lucy was Hester’s sister.  She was bossy and bold and had to live apart from her sister because of it.  IN the last year she became less bossy as more hens entered the group. Her life was good.  She laid very large eggs which I think took its toll on her.  She will be missed.

BUMBLE BEE’S

II have been following A Way to Garden on Facebook, by Margaret Roach.   Yesterday she wrote about a book on Bumble Bees.  I read the article on them and found it so interesting that I want to get the book.  The book is called Bumble Bee’s of North America an Identification Guide by Leif Richardson, Princeton Press.  Bumble Bee’s have always been a curiosity to me.  The seem much calmer than other bee’s, they don’t chase you as some bee’s do, they just go about their business.

I didn’t know that they were annuals.  All bee’s in the Bumble Colony die each year except the mated females which overwinter.   THey tend not to be aggressive.  I am hoping to get this book, it’s a must read for gardeners everywhere.

THE FARM STAND

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I visited The Farm Stand today to get my tomato and pepper plants.  I got a variety of tomatoes and 6 peppers.l  I found out what I have been doing wrong with the peppers I have been planting.  I was planting them in the same manure rich soil as the tomatoes and they don’t need soil that rich.  I may get another 6 pepper plants.  . I did buy one thyme plant and 6 basil plants and will plant lots of basil seeds this coming weekend.  I use a lot of basil in soups, and sauces during the winter and almost ran out of dried this past winter.

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

 

 





THE POSTAL SERVICE-A WARMING TREND-A CHICKEN STORY

9 01 2014

HELLO

THE POSTAL SERVICE

I have always had great service from the Postal Service no matter where I have lived.  The Colrain Post Office will go out of their way to deliver the mail.  Over the holiday I shipped a package and some cards to the Rest HOme where my Mom is in Port Orange Florida.  A week after Christmas the package came back, no such number.  The address was 864 and I put down 846.  I was really shocked that this happened.  Very poor customer service.  I paid again, changed the number and the package went back.  It seems to me that the delivery man would know who lives in a number  that’s up the street especially it being a business.  Yesterday I called it took me 1 hour just to find the phone number, I think they just don’t want to hear from people, then on the phone the supervisor telling me that I put the wrong number , I saying such poor customer service is unacceptable, it was a waste of my time.  If the post office was private they would have to go out of their to please the customer  This goes the way of many government offices, they are complacent, they just don’t care.  

A WARMING TREND

 If you can believe it Saturday its suppose to rain and be in the 50’s.   Most of the snow will be gone, what a winter!!!!!!

A LOVING HEN STORY

There are only three birds left in the caring coop.  Sweet Pea the larger bird, Louise her friend and Morticia.  Morticia goes back and forth between coops.  SHe loves to sleep on the cord for the light (its been unplugged since she started this).  It’s very high up away from danger and it swings gently.  FOr the past two nights the temps have been zero or below.

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Sweet Pea is sleeping in the nest box, she has no clue what it’s really used for as she has not laid an egg yet, and I really doubt that she will lay one till late February.  She likes the warmth of the shavings, but her friend Louise sleeps on the highest perch.  I have never seen Sweet Pea sleeping on a perch.  Well two nights ago Morticia was in with the other side sleeping on her swing and here was Sweet Pea on the Perch beside Louise  For two nights that happened, when I went in to check  on everyone tonight Morticia was back with Louise and Sweet Pea was back in the nest box.  I see kind, loving gestures on the farm all the time, it’s why I keep going and it renews my spirit.

    Many thanks for reading my blog on this wintry day.  Carole