MORTICIA-WREN FAMILY IN THE FRONT BIRD HOUSE-SURPRISE IN THE MAIL-THEOLD SINK

25 06 2014

GREETINGS

MORTICIA

Morticia is sitting on two eggs this morning and acting very broody.  As soon as the two roosters start crowing she and Samantha will be moved outside, sharing the side yard with Mrs. Brown,Hazel and Millie.  They will be separated for a time until they get used to each other.

A FAMILY OF WRENS

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.  They are small birds with sweet voices.  I think they are Wrens.

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 The side bird house has chickadee’sin it this year.  There is a large Robin’s nest in the willow tree and a Blue Jay nest in the CHestnut tree next door.  The morning songs are wonderful.

GREENFIELD FARMERS COOP

The Greenfield Farmers Coop lost a valuable employee this past week.  Jimmy passed away suddenly.  He was my to go to person for anything to do with animals.  He was helpful, funny and kind.  He will be sorely missed.  It reminds me to take the time to tell people how much I appreciate them.

A SURPRISE IN THE MAIL

Yesterday I got a surprise in the mail from my friend Susan.  T wonderful red embroidery pieces.  

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I just love them and will incorporate them into a small bed pillows.  I have bed pillows and use them every night and Minnie does too.

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 They made my day.  I want to do more embroidery this year and last year bought a book on patterns.  I have started one but used a flimsy muslin and now realize that I really needed a stronger more dense fabric. The boys and I cleaned out the most of the bottom of the barn yesterday.  It is all orderly and things easy to get to.  They both are so very  helpful to me.  Today we will spend some time in the attic.  I want to clean it out and label each box.  It will be time consuming to do that but in the end I will save lots of time knowing what is in each box.  I am sure I will find some treasures too.

THE OLD SINK OR ZINK AS MY GRANDMOTHER CALLED IT

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This sink was at the side of the road.  I loved it and had many ideas of what could be done with it.  But it was fall then so it was put in the back of the downstairs barn. Rediscovered again yesterday, Ricky will make a bird bath for the side yard out of it.

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





EMMA-CRAFTS OF COLRAIN-HAZEL

10 11 2013

HELLO

EMMA

Sweet little Emma passed away yesterday.  She was one of the new gals.  Even though she had only been here for such a short time she was loved by me and her mates.  I was so happy that the Chicken Man had a Buff Orpington, My first Emma was one and she was a gem, well It wasn’t meant to be.  I miss her.

CRAFTS OF COLRAIN.

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I was still rushing around in the morning getting last-minute things done. The sign explaining the farm was put on an easel near the kitchen door, signs were made for Hazel , the loom and the old spinning wheel.  The day was nippy and my son started a cozy fire in the wood stove, some welcoming essential oils permeated the air, and the boys at their post.  Ricky cleverly set up his IPad to see when there were customers by putting a small camera in the upstairs window.  That was very helpful because if he was giving a tour of the sheep I would step into the kitchen to greet everyone and tell them about Hazel.  Chris helped me with anything chore that needed to be done and checked on Sadie during the day.  Over 70 people came and many sales were made.  Between sales I was needle felting more leaves.  I am going to make pins out of them.  It was a good day, people enjoyed cider from Pine Hill and cookies.

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Looking forward to another day of good sales and many people passing through.  I am always nervous about having people in my house.  The house is old and quirky, needs a kitchen and bathroom do over, the walls aren’t that great and windows are needed.  These are the things I see when I go into my house.  I guess that stems from living in houses that these things have been done.  Other people see the house differently they see it as a cozy, old house and the defects that I see they see them as quant.  It changes my prospective when I do the Crafts.

THE PICTURE

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There was talk of a birthday surprise that Chris has made before they came.  I had no idea what it could be.  It was this hand painted on canvas picture of Sammy.  I love it  and hung it in the dining room.  Many comments on how wonderful it  is were made by customers.

HAZEL

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Hazel’s crow is really getting so much better.  He was a star yesterday I think really enjoyed the attention.

I have misplaced my camera, its nothing new for me to misplace my phone or keys but my camera has always been in a certain place.  I hope I find it soon as I really miss it.  The pictures on the bog today are from an Iphone that belongs to Chris.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.  If you live nearby stop in I would love to see you.   Carole





TOMATOES-EGGS-FUNK SHUN

30 08 2013

Hello, 

MAUDE

MAUDE

 

The night air last night was perfect, cool and so good for sleeping.  Fall is coming with some trees already changing colors.  Its my favorite time of year.  The smells and sights are a delight.  Wood fires, pumpkins, brightly colored leaves.  The sounds of rustling leaves under your feet.  I look forward to it.

Tomatoes

I got a call from The Farm Stand that my tomatoes were ready.  30 pounds of them. 

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I  started them right away in the crock pot.  Diced up onions, peppers and garlic, added some herbs and a fresh bay leaf and left them for the rest of the day.

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 By the time I got back to them and tried them I decided that I would label them as soup.  What a great hardy soup for winter just add some pasta and top with cheese.  Today I am going to make another batch.  I want to dry some too.

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VIEW OF  FARM STAND’S CORN FIELDS
GMO FREE

The boys leave today, school starts next week.  I will miss them.

FUNK SHUN

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I dropped some items off at FUNK SHUN yesterday.  New things are added  to the shop every week.  It looks wonderful.  I love the Man Dolls which are great sellers, surely to please any guy or gal on your birthday or Christmas list.  Yes I did say Christmas, I have picked up a few things at FUNK SHUN already for Christmas presents.  Check it out and Christa is on facebook.

GREAT QUILT FOR SALE

GREAT QUILT FOR SALE

THE MAN DOLLS AND PILLOWS

THE MAN DOLLS AND PILLOWS

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EGGS

Sometimes I take for granted just how wonderful chickens and the eggs they produce are.  They are a beautiful creation and such a good whole food.  My chickens delight me every day.  They are smart, sensitive and very much like people in their activities.  I am so glad that I have them.  Every two weeks two dozen eggs go to a friend at my old job

IDEAS

I have felt that the area in my brain that produces ideas has been dead in the water and somehow in the past 3 or so months its come alive again.   I am not busy making things for the shops.  Finishing up some very old projects and finding new ones that will work for all 3 places.

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





DEB ROBSON-MORE HAY-FARMING AND TIME

29 08 2013

Hello

Deb Robson

I met Deb back in the early 80’s taking Spinning lessons at Webs at the X in Springfield.  I immediately liked her, through her I developed a love for wool, sheep, spinning and much more.  Those lessons changed my life.  I used to see her every once in a while when I would attend SOAR or at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival..  She has gone on to work for Interweave Press and publishing books.  I have featured one of her books Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook  on this blog.  She has done so many things for the spinning and sheep world, now her friends want to give back to her. Her dream is to study Shetland sheep for a year.  Her friends have come up with a dream-funder project for Deborah Robson.  I am showing you the front page and the table of contents and was given permission by her friend Donna Druchunas..

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It is $20. for the e-book, This is the first installment of it, and its 40 pages long. Its has 5 wonderful knitting patterns in it.  I am looking forward to the other pieces of the book which will hold essays and many more patterns by the best of the knitting world.  Of course with Deb all this knowledge she brings from this year of studying will be shared with us.  If you are a spinner, knitter and just in general love sheep this is a e-book for you and you will be helping the world learn so much more about Shetland and their sheep.       Shetland has been on my bucket list for a few years now, since before I got Marley.

MORE HAY

I ordered 50 more bales of hay and it came last night.    It is wonderful hay and very dry so it didn’t bother me at all.  Its not just getting the hay which brings work but the getting ready.   Half of the hay area had to be swept, the stuff had to be moved out of the way so the truck could  get in.  It was a couple of hours of hard work.  The boys had never had the expierence of a hay elevator. 

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If you don’t get a bale and put it in place in a hurry the next one is there and it creates a huge mess.  50 bales were in the barn in less than 20 minutes.  Now they know how it is and will be ready next time I have hay delivered.

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THE PILLOWS

Well they still aren’t done, I did some more hand sewing on them and I hope they will be done for the weekend.  Sometimes its frustrating for me.  On a farm there is so much to do and lots of time the things you really want to do have to be put aside. I am going to be taking more time to do these things in the coming weeks.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole and my helper Minnieminnie 005





DRY AND FREEZING VEGETABLES AND HERBS-GETTING WOOL READY TO BE SHIPPED OUT-RICKY DRIVES THE ATV- BIRTHDAY PARTY

21 08 2013

Hello

Freezing and Drying Vegetables and Herbs

This morning I have been putting corn and peppers and herbs in the dehydrator.

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The first layer is some string beans and peppers the second two layers are corn and the last layer is herbs.  I want to make a jar of veggie soup mix so I can make up a quick veggie soup when I am real busy in the winter.   Of course it won’t be the 5 minute kind that you buy in the store but I think it will reconstitute maybe in 15 minutes.    Later when my tomatoes come in I will also dry them and some shredded carrots and thin sliced celery. The dehydrator uses little electricity and it will be done in no time

GETTING SALLY’S AND LUCY’S WOOL READY TO BE SHIPPED

Yesterday I decided to start going through Sally’s and Lucy’s wool.

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 It should have been sent out ages ago.  Its one of those jobs that keeps getting put off.  Two reasons for that, it’s a tedious job and there is a big upfront money commitment.  A big deposit is required  and there is also the large postage fee’s which could cost upwards of $60. a box.  But the time has come to do it, its been sitting in the kitchen since the spring.  It took me over 2 hours to pull all the hay and separate the good fleece from the bad fleece. I have three more bags to go through and then they are off.  I usually sent it to a company in Canada which has made wonderful yarn for me from Wilbur’s wool in the past, but this year because of the shipping cost  and timeI am going to try an American Company I used before.    I hope that I can get the wool back before the New York Show if not I will have it for the shop and Crafts of Colrain.

ONE FLEECE DONE AND READY TO BE SHIPPED

ONE FLEECE DONE AND READY TO BE SHIPPED

The wool company suggested that I try and stuff as much wool into a box as possible so the above is one fleece and I will try and get another one into the box.  This fall I hope to put coats on the sheep for the winter.  The winter is really when all the hay and chaff gets into their wool and it can be prevented with coats.

RICKY’S 15TH BIRTHDAY  AND THE ATV

Monday Ricky was Ricky’s 15th birthday, we celebrated it with two cakes for both he and Tyler.  Tylers birthday was in late July.

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Yesterday Ricky  learned to drive David’s ATV.

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 He did a lot of hauling things for the dumpster and moved the hay from the front to the back of the house.  He had a great time and it helped me out a lot.   Today the two boys are leaving to spend sometime with their other Grandparents and take a trip to their Uncle Mike’s house in Long Island.  They will be back on Tuesday for their last week here.

Sadie Report

Sadie is doing well, of course at her age that could change at any moment.

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





MAKING MOTH CHASERS-BOOKCASES-PELLETS

19 04 2013

Hello

Sammy had his routine interrupted today, finally he is getting some sleep.

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Today was a beautiful spring day.  I was able to get the back coop hens out into a small area.  When I get back they will go into the area near my son’s house.  I will have to work on a place for the middle coop hens and Hazel when I get back.  I have an idea where they will go and I will have to make a summer coop for them.

MOTH CHASERS

Tonight I finished the Moth Chasers.  They are a good seller for me at shows.  They are made up of many moth repelling herbs and many moth repelling essential oils blended together and put into a bag.    The whole house smells wonderful.

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THE BOOKCASE MOVE

The bookcases got moved today and all the books from downstairs too.  Most of my books will now be upstairs.  The boys did it all for me, it would have taken me lots of time and lots of advil to do this.

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Packed up for the Farm To Fiber Show

I am almost packed up for the show. Vendors will be setting up tomorrow afternoon.  I am looking forward to being in the round house.  Such a wonderful place.

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Pellets

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Chris and Ricky put most of the pellets away today and will finish it up tomorrow.  It will be good to have that ton stored away.  I plan to get another 2 tons to get me through next winter plus 2 cords of wood, which I hope to get next month.  I would rather put wood away when the weather is a little cooler.

 

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





Warm Temps Melting- LEN-A BIG SURPRISE

1 03 2013

Hello,  

The  above freezing temps have allowed the feet of snow to start melting at a pretty good clip.  The water has poured into the barn and is almost to where Sadie is.  There was 2-3 inches on the floor and of course it was raining  in the downstairs area.  Luckily all the coops are okay.  And the food too.  I have been working on it for the past few days putting down shavings and then taking the soaked ones up.  Last night I did clear up all the soaked shavings and put new down and then cleared up the floor in front of the door and put down horse stall pellets and covered them with some hay so they wouldn’t get into their feet.  

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An old house and barn might look quaint to most people but they all have quirks to them and this is one of mine.  I have had this problem fixed twice.  The fellow who replaced a lot of my stone walls and worked on the inside barn wall put a drainage system in.  And then a few years later my son put drainage in.  Having sheep adds to the problems because they drag hay and everything else around the barn and into the drainage system. Then the snow and ice add to that, then I have a melt down.  I want to get this problems solved and not have it happen again.  Winter is a hard enough time around the barn with clean up and water etc.  This is a problem I don’t want to have.  I will feel relief when this is finally put tp rest.

LEN

My friend Lynn’s husband passed away the day before yesterday.  He was the same age as my Mother.  He led a very happy and healthy life and was in good shape until a couple of years ago when we saw him slipping.  He was in a prison camp during World War 11.  He had to be a strong person to come out of that.  He and lynn did lot of things together, they took a house building class, he learned how to spin and was a good spinner.   He loved being on the tractor and mowing his field.  He will be missed.

A BIG SURPRISE

Last night I received a phone call from my daughter Cindy who lives 2 hours away.  She said that she had a client in Greenfield and wanted to meet me there as the boys had something they wanted to give me.  I met them in Greenfield and here is a picture of the surprise.

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  Cindy and her family have been looking for a white cat for a month and found this one close to their home.  I have missed having a white cat so much, although she won’t replace Ernest Dodge she will be  loved and cared for and be her own person.  She came Puerto   Rico.  Been in a shelter there and here for a while. Her name is Minnie Bisbee named after my Grandmother.  She is settling in and has only met one cat so far.  I will bring her out to see the other cats this afternoon.  Gradually she will be given the run of the house.  She loves to be petted but not held.  PUrrs and talks.  She is between 5-and 8 years old.  It was totally a surprise , I am so happy to have her.

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