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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CHRIS ARRIVES-ShEEP -CHICKENS-LIFE ON THE FARM

20 04 2015

GREETINGS

Rain rain and more rain for the week.  The sheep are inside till the shearing.

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And the spring flowers will be popping up everywhere. Thanks to my Son and Daughter in law who took care of Elliott yesterday.

CHRIS ARRIVES

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He has already worked in the barn, is making the front chicken area bigger and cutting some branches which were on the porch roof.  Tomorrow will be barn cleaning.  I know he will catch me up on all the things I intended to do while I was sick. Yea!

CHICKENS

I was able to pick up a bag of chicken scraps yesterday.  Bok Choy, herbs and cabbage.  I cooked them up a little and they will be enjoyed today for snack.

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Many thanks for all your kind and thoughtful comments about Elliott.  Each will be answered soon.  Carole

 

 

 





TWO MORE CHANCES OF SNOW- SHORTY-VIOLETS FIRST EGG-HELEN

18 02 2015

GREETINGS

The last snowstorm left us with 4 inches.  It snowed for almost 36 hours so I was sure we would get a lot.  A pleasant surprise.  Its going to snow tonight into tomorrow with 2 – 4 inches and again over the weekend.  But today after temps below zero its suppose to get into the mid twenties.  On the good side of things oil prices are low so that helps out in the heating department.

This is how Shorty handles snowstorms

This is how Shorty handles snowstorms

VIOLET”S FIRST EGG

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Morticia is eating and Violet is waiting for her turn.

Violet laid her first egg yesterday.  Its small but shaped like her Mom’s.  I have included a picture of VIolets egg, her Mom’s and Mrs. Brown’s.

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Violet’s egg with her Mothers on top.  Mrs. Brown is on the bottom.  Mrs. Brown’s eggs are always plumper.

 .Eggs are interesting and if you purchase eggs in the store all the time they all look the same.  But buying from a local farmer or raising your own you notice how each eggs is different and in families the egg shape stays the same.  I wonder why in the U.S.  eggs and fruit have to be perfect.  In nature and on organic farms they are not.  They are just as good though.

Chris and I are working on cleaning the barn.  It’s really too cold to spend a lot of time in there.  We have been spending and hour or so a day.  Today we are getting 10 bales of hay from Joe.  He doesn’t have much left.  I have shoveled the to the top of the small hill in back and plan to get sandbags to lay across it.  HOping that will make a difference in water coming into the barn.  I hope we have a slow snow melt.

Looking out the downstairs bathroom window.  There is a stone wall in there somewhere

Looking out the downstairs bathroom window. There is a stone wall in there somewhere

Helen

We brought Helen in last night, she has an impacted crop.  Some hens are susceptible to this.  SHe was getting beat up on by the rooster who  is kind to the other hen.  He will spend next winter in the barn by himself.  I am massaging her crop and hopefully moving things through and she is getting only yogurt and boiled egg for the next 24 hours.  I will massage her crop tonight too.  She is a sweet girl hope she can get through this..  This is the last cage I have so I hope that everyone else can stay in the coop!!!!!!!!!

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

 

 





A BOOK FIND-A WHOPPIE PIE DAY-CHRIS COMES-ANOTHER STORM

14 02 2015

GREETINGS

As I write this snow is coming down heavily and I can’t see the mountain across the valley.  The temps have been brutal with 15 below this morning. Winds are suppose to pick up and temps will go even lower.  They still aren’t sure how much snow this storm will bring.  It will be a surprise.  Things are already being shut down in Boston.  I am glad that I don’t have to be out in it but my daughter Cindy has to go to classes today.   A BOOK FIND

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Amongst the books that were in the pile from Belchertown was this oldie.  Printed in 1909 by the Connecticut Valley Historical Society.  The History of Springfield in Massachusetts its called..  The book is filed with historical facts not only of Springfield but of the surrounding towns.  I am looking forward to reading it and learning new things about our area.  The following are a couple of pictures from the book.

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A WHOPPIE PIE DAY

It’s a great day to make Whoppie Pies  They are taking that winds could get as high as 60 miles an hour tomorrow so having comfort food around is a good thing.

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CHRIS IS HERE

Chris came last night and its nice to have him here.  We will be catching up on barn chores and a few other things while he is here.

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

 

 

 





COLD TEMPS-COUSIN BILL-LETTING THE CHICKENS OUT

8 12 2014

GREETINGS

Lil in front of the outside tree

Lil in front of the outside tree

The temps  are going  down to the single numbers tonight.  The wood stove is cranking in the kitchen and the oil furnace is going..  I haven’t posted a blog lately because Microsoft updated my computer AGAIN and again things are missing or in the wrong place.  This time I did call them and tell them that I hate windows 8.  Thanks to Chris he helped me find out what happened.

COUSIN BILL

My friend Deb sent me an article in the mail from the Northampton Gazette newspaper about William Bisbee, a cousin of mine.  His son had taken a collection of letters written home about The Korean War and had them published into a book.

 

I use to see COusin Bill once a month at The Chesterfield Historical Society but not lately so I gave him a call.  Of course I wanted to read of his experiences in Korea.  You don’t read or hear about The Korean War experience much.

We agreed that I would visit him on Thursday. We  had quite a nice chat about family and the book. He still lives in the same house and takes care of himself, still drives at 88 and is active in the town activities.  We talked about the changes in the town  and in our lives.  On my way home I thought how lucky I was to have had these wonderful people in my life and although the past was so wonderful I must let it stay there and live in the present.

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The pictures below are of places of my childhood, a  fun and carefree life which many children don’t get these days.

THE MILKROOM OF THE BISBEE BARN

THE MILKROOM OF THE BISBEE BARN

THE HOUSE WHERE MY GRANDFATHER WAS  BORN

THE HOUSE WHERE MY GRANDFATHER WAS BORN

CHICKENS OUT

The chickens don’t go out much when its cold but a few days ago it was warm enough.  They didn’t stay out long.

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

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PICTURES OF MY FIRST FLOCK OF SHEEP-A VISITOR IN THE PASTURE-CHRIS AND OWEN-ELLIOTT-ROSIE

18 11 2014

GREETINGS

Its a cold day today with a bitter night coming upon us.  January weather, well for me its a test to see how warm the house stays with wood and pellets during the  day and oil at night.  So far so good.  Its quite comfortable in the house.  Lots of work keeping everything going but worth it.  A warm up next MOnday maybe I can still get the garlic planted!   I have been wanting to share some pictures of my first flock of sheep.  All Border Leicesters and as far as I a concerned the best flocK that anyone could have.  The first picture is of Seamus, who was a 300 pound beauty.  He was as gentle as a kitten, the second picture is of some of the rest of the flock including my angora goat Timmy.

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THE FLOCK

THE FLOCK

 

A VISITOR IN THE PASTURE

Miles and miles of woods start where my pasture leaves off.  Many animals live there.  This morning my son looked up in the pasture and saw the sheep and Elliott and then something else, a deer.  A young doe coming out of the barn.  The sheep and Elliott didn’t seem to notice which leads me to think that this has been happening for a while.  SHe probably discovered food and drink inside the barn.   SHe easily jumped the fence  when my son’s dog barked.  Always something interesting.

Elliot

A couple of weeks back when I was still ill I went up to feed the sheep and noticed that Elliott was bleeding from the mouth and there was a tooth missing.  Of course I got all upset but called a llama expert  and found that this happens in old age.  They do loose their front teeth, not to be concerned because they chew with their back teeth.  By the time I went back upstairs he was happily eating his hay and had finished his grain.

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Chris and Owen

The new cats really like CHris. especially Owen.

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ROSIE

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Poor Rosie what a time to moult.  I have fixed up a nest box for here with lots of shavings and hay and she seems to stay warm there.  She still ventures outside during the day.  New feathers are coming in .

Many thanks for reading my blog on this blustery day, I do hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are.

Carole 

 





GETTING BACK TO NORMAL-BARN CLEANING AND MORE HAY-NIGHT TIME VISITOR-NEW ARRIVAL

16 11 2014

HELLO

Slowly my strength is coming back and today I almost feel like my old self.  So much to do getting reading for the cold and snow.  Freezing rain, then snow are expected for tomorrow.

BARN CLEANING AND MORE HAY

Chris is here to help me get some tasks done.  He and Charlie cleaned the barn totally yesterday and it looks great.  I appreciate the help so much.  Today Chris and I cleaned up the yard and  got the barn ready for a delivery of hay.  The bales were heavy but all are safely in the barn.

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.  The heated water tank is set up inside.  I still need to put plastic covering on the chicken ‘s window and get the lamp installed but that’s another day.

Night time visitor

This possum has been visiting my son’s house every night.  He rests in the chestnut tree and we are wondering if he likes the vantage point or is finding nuts.

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MEET SAMANTHA or SAMMY PUPPY AS LIL CALLS HER

My son and his family rescued this wonderful dog in New Hampshire.  SHe fits in beautifully.  Only 2 she still has a bit of puppy in her.  I will be including more pictures of her in future blogs.

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PEEPS AND TWEETS UPDATE

They have grown and are very vocal.  Mama is still very attentive to them.  They both have feathered feet like their father, Hazel.

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PEEPS

TWEETS LOOKING UP

TWEETS LOOKING UP

Many thanks for reading my blog on this cold late fall day.  I hope you have a lovely day.  Carole

SAM CAN'T YOU SEE I AM NAPPING!

SAM
CAN’T YOU SEE I AM NAPPING!