FAMILY WEEKEND-MY ROSES-CAT DROP OFF

9 06 2016

GREETINGS

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I am so glad that I didn’t put all my winter clothes away.  It is so cold here today.  The winds are blowing and temps are cold enough for mittens when feeding the outside chickens.  Now I did complain about the hot weather but I guess we do need that to keep the plants growing.

FAMILY WEEKEND

Some pictures of Cindy’s graduation.  Chris drove me back and on Sunday David and his family, myself, Chris and Lilly ad went to Wayland for Ricky’s graduation.  Rick made all sorts of wonderful food and Ricky made Pizza on a new wood fired pizza oven.    It was a wonderful day.

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Chris.Cindy.Rick and Ricky

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MY ROSES

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I was so sadden this spring when my large Rugosa rose didn’t sprout leaves.    How would I replace such a beauty.  Recently I decided to cut it down and look for another one.  Lo and behold there was new growth hidden by jewel weed.  

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CAT DROP OFF

I would love to know why people think that this is a wonderful drop off place for unwanted cats.  I have rescued cats for years.  I love taking in animals that need homes but  there is a limit.  How can these people live with themselves.  There should be a law that every animal be chipped then the people who do these unspeakable things can be fined.  There are three cats living at my son’s barn.   I will trap the latest cat as it is small and probably won’t survive in the wilds long.    A sadness comes over me when I think about animals and people in need.  People think animals have no feelings.  Its taken my Sammy some time to understand that there will always be food and water here.  When a dish gets close to being empty he will stand by it till it gets filled.  It also took him a while to understand that when I reach down to him I am not going to hit him I just want to pet him.    I don’t have a lot of hope for the world.  Yes there are a lot of good people in it but so many child and animals abusers.  So many people hungry and homeless and we here in America can’t seem to do anything about it.  It’s all about corporate greed and now the two people running for president are both corporate people.  I would love to move to a country that cares about its people and animals.  I could see my self living in Nova Scotia.   Well I am here to stay and make the best of this life I have been given.  I love taking care of the animals I have and am becoming more self-sufficient.  I have distanced myself from the corporate world as much as possible and will try give back to people in need.

Many thanks for reading my blog on the cold, windy day, hope its warm where you are.   Carole

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On our way to get hay on Saturday Chris and I came across these two.   Herself was on one side of the road squawking and himself on the other.  We stopped and let her cross and all was well.  They look like they had been out for a stroll and were headed back to the barn.

 

 

 





A DREAM COME TRUE-WILD PHLOX-FRANCIS

2 06 2016

GREETINGS

Delightful weather is here with some needed rain tomorrow and Sunday.  I am starting to put in the garden today, late as usual.  It always works out.

A DREAM COME TRUE

Tomorrow night my daughter, Cindy will graduate from Law School.

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Its been a dream of her since she started college.  It was put on hold for many reasons.   When she decided to go ahead with it nothing could stop her.  She persevered through serious health problems, the sudden death of her beloved Mother in Law and other obstacles.  Tomorrow night she will get her degree and all will be worthwhile.  I am so proud as is her Husband Rick , her two sons, and her extended family  She will go on helping others.  My Dad and Mom will be watching from above and cheering her on.

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Cindy and Rick, Ricky and Chris

 

WILD PHLOX

I don’t know where they came from. Maybe from some tansy that I got along side the road.  But I love them they have filled in and created a path way to the side yard chickens.  The smell is heavenly.

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FRANCIS

Francis is going on 14 this summer.  She usually lays beautiful blue eggs in the summer, and loves dirt baths.  You can see age in her eyes but she still goes out every day, looks for worms and takes her dust bath.  She will often, these days come in and take a little nap and head out again later in the afternoon. 

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Thanks for reading my blog on this delightful summer day.  hope you day is wonderful.  Carole

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EGGS-FIBERUARY-GARDENING AND PLANTING BY THE MOON

31 01 2016

GREETINGS

Another sunny day and in the 40’s.  The days are longer and Spring is coming.  The last week has been a week of  sudden events.  My youngest daughter Betty fell and broke three bones and has had surgery and my oldest daughter, Cindy lost her beloved Mother-in-law quite suddenly on Tuesday.  Most of the time we live our lives without consequence but these two things happening to me remind me how one instant can change things and how short and precious life is.

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What the heck happened here.  I am guessing that this hen didn’t lay an egg in a couple of days and this was what happened.  It looks like a combination of two eggs.  Some solid shell with a membrane over part of it.  Never a dull moment in raising chickens.    

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FIBERuary

The blog is up and running FIBERuarysite.wordpress.com.  I am so excited about the wonderful articles that are coming in.  Don’t forget the Valentine event at Sheep and Shawl.

STORIES FROM THE FARM

On February 7th I will be speaking  at Sheep To Shawl.  Here is the blurb from the local paper.

Stories From The Farm – Carole Adams of Colrain will tell her stories SUNDAY, Feb 7 between 1:00 and 3:00 with time for questions at Sheep & Shawl in South Deerfield. She has raised sheep on a very small farm for over 20 years, has compiled a book of stories, is a spinner, dyer, weaver, rughooker, and fleece judge. Free. Refreshments provided.  Presenting speakers every Sunday of the month of “FIBERuary.” 265 Greenfield Rd, Rte 5/10 in the Tibetan Plaza, South Deerfield, MA  www.sheepandshawl.com  413-397-3680

I am looking forward to sharing my life as a small  farmer with you.  Join us at Sheep and Shawl.

GARDENING AND PLANTING BY THE MOON

I have been trying to get this book for several months now.  I finally got it today and it looks great.  I can’t wait to start reading it.  According to my blogger friend Anne, who has used this method you do get better yields and flavors.  Thanks Anne for the info.

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Thank you so much for reading my blog    Carole

 

 

 





MORE HAY-GOODBYE CHRIS=OPEN HOUSE AT THE FIREHOUSE-SAM

10 08 2015

GREETINGS

The whole house and yard is encased with the smell of skunk.  Its as though he was in the house!

The weather is still nice and cool but more humidity and some needed rain will be here in a day or two.

Chris left yesterday.  We got so much accomplished while he was here.  He will be back in October.

MORE HAY

Cindy met us in Greenfield and we put 18 bales of hay in her Mini Van!!!!!!  And loaded 4 bales in my car.  The total in the barn is now 42 toward my goal of 100.I won’t start using the 100 till mid march to insure that when I run out the new hay will be ready.

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 Thanks so much Cindy.  Chris and Charlie got it into the barn in no time.

SAM AND MOM

Sam the man has been here a year.  He was two yesterday.  He has changed so much and come into his own.

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 I am so happy that i got he and Owen  Although Owen didn’t have a long time here he to came into his own before he passed away.

Yesterday was another anniversary.  It was one year since my Mom passed.  Time has flown by.  I miss she and my Dad so much. If you still have parents  be sure to ask them things about your family and their lives.  I have so many questions unanswered.  When Cindy got home last night she has an old clock which belonged to my Dad’s family.  It’s never touched or wound up yet yesterday it was ticking, how interesting.

THE FIREHOUSE OPEN HOUSE

My son so enjoys being a volunteer fireman.  It’s a rewarding job   Yesterday was there annual open house.

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Good friends and family Lil meets Sparky her new hero

 Food was served, all the equipment was out and there was a smoke house that you could go into.  What a fun and educational day for adults and children alike.

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





MYSTERY ILLNESS IS STILL A MYSTERY-GARY COMES-CHRIS IS COMING FRIDAY -LIL FINALLYS FINDS AN EGG

24 06 2015

GREETINGS

We had another day of crazy weather yesterday.  Heavy rains, thunderstorms, Tornado warnings. Today is wonderful summer day.  This morning Lil found an egg.

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MYSTERY ILLNESS

The medication has not improved me at all so I will probably stop taking it soon. I think I have a form of Lymes disease which is often not diagnosed.  Further investigation is necessary.

GARY COMES

Gary came yesterday to spend some time here and may come back to help me out with the Crafts Of Colrain.  

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Unfortunately on the way home my car overheated and had to be towed home.  David can fix it and  will be back driving around tomorrow.

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Today Gary turns 65 and we celebrated his birthday with a CHrista Snyder Cake .   Lil helped Gary blow out the candles and loves cake.

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Chris is coming on Friday and will spend a week here.  I sure can use his help.  We will be working on the downstairs of the barn and a new website, fishing and swimming.  HIs Mom and friends will visit on Friday too.  How exciting.

Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole