HAPPY FOURTH-FARMERS MARKET PROJECT-WEEKLY RIVER TIME=COSMO AND CATNIP

4 07 2016

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY

The humidity has left and we have warm days with coolish nights.  Ideal summer weather.  We had some much-needed rain but are still in a pre-drought condition

FARMERS MARKET PROJECT

I have two pieces that I need to finish this summer and the Farmers Market is a good place to work on them.

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This is such a fun piece I love working on it.

 

WEEKLY RIVER TIME

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I love the river, its peaceful and quiet so this summer I decided to take the boys to the river once a week.  I will bring a project they will do whatever they want.  Charlie loves to swim and Tyler like to check out animal habitats and construct boats out of things found on the riverbed.  His boat yesterday out of branches and leaves worked pretty well.  He has plans for a better model.  I brought my quilting pieces there.  

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COSMO AND CATNIP

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Catnip is sooooooo good!

I am so glad Cosmo came into my life.  He is a unique cat .   He has taught me lessons about only having one eye, and made me understand in the animal world they adapt so much more easily.   Little did I realize that one day there would be a one eyes sheep in my family.

I don’t know if he ever had real catnip but yesterday I introduced it to him.    He was over the moon about it.  The dried catnip is nice but the real stuff is so good.

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All he needs now is a bow tie!

A SUPER HERO NEXT DOOR.

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If I ever need a super hero there is one next door.  Her brothers helped her make the costume and Lil is a super hero these days.

I am still planting things in the garden, Brussel sprout plants went in yesterday and some flower seeds.  Slowly things are coming up.  Many thanks for reading my blog today.  Carole

 





FIXING THE BARN DOOR-LIL-GRISWOLDVILLE

20 08 2014

GREETINGS

FIXING THE BARN DOOR

My old post and beam barn has a door from the barn to the  second floor of the house.   I haven’t been able to use it for a while.  Rats, raccoons and skunks had invaded it and left the attic space a mess.  I have been working 15 minutes every once in a while to get it back to order and identify what is in all the boxes.  The door on the barn section was off the hinges so yesterday my Son and Grandson fixed it.  Its a heavy door cut out of the barn structure itself.

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 It wasn’t an easy job but it looks great and I am thankful its done.  While they were doing that Lil came up and helped feed the sheep.

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 Elliott was very curious to see what was happening in his barn.

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GRISWOLDVILLE

Someone years ago wrote Griswoldville on the door..

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Griswoldville is one of the 7 villages which are located in COlrain.  Once upon a time the Griswoldville Manufacturing Company (a cotton mill with an interesting history)  was located here.  The houses on High Street  were mostly owned by the company for their employees.  My house and my son’s house were privately owned.  The factory is long gone but the houses remain and form a delightful community backed by miles of mountainous forest.

RUGOSA ROSES

I do love Rugosa Roses.  There smell is delightful and the bloom off and on all summer long.

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

 

 





THE FARMERS MARKET-LIVING ON A FARM-THE LAVENDER FEST

29 06 2014

GREETINGS

LIVING ON A FARM

At the last town meeting there was a vote to make our town, Colrain, a farming community.  What a nice gesture.  Most people who live here adjust to farm smells and farm sounds.  But there are those few people who complain about both.  My friend Lynn has had a neighbor complain about her rooster some years ago.  I have a neighbor who constantly complains about everything , some people like to complain but when you live in a rural town you can expect the baaing of sheep, crowing of roosters and the mooing of cows and yes, sometimes very barny smells!  I am glad that Colrain remains a small town and encourages farmers.  We have both large and small farms here and its a great place to live.

THE FARMERS MARKET

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The farmers market livens up when the veggies come in but it’s still an enjoyable place to be on a Friday afternoon.  There are still lots of things to be had, fresh home-made bread,greens, handspun yarn, fresh eggs, ice cream, lamb and much more. Ricky set up the tent and helped me and Jane came and spun.  I am working on the Farmers Market rug and enjoying meeting new people and introducing them to my products.  Here is a look at the progress on the Farmers Market Rug.

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THE LAVENDER FEST

 JOHNSON HILL FARM IN BUCKLAND, MASSACHUSETTS

Yesterday was a glorious day..  Breezes with plenty of sunshine.  Everything looked beautiful and it was a great day for meeting old friends and greeting new people.  Ricky helped me set up. I worked a little on the Farmers Market Rug but today I am bringing my spinning wheel.  Come join me.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on another beautiful day.  Carole

 





WALK TO HIGH LEDGES-CORNELIUS-VISIT TO SHEEP AND SHAWL-SCENES OF COLRAIN

24 09 2013

Hello

CORNELIUS

Well those of you who know me know that I couldn’t have an animal around for a while without naming it. I have named the skunk Cornelius.  It suits him.  He may or may not stay but one thing for sure he has rid the place of mice.  No signs of them anywhere.  I don’t see him as often but know he is still around.  I do hope he stays around  I wouldn’t want him to spray anyone but as long as he is not afraid that won’t happen.

HIGH LEDGES IN SHELBURN

My son David , Cousin Gary and I hiked up to High Ledges in Shelburn this afternoon.

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It was a 1/2 mile each way and I wasn’t sure my knee would take it.  It was a lovely walk and the view was extraordinary.

VIEWS PF THE DEERFIELD RIVER AND MT. GRAYLOCK IN THE BACKGROUND

VIEWS OF THE DEERFIELD RIVER AND MT. GRAYLOCK IN THE BACKGROUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A WONDERFUL TREE ON THE WAY TO HIGH LEDGES

A WONDERFUL TREE ON THE WAY TO HIGH LEDGES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Views from Colrain

Those who live here are lucky every day.  You just never know what you are going to see.

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Praying Mantis

Yesterday as we were driving to Deerfield to Sheep and Shawl I felt something on my arm.  It was a baby Praying Mantis.  In my lifetime I have never seen a baby.  It was only about an inch long, I hope it finds a good place to winter over.  

Sheep and Shawl  Drop Spindle CLass.  

GARY AND LIZ WITH ALL THAT BEAUTIFUL WOOL

GARY AND LIZ WITH ALL THAT BEAUTIFUL WOOL

We dropped Maude’s cards off at Sheep to Shawl.  It’s really filling up with everything wool.  It looks great.  Wool for all your needs.  My drop spindle class will be held this coming weekend if there is enough people.  If you are interested check out the website and call to register.

Gary and I cleaned the barn today, it was a beautiful day to do it. No frost for at least another week.  Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

 

 

 

 





MINNIE BISBEE-MORNING GLORIES-THE GARDEN-MOVING THE CARAVAN

29 07 2013

HELLO,

MINNIE BISBEE

Minnie is doing well upstairs. her coat is in better health, she is eating more and seems more relaxed.  I just think she was probably a solitary cat and is happy to be that way again.

MORNING GLORIES AND THE GARDEN

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I love morning glories, to me they say summer.  The ones in the Herb bed have put out a lot of growth this summer but not a lot of blooms.  All the herbs are doing well, which reminds me that I better get drying.  The string beans were planted late so they are just setting beans now and that’s fine with me.  Today I am hoping to make a few more jars of dill pickles and make a batch of bread and butter pickles.  July is almost over where did the summer go.

Moving the Chicken Caravan

Well my plans of hops shading the caravan worked but it worked too well

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.  They are bringing down the netting and the caravan will have to be moved today.  I am going a way for a few days next week and my animal sitters will have a hard time just getting to them to close the hens  up at night.  It looks like I will have a good crop of Hops this year.  I will be making dream pillows  soon for the shop.

Grant Money

The town of Colrain has some grant money which you have to pay back at some time.  Its helpful because there are mostly old homes in this town and many have been neglected.  You have to jump through many hoops which cost money and is annoying.    One of them is the lead testing.  Lets face it all old houses have lead paint.  That’s what they used in the old days.  I don’t want to spend money that I have to pay back removing lead I do know how important it is to check for lead but I feel if my money is going to be used I should have the choice to do it or not. Its expensive and would take away from the really important things that I need doing.  I need new windows to replace ones that just don’t open and they  create mold in my dining room and I need a new chimney and much cement work in the back of the house.  This alone will cost around 18,000.  I have already got an estimate.  I am hoping to have it done this year.  Don’t get me wrong I am grateful to be able to get this grant. I would love to have the walkway rebuilt from the second floor to the back.  I doubt if that will qualify though and it might be something Pat could tackle at some time.  It would be wonderful to have as I age, it would be another way to get out to the back gardens..  Its interesting that they put in that door isn’t it.?

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





FUNK SHUN THE NEW STORE-SNAP SHOTS FROM COLRAIN

16 06 2013

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            Today was a busy day, with grain to unload and hay to get, my day is pretty full.

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IMG_0608  The ride up to  Joe Hillman’s farm  is only 10 minutes from here.  It heads up a mountain on a dirt, tree lined road.  There are magnificent views at every turn.  Its true about everywhere in Colrain, Its a beautiful town and I am lucky to live here.  My little car can hold 4 bales of hay with ease.  Three trips and the 12 bales are here.  Next week Joe will be haying that is if it ever stops raining!!  I did talk with Joe this morning about putting a lift in the barn to bring hay and grain up to the second floor.  He felt that it could be done and would be a good investment for me.  It gets harder and harder for me to bring 50# bags or a bale of hay up the stairs.  I am hoping he can do this for me between haying.

                                                                             

FUNK SHUN

http://www.funkshunbychristalee.com is the website check it out.

Christa owner of FUNK SHUN

Christa owner of FUNK SHUN

The store was lively yesterday with a good flow of people checking out the new store.  As you can see from the pictures there are many sewn items that Christa has made.  Pillows, aprons, bags of all kinds are among the many things that are there.  You can have a chair upolstered or a slip cover made or buy a chair already done.  Its a unique service that is hard to find.  I had her fix a cloth carry on bag that I loved and used a lot but the zipper broke, it had been sitting my my closet for years.  Today its just like new  and Christa did it in no time at all.

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FUNK SHUN

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you day is lovely.   Happy Father’s Day to All the Fathers out there.                                 Carole





SUNSETS-THE NEWS-MINNIE’S GOOD NEWS

5 03 2013

Hello,

Last night there was a beautiful sunset.  I am lucky to live in an area where sunsets are breath taking.

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We are expecting yet another snow storm with at least 8 inches of wet snow, I will be working on the barn till it comes.  I can’t have any flooding while I am away.

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I don’t watch the news anymore, it’s all full of hype about movie stars and wars, but this morning I did turn on the tv.  They were talking about the economy and Korea and then they mentioned homelessness is higher than its ever been.  It sounded like an afterthought to me, not really important news.  Over 51,000 people in New York City are homeless every night and half of them are children.  We have lost our way in America, we are so busy helping other countries, fighting wars, and being the big shot that we can’t help our own. 

It’s easy to lose all you have worked for all your life.  It almost happened to me this past winter.  Through a series of circumstances I came to the brink, with help from my family I was able to stay afloat.   I was lucky that my circle of  friends gave me moral support which helped me so much.  It has change me forever, change the way I think, and the way I spend money, made me more determined to work harder, be in more control of how I heat my home, the food I eat and how I live.    It was an emotional upheaval  and I am still going through some of it but the end is near and I will recover.  When I think of this happening to many other folks, many don’t have the support that I had.  It causes them to sink into the depths of despare from which recovery is hard and there isn’t much help.  I have seen this in the places I have worked, a health clinic and a mental health clinic.  People beaten down with nowhere to turn.  When I am through with this mess I want to give back in some way, I am not sure how at this moment.  Helping in a soup kitchen, donating food I don’t know now but what I do know is that this experience has taught me that this can happen to anyone and for me I was very, very  lucky.  Hope in the future is the answer, and if I can give one person a glimmer of hope I will be happy.  Onto brighter things.

Shelburne Falls Farmers Market

I have decided to sign up for the season at the Shelburne Farmers Market.  I went only once last year and wasn’t very successful but this year I think things will be better.  I need to establish myself there with my soap, and some baskets, and wool and herbs.  I am looking forward to it.

MINNIE

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We are back from Dr. Funk’s with good news.  Minnie is a little older than we all thought, she is 13.  Her heath is good and no kidney problems.  She just loved the pounce the doctor gave her.   He gave her a clean bill of health, she is a little dehydrated but considering all the traveling she has done that is to be expected..  I am sure she was scared, thinking she may be going somewhere else but was glad to be back home settled on her favorite spot on the woolen blanket on the bed.

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