NOVEMBER-THE KITCHEN-BOOKS I AM READING-CHICKENS

7 01 2018

GREETINGS

I am back from Ireland and have a working kitchen now.  My next blog I will share the trip to Ireland with you.  Hope to catch up in this blog.  December into January has been super cold  The temps last night went down to over 20 below zero and with wind chill it was way below that.   This morning the temps are eking up but at 11 am its still not above 10 below.  For the first time in 19 years my kitchen is warm and no broken pipes!!!!!!! (knock on wood)

NOVEMBER

I hardly remember November it went by in a whirlwind.  Getting ready for the crafts of Colrain and the trip to Ireland and 2 shows the weekend before I left.   But all these things were getting me ready for the best trip.  Peaceful, fun and adventurous 

THE KITCHEN

The front part of the kitchen is done and it looks great.  It is wonderful to have a kitchen that works and has places for everything.  I wonder how I worked in the old one for so many years.  I have all new appliances and a huge sink or zink as my Mom Mom Morrison use to call them.  Everyone helped and cheered me on when I was washing dishes in the bath tub.  Even though it was a difficult few months it certainly showed me how important family and friends are in one’s life.  I am so grateful.

The back part of the kitchen where the wood stove was will have to wait till warmer weather as the floor has to  come up and a new base for the wood stove has to be built  I sure  do miss the wood stove on these cold days  but it needs to be done  The floor has sunk down about 5 inches.  I am planning on replacing my Vermont casting stove with a smaller more efficient Jotul  wood stove.  I  Don’t need that big of a stove anymore with the new insulated walls.

 

BOOKS I AM READING

I bought some books in Ireland and my favorite magazine    The Lighthouse Keeper a memoir by Gerald Butler  I had read a review on in a newspaper and decided it would be a book I would search for  Every book store was out I was beginning to think that I wouldn’t find it but on a trip to Baltimore in the tiniest of stores there it was   I started reading it that night  It is about the life of one of the last lightkeepers in Ireland.  His great-grandfather was a light keeper and so was both of his parents  Most of his lightkeeping days were on the west coast of Ireland where we were staying    Many exciting tales of his rescues and of his time at Fastnet Lighthouse with waves coming over the top of the light house  A great read

The sea and lighthouses always have fascinated me.  I always though I would live near them.

COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE UK

 

As many of my followers know I have been getting this magazine for years  I finally found it at the end of my trip thanks to Cindy and Chris  With stories about topiary, making casks, and so much more.  I find it a back to the rural life plus views of the city magazine   If you have never read this magazine its worth buying  or borrowing a copy .  

 BACKYARD CHICKENS by Dave Ingham

I found this wonderful book at Avoca Weavers on Molls Gap in Ireland.  I do have lots of books on Chickens but love to add to my collection    Every person raises chickens  differently and new ideas and how to handle illnesses are something I always look for in a new book  This has them and  it is a delightful read too

MARGARET

Margaret is in for the winter she is now in the cage I bough for Helen   She is in back part of the kitchen  She has had the sneezing and coughing thing before I left and was in the house  briefly and seemed to be better  But a few days after I got home she was sneezing again   She still has some problems but  is back to her old self talking and cooing  I let her out everyday as it is a smaller cage  She loves the private sleeping area  She will be back with the flock in the spring 

MYRTLE

MYRTLE came in today  I found her standing still just trying to keep warm today not eating or drinking . Like Humans some hens just can’t take the cold and need some  help.  This is exceptional weather we are having and I think she would have been fine with normal winter weather.  She will return out in the spring.

The personalities of these two birds is like night and day.  Margaret is demanding and wants wants wants.  Myrtle is happy with anything  you do for and asks for little.  

JUNIPERS WITH BLUE BERRIES

I have wanted to get 3 of these trees for some time  Not many places carry them but I plan to go to a tree nursery in Hadley, Mass this spring and see if they have them  to further my dream of having all my live Christmas decorations right in my own yard  As a child I remember them in cow and horse pastures 

I found some this Christmas season in a place where I would have never thought to look, Home Depot an it was the last bunch there  I have scattered them around the house and catch their scent when I walk past .

Juniper Oil has been used in many things for years  I love it for a bath  It is said to help arthritis .

Many thanks for reading my blog on this cold winter day.  Carole





CHINESE LANTERN PLANTS- LAST HOOKING CLASS-JUNE COUNTRY LIVING

23 06 2014

GREETINGS

It’s another gorgeous day and the boys will be coming down from their annual trip to Montreal today.  I hope to get the downstairs of the barn cleaned out and the attic done while they are both here.  Ricky will go to Eagle Hill a week from today.

CHINESE LANTERNS AND PERMACULTURE

When I was a child we always had these growing in our yard.  Now I have a small patch of them.  They look a lot like weeds but their delicate flowers are beautiful.

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 I will use them for fall decorations.

These along with pussy willows, the winterberry, bittersweet and Sweet Annie are things I love for the fall , winter and spring decorating.  They are expensive to buy but cost so little to plant.  Now I have them with just a short walk in the yard.     

     When I first moved in here I made lists of things that I wanted to have on the property.  Nut trees, strawberries. blueberries, grapes, a few apple trees, peaches and raspberries.  I have all of them just not in the quantity I need for a full year of eating.  I am working on that goal and in a few years I think that the goal will be met.  

Things change  every year. The strawberries didn’t like where I planted them and moved themselves so I have found a good spot which they like and I plan to plant more,  next year.  The apple tree that the workmen broke is slowly coming back and I think it will recover, although the production of apples will be another few years off at least.

LAST HOOKING CLASS

Yesterday was my last hooking class till fall.  I was so inspired when I saw their rugs.

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 Each made changes which made the rug truly theirs.

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Their excitement and enthusiasm was contagious.  I so enjoyed passing the art of rug hooking to them.

COUNTRY LIVING

My June issue of Country Living came several weeks ago.

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 There was a wonderful article about my favorite potter Emma Bridgewater.  I was lucky enough to be given a cup and saucer by a friend some years ago.  Sadly cups and saucers aren’t made much anymore just mugs.  Then I saw a full-page ad about visiting Massachusetts. Good job Mass tourist industry.  It was so well done.

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

 

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