THE LAVENDER FESTIVAL-MR. PEPPERS AND CHICKEN LITTLE

1 07 2014

GREETINGS

WILD ROSES AT JOHNSON HILL FARM

WILD ROSES AT JOHNSON HILL FARM

 

 

 

 

 

THE LAVENDER FEST

THE BOOTH AT THE LAVENDER FEST WITH ME HOOKING ON THE RUG

THE BOOTH AT THE LAVENDER FEST WITH ME HOOKING ON THE RUG

 

Usually Sundays are not the best days at shows but Sunday was good.  They had good crowds and the weather continued to be good although a bit more humid.

Sandy’s Studio

I love Sandy’s studio.  It’s in a beautiful setting, sitting on a bluff overlooking the farm.  Heated by a wood stove and oil lamps light it , a place to sit and read and a large room to weave in. Just perfect.

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RICKY LEFT FOR SCHOOL

Ricky goes to Eagle hill School in Hardwick for a month each summer.  It’s a beautiful school located in the country. It’s about an hour or so away.

RICKY AND CHRIS WITH THEIR MOM AND DAD

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MR.PEEPERS AND CHICKEN LITTLE

On Saturday I went to feed the chicks and Mama and overnight the tail feathers of Mr. Peepers had blossomed out.

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 He is not starting to crow yet but he and his brother Chicken Little will be large roosters.  More handling is called for to keep them friendly.  The next day Chicken Little had his feathers.  The chicken world is always astonishing.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today, it’s very humid here and will be for a few day.  Chores will be done early.  Hope you have a wonderful day.  I will leave you today with a shot of the cows waiting to be milked at a local farm.   Carole

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THE MOO MAN-BYGONE DAYS-MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES ABOUT MILK

13 09 2013

Hello

THE MOO MAN

I watch Netflix when I am hooking , sewing  and before I go to sleep.  I came across this wonderful movie called THE MOO MAN.

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 If you love cows and family farms you will love this movie. They do have a web site hookandsons.co.uk.  It’s about a family farm in England who takes wonderful loving care of their herd.  These people have found the essence of farming. They have found a way to survive on a family farm by selling raw organic milk directly to the public.   He was getting paid 27 pence per liter and his cost was 34 pence per liter.  The taxpayers subsidize the milk .  The supermarkets make the profits.  

They raise Friesian Holstein.

WHAT BEAUTIFUL GIRLS

WHAT BEAUTIFUL GIRLS

 

 

 

 

 

 I remember my first taste of raw milk from my Uncle’s farm in Chesterfield as a child.   I was shocked that it was warm.  Everyone drank it of course at that time you could not sell it to the public.  

The Bisbee family farm is no more.  No one wanted to take it over.  Long hours  very few days off and with not a living wage isn’t what people want to do.  It’s sad to go by the old barn now and remember how wonderful and busy  it was 50 or so years ago.  It was filled with cows a couple of working horses and some cats.   Every day was a busy day and to a little girl it’s what started a life of loving animals and farm life.

This movie brought back many memories for me.  The milkman came to our house 2 or 3 times a week from a local farm.  We bought , milk, eggs and butter from them and in the summer could buy vegetables.  Everything was so fresh and sometimes local farms made their own ice cream and that could be included in the delivery.  Somehow this part of life in the 50’s and 60’s is almost obsolete.  I only buy organic milk these days, yes I know its expensive but  by doing that  I am supporting local farms like my Uncle’s farm.  If more people did this the farmers would make a living wage and be able to keep their farms,  Its less than a cup of coffee per half-gallon.  When I think of the consequences of loosing family farms, I think of the huge corporate farms where no care is given to the animal the animals live under such stress that goes into their milk and then goes into your body.  I hope that we as caring people can see what this does and use our pocketbooks to SAVE OUR FAMILY FARMS.

The Moo Man was the surprise hit of the Sundance Film Festival of 2013.    You can watch a trailer of this on the Moo Man’s website.

We are lucky to have a local organic milk farm.  Everytime you go past the farm the cows are grazing on wonderful green pastures.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope that you will watch this very moving film.  Hope your day is wonderful.  Carole