12 11 2017





Winter winds were blowing off the mountain a few days ago and bits of snow-covered some of the branches.  I think the cold weather is here to stay.  I still have the coop to finish winterizing.  It will get done this week. 


The tour started yesterday and the crowds came .    What a delightful day seeing old customers and friends and meeting new ones.  Today is the last day, stop by and visit, see  how the kitchen is coming and Eddie (the rooster) will give you a greeting too.


Yikes, Sammy and I both had ticks embedded in us a few days ago.   It’s so funny that the other cats don’t get any on them.   I have decided not to hang my clothes out as I think this is where they are coming from.  And next spring I will find some spray for the side yard. 


The vet felt that the cancer had spread throughout his body.  For the first time in well over 20 years I only have three cats.  Shorty who is 19 (and the last of the Maryland cats) ,  Willie who was abandoned in  a house in my neighborhood and he is 10, and Sammy who is 4 and still is active like a kitten.  Shorty will have nothing to do with his shenanigans but Willie gets caught up in the chasing and playing.

  Cosmo lived upstairs and wanted no part of the other cats.  I think this was because of the loss of his eye which happened right before he came to live here.  It took him some time to adjust he loved sleeping on a blanket that was my Dad’s.  I hold a special place in my heart for him. 

  Another cat or two will come my way when the time is right, they always do.  They never replace ones that have gone on before them but serve as a memory of them.


Life does hold surprises.  Yesterday Cindy and her friend Nicole came  as they always do and brought a package for me from my Son in Law Rick.  A beautiful  hundred year old map of Ireland,  Beautifully framed.  Its perfect and  its up in a perfect spot . 


Ricky stopped by and helped me too.  He is in college and working so time is precious and I loved him stopping by.  The day ended with a lovely meal with my son and his family.


Charlie went up to feed the sheep yesterday and found them all together.  Somehow, Sally, Carol K, and Lucy got into Maude’s area.  It looks like things may work out after all this time so we will take  it day by day.  It sure does make it easier.


A wonderful Lady new to Greenfield but not new to Rug Hooking wants to get together with other hookers.  It would be wonderful to have a group in Franklin County.  Please e-mail me and we will try to get something going.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this chilly, November day.  Hope you can stop and visit today.   Carole


6 11 2017





Getting ready for winter, shows and The trip has kept me busy   The weather has remained reasonably warm so getting things cleaned up in the yard has been possible  Not to say that I am done but I am not wearing mittens and



There are still people who don’t believe in climate change, to me its astonishing .  I never remember having rains like we have had this year  It comes down in bucket fulls  I am so grateful that the grading of my land in back of the barn has worked, although several times this summer I have had to remove dirt  Last week alone we have had two storms with winds and torrential rains  Trees have fallen and electric has gone out, rivers rising to their banks and in a few days it’s all normal again      We have done it to ourselves and now have to accept what is happening   I do hope that we can figure out a way to not use fossil fuels


The weather has been perfect for tick breeding and there are tiny ones all over the place   On a Friday night several weeks ago  my arm ached and when I went to look at it I found a tick deeply embedded with swelling and redness around it.  My son tried to take it out but it was in deep so a trip to the ER was necessary   I have been holding onto a RX of antibiotics and hoping to start them after my trip  Taking antibiotics for  long period of time is a balancing act.  Probiotic’s have to be taken either two hours before the antibiotics or two hours after  Who wants to be thinking of that while on vacation.  Well I will be doing just that and glad that I found the tick and hope that I started the med’s in time to avoid symptoms.  I really wish that Lyme’s disease would be addressed seriously  One doctor at the clinic I go to told me antibiotics was a waste of time obviously he has not had lyme’s disease or he wouldn’t say such a thing.    Anything you can take to alleviate  the symptoms is worth it


Last week Charlie and I spend an hour trying to round-up 5 Bantams and on regular size hen   What a calamity  The ground was muddy and very slippery from torrential rains from a few days ago.  The chickens decided that they want to remain in the caravan.  Finally we got them all and they are safe inside the barn.  There area is temporary but safe.  They look like a bunch a sad sacks for a while but now have gotten  adjusted.


The plumbers came last week and within three hours I had a water connection and new forgiving pipes from the cellar.  The new to me door is on and the drywall is up.  It is snug and warm in there for the first time in 19 years!   The counter top is here  and the faucets will be bought this week and the stove comes on Thursday.   It certainly is an experience putting in a new kitchen, not for the faint hearted, but now I can see an end and its coming out quite nice.  Family and friends have gotten me through.  Soon the plants will be back in the windows and everything will be easily accessible and in working order.  


Come visit me for the Crafts of Colrain next Saturday and Sunday.  You will be greeted by a sign explaining the kitchen and the porch will be loaded with boxes of kitchen things and cabinets etc.  But this is real life on the farm and the dining room and living room will be inviting and cozy.  Hope to see you here.


Many thanks for reading my blog on this rainy day.   Carole







11 11 2016
One of the many beautiful views of Colrain

One of the many beautiful views of Colrain


The elections are finally over but the people didn’t have their say.  We really don’t have a civil way of electing officials these days.  In the end the popular vote doesn’t count and I for one want to change this.  Neither candidate were liked one disliked more than the other. Let us hope that all the freedoms for everyone that we have fought for will not be taken away.

Winter is showing itself in the woods behind the farm.  Every tree but the mighty Oak have shed their leaves and a  cold wind comes off the mountain now.


My Dad on the left My Grandfather in the middle and my Uncle Roger on the right 1943

My Dad on the left My Grandfather in the middle and my Uncle Roger on the right 1943

My Dad was a soldier in World War 2.  I will always be proud of him.  He was in China, Burma and India.  It was not easy but he served his country proudly and honorably.  Happy Veterans Day to all who have served and now serve.  We honor you.


Last Saturday night I was honored to attend a dinner for The Massachusetts Debt Relief Foundation in Springfield.   My Son-in-law, Richard Ravosa Esquire started this a few years ago and my daughter Cynthia Ravosa  works alongside him helping people in Massachusetts with low incomes get out of debt.  This work is non-profit and provides pro bono bankruptcy representation.  These days it is so easy to get into debt.  One major illness can do it.  I am proud that my family can help these people in many ways.

I am also so proud of my daughter Cindy, she received the news that she has passed the bar and will be sworn in sometime this month.  Its been a long haul but worth it 

Chris on the left, Rick and Cindy and Ricky on the right

Chris on the left, Rick and Cindy and Ricky on the right


It’s that time of year again folks, and I have been busy making all sorts of wonderful things.  This year I was suppose to be at the Brick Meeting House in the center of town.  Unfortunately the repairs on the place have not been finished and I am hoping that next year things will be done.  I will be at my son’s house on 4 High Street.  There is easier parking and no stairs and hopefully the sheep will come out of the barn for your viewing pleasure.  Be sure and give Maude a wave, she has recently had eye surgery and loves people.  Come visit me I would love to see you.  I will have lots of Salve and many balsam products and so much more.img_7299

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope to see you this weekend.  Carole






3 11 2015


We  are enjoying some wonderful weather for November.  I am trying to get all the outside chores done before it ends.


The Oaks are still holding onto their leaves 


Helen is still in the house and I am preparing a caged in area for her , Hazel and Mrs. Brown for the winter.  Next Spring I will put her out in a an area with Hazel and Mrs. Brown.  I can easily monitor them if they are all together and it will be best for Helen not to be tempted by long grasses and hay.

Today she laid an egg the first one since the end of July.  She is pretty proud of herself.



I finished another wall in the kitchen, the last one I will be doing before The Crafts of Colrain. On this wall originally their was a window.  They just put some insulation there and I always thought I would replace the window.    I have given up on that idea so I insulated it more and covered it with a sheet of plastic and now it will be warmer in the kitchen.IMG_6040.



There is still time to get your Hyacinth bulbs.  I have 6 so far and hope to get another package.  They will go in the fridge till January at which time I will put them in the Hyacinth glasses.


Cosmo is settling in.  We have made some adjustments and he is happy  Now he is staying in my bedroom and computer room and loves it.  The other cats scared him and soon I will be leaving the door open for and hour or so a day and see what happens.    He is a  loving cat.  So glad he came into my life.  And last night I was almost asleep and heard this racket, Cosmo had caught a mouse.  





The evening sky has been spectacular lately.  Some views from the back of the barn.



Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you are enjoying lovely weather.















8 05 2015


It’s another beautiful day here, it looks like we have jumped from spring right into summer.  Some rain For Mothers’s Day maybe.  We are in desperate need of it.



Yesterday I cut up some hot red peppers and put them into the dehydrator which was called for in the recipe I found online.  Then they will be warmed up in oil and I will leave them to set on the wall of the porch for a few weeks.  This salve is for sore joints and muscle pain.  It like the capsaicin rubs you buy in the store.  I am going to add a few herbs  and maybe ginger to the mix and see how it works.  I spend a fortune on this stuff and it would be great to make my own.


I have spent more time in the grocery store lately.  I use to be one of those shoppers that knew what I wanted and was in and out.  Now with so many product originating from China I want to know where things are coming from.  I was surprise how many products that I though were made here are not.  I will be making my own or going to River Valley more.


I have been with The Crafts of Colrain when it originated some years ago.  Had to step away for family issues and now I will be in it again this year.  The brochure is wonderful in itself with some many lovely pictures with artist and their crafts.  I wanted a picture with Carol K and myself but unfortunately she made herself unavailable.  Marley stepped right in so one of these two will be in the brochure Read the rest of this entry »


11 11 2013



Sundays are always slow days at shows.  People came but not the crowds of Saturday.  Many people were interested in the sheep and of course the sheep came out to get carrots.  Ricky led the sheep tours.  I think more is need to entice people to come on Sundays.   Now I am moving forward to the next venture which is a drop spindle class at SHeep and Shawl, then the Shelburne Falls Autumn Farmers Market.

Chris and Ricky

Lots to be done today, the rubber mats need to be brought into Sadie’s area, the chicken caravan needs to be moved into my son’s barn and my barn cleaned.  I hope we can get it all down before the boys leave.


If you want to hear Hazel’s crow please click onto the following, it takes a few minutes before he does it, unfortunately he has not learned to crow on command!!!!!

Hazel really enjoyed the Crafts, crowing and having a good time.  He liked all the attention that was given to him.  Today I let him out and he now can fly again without getting out of breath.



Our newest product is clothes pins soaked in essential oils that are moth repellents.  They can be used to help keep moths away in woolens, or just put one in your purse or knitting bag to keep things smelling fresh.  Look for lavender ones to be added to the collection.

I found my camera in the most unusual spot.

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


10 11 2013



Sweet little Emma passed away yesterday.  She was one of the new gals.  Even though she had only been here for such a short time she was loved by me and her mates.  I was so happy that the Chicken Man had a Buff Orpington, My first Emma was one and she was a gem, well It wasn’t meant to be.  I miss her.


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I was still rushing around in the morning getting last-minute things done. The sign explaining the farm was put on an easel near the kitchen door, signs were made for Hazel , the loom and the old spinning wheel.  The day was nippy and my son started a cozy fire in the wood stove, some welcoming essential oils permeated the air, and the boys at their post.  Ricky cleverly set up his IPad to see when there were customers by putting a small camera in the upstairs window.  That was very helpful because if he was giving a tour of the sheep I would step into the kitchen to greet everyone and tell them about Hazel.  Chris helped me with anything chore that needed to be done and checked on Sadie during the day.  Over 70 people came and many sales were made.  Between sales I was needle felting more leaves.  I am going to make pins out of them.  It was a good day, people enjoyed cider from Pine Hill and cookies.

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Looking forward to another day of good sales and many people passing through.  I am always nervous about having people in my house.  The house is old and quirky, needs a kitchen and bathroom do over, the walls aren’t that great and windows are needed.  These are the things I see when I go into my house.  I guess that stems from living in houses that these things have been done.  Other people see the house differently they see it as a cozy, old house and the defects that I see they see them as quant.  It changes my prospective when I do the Crafts.


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There was talk of a birthday surprise that Chris has made before they came.  I had no idea what it could be.  It was this hand painted on canvas picture of Sammy.  I love it  and hung it in the dining room.  Many comments on how wonderful it  is were made by customers.


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Hazel’s crow is really getting so much better.  He was a star yesterday I think really enjoyed the attention.

I have misplaced my camera, its nothing new for me to misplace my phone or keys but my camera has always been in a certain place.  I hope I find it soon as I really miss it.  The pictures on the bog today are from an Iphone that belongs to Chris.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.  If you live nearby stop in I would love to see you.   Carole