HAZEL AND MRS. BROW’S NEW HOME – DROP SPINDLE CLASS AT SHEEP AND SHAWL-SLIP COVER MADE INTO A DOOR CURTAIN

26 11 2013

HELLO

It’s a wintery morning here at the farm.  Snow is sticking to the ground and the windows are frosted.  One chicken waterer was frozen.  Luckily the sheeps water is heated to just above freezing  and is perfect.

Making a Slip Cover into a Door Curtain

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Tomorrow I am starting on the last door curtain project.  The house is old no matter what I do other than get new doors which are very expensive its hard to keep the drafts out.  Heavy curtains have proved so useful on all the other doors.  While looking for material I found this wonderful slip cover and I do have a matching sofa cover somewhere.

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 So today I will make the curtain for the door  and when I find the sofa cover I will make a pair of heavy curtains for the window and the computer room will be cozy.

SHEEP AND SHAWL DROP SPINDLE CLASS

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Patti joined Moira and Amy this week and caught up quickly, I will show her how to ply after the holiday.  Moira and Amy really got the swing of doing it and tried silk and Sheltand wool.  They plyed their yarn.  SHeep and Shawl may offer a dye class in June and they plan to come.  Its always a thrill for me to teach a drop spindle class.  When I teach drop spindling I feel like I am passing the torch onto another and they will inspire someone else to learn.  Making socks, mittens or sweaters to be able to keep oneself and ones family warm is a wonderful thing.

Mrs. Brown and Hazel’s new home.

I found just the right type of cage for the chickens today.  And tonight it was moved upstairs in the small bedroom.  But it has wheels and can be moved anywhere.  I have them in it and they seem content.  Now I can get the wood stove going again and get the cat carriers put away.

HAZEL IS CROWING UP A STORM ABOUT IT

HAZEL IS CROWING UP A STORM ABOUT IT

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope your day is wonderful.  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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GARY AND I

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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

 

 

 

 

 





HELEN-MAKING CAT BED-BRINGING IN THE PLANTS -DROP SPINDLE CLASS

11 09 2013

Hello

Sweet Helen passed  away during the night.   She didn’t appear to be sick.

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 In my experience white hens just don’t live long.  I have had 3 and Helen will be my last.  She did live the longest.  It may be because of their breeding to be factory hens.  I certainly will miss her, white hens are my favorites.  She laid many beautiful large white eggs which were appreciated by all who enjoyed them.  

THE BIG E

The 14th which is Saturday I will be doing a shift at the Massachusetts Building at Eastern States Expo now know as the Big E.  I will be at the information booth with brochures from all over Massachusetts and The Crafts of Colrain brochures.    It will be exciting and fun I will be there from 3 pm to 9 pm.  Come by and see me.  It’s such an exciting fair with so many things to see that you can’t see it in one day.  Years ago I was in spinning contests here and would demonstrate spinning at the sheep barn.  My Dad worked at one of the Church restaurants  for many years.  

DROP SPINDLE CLASS 

I am doing a Drop Spindle class at Sheep and Shawl at the end of the month.  I am always excited to share the art of spinning .  It’s a wonderful thing to learn.  The range of spinning is endless.  You can stay with the drop spindle forever, or go to a wheel, raise your own sheep or buy local wool, dye with natural or chemical dyes.  Learning to spin changed my life.  It doesn’t have to cost a fortune you can spin lots of things cotton, Angora, flax and other plants.   It is endless.  Hope to see you at the class.

  I remember one trip to Ireland with my daughter.  We took the only cable car ride to Dursey Island.  A wonderful island on the Atlantic.  There were two villages on the island and we had to walk on a dirt road with high cliffs and many fenced fields.  (only one car on the island for the post man.  My daughter collected wool bits off the fences and on the road and I spun it.  It was a memorable trip for both of us.  I would love to go back there and maybe spend some time on the island.

CAT BEDS

I have an array of cat fabrics on the diningroom table, some already cut and others waiting.

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I enjoy making these beds and with catnip inside them they are a delight for cats that sleep on them.  Today I have to go to the fabric store and get matching plain fabric for the back.    I am also picking up my first bags of fresh carrots of the season today.  25 pounds for $12.00  I plan to get two bags.  I can’t buy them in the summer as my house is so damp and they rot quickly.  The sheep will be happy and I will save money too.

BRINGING IN MY HOUSE PLANTS

I usually wait till a frost is called for but this year I am making things easier on myself and bringing them in a few at a time each day.  Some need to be transplanted. some need to be trimmed, its a job that needs time and not be rushed.

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I hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for taking the time to read my blog.   Carole and Minnie

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OLLIE-PICTURES FROM THE CLASS-MOM

6 04 2013

Hello,

Ollie

Today Ollie crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  He wasn’t eating much and having other troubles so we went to see Dr. Funk this morning.  He really had gone downhill since Thursday when he was in.  Dr. Funk  affirmed what I thought and Ollie is gone.  The whole staff was saddened and instead of charging me they asked for a donation and I picked the Westfield Homeless Cats.  What a wonderful gesture on his part.  I will miss Ollie so, but am relieved that he won’t suffer.

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More pictures of the class and their yarn

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MOM

The news from Florida this week wasn’t good.  My Mother has slipped into another stage and is hardly eating, falling out of her wheelchair.  She will not be able to come in mid-May if anything she would have to come up immediately.  My house isn’t ready for someone in a wheelchair and bed bound yet so I guess that she won’t be coming at all.  Hospice feels that if she continues at this pace it will not be long.

When I think back to all my relatives that died in the 60’s and 70’s no one had these symptoms.  The got sick and died or had a heart attack and died.  Now we have all sorts of things to keep us going, flu shots etc.   Who wants to keep going like my poor Mother.  She would be horrified at herself.  SHe would never want this.   

THE SHEEP

Its chilly out today but with a lot of sunshine.  The sheep are all out in the pasture,  laying in the sun and napping.  

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





DROP SPINDLE CLASS-FARM TO FIBER MEETING-CLOTHESLINE

5 04 2013

Hello,

Drop Spindle Class

It was a glorious day for the drop spindle class.  It was held at Metaphor Yarns and Meta, the owner, had everything set up for us.  I had 5 in my class and I am glad to say that everyone made wonderful yarn today.

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FARM TO FIBER

We met at the Round Barn today to finalize the plans and let them know what to take out of the filled barn.    It’s a delightful site.  The show will be in 2 weeks and fiber people from all around will enjoy what the vendors have to offer.  Fleeces will be on sale too.

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I jut had to take a picture of the sign it’s so cute.

Clothesline

All winter long I have been trying to decide where to put the clothesline where it would be easy to get to and not in the way.  I finally made my choice and I think it will work well.

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





DROP SPINDLE CLASS-OLIVER-SPRING IS ON ITS WAY-MINNIE

4 04 2013

Hello

Drop Spindle Class

I have spent part of the day getting all the wool ready and writing a brief history of the drop spindle.

 I have also mentioned the Craggaunowen Project In County Clare, Ireland.  If any of you are planning a trip to Ireland  this place gives you a peak of Irish history as it was.  

I have a few different kinds of wool to take, looking forward to teaching 4 people how to spin on the drop spindle.

Oliver

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Ollie went to see Dr. Funk today.  The visit went well although he still didn’t see any cancer he does not rule it out.  He does see improvement in reduction of the swelling of his eyes and mouth.  He still as trouble eating.  We go back in a week.

Spring Is On Its Way

When coming into Colrain you come down a steep hill before turning off onto Main Road.  Yesterday when coming down I could still see the large outcrops of boulders in the mountain across the valley, today when coming down the hill they were not visible.  The warm weather has made the trees bud out more.  My bulbs  are up 5 or 6 inches and we are suppose to have temps in the 50’s through the weekend.

Minnie

I bought some antique cut up quilt pieces online and plan to make hearts with lavender in them to sell at a show I am doing soon.  Minnie liked them so much she napped on them this afternoon on my hooking frame.

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





EASTER LILIES-DROP SPINDLE CLASS-POSTCARD-IRELAND

4 04 2013

Hello

Easter Lillies and Lilac’s are my favorite flowers.   Their different scents are enchanting.   Now when I walk by my wood stove into the hallway the sweet scent of the lily beckons me to linger there for a few minutes.  Yesterday we had snow showers!

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POST CARDS

For many years now I have been sending out these whimsical post cards with each new arrival at the farm.  Chickens, sheep and cats were all on postcards.  My family and friends enjoy getting them.  Here is Minnie Bisbee’s.

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DROP SPINDLE CLASS AT METAPHOR YARNS

For the next two Friday mornings I am teaching a drop spindle class at Metaphor Yarns in Shelburne.  I will be working on getting ready for the class tomorrow.

My fondest memories of my drop spindle is when Cindy and I went to Dursey Island  in Ireland and she would pick the wool off the fence and I would spin it as we merrily walked the Island.    If you visit Ireland the only way to get to the island is to take a cable car ride( the only cable car in Ireland) high over tumultuous waters.   You may have the company of the mailman or some sheep, its always an adventure.   The Island is lovely and we enjoyed our visits there.

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