14 08 2017





Freezing sweet corn , drying lemon balm, digging up  garlic,picking tansy and artemisia, waiting for the tomatoes to ripen are some of the things I love about summer.  the house smells of herbs and flowers .


On Saturday my youngest daughter, Betty had to put her beloved horse Beamer down.  He was a beauty who came to her as a young horse from Western Canada.   He was the perfect horse for her.   A registered Morgan who was loved by everyone who met him.   The decisions that we who love our animals more than life itself have to make are never easy, but they have to be made for the animal sake.  Run free Beamer you and Betty will be together again someday.


It all started with a ride to Brattleboro, Vermont to look at appliances.  We didn’t have much luck there but we did see a sign saying doors and window for sale.  This was Deconstruction Works of the former renew store.   We asked about cabinets and he said to follow him on Facebook and so I did  In less than a week he  had cabinets from a home he was working on.    $250. for 6 pieces seemed like a bargain price.  They were a darker maple color and it came with a counter top and sink.


Measurements were taken and they would fit nicely.   I plan to get a new counter top and will have the new/old sink that I bought put in it.  Now they are on the porch awaiting the other things to get done  I really like the idea of reusing and the trip to Newfane, Vermont was delightful.  The house was located on a muddy dirt road with a wonderful field and meadow and beautiful views.  It had a lovely large birch tree close by and a huge stone wall.


Yesterday I went to visit friends and wind a warp.  Charlie and Ken live in a lovely cottage by the side of a babbling brook.

And there are many wonderful gardens.

 Charlie wanted to weave again and I told him about the Structo Loom used by The Springfield Weavers to show people how to weave.  He remembered seeing the group at The Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Fest this year.    A couple of weeks ago he purchased on   eBay and  yesterday I wound a warp for scarves out of mohair boucle.

  There is enough warp to weave 4 or 5 scarves.  Ken made a delightful lunch and Charlie and I spent a delightful afternoon.

Heading to the Heath Fair on Saturday.   Come and visit me at the large tent.  I hope to be spinning.  Many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole






22 08 2012


Today much of my day was spent on the phone, or trying to find papers which my Mother had put in a folder or briefcase.  My Mom is in assisted living in FLorida.  Her house is being sold and many papers to find and fax down.  She has some dementia and still thinks that she could live alone.  She refused to come north but now wishes she could.  It may happen, but for now she will stay where she has lived for the past 2 years.  Her body is accustomed to the Florida weather.  So every few months I will fly down, I send her packages of goodies every week and call her.  It’s the best I can do.  She has friends in the assisted living and a very kind staff.  When I leave I feel a sense of sadness but know that she will be taken care of.   As they say aging is not for sissies.



Today I have filled the dehydrator with all kinds of things.







This is my Herb Cupboard.  Its full of herbs and spices, pudding mixes and things like that.  I bought the cupboard a couple of years ago at   Strawberry Fields for under $75.00.  In the beginning I didn’t like it but it suited my purpose of having all my supplies out in the open and in one place.  I do love this old house but I have to say that there is no storage space whatsoever.   Now that I have painted it a light yellow I like it a lot better.  SOme of the baskets on the wall I have made and some I have purchased in Ireland.  This is the back part of my kitchen.  Last summer I had to have it all rebuilt as the sill was rotted and the floor beams were rotted.  Pat , my neighbor did it all and it came out just right.  He added shelving about a foot from the ceiling and all my things that I don’t use everyday are there. No news on the egg front. GOOD DAY TO YOU