YANKEE MAGAZINE-TOMATOES-TREE OF LIFE-TURKEY’S EVERYWHERE

6 10 2014

GREETINGS

I thought we were going to get  a frost last night but we didn’t  It was quite chilly.  I need to pick the rest of the cukes soon and get them made into pickles.  I Put the new dog house for the roosters together yesterday and now will work on their small enclosed  winter space.   In a week  I plan to move the outside hens inside so the rooster area must get done.

YANKEE MAGAZINE

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This months Yankee Magazine has some wonderful articles in it.  One in particular caught my eye.   The Mohawk Trail is 100 years old this year. So many wonderful times were spent on the trail.   It was a great distance from our Holyoke home in our Chevy Sedan.  My Grandfather and Uncle Roger, Mom and Dad and myself piled into the car early in the morning, a picnic lunch packed and we would enjoy the drive with many stops at local souvenir shops and look outs. My friend Francine joined us on many of the trips and when my Cousin Gary’s family came  to visit this was one of the day adventures.  Lost of things have changed on the trail but its still as beautiful as ever and the tourists still come.

TOMATOES

I finished one box of tomatoes today and have started on the last one.  I am drying more tomatoes to put in the rosemary/olive oil mix.

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 It will take a lot of tomatoes to fill a jar.  And I have another pot of tomatoes, eller, garlic and onions cooking .  

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THE TREE

Yesterday Gary and I went up to a friend’s house to pick up some lumber that would work for the area around the rooster house.  On the way there was this remarkable tree.  The tree has lots of rot but still grows.   It reminded me of life ,going through life brings some hurt and sadness which seems to take a little of our hearts, but most of us survive that and we keep on growing.  Just like this tree.  

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Lots of turkeys around lately.  Many thanks for reading my blog on this chilly morn.  I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

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THE SHEEP-PILLOWS -DRYING MORE CORN-CHARLES DICKENS SET IS BACK WITH ME

28 08 2013

HELLO

THE SHEEP

I wanted to share some picture of the sheep I took yesterday.

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  Elliott at the door watching, there have been things in the woods lately, Deer I think.  They have made paths through the 10 foot high jewel weed.  Sadie is  doing remarkable well these days.

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And Lucy and Maude

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THE PILLOWS

I am quite pleased with the pillows and making these for the porch has given me thought and practice. I am still not quite finished and I hope I will be done tomorrow. I think I will make some smaller versions for the new shop in Florence.  I quite enjoy sewing and its nice to get back to it.

DRYING MORE CORN and a Hot Pepper Too

I am drying more corn today.

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  I want to make some corn chowder in the winter and this seems the best way to keep it.  It’s easy to dry and I don’t have to worry about freezer space.

 

THE CHARLES DICKENS SERIES

Today I am so happy I have my family’s Charles Dickens series back.  They have been in the house in Belchertown for years but no one has ever been able to find them.  Today my son did.  Last year my friend Louise from Montreal told me about a society that meets about Charles Dickens.  It’s a world-wide society and they read and discuss the books.    This winter I am gong to start reading the set.  The nearest group in near Worcester which is probably 60 or so miles.  We will see about that in the spring.  But for now I am very happy to have my family books back.  My Dad came from a big family with many , all were avid readers.  I have a huge collection of old works from them.

Many thanks for reading my blog today, I hope you are having a wonderful day.  Carole and my helper tonight Minnie.





DRY AND FREEZING VEGETABLES AND HERBS-GETTING WOOL READY TO BE SHIPPED OUT-RICKY DRIVES THE ATV- BIRTHDAY PARTY

21 08 2013

Hello

Freezing and Drying Vegetables and Herbs

This morning I have been putting corn and peppers and herbs in the dehydrator.

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The first layer is some string beans and peppers the second two layers are corn and the last layer is herbs.  I want to make a jar of veggie soup mix so I can make up a quick veggie soup when I am real busy in the winter.   Of course it won’t be the 5 minute kind that you buy in the store but I think it will reconstitute maybe in 15 minutes.    Later when my tomatoes come in I will also dry them and some shredded carrots and thin sliced celery. The dehydrator uses little electricity and it will be done in no time

GETTING SALLY’S AND LUCY’S WOOL READY TO BE SHIPPED

Yesterday I decided to start going through Sally’s and Lucy’s wool.

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 It should have been sent out ages ago.  Its one of those jobs that keeps getting put off.  Two reasons for that, it’s a tedious job and there is a big upfront money commitment.  A big deposit is required  and there is also the large postage fee’s which could cost upwards of $60. a box.  But the time has come to do it, its been sitting in the kitchen since the spring.  It took me over 2 hours to pull all the hay and separate the good fleece from the bad fleece. I have three more bags to go through and then they are off.  I usually sent it to a company in Canada which has made wonderful yarn for me from Wilbur’s wool in the past, but this year because of the shipping cost  and timeI am going to try an American Company I used before.    I hope that I can get the wool back before the New York Show if not I will have it for the shop and Crafts of Colrain.

ONE FLEECE DONE AND READY TO BE SHIPPED

ONE FLEECE DONE AND READY TO BE SHIPPED

The wool company suggested that I try and stuff as much wool into a box as possible so the above is one fleece and I will try and get another one into the box.  This fall I hope to put coats on the sheep for the winter.  The winter is really when all the hay and chaff gets into their wool and it can be prevented with coats.

RICKY’S 15TH BIRTHDAY  AND THE ATV

Monday Ricky was Ricky’s 15th birthday, we celebrated it with two cakes for both he and Tyler.  Tylers birthday was in late July.

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Yesterday Ricky  learned to drive David’s ATV.

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 He did a lot of hauling things for the dumpster and moved the hay from the front to the back of the house.  He had a great time and it helped me out a lot.   Today the two boys are leaving to spend sometime with their other Grandparents and take a trip to their Uncle Mike’s house in Long Island.  They will be back on Tuesday for their last week here.

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Sadie is doing well, of course at her age that could change at any moment.

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