BUSY DAYS ON THE FARM

25 08 2016

GREETINGS

Hot and humid weather is making another brief appearance.  it will be gone by the weekend though.  we may have some much-needed rain tomorrow.

MEET EDNA

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Edna is a New Hampshire Red.  I have never had one of these types before.  She is shy and sticks with her friend Margaret.  Both are slowly adjusting to the rest of the flock.  She was an escape artist in the beginning  having lived on a farm that allowed her to free range.  Unfortunately with all the flying predators here that is impossible.  She is making the adjustment very well.

BUSY DAYS ON THE FARM

Some hops and hot peppers are in the dehydrator this morning and this afternoon lots of spearmint will be going in.  The dehydrator will be going non stop for days from now on.  The spearmint  will use in teas and for a special blend of herbs for the chickens nesting boxes throughout the winter.  The hot peppers are the hottest, brought on tears and a coughing and a  sneezing spell.  It will make a great arthritis Salve.

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 The hops will go into Dream  Pillows  and some will be packaged up for people to make their own.

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Elderberry syrup was made last week in anticipation of the long cold winter we are suppose to have.

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Morticia is now broody.  Her daughter, Violet spent 3 months int he nest box trying to hatch some eggs.  Now her mother is in there doing the same thing.  Those Banty hens are the greatest little Mothers.  My ratio of hens to roosters isn’t good so no eggs will be hatched.IMG_7084

Lots of beans, cukes and tomatoes coming from the garden, its been a good year despite the lack of rain.  Hope you are having a wonderful day and any thanks for reading my blog.   Carole

 

 

 





MYSTERY ILLNESS SOLVED-ELDERBERRIES-OIL LAMPS

12 06 2015

 

GREETINGS

We are in store for another nice day today.  I got some seeds and plants in yesterday and more will go in today.

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MYSTERY ILLNESS

I have been sick on and off for the last year.  I had odd symptoms which led me to think it was lymes disease.  A friend Vicki, talked about the Wellness Clinic in Northampton and I made and appointment.  It’s a wonderful place where they care deeply about people and treat  and know lots about lymes.  After 22 tubes of blood and 32 pages of  labs I got my results back.   I have two different viruses running in my body, my immune system cannot fight them off so I am going to be on an antiviral medication..    I am so happy to have found out what is wrong and to have treatment for it  I will be feeling like myself in no time I hope.

ELDERBERRIES

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This is the third year that these large bushes have been in the ground.  I now wish that I had planted them somewhere else.  BUt there they will stay. I kept thinking of the elderberries in the wild sort of compact bush, these are bushes are huge and with branches hither and yon.   The flowers are beautiful this year and I hope to make some Elderberry syrup for winter ailments .

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OIL LAMPS

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I have oil lamps  in many rooms, with some oil in them and ready to go.  The lights rarely go out here and there are flashlights that light up rooms now.  But having  an oil lamp  or two reminds me of a simpler life.  

In Massachusetts when I was a child over 60 years ago we did have fierce winter storms which dumped feet of snow on the ground. Lights would  go out and we needed oil lamps and camp stoves to get through.  My  Dad would cook breakfast for all the neighbors, as a child it seemed like so much fun.

In Maryland when visiting my Grandmother the summer thunderstorms would just sit on top of the Susquehanna River.  My Grandmother was terrified of  storms and would wake everyone in the house except for my Grandfather and we would all have to go into the parlor and sit around  the oi lamp.  Each clap of thunder would bring a gasp from my Grandmother and seem worse than the other.  In all my life I have never been in storms like that anywhere else.

Lil came over yesterday to check out the Hazel and Mrs. Brown.

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

 





DICKENS FELLOWSHIP VICTORIAN TEA-SAMANTHA-ELDERERRIES AND WINTERBERRIES

20 06 2014

GREETING

DICKENS FELLOWSHIP TEA

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My friend Louise sent me some wonderful pictures of the DICKENS FELLOWSHIP VICTORIAN TEA  that was held in the Westmont Library  Grounds in Montreal a few weeks ago.  Louise is a very talented lady and made  thecostumes and hats. The proceeds of this event and all others held by the Fellowship go to THE TINY TIM FUND of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.  A good time was held by all and wouldn’t Dickens  have been pleased by the event.  I wish there were a fellowship nearby.

SAMANTHIA

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I think that I can safely call her Samanthia now she sure looks like a hen.  She is so attached to Morticia, that poor Morticia can’t even lay an egg without her.  Her mournful cries when Mama is out of sight are heart wrenching.

ELDERBERRIES

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The elderberries I bought last year are really coming along nicely.  I even have a few blossoms on them this year.

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WINTERBERRIES

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I planted this Winterberry Bush around 5 years ago.  Its taken all this time to adjust to this place and this year for the first time I think there will be berries.

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 I am so please to be able to go out in my own yard and be able to have these beautiful decorations.

MINNIE

Minnie is doing better now.  The reduction in the pill seems to have helped.    She is more active now and eating much better.

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It’s a beautiful day here in Colrain and the clothes are out on the line with gentle breezes.  I hope that you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole

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