NEW ARRIVALS-CATNIP-SWEET PEA’S

12 07 2016

GREETINGS

We had glorious rain over the weekend  and we still need more.  It perked the gardens up but didn’t fill the rivers.  The cooler weather the rains brought was welcomed.  We are in for another hot spell and my friend Susan will be at Brimfield during it.  She will be at Quaker Acres look for The Plant Lady.

NEW ARRIVALS

PRUDENCE

PRUDENCE

My friend Patti is moving to Ireland soon and I have taken her hens Prudence and Beatrix.  Follow her on brookwoodshire.wordpress and learn about her adventures.  The girls came on Friday and are settling in .  There was some excitement on Saturday when Prudence had to lay an egg and decided to go home and do it.  My grandson Tyler (the chicken whisperer) caught her in my sons yard.

BEATRIX IS EXCITED ABOUT NEW FRIENDS

BEATRIX IS EXCITED ABOUT NEW FRIENDS

 Now there are (hopefully) no escape routes and they are  both laying.  They are separated from the rest pf the group and there has been much bantering going on back and forth.  Soon I will  open the gate some to see how things go.  Olive my last hen to arrive has taken over the leadership role in the flock so it will be interesting how things unfold.

IMG_6895

 

CATNIP

IMG_6890

Patti brought me this wonderful bag of catnip.  I am drying it and the house smells wonderful.  The cats are enjoying bits and pieces of it too.

SAMMY AND THE ELUSIVE CAT BABY ARE RESTING AFTER SOME AFTERNOON CATNIP

SAMMY AND THE ELUSIVE CAT BABY ARE RESTING AFTER SOME AFTERNOON CATNIP

Patti’s cat Merlin is moving to Ireland too so I will pack him a good supply of cat toys.

SWEET PEAS

 

IMG_6899

Yesterday I needed to get hay and discovered these wonderful sweet pea’s that John’s Mother has grown for years.  Against the stone wall they are so spectacular.  She gave me a bouquet.  These don’t have the delightful smell of some but nonetheless they are beautiful.

SUMMER BOUQUET

SUMMER BOUQUET

Many thanks for reading my blog on this wonderful summer day.  I will be at the Tuesday Greenfield Market today from 1:30- to 6:30 located next door to Greenfields Market.  Carole

 





THE SKUNKS ARE GONE-THE LAVENDER FESTIVAL-THE EGG-THE TUESDAY FARMER’S MARKET IN GREENFIELD

28 06 2016

GREETINGS

HOT and humid weather is with us now, it makes the garden grow.  Much needed rain may come tonight and tomorrow,  What we really need is a day of gentle rain.

THE SKUNK’S ARE GONE

IMG_6843

 

To my sadness I found that they have been trapped and killed.  These joyful little things running and playing are now gone and  I have spotted one river  rat in my barn.  

The most shocking thing I found that My own state allows this to happen.  A person has the right to trap these animals and they MUST kill them immediately.   So now in my neighbor hood we have no skunks or opossums  Both may dig up lawns so they are not wanted.  Now we have ticks and rats..  I live in a country and community that think they can do anything they want to do with nature, kill anything they want to ,over fish the oceans and there will be no consequences.    Well there are consequences and they are here and all over our country.  Karma will and has come back to bite us all.  Fortunately there are many people who care about the land and animals and do their best to protect the environment.  But  there are lots of unintelligent people who do the opposite. I have sought help from the environmental Police but so far only information has come forward.  It’s all politics .  Anyone have any suggestions?

THE LAVENDER FESTIVAL

IMG_6859

The weather was perfect, the crowds the best ever.  It was a wonderful two days.  I met loads of wonderful people and saw many old friends.  There were new vendors, sheep and Angora goats and a potter it was perfect.  Mark you calendar for the end of June next year.

THE EGG

I don’t know who laid this wonderful egg but its weight is off the scale

IMG_6860

TUESDAY FARMER’S MARKET IN GREENFIELD

Located near Greenfield’s Market

Come on down, fresh veggies, yarn, soaps, salves, hot sauce, honey and so much more.  Today I have some cute pot holders and I will be working on a rug hooking project. Hope to see you there.

These pot holders will be there

These pot holders will be there

THE WOOD PILE AND THE SWEET PEA VINE

IMG_6865

Slowly the wood pile is getting stacked.  I may not have to buy wood this year, my son and I are thinning out some trees.  

I bought the sweet pea vine last summer.  It was  almost dead but revived but never grew much.  I don’t have luck with sweet peas but I love them so much.  This vine is dong so well, I can’t wait to see the flowers.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this cloudy, humid day. The bleeding hearts have gone and now the beautiful wild roses and Lilly’s have taken over.  

IMG_6862





SUFLOWERS, PUTTING FOOD AWAY MORE HAY COLLECTING SEED PODS

10 10 2013

Hello

SUNFLOWERS

 

Well the sunflowers are almost done. IMG_1539               I still have to cut out leaves and glue them to the sticks.  These sunflowers are very time-consuming but I do love them.  They were popular at the show last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAY

I am getting another 50 bales of hay on Sunday. That will last me through Thanksgiving.    This is good hay and the sheep love it.

 

PUTTING FOOD AWAY Today

I froze the green beans, and 10 ears of corn. 

Tomorrow I will finish the tomatoes and cut up the peppers and get them into the freezer.  I have a vegetable soup going for  supper tonight, that sure will taste good on a chilly night.  I guess we didn’t have a frost this morning but it sure did come close.  I will be working on getting the chickens inside over the weekend.

COLLECTING SEED PODS

The other day I collected these seed pods from the purple runner beans. 

IMG_1533

There weren’t many of them and the purple runner beans took so much longer to grow and flower  I think that the front of the house where I have grown scarlet runner beans in the past gets more sun.  I will plant these seeds in the front next year.

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





SHEEP & SHAWL-MORNING GLORIES-MINNIE-MOM

26 08 2013

Hello

sheep and shawl morning glories 018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I woke to gentle rains today, we sure need them. The morning glories have overtaken the bird house.

SHEEP & SHAWL

sheep and shawl morning glories 001

Yesterday I had a full day.  I gathered up things to take to the new shop.  Its located in Deerfield, Mass. and is full of things for the wool lover.  All kinds of yarn and soon to be filled with local yarns and there are some very special yarns from Scotland which in limited supply.

Special yarns from Scotland

Special yarns from Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

 

I brought down some salve, the small packages of fleece , and large packages of fleece, some cards of Lottie and some lavender.  It is a wonderful place to shop, there are books about crafts and some beautiful felted and woven pieces.  More to come. 

sheep and shawl morning glories 003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a knit Nite on Wednesday from 7-9.  The website is http://www.sheepandshawlcom.

sheep and shawl morning glories 004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris and Ricky

The boys are coming back for a short stay tonight and then they are off with their Father for an adventure of deep-sea fishing.  An annual end of the summer event for them.  I hope to get the chicken house done and set up before they leave and get some tubing on the Deerfield River too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOM

Mom is doing so well at her new place.  She has come back from the brink with the help of Mary the owner.    She still knows who I am although she is confused in time and thinks my Grandmother visits her often.  There is nothing wrong with that.  She is often in the land of happier times. I couldn’t wish for anything better than that for her.   I miss my visits with her and will see her soon.

MINNIE BISBEE AND LILLY PAD

Minnie has really flourished upstairs.  She likes company but is used to being on her own some of the day.  She now sleeps right next to me, it has taken her quite some time to trust, I just can’t imagine her life before.  Finding the perfect food for her is still a quest for me.  She is still way to thin.

 

Lilly Pad is still visiting, she really loves my Grandmothers Quilt..  She will be her a few more weeks, she is a delight.

sheep and shawl morning glories 013

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





THE HEATH FAIR-MRS. BROWN’S NEW NESTING AREA-FLOWERS

17 08 2013

Hello

Ricky is here.  The boys and I went up to drop my things off at the Fair last night.  I am hoping to finish my chicken nesting house there.  We are in a tent and every year we demonstrate spinning, weaving, rug hooking , quilting , knitting and other things.  We also sell a few things.  Its great fun and nice for the people to see what is going on in neighboring towns.    I visited the Heath Library tent and gave them three bags of books and in turn bought a few.   $1.00 for hard cover and $.50  for soft covers.

heath fair  chicken nesting basket 003

 

 This is always a stop for me, as I love books so much.  Last night was the tractor parade, it’s so interesting to see all the tractors and after this they have a tractor pull and fireworks.

heath fair  chicken nesting basket 002

heath fair  chicken nesting basket 001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today we are back at the fair, its much busier today, the boys watched the horse pulls and I worked on Mrs. Brown’s new nesting  basket.  I worked on it for over 3 hours, I just have the back to do.  Its made out of oat grass.

heath fair  chicken nesting basket 004

Its a little wonky but I think I will soak it and try and reshape it when its done.  The top will have a point .  I left the oat seed on thinking Mrs. Brown might want a snack while laying her egg.

  Would do a lot of things differently and a lady mentioned that cat tails would make a wonderful one.  Years ago I braided cat tail leaves and made baskets in the winter.  I really think I will try that.    It was a fun day for all of us.  Tonight we are have smores cooked over David’s fire pit.

FLOWERS
I think the flowers are exceptional this year.  I caught a bug just leaving the rose.

heath fair  chicken nesting basket 007

heath fair  chicken nesting basket 005

 

 

 

Thank you so much for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.





IT’S TANSY TIME AGAIN-A NEW RUG HOOKING BOOK

30 07 2013

Hello,

SUMMERTIME

SUMMERTIME

 

Tansy  

IMG_0895

                               Yesterday we went and picked  bunches of tansy.  They are just beautiful this year.  I love having them through-out the house as a deterrent to insects.  In the net few weeks the house will be filled with their scent.

IMG_0905

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Hooking Book

RUG HOOKING TRADITIONS WITH MAGDALENA BRINER EBY  by Evelyn Lawrence and Kathy Wright

IMG_0903

 

 

 

. I have been wanting to find a book with some very old rugs in it.  I wanted to see how they were done and thought about making a couple for the shop.  This book is a treasure.  It is about the life of Magdalena Briner Eby.  SO many times  all information is lost about hookers in the 1800’s but luckily all her information is available.  She was born in 1832, was widowed at age 25 and lived the rest of her life working and caring for family members and quilting and rug hooking.  Family letters of the day held much information. They say that she made between 30 and 50  rugs in her lifetime.  Her history in the first part of this book will excite you. Most of her rugs were simple designs of life around her. Farm animals and flowers. Her life was so interesting, you will love this beautiful book.

Yesterday we did get the Chicken Caravan moved.  It was a challenge , with flat tires and going up hill.  It’s in a good spot now where there is easy access.

Today is a beautiful cool morning and the sheep truly enjoy the cooler weather.  I didn’t get the pickles done yesterday so it’s on my list for today.

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





SUMMER FLOWERS-HOMELESS PEOPLE-MULLEIN

22 07 2013

HELLO,

Homeless People.

I follow Bealtaine Cottage blog from Ireland.  We often have similar problems like the weather.  They have been having a hot spell there with little rain .  Colette sent me this url about homeless people in America.  It followed 3 families.  These were people who never thought this would happen to them but a set of circumstances sent them down this path.  If you have the time please view it.  We are all only a few steps away from this ourselves.  There is little help for people who this happens to, and its so very hard to come back from it.   Its called Broke: The New American Dream.  It seems really strange to me while we are spending money on wars that we cannot help our own people.  I would love to hear your ideas and views on this subject.  How can we get our government to help these people, they seem to fall between the cracks.

Summer  Flowers

 I just love picking wild flowers by the side of the road.  They make the nicest bouquets.

IMG_0840

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0841

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris

Chris and Lilly Pad have gone home.  He will be back next weekend.  He is going to basketball camp in Boston.

 

Mullein

I have tried growing Mullen but my soil is too good.  It prefers sandy soil.  It’s a stunning herb growing very tall.  I buy tinctures of mullein for ear aches.  It works very well for me..

Hope your day has been wonderful and many thanks for reading my blog.  The weather is cooler  and very delightful.  Hope we get some rain soon.  The deep composting method has kept my plants in good shape but soon they will need water.

Carole