MYSTERY ILLNESS IS STILL A MYSTERY-GARY COMES-CHRIS IS COMING FRIDAY -LIL FINALLYS FINDS AN EGG

24 06 2015

GREETINGS

We had another day of crazy weather yesterday.  Heavy rains, thunderstorms, Tornado warnings. Today is wonderful summer day.  This morning Lil found an egg.

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MYSTERY ILLNESS

The medication has not improved me at all so I will probably stop taking it soon. I think I have a form of Lymes disease which is often not diagnosed.  Further investigation is necessary.

GARY COMES

Gary came yesterday to spend some time here and may come back to help me out with the Crafts Of Colrain.  

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Unfortunately on the way home my car overheated and had to be towed home.  David can fix it and  will be back driving around tomorrow.

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Today Gary turns 65 and we celebrated his birthday with a CHrista Snyder Cake .   Lil helped Gary blow out the candles and loves cake.

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Chris is coming on Friday and will spend a week here.  I sure can use his help.  We will be working on the downstairs of the barn and a new website, fishing and swimming.  HIs Mom and friends will visit on Friday too.  How exciting.

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

 

 





50 POUNDS OF TOMATOES-CHRISTMAS GREEN-GARY’S VISIT

2 10 2014

GREETINGS

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We have had a couple of dreary days of rain, But the Sun will be out later in the day.  Owen is helping me with the blog today. The leaves are really turning fast this year and the best viewing will be a week earlier than usual.

50 POUNDS OF TOMATOES

I bought over 50 pounds of tomatoes on Monday and have already started freezing them.  Today I am going to dry some in the dehydrator and put a soup mix in the crock pot.  This along with the other 2 boxes should be enough for the year.  I froze some beans, cauliflower and leeks in the last few days too.   I found a wonderful recipe online for dried tomatoes in olive oil which I plan to make in a day or two.  They sound wonderful and will make some tasty presents for the holiday season.

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CHRISTMAS GREEN

I got out a big order to Camp Wool last week.  She wanted a Christmas green and I have been trying to get the  color with many failures.    I did come close, so today I will send her a picture of it and see if its okay to send.

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I called my friend Deb to see if she had any ideas and also called the dye company for help, both suggested more yellow in the dye pot, which produced the following color..

GARY VISITS

My Cousin Gary is coming for a visit arriving by Amtrak this evening.  He will be helping me around the farm while he is here.  I hope we can make some needle felted leaves and acorns.  Cindy sent me a box of the tops yesterday and Gary is bringing some.

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

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A LIGHT IN THE BARN WINDOW-MRS. BROWN-EGGS-BLACK WALNUTS SHEEP

20 11 2013

HELLO

A LIGHT IN THE BARN WINDOW

Last night I put a light in the barn window.  When I first started my blog I was looking for something to call it and was going to call it Through The Barn WIndow.  The window is near the tallest part of this old post and beam barn.  It looks out to the western sky past my neighbors Hemlock tree.  In the winter snow glistening off the tree and the dark blue sky littered with starts is wonderful. Summertime brings a different view with purple, crimson, orange and yellow gold sunsets.  I look up and out of it everyday.  It’s a peaceful time in this busy life, time to just enjoy the beauty and hear the sounds of the sheep and Elliott happily munching away at hay and carrots.

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THE CHICKENS

Today I tried everything to get Mrs. Brown to eat, I think that the antibiotic’s kicked in because she is eating now and her eye is open and looks a lot less inflamed.  She heard Hazel making a ruckus like he does when he has something good to eat, calling the girls so she tried some of hers.  Yea.

SHEEP

I keep two chairs upstairs where the hay it.  I love sitting there listen to the sounds of the sheep.  The barn smells of a mix of wool and hay.

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THAT CAROL KINNEVAN IS SO CUTE!

THAT CAROL KINNEVAN IS SO CUTE!

EGGS

Today was a banner day 4 beautiful eggs.  I am so happy to have my own eggs again, nothing like eggs fresh from your own hens.

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BLACK WALNUTS

The black walnuts are finally dried.  I have already made two batches of dye with them and there are many more batches left in them.  Gary picked them up on his daily walks while he was here.  I also have a batch already made in the freezer.

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





ETSY-THE CHICKEN MAN-EMMA, LOUISE AND SWEET PEA-GOODBYE GARY

26 09 2013

Hello

It’s a glorious day here in Colrain.  The weather is perfect.

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Yesterday I received 2 orders for Salve., I had almost given up hope but then the orders came in.  I shipped them out yesterday and it will take some time to get used to things.  It is exciting.

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SWEET PEA

SWEET PEA

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JOHN PETERS-THE CHICKEN MAN

JOHN PETERS-THE CHICKEN MAN

 

 

My friend Lynn and I along with Gary went to The CHicken Man’s yesterday.

LYNN WITH EMMA

LYNN WITH EMMA

 

                                            

GARY WITH LOUISE AND SWEET PEA

GARY WITH LOUISE AND SWEET PEA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 5 hens were bought, 2 for Lynn and 3 for me.  I got a Welsummer, a Buff Orpington and a black Bantam.  I had a Buff before, she was the sweetest hen but very shy.  Other hens picked on her till she grew.  They are very big birds.   Orpington originated from England in the Counry of Kent. She had a best friend Gertrude who was a Frizzle Bantam.  They were so cute together.   I am going to name this Buff Emma too.  I also got a Welsummer and named her Sweet Pea.  I have wanted a Welsummer for quite some time, they lay large dark eggs with speckles.   Welsummers are a Dutch breed and are a cross between other breeds. There are a few different colors but Sweet Pea is what they call a speckled bird. They are supposed to be very friendly.  The black Bantam is named Louise.  She is stunning,  Dark, dark black.  She is quite friendly.  I put them in after dark and no one buy Milly paid much attention to them.  She sort of gave them the evil eye but she is never aggressive so no worries there.  This morning only one bird pecked them and I moved  her for the time being.  Things are going good and in a week or so they will be part of the gang.  

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SWEET PEA

SWEET PEA

BREAKFAST

BREAKFAST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                    

BYE GARY
My cousin left today and will be home this evening.  He was a big help around the farm and I am hoping that he will come back for Christmas.

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BYE GARY

BYE GARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks for reading my blog on this lovely fall day.  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

GARY AND I

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 





GlOOMY DAY-GARY COMES FOR A VISIT-SITES ON THE BACK ROADS-MAUDE’S CARDS

22 09 2013
  1. Yesterday was a  gloomy day here in Western Mass.  Raining most of the day and the  dampness has seeped into the house.  Sammy’s respiratory problems have reared their ugly heads these past few days.  I am  setting up a humidifier in his room.   The sun came through this morning but its much cooler with plenty to cool breezes.  The change is light and coolness coming on has led the hens to stop laying and they are moulting.  I am getting one or two eggs per day instead of the 5 or 6.  They need the time off.  It will be good to get the new hens this week.   

COMPANY COMING

My cousin Gary came last night from Maryland on Amtrak today.

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He and I have train travel in out blood.  Our Grandfather worked for 41 years on the Pennsylvania railroad.  

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My visits to Maryland as a child were all about trains and most times my Mom and I would travel down there by train.  Train travel in the United States isn’t as convient as it used to be.  When I was young trains stopped almost at every town.  Now they only stop at cities.  Gary came into Brattleboro, Vermont which is only a half hour from my house. 

Some wonderful scenes from he drive on the back roads to Brattleboro .

MOM AND TEENAGER

MOM AND TEENAGER

 

HAYING IN THE MIST

HAYING IN THE MIST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WILD TURKEY'S

WILD TURKEY’S

Just up the road from these gals was a beautiful Tom who was strutting around in front of some gals.  It was a beautiful site.

MAUDE’S CARDS

Friday I had a few of Maude’s photo’s made up into cards.

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 This morning Gary and I cut and folded them.  We are heading down to Sheep and Shawl this afternoon where they will be for sale.  I was so lucky to get this shot, it was on a dark day she was having an afternoon nap.  She is such a happy sheep you can see it in her face.  I am lucky to have her.

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