THE POP UP SHOP-HELEN-EDDIE- SHIELS SPINNING WHEELS

15 12 2015

GREETINGS

The weather here has been wonderful,  for the past 5 nights it has not gotten below freezing.  I can’t remember a time in mid December that it has happened.  the temps will dip this coming weekend but then warm up again for the holidays.  

Last week I got the flu shot.  I have been doing it for years.  Now having Lymes disease it seems more important to keep myself away from the flu. There are two flu shots one for people under 65 and the other for people over 65.  I got the one for over 65 and have not felt well since.  I will think twice next year and check with my clinician at The Wellness Clinic before getting it.

THE POP UP SHOP

IMG_6175

What a wonderful idea from Christa.  Its worked out so well for all of us.  People just love a place that sells locally made things..  Everyone’s things are different and wonderful.  Wish  we could do it every year.  Thanks Christa for setting it up.

HELEN

IMG_6190

She is laying eggs again and is perky and bright.  Its been a long haul but so worth it.   It will be great for her to be outside this next summer.  I will be changing all the side area around.  The large tree was cut down and a new tree to give them shade will be planted in one of the chicken yards.  Which means that another yard must be made.  A fun project.  

EDDIE

IMG_6180

Eddie has been showing his powerful (so he thinks) rooster self lately.  He is only about 8 inches tall!!!!   Yesterday he jumped out of the coop and was flying around the bottom of the barn.  he had gotten himself stuck between rolled up chicken wire and dog crates.  It took me about 15 minutes to find him.  I am more cautious now when opening the door.

SHIEL’S SPINNING WHEELS

I had a delightful surprise in the mail the other day.  I small package from Ireland.  It was a handmade wooden tree made by Johnny Shiels.  It is so beautifully made and will go perfectly with my Christmas village.

IMG_6177

He is hoping to see where all the  Shiels Spinning Wheels are located.   Do you have one???   I will be trying to locate owners here in the states and in Canada.  If you own one of these wonderful wheels please let me know.


IMG_6194

PRIM SANTA’S

I am making more Prim Santa’s for the Pop Up Shop and for gifts.

IMG_6195

Many thanks for reading my blog on this spring like day.  Carole 

MURPHY AND THE GIRLS ARE SO HAPPY TO BE OUTSIDE

MURPHY AND THE GIRLS ARE SO HAPPY TO BE OUTSIDE

 

 

 





SHOWS-MAKING BIRD TREATS AND FEEDERS-THE FIRST EGG-HELEN UPDATE

28 11 2015

GREETINGS

IMG_6098

I am so happy to be back blogging.  We have had such warm weather for November, cooler temps are coming in this afternoon but still not too cold.  I am grateful for the time to get things in order on the farm and still have a few tasks to complete before the ground freezes.  The sunsets here have been so beautiful.

IMG_6099

SHOWS

The Crafts of Colrain was a well attended event and I enjoyed the crowds, friends visiting and many new people came .I am busily making new inventory.  

The Shelburne Falls Autumn Farmers Market is one of my favorite shows.  So many different vendors with farmers set up with their fall and winter veggies.  Lots of fun and a easy, relaxing show.

IMG_6097

MAKING BIRD TREATS AND FEEDERS

IMG_6092

I found this recipe to make the suit block out of coconut oil.  I bought a small bag of mixed seed and nuts and made it.  Its so much cheaper to make  (for me at least because I buy my coconut oil  in 50 lb containers)  They say its better for the birds and they are enjoying it.  The whole thing takes about 5 minutes to make.  I layer a container with foil and add with about an inch of the seed and nut mix then melt the coconut oil at low temp and pour  over it and let it harden.

IMG_6087

FEEDERS

I love this feeder.  I won it at the Heath Fair some years ago.  This year I put it on top of a 4×4 and it has attracted so many birds.  I think I can make one so in the spring I will attempt it and put it on the other side of the porch.

IMG_6066

THE FIRST EGG

It has been well over 6 weeks since I have gotten any eggs.  I did buy a dozen but even though they say they are organic they don’t look or taste as fresh as mineIMG_6096

Matilda has laid the first one and continues to lay and egg a day.  I am sure the others will follow suit soon.

IMG_6116

HELEN UPDATE

She is doing well and living inside till next spring.  Her house is ready for her, Mrs. Brown and Hazel  will be put where there are no grasses .

IMG_6051

Many thanks for reading my blog on this rainy day.  Carole

IMG_6121HE

 





HELEN- FINISHING ANOTHER WALL-HYACINTHS-COSMO

3 11 2015

GREETINGS

We  are enjoying some wonderful weather for November.  I am trying to get all the outside chores done before it ends.

IMG_6035

The Oaks are still holding onto their leaves 

HELEN

Helen is still in the house and I am preparing a caged in area for her , Hazel and Mrs. Brown for the winter.  Next Spring I will put her out in a an area with Hazel and Mrs. Brown.  I can easily monitor them if they are all together and it will be best for Helen not to be tempted by long grasses and hay.

Today she laid an egg the first one since the end of July.  She is pretty proud of herself.

IMG_6036

FINISHED ANOTHER WALL

I finished another wall in the kitchen, the last one I will be doing before The Crafts of Colrain. On this wall originally their was a window.  They just put some insulation there and I always thought I would replace the window.    I have given up on that idea so I insulated it more and covered it with a sheet of plastic and now it will be warmer in the kitchen.IMG_6040.

Hyacinths

IMG_6037

There is still time to get your Hyacinth bulbs.  I have 6 so far and hope to get another package.  They will go in the fridge till January at which time I will put them in the Hyacinth glasses.

COSMO

Cosmo is settling in.  We have made some adjustments and he is happy  Now he is staying in my bedroom and computer room and loves it.  The other cats scared him and soon I will be leaving the door open for and hour or so a day and see what happens.    He is a  loving cat.  So glad he came into my life.  And last night I was almost asleep and heard this racket, Cosmo had caught a mouse.  

IMG_6038

IMG_6039

 

EVENING SKY

The evening sky has been spectacular lately.  Some views from the back of the barn.

IMG_6031

IMG_6030

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you are enjoying lovely weather.

 

NIGHT FEEDING

NIGHT FEEDING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





HELEN-THE VINTAGE SHETLAND PROJECT-MORNING GLORIES

31 07 2015

GREETINGS

It’s been hot and humid and today we had some showers.  The humidity is supposed to be much less tomorrow but tonight it’s just sticky.

HELEN

IMG_5480

Helen is done her antibiotics and seems to be so much better.  I hope Chris and I can get her outside area finished so she can spend the rest of the summer outside.  Although I think she loves being in the kitchen and getting all the attention.  SHe is so sweet.

A NEW KNITTING BOOK WITH HISTORY LESSONS AND PATTERNS -THE VINTAGE SHETLAND PROJECT

One of the patterns from the book is The Prisoner of War Jumper.   The jumper was knitted for Ralph Paterson by his wife. He was wearing it when he was taken prisoner of war in Hong Kong. He must have held it dear as he mended it with odds and ends of yarns.

This book is so important to the people of the Shetlands, shepherd’s, spinners, knitters and history buffs around the world.

The author Susan Crawford has written other vintage knitting books I am not sure when this book will be coming out but I will keep you posted or you can check out her website susancrawfordvintage.com

MORNING GLORIES

 

IMG_5482

The morning glories are out in force again this year.  I was worried that there would be none as the large tree fell on the bird house and their spot.  It was late spring when the mess was cleared away but they and the bird house escaped the worst of the tree damage.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this sultry evening.  I hope its cooler where you are.  Carole

IMG_5478

 

 

 

 

 

 





BLUEBERRY PICKING-MAKING HERBAL VINEGAR-HELEN-A CAT STORY

17 07 2015

GREETINGS

The hot and hazy summer day are here but Wednesday night brought low temps and a cold breeze.  The days of summer are having me doing things that I love, making vinegar. drying herbs, putting up food and trying to stock  my shelves for the long winter ahead.  Oh how I wish for a couple of acres then I would hardly have to visit the grocery store.  But I will make do and be grateful for the land that I have.

BLUEBERRY PICKING

On Wednesday  Chris and I, Lauren, Charlie  Tyler and Lil went blueberry picking.  Li ate more than she picked.

IMG_5392 IMG_5393

 The farm is along route 2 about 10 minutes from the house.  Its located on a hill top overlooking the valley below.

IMG_5388

 

 The berries were huge and in no time we had 16 pounds and Lauren and family had a little less.

IMG_5400

I am hoping to get 50 pounds picked this summer.  I freeze them on cookie sheets and then bag them up.

MAKING HERBAL VINEGAR

I have been making Herbal Vinegar since I was in my twenties.  I use them and give them away as gifts.  Today I made a Dill/Garlic, a Rosemary/Garlic and a Oregano, Thyme and Garlic .

IMG_5411

HELEN

She has made a remarkable recover and will have her stitches out on MOnday.  SHe is eating me out of house and home, making up for lost time.

IMG_5408

 We are working on her new home today.

A CAT STORY

I had a beautiful white cat named Ernest Dodge.  He was one of the many rescue cats that I had gotten.  He ran and played the days away.  One day I noticed this small black cat looking in the living room window watching Ernest only.  I am not taking any more cats I have way too many I said.

IMG_5415

She was at the window watching  Ernest  everyday with this loving look.  I started feeding her and in two weeks she was at the vets getting fixed.  SHe followed Ernest everywhere, cuddled with him it was pure love.  I found this old picture of Ethel Dodge (both  cats named for a  great Aunt and Uncle who meant so much to me) and all the wonderful memories came flooding back.  Animals come and go in my life, each one is special, each one I am grateful for no matter how they have come into my life, and yes more animals have knocked at my door and I have let them in.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this wonderful summer day.  I hope you are enjoying the day.  Carole 

 





HELEN-SPINNING CLASS-NEW FRAME FOR EMBRODERY

12 07 2015

GREETINGS

Yesterday was a wonderful day, clothes dried well and there was a slight breeze.  Today there will be humidity in the air so outside chores will be done early.

Still working on the bathroom where the ceiling was pulled down.  Have the window area all cleaned up of debris. Bottles are being replenished with lavender/Cider vinegar for the Bath .  The old tin box holds all my shoe polishes and brushes.  With hardly a closet or storage area in this Old Farmhouse one must invent places to store things.

IMG_5358

HELEN

Helen has had a few glitches with a call to the Vet but now seems to be recovering .  SHe is eating well and talking like she use to. She likes being in the kitchen where there is much activity and loves being held.

She was caught eating the newspaper so now old sheets are her bedding.

IMG_5350

Mmmmm Scrambled eggs with corn

SPINNING CLASS

Yesterday was the first of two sessions of Spinning Class  It went great with each girl making wonderful yarn.  Joan was a member of our Woolgathers Spinning Group and Deb is a new comer to spinning.  We had a lot of fun and they were given parts of 3 fleeces to wash during the week.  We will be working on carding and spinning those fleeces, talking about all sorts of dyeing and spinning mohair, linen and cotton next week.  Great fun.  Thanks Liz at SHeep and SHawl.

Great Yarn

Great Yarn

THE OLD FARM SCENE

It’s funny how you remember every detail of some things you did in your life and other things just slip your mind.  I remember being with my Aunt Milly in a tiny craft store in Longmeadow, Mass.  I saw this delightful embroidery pattern and wanted it, it reminded me of all my wonderful days spent at Old Sturbridge Village.  She bought it for me .  I spent hours and hours sitting in front of the fireplace in the Victorian house I lived in, working on this.  It needed cleaning and the frame that it was in wasn’t quite right.

IMG_5364

The old frame has been in my family for a while and with some adjustments it will accommodate the picture.  I love the attention to detail in this. Cat on the roof, the sledders looking like they were doing 100 miles an hour, chickens eating.

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

Lil came over and wanted to play the piano.  

IMG_5355

 





HELEN-NIGHTTIME WITH CHICKENS-EGGS

10 07 2015

GREETINGS

Clothes dried well today, I am drying more plantain which grows so well on the edge of my driveway.  More rain tonight.

HELEN AND HER IMPACTED CROP

IMG_5343

Yesterday Helen visited Dr. Marci Lowy of the SOuth Amherst veterinary CLinic..   SHe love car rides and was so good.  Dr Lowy immediately cut the slit and pulled out a huge mass of hay.  It was web like so food was still able to get through.    I am sure Helen was immediately relieved.  SHe had surgery to sew up the crop and the outer skin and came home last night.

IMG_5344

 

 SHe is doing well and will probably be on some antibiotics.  She will go back in 9 days for stitch removal.  No more hay or straw in her bedding.  I am using newspaper at the moment.

IMG_5350

Scrambled eggs and corn

I was so lucky to find the clinic.  Everyone there either has chickens or is knowledgable about them.

THE NIGHTTIME ROUTINES OF MY CHICKENS

Almost every night I sit out in the  side Chicken yard and wait for them to get into the coop for the night.  I lock them in to keep them safe.  There are 5 hens and a Rooster named Hazel in there.  They are a nice mix and no one is too bossy.  Around twilight Hazel digs around for some juicy morsels for all, they all come running over to enjoy whatever treats he finds, the take their last drink of the night and then preen their feathers, then slowly they make their way up into the Caravan.  All this is done with much chattering.  It’s an enjoyable way to end my day.

EGGS

Unlike store-bought eggs each egg laid by my hens in different. I love the spots on this one.  With high eggs prices and the scarcity of eggs in some parts of the county I am so glad that I have chickens.

IMG_5354

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