CHRISTMAS STORES-A HISTORY LESSON ABOUT HAZEL AND MRS. BROWN-THE HOUSE IS GETTING DECORATED

24 12 2013

Hello,

We have been having some odd weather, its been unusually warm with rain but just less than 50 miles to the north the roads are thick with ice and electric is out. Our river is high and I am sure there is flooding in Vermont.  This too will end tonight and the temps will plummet down to the teens and lower.

CHRISTMAS STORES

I miss the Christmas Stores.  We had several in the area and they are gone.   When you would walk into them you would smell  the Christmas smell, hear the whistle of the train set going around the whole store.    My kids loved going. It was magical, the villages all set up the many Manager scenes, lights and ornaments. The one in South Hadley was located  in a Church looking building.  It was open all year and would have Valentine  and Easter things along with always having Christmas things.  Both of the CHristmas stores were small and local, if they didn’t have a item you wanted  they would get it for you.  The German Christmas ornaments were beautiful the craftmanship was astounding.    I think I can figure out why they closed. They couldn’t compete with the cheap prices of imports from CHina and the Wal-Marts of this country.    There are still stores around that have ornaments or village sets but I have yet to find a store that has it all.  I like the idea of giving an ornament of meaning to my grandchildren each year.  By the time they have their own tree they will have something to put on it.   I did that for a few years and I think next year its time to revive it.

SETTING UP FOR THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE

I put up some lovely metal braces and a board, covered it with some fake snow type stuff.   I did find some of the houses but they need to be repaired, and I need to find that special paper for the windows.  i have put out the Buyers Choice Carolers this year I know I have a few more somewhere in boxes.

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HAZEL AND MRS.BROWN

I am catching up on reading my Chicken Magazines.  I found two great articles in a fall issue of Poultry Magazine.  One I am going to send to Dr. Connor.  It explains all sorts of information about what Hazel had.  I am very lucky that it didn’t go through the whole coop.  The other article was about feather (booted) feet bantam chickens.  Both Hazel and Mrs. Brown belong to that family.\IMG_2121

 The article stated that these birds were featured in Dutch paintings in the early 16th century and there were articles written about them by the Romans in 1600.  Such  a rich history for such a small bird.  

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope wherever you are the weather is perfect.    Carole and Minnie

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MINNIE BISBEE-SWEET PEA &AND LOUISE-HOLIDAY DOOR SWAG

5 12 2013

HELLO

MINNIE BISBEE

Minnie is still adjusting but is so much more relaxed and loving now and has even put  on a little weight.  She is a great cat and she does prove that adopting an older cat  is a great thing to do for yourself and the cat.  There are so many older cats waiting.

WASHING UP AFTER BREAKFAST, SOMETHING SHE NEVER DID WHEN SHE FIRST CAME HERE.

WASHING UP AFTER BREAKFAST, SOMETHING SHE NEVER DID WHEN SHE FIRST CAME HERE.

SWEET PEA AND LOUISE

SWEET PEA

SWEET PEA

Sweet Pea and Louise should be laying eggs soon.

LOUISE

LOUISE

They have grown a lot and were luckily enough not to get that terrible respiratory disease that took Emma and almost took Hazel and Mrs. Brown.  I still would like to get another Buff Orpington and maybe another Easter Egger this spring..

HOLIDAY DOOR SWAG

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This holiday swag was made from things available to me mostly from my yard.  All it takes is to place the branches over lapping each other and going around with florist wire.  The lights are already on the door from the bittersweet swag so it is an easy change.  I have sort of planned the yard to include the things I like to decorate with, such as pussy willows, bittersweet, holly, and a wild-looking Christmas tree from the forest.  I still want to add some hemlocks, junipers and maybe a couple of Christmas trees in the coming years for decorating and for the birds.  I have tried both hemlock and juniper this past year but they were unsuccessful,   I think that they were planted too late in the season and didn’t have a good start before the heat came.  I think I will buy them locally and that will give them a good start.  I have planted some Winterberry 4 years ago and only one plant lived, it’s about 4 feet tall but no berries on it yet.

It’s a misty, damp day in the hills of Colrain, some icy mix may come through on Monday.  Winter is coming and we can expect weather like that.  Tonight I am taking a felted sheep ornament class.  I am looking forward to making a lot of them.  I hope wherever you are you have a wonderful day and thank you for reading my blog.

Carole and Minnie