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

 

 

 





JEWEL WEED-DEMO AT NOFA UMASS

16 08 2015

GREETINGS

Shorty cooling off on a hot morning

Shorty cooling off on a hot morning

Another heat wave, temps soaring into the 90’s and humidity is at the oppressive level.  We have a had rain so the garden won’t dry out.

JEWEL WEED

I am still pulling up jewel weed  It’s over 10 feet tall in many place.  Thank goodness the sheep and chickens love it.  It attracts bumble bees and humming birds so I am enjoying that outside my computer window.

Jewel week through the barn window at least 12 feet high.

Jewel week through the barn window at least 12 feet high.

SPINNING AT NOFA

NOFA is the Northeast Organic Farmers Association and every summer it has a conference at UMass.

members camping out by the pond

members camping out by the pond

Under blazing sun and humidity I did a spinning demo  yesterday afternoon. I met a lot of wonderful people and was busy for the entire time, showing people how to spin and explaining  the process and sheep and wool types.

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It was a lot of fun and i hope to return next year.  Lots going on including a demo on working dogs rounding up ducks by my friends Jim and Jill Lyons.

Jill

Jill

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Jim

Jim

An unexpected stop on my way home

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this sultry day.Hope its cooler where you are.  Carole 





HOT AND HUMID -CHOPPED SUEY PICKLES-BIG SAMMY

5 09 2014

GREETINGS

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The hot and humid weather is returning for a few days, this morning I can feel the change in the air, I will get chores down early today and get food made too.

CHOPPED SUEY PICKLES

Yesterday I finished a batch of Chopped Suey Pickles.  Today I will cut up another batch and will make them tomorrow morning.  Over the weekend I plan to make Bread and Butter Pickles.  I particularly like these two kinds of pickles and made a nice addition to a meal.  I also do love making them and the pickle smell lingers in the house for a day or two.

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BIG SAMMY

Big Sammy will be coming to his new home on Monday or Tuesday  I can’t wait for him to come.  He has recovered from his illness and is in great shape. He is only one year old and I expect the house to be lively once again.

BIG SAMMY

BIG SAMMY

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