THE STORM – RUG HOOKING TIPS – BOOKS I AM READING

31 10 2012

Hello,

THE STORM

We were extremely lucky here, although some people in Colrain were out of power for 6 or so hours and lost a few shingles on their roof.  Even in Wayland the town my oldest daughter lives in they lost power and had many trees uprooted.  The water in the river is up and the canal near my house is full .  We are still cleaning up here from Irene.  My thoughts and prayers are with all those people who have suffered  such huge losses.

RUG HOOKING TIPS

Here are some tips for hooking your favorite pet.    When I was doing the Seamus rug I just couldn’t get it to look like him.  I decided to take a picture of him  and blow it up and print it, not in color but black and white.  It amazed me how much detail came out.  And the rug looks like him.  Most of the yarns in the rug are handspun of his beautiful wool and the wool on him was his too.  He was a great sheep and I sure do miss him.

The second rug is a work in progress and is of Sadie.  I drew it so that I could demonstrate hooking with fibers at the July’s hook-in.

BOOKS I AM READING

Right now I have three books going, two were  birthday presents and Sheepish I ordered on Amazon.

For Lovers of GOD Everywhere by Roger Housden.  You might think that this book is only for people deeply religious.  You would be wrong.  It is full of meaningful poems about life itself.  From T.S. Elliot to Saint Catherine of Sienna.  I am going to read a little from this book everyday for inspiration.  My friend Danielle gave this book to me after I admired it at her office.  

I haven’t started Sheepish by Catherine Friend yet but I am sure it will be amusing.  Its says on the cover, Two Woman, Fifty Sheep and Enough Wool to Save the Planet.

 Hooked Rugs of the Deep SOUTH by Jessie A. Turbayne  was given to me by my friend Deb.  I am enthralled by this book.  It is done by states and will take me quite some time to go through the whole book.  I am still working on Alabama.  Each hooked piece has a little history about it, techniques, colors etc.  Some people made many rugs and some made just a few.  They are all different.  The book is filled with stories about people’s lives, their work, their families and pets.  It’s a perfect book.

I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you so much for reading my blog.  Just as I am getting ready to publish this  my son calls with a skunk sighting.  He was heading up my hill towards the barn and into my neighbor’s yard.  He is huge and the air was tinged with his aroma!!!!!!!

Carole





HURRICANE SANDY – SHEEP AND HENS – MARLEY THE IMP

29 10 2012

HELLO,

HURRICANE SANDY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So far we have done well with this terrible storm.  We have had rain and some wind bursts.  I don’t know what tonight will bring and they say this kind of weather will be with us for a few more days.  South of here in Ct, NY, Delaware and Maryland they have really gotten hit.  They closed a major bridge on Route 95 in Maryland near where some of my family lives because of high winds.   I have got the pellet stove going and will start the wood stove if I have to.  The temps are still on the warm side.   And people still believe that there is no such thing as global warming.  My daughter Cindy called and she  lives about 100 miles east of here and she said that the trees were bending with the high winds.

ANIMALS AND THE STORM

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sheep seem to be doing okay during the storm.  I know that they can’t wait to be out again.  The hens on the east side of the barn spent the morning outside and had their oatmeal.  Most of them are just finishing their first moult.  When it started raining they came in.  The west-facing hen stayed in today they are harder to round-up.  That is Hester looking at me with a side-way glance.  Her beak was cut too shot when she was a chick.  She manages quite well and is very lovable.

MARLEY WHAT WERE YOU THINKING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t believe that Marley tried to hop on Elliott’s back.  Elliott was quite upset and gave him the spit warning and Marley just stayed there so Elliott got up and Marley toppled over.  Not hurting himself but a lesson learned.  ( I hope)

Hope your day was wonderful and thank you so much for reading my blog.

Carole





NEW SHEEP – MOVING CHICKENS – PREPARING FOR THE HURRICANE – EMMA BRIDGEWATER POTTERY

27 10 2012

HELLO


You just never know how new animals will fit in.  The llama is talking and talking.  I am sure it’s about the new sheep.  He is used to dark sheep so the white ones have thrown him off.  The new sheep are quite delightful, very friendly and are just trying to fit in.  I am certainly surprised at Marley.  He is such a bully but not this time he stays his distance and just stamps his feet.  Soon they will be a group it just takes a little time.  One thing for sure the flock is glad that the new girls are  not too fond of carrots.  That is one thing in their  favor.

MOVING THE CHICKENS

With record winds and lots of rain  expected it was time to move the outside hens into the barn.  I did a little more whitewashing but didn’t quite finish their coop but it  was ready everything clean and inviting.  It took about an hour to catch 9 hens.  Some were easier than others.  Bernice screamed so loud and didn’t stop till I put her in the coop.  I will give them Oatmeal tomorrow morning.  They will settle in quickly and be safe and warm throughout the storm.

EMMA BRIDGEWATER POTTERY

A friend, Louise from my old job gave me this cup and saucer.  I love the size and shape of it and immediately went looking for a couple more.  But none was to be found.  I guess that they stopped making cups and saucers this size.  Its a perfect size for a good cup of tea.  And I did love the whimsical cats on it.  She does some wonderful whimsical patterns and some very modern patterns.

PREPARING FOR THE  STORM

I have been busy all day preparing for the storm,  I need to cover the windows that I am having replace with plastic before I call it a day.  I have a wood stove and gas range so I can cook on both of them and keep the kitchen warm.  Its suppose to become much colder and today there was a slight chill in the air.  Tomorrow morning I will finish up putting away lawn furniture.

Hope your day is wonderful and thank you so much for reading my blog.

Carole





HURRICANE SANDY – NEW SHEEP – SEED SAVING

26 10 2012

HELLO

HURRICANE SANDY

Hurricane Sandy is heading our way and a storm from Canada is heading our way.  Officials are saying that this storm will be worse than Irene, with high winds and heavy rain or snows.  No one knows for sure.  I was thinking at least we have some sort of warning and can get prepared. A hundred years ago people had no knowledge of a terrible storm coming .  We are in a way very lucky to have the warning.  Now I am sorry that I didn’t get the battery back-up for the pellet stove.  I do think that I should do that before winter snows come.  We have been very lucky in my neighborhood and have had little time without power, while other areas of town are without it for weeks.  I will be very busy in the next few days battening down the hatches, getting the white-wash done and moving the chickens back to the barn.

THE NEW SHEEP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Goodchild brought the 2 gals today.  A Mother and daughter.  They are very well-behaved and walked up to the pasture area with halters.  The other sheep came out of the barn to see what was happening.  They have never seen white sheep before.  It will take about a week for them to get adjusted, today will be the worst day for the new gals getting used to new sheep and surroundings.  Of course Elliott was quite shocked, oh no more sheep.  He will adjust too.    Barbara is saying goodby to the girls.  They are pure Romney’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new sheep are named Maude (the mom) and CK (for her daughter)

SEED SAVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHile I was waiting for Barbara I was doing  a little cleaning up near the north chickens.    The morning-glory vines were so heavy that they had knocked the Herb Bed over.  I noticed hundreds of seed pods on them.  I picked some off and will let them dry naturally and start them early in the spring next year.

Hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for reading my blog.

Carole