DAYS ON THE FARM

28 02 2017

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GREETINGS

The long shadows of spring have arrived and most of the snow has left the mountain. The great thing about this time of year is that any snow that comes  along won’t last.

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The pussy willow tree is budding out but I know that the tree is living on borrowed time and I must get a replacement this year.

The Canadian Geese are back in Greenfield by the thousands now, as I stopped to take this picture I thought in a few short months nest-building will occur and babies willhave to be taught the ins and outs of the geese life.

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As I feed this sheep this morning, someone down stairs is announcing that she laid an egg..  Its theses little things that brings me joy everyday. .  Maude with her one eye happily eating her hay and carrots .  The chickens getting to go out every day now,. cats getting the most of the sun that shines in the house.

Boxes of wool sit on the porch waiting for a trip to Green Mountain Spinnerey to be made into yarn.  Another pile of wool to be sorted and added to the boxes.  Back will come bulky yarn to sell .  Lucy and   Sally’s wool is soft and will make a fine yarn.

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Today I saw what I think is  animal abuse in my town .  It was shocking and left me saddened.  It’s not the first time I have seen it in this small town.  I wish I had the money to take these animals in 2 little goats shoved in a tiny space, nowhere to get out of the sun, dirty and sad-looking.  I did report this behavior but it seems that even though it is horrible it is within the law.  If only those people had to live this way.  I am hoping for arma.  This is a right to farm town but animals have some rights too, proper housing and good care are among those rights  .Ahhhhhhhhhhhhm if only I were  in charge!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been trying to finish up the many projects I have started over the years and have finished up these two wash cloths.  The smaller one is made from handspuun cotton/linen.

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I have finished the drapes for one set of windows in upstairs bedroom and am now looking at paint chips to refresh the room.  All the rooms in my house need a do over and this year I hope the house will get repainted.  I want to do it a charcoal gray with either cream or white trim and cranberry red doors.   I this the gray will hide some of the imperfections of the cement..

ON my way home from Greenfield I saw steam rising from The Sugar House on the trail .  Tomorrow they will open for a 6 week run .  I hope to get there for some good pancakes and maple syrup.   I so hope that next year I will be making my own.

Hope you have a lovely day, thank you so much for reading my blog today.  Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





SHORTY AND WILLIE – BREAD MAKING TIPS

21 01 2017

 

 

 

The Man EDDIE

The Man EDDIE

GREETINGS

We have had more snow and warmer weather but still not enough to melt the ice that is outside the barn door.  Maybe this coming week with temps in the 40’s it will happen.  

SHORTY AND WILLIE

Willie the elusive Baby and Shorty resting on the sofa

Willie, Shorty and a good shot of the elusive Baby aka Marion

 

Both had had an appointment at the vets.  Willie was quite the ham and loved all the attention given by the Vet and the Vet Techs.  Shorty on the other hand hated the whole ordeal and screamed and snarled which is so unlike him. When animals get older one has to make decisions for them.    Shorty is almost 20 and is entering into kidney failure.  The vet suggested he be on the kidney food and so far I have not done anything about it.   It would mean moving him to his own room and away from everyone else.  He enjoys his life with his friends.  Morning naps on the sofa and afternoons spent eating and relaxing on my bed.  I see taking him away from all this and him going down hill very fast.  I am giving myself a little time thinking about this and would appreciate input from other older cat owners.  Willie is being treated for his respiratory problems that he has had ever since he came here.  He will be on antibiotics for a time and then he is scheduled for a dental procedure.

Because of his age Shorty isn’t taking care of his fur as well as he should, so constant combing and brushing is called for.  At the doctors they had a battery operated  mustache/beard trimmer and off came the mats that I had spent so much time on .  I will be getting one of these soon.

BREAD MAKING TIPS

 

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I love making bread and have been doing it since my children were young.  I just learned a new tip.  I use normal  bread pans and my bread never seems to look like the pictures .  In looking up bread recipes on the King Arthur Four site I found that using a smaller pan will cause the bread to rise higher in the pans thus the beautiful large loaves!!!!!  Learn something new every day.  I will be looking for slightly smaller pans soon.

I am planning to start my hyacinths today.  Looking forward to the sights and smells of spring soon.  The chickens have enjoyed going out most days this winter, which is great for them. Many thanks for reading my blog today and for all the kind comments.  I really appreciate them..  Carole

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FIRST PAIR OF SOCKS 2016-HYACINTHS-LUNAR CALENDAR

6 01 2016

GREETINGS

The cold has arrived and it was 4 degrees this am, tonight falling to about the same then a slight warm up.   Not use to the cold at all.  No frozen pipes so far.

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I have many unfinished sock projects and have finished the first of them today.  Have enough yarn left over to make a hat.

I have mending to do on these other two socks, it won’t take long.

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Here is another project that I started some years ago.  It will take me quite a while to finish it but I hope to be able to wear it on my next trip to  Ireland.  I am using yarn  from my sheep Wilbur

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HYACINTHS

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I bought two packages of bulbs this year.  Just started one yesterday and will be doing a few every day from not on.  Can’t wait till they bloom.  Have had no luck with my Amaryllis this year.  The bulbs are good and they were stored in a dark spot for 6 weeks.  Guess they just aren’t ready.

LUNAR CALENDAR

Every year I buy a Lunar Calendar.    This year I hope to plant my garden by the moon.  My Blogger friend Anne does and her gardens are wonderful  and so productive.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this cold winters night.  Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.  Carole

 

 

 





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.

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The Oaks are still holding onto their leaves 

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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.

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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

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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.  

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EVENING SKY

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

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

 

NIGHT FEEDING

NIGHT FEEDING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





WINTER’S GRIP- SENIOR LUNCH-A GLIMPSE AND SMELL OF SPRING-LIL

11 02 2015

GREETINGS

WINTER’S GRIP

The 3 day storm left us with well over a foot of snow.  We did find room to put it, more is expected on Thursday into Friday.  I don’t mind the snow so much but its the bone chilling below zero temps that bother me.  Anyone  who has spent a good deal of time outside may have had some finger frostbite.  This bitter cold plays havoc with that.

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Snow gives one a chance to see what is coming to your property I have rabbits, raccoons and all sorts of birds moles too  Of course neighbors cats come too.  What’s on your property?

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Lots of ice this year.

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Lil loves the snow.

SENIOR LUNCH

Today is senior lunch day.  I look forward to it each month.  It’s a chance for me to meet people in town. A good meal and good conversation.  Its educational too with people  talking about health insurance and local events.

THE SMELL OF SPRING

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The grouping of hyacinth’s has made my kitchen smell wonderful and spring like.I like the grouping idea so much that I plan to do it in a few more rooms next year.  Just what I need to get rid of the winter drearies.

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MAKING YOGURT

Yesterday I made yogurt for the chickens.  Its good for them and a good way to use up milk that has gone a little off.  I seem to be making a lot more these days.

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My son’s boys shoveled yesterday and uncovered the woodpile.  I hope to get the rest of the wood on the porch today so I can get to cleaning the barn.  Seed catalogs are pouring into my mailbox and many interesting ways to garden are now showing up on facebook.   Hope you have a delightful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole