THE EGG MYSTERY-SHEARING-PEAS PLANTED

12 04 2017

GREETINGS

I am back after a long absence.  Feeling more like my old self again.  I am now taking a yoga class which is helping me so much.  Spring has sprung and tulips are coming up .  Today temps will be in the 80’s!!!!!!  The Farmers market starts in Greenfield the first week of May so I am busy getting ready for that..

THE EGG MYSTERY

 

Egg production this winter has been good, but recently has slacked off.  The new girl Molly should still be laying  but no eggs were found.   Morticia the black bantam slept high up on a shelf all winter long.  So yesterday while cleaning the coop I decided to check the space and give it a clean and lo and behold I found all these eggs!

I will be check this spot every day now.

THE SHEEP

The sheep have been shorn and look good.  My shearer Steve is retiring  so I have gotten a new shearer Aaron Loux for next year.    We are both on The Massachusetts Sheep Breeders Board.

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LUCY, CAROL K. AND SALLY

 

PEAS

It’s pea planting time here on the farm.  I had them soaking for 24 hours and now they are going in the ground.  I plant to put another packet in soon.   The hot peppers and basil are doing well and I plan to repot them soon.   My regular supplier of veggie starts is taking a year off and I will miss all the heirloom starts she had.

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

 

 

 

 





HAY-THE SEAMUS RUG-MAUDE AND FRIENDS-MY GRANDMOTHER’SQUILT

15 06 2016

GREETINGS

Summer days are upon us with bright blue skies and balmy weather.  I am still planting my garden, better late than never. I took this picture of Charlie the Chipmunk this morning.  I was wondering where all my tiny strawberries were.  His mouth is covered with  juicy strawberries.  There is plenty for all.

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HAY

Next years hay for the sheep is in the making now.  I have found a reliable farm to buy my hay from.  A farm that has been in existence for over 100 years.  The farming practices have changed with the times.  From Milking cows to hay, compost and straw.  Its long grueling work but so satisfying.  John takes good care of his fields and has a long list of people whom he sells to.   Below is a picture of the hay in progress.

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THE SEAMUS RUG

Progress has been made on the Seamus Rug.  I hope to finish it this coming weekend.  I hope to get a class gong at SHeep and Shawl but first have to make a small sample.

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MAUDE AND HER FRIENDS

On my second time up to the barn this morning I noticed that Maude and a pink spot on the side of her face.  Now she could have gotten this from rubbing on the barn door.  Her fleece is very greasy and that can be itchy.  I looked up onto the hill and saw a piece of a fence that had popped up.  It must have been buried and with all their walking and eating it came to the surface.  It was easy to pull up and all is well.

MAUDE

MAUDE

Maaaaaaaaaaaa there is not enough clover in this hay was the morning call from Lucy

Maaaaaaaaaaaa there is not enough clover in this hay was the morning call from Lucy

MY GRANDMOTHER’S QUILT

I am giving the small South Bedroom a through cleaning and decided to wash the quilt.  No easy job as it entails taking out the stitches of the bottom and removing the wool batting.  While attempting to do that I see some wear and tares  in  some of the fabric.  An easy job may take days to fix.     I will spend the afternoon and evening getting it back in shape.

IMG_6832 Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a lovely day.  Carole





MAUDE UPDATE AND SHEARING DAY-PLANTING PEAS-MAKING SALVE

17 04 2016

GREETINGS

Cool nights and warm days , just my kind of weather. Cleaning up brush and cutting up fallen branches has kept me busy this last week.  I see buds on some of the early tulips and others are peeking out of the ground.  The spring birds are back and I love hearing their cheerful songs.  A person in the neighborhood is trapping  and releasing all the skunks because they are digging up his yard.  I am sure he has gotten Cornelius as I have not seen him. Our neighborhood needs skunks to keep the rodent population down.  i am ever hopeful that Cornelius will find his way back.

MAUDE UPDATE AND SHEARING DAY

Maude has had a few setbacks and is on antibiotics again.    Shearing day took a lot out of her and now I am giving her  added minerals and sheep drench.  My Shearer Steve Marcotte did a wonderful job with her.   Shearing her in her pen so she wouldn’t have added stress.  It will take her a while to recover from this.  How do you like her poodle cut?IMG_6637

Lauren and I had to separate her from the rest of the flock when we saw the sheep doing their spring ritual ramming each other..  Of course this happened at 9 pm!!

The rest of the sheep did well with shearing and look good.  They are now not receiving grain much to their chagrin.

Steve has been my shearer for at least 15 years.  He raises sheep himself and has wonderful fleeces.  I am lucky to have found him after going through shearers who didn’t show up (really famous one) and others that were too busy even though you were on their schedule.  Steve always comes and does a great job I am grateful to have found him.

PLANTING PEAS

It seems its taken me forever to get these peas in the ground.  WHen I first wanted to get them in I uncovered the area and it was still frozen.    I have soaked them and in they go today.

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NOTHER BATCH OF HOT PEPPER SALVE

It seems it’s not quite the time to start another batch of hot pepper salve but I have run out.  I only could find a pound and a quarter of hot peppers and am looking for more.  Another 2 pounds would be good.  I found this salve to work well.  It’s not the sudden action of most pain relieving salves but it does the trick of releiving my arthritis pain. add peppermint oil at the end for a pleasant order.  I love the fact that I know exactly what is in it and its a lot cheaper than most brands of pain relieving salves.

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you are enjoying a lovely spring day wherever you are.  Carole

 

 

 

 





WHAT A WEEK WEATHER-WISE-SOMETHING IN THE WOODS TONIGHT

13 12 2014

GREETINGS

Bitter cold, then snow and sleet and then rain.  Today was calm and it will be warmer for a few days.

Sam said time to through another log on

Sam said time to through another log on

SOMETHING IN THE WOODS

Just after putting the hay in the feeder and getting fresh water Elliott went to the door and was starring into the forest.  His keen sense of hearing warned him something was there.  He stood in the doorway blocking it and Sally and Lucy wanted to go out.  They had to wait for the all clear from Elliott.  I consider myself so lucky to have him.  The protector watching over his flock.

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STUDENT’S HOOKING PROJECT

I got an e-mail from one of my students yesterday with a picture of her finished piece.  Its so beautiful.  I can’s wait to see her next project.

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





CHICKENS AND FAREWELL LUCY-BUMBLE BEE’S-THE FARM STAND

5 06 2014

HELLO

FAREWELL LUCY

Last night i went too night check the front coop.  Every night someone seems to be in another place and I will have to find her.  There were 9 hens and Murphy in the front coop.  Last night I only found 8 and Little Lucy has passed away in the corner.

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LUCY

 She was the last of the Golden Comet, a hybrid bird.  I will never get anymore of these.  They are bred to be egg machines and don’t live a long life.   Lucy was Hester’s sister.  She was bossy and bold and had to live apart from her sister because of it.  IN the last year she became less bossy as more hens entered the group. Her life was good.  She laid very large eggs which I think took its toll on her.  She will be missed.

BUMBLE BEE’S

II have been following A Way to Garden on Facebook, by Margaret Roach.   Yesterday she wrote about a book on Bumble Bees.  I read the article on them and found it so interesting that I want to get the book.  The book is called Bumble Bee’s of North America an Identification Guide by Leif Richardson, Princeton Press.  Bumble Bee’s have always been a curiosity to me.  The seem much calmer than other bee’s, they don’t chase you as some bee’s do, they just go about their business.

I didn’t know that they were annuals.  All bee’s in the Bumble Colony die each year except the mated females which overwinter.   THey tend not to be aggressive.  I am hoping to get this book, it’s a must read for gardeners everywhere.

THE FARM STAND

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I visited The Farm Stand today to get my tomato and pepper plants.  I got a variety of tomatoes and 6 peppers.l  I found out what I have been doing wrong with the peppers I have been planting.  I was planting them in the same manure rich soil as the tomatoes and they don’t need soil that rich.  I may get another 6 pepper plants.  . I did buy one thyme plant and 6 basil plants and will plant lots of basil seeds this coming weekend.  I use a lot of basil in soups, and sauces during the winter and almost ran out of dried this past winter.

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

 

 





THE OIL MANS GRIP-HESTER – SUSAN’S VISIT- SPRING FLOWERS-LUCY’S EGG-SWEET PEA

9 02 2014

HELLO

We are in the middle of another cold spell with some snow coming tonight.  The word is that a nor’easter is coming on Thursday but you never know .

THE OIL MANS GRIP

On Friday I got a delivery of 100 gallons of oil, the price was $445.  It’s almost unbelievable and the sad thing is that if this cold weather stays it will only last for about 2 weeks.    The discrepancy between oil companies is huge too   My son’s oil company charged him around 4.00 a gallon.  I am hoping that I can take step one this year and have my plumbers  figure out a way to shut off the upstairs.  Not having the heat on there should save me some money.

SUSAN’S VISIT

My friend Susan came yesterday for a visit.  She brought me some lovely primroses which I just love.

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She had never been to the Textile COmpany so we went there.  The Textile Company is located in Greenfield in an old wooden mill type building.  Creeky wooden floors and chock full of every fabric you would ever want.  The staff is very helpful and cheerful you can tell that each of them just loves their job.   It is the go to place for sewers all over New England.  The fabric and accessories are of the highest standards. We stopped at Sheep and Shawl which Susan loved and then went to FUNK SHUN to visit with Christa and drop off some things..  We came home for lunch and Susan worked on a needle felted heart which came out so good.  It was a fun visit and we have planned more.

HESTER

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Hester is still improving, but she is finding it hard to walk and like a human is wary of taking some steps.  Because of her feet walking was painful.  It will take time but she will do it, she is standing much more.

SPRING FLOWERS

I do love the hyacinths and this pink one is especially beautiful.

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LUCY’S EGG

Lucy has laid a couple of eggs in the past week but they quickly froze and split open.  This morning I was greeted by this egg which tipped the scale.  It is larger than an extra large.

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Sweet Pea is a Welsummer Hen and was supposed to start laying in the late fall.  The cold weather and short days have prevented that.  She should start laying in the spring.  I am looking forward to her eggs which will be a reddish-brown.  I like her size she is smaller than a regular hen but not as small as the Bantams.

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





A QUIET DAY BY THE WOOD STOVE-FIXING A QUILT-LUCY-HAZEL

14 11 2013

HELLO

After the Crafts of Colrain and Sadie I decided to have a quiet day.  The cats and I sat by the stove and relaxed.

I had this quilt that I had made over  7 years ago.  I had picked up the fabric many years before that and never knew what I would do with it.   I just loved the pattern with the subdued colors.

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 I had this wonderful old, soft green blanket and decided to make a sort of quilt.  I put the blanket in a pillow case and tied it so it would stay in place and then made a duvet cover out of the material and had it close with some of my Grandmothers old buttons.  It was so warm and light and I really liked it.  Its shape was funny, the fabric width and about 2-1/2 yards wide.  After years of wear and many washings the tied area had come apart and yesterday I took it apart and fixed it.  Its like new and was plenty warm on my bed.  This is a good way to use up some material that you love , some old bed sheets and an old blanket.  It was such a nice chore to do by the fireside.

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LUCY

For the past few days I have heard coughing and finally found out that it was Lucy yesterday.  I called the vet and she said to start her on the antibiotics.

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As you can see she is all puffed up and her wattle is a little discolored, all signs of illness.  I have been very carefree about bringing in new hens and felt if they looked and appeared ok then  it was good.  This has proved not to be the case but in reality how can you stop such a thing.  I got the new hens at least 6 weeks ago.  They showed no signs of illness but must have been carrying the disease.  Hazel came down with it first and then the little Emma died rather suddenly and now Lucy has the same illness as Hazel.  I have to say in the 12 or so I have been raising chickens we have not had illness in the coop.  This year I hope someone will become broody and I can raise some of my own, and not get anymore roosters thank you!!!!

SAMMY

Yesterday Sammy wanted in the kitchen.  His world has gotten smaller as he has aged.  He spent a few hours just relaxing by the fire.  He is 18 but doing well at the moment.

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HAZEL

The cold weather is here and all hens are enjoying their oatmeal and blueberries.  The little bowl is for Hazel.

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Many thanks for all your kind words about Sadie, it really helps.  I hope your day is wonderful.   Carole