MAUDE-ANOTHER QUILT-DYEING WOOL STRIPS

4 03 2016

GREETINGS

We are having a cold snap again but warmer next week.  The ground is still frozen can’t wait to plant some peas .

MAUDE

Poor Maude.  I noticed that she wasn’t rushing to get grain and not eating right so I called the vet.  She came Wednesday morning and its probably an infection.  By the time she came her face was swollen and her eye shut.  She gave her a three day antibiotic shot and some pain meds.  She did eat some Denji last night but would not take  the sheep drench which would giver her body a boost..

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She was hard to catch and now is afraid of me  Although Maude and Carol K. were socialized with people the other two sheep were not.  My Border Leicester were trained as lambs to come when called .  I spent countless hours with them and it paid off many times over  Maude is scared.  At noon yesterday I brought up some grain and Denji and she came right over to the fence and ate it.  I was also able to give her her pain medication before that.  I hope to do the same today.

ANOTHER QUILT

This is another quilt my Grandmother put together.  I like it a lot.  I am gong to keep it on the dining room table and work on it there.  I will have to try and find some old fabric or new reproductions of old fabric.  They have it at my local fabric store.

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When I look at the quilt I see pieces of fabric that my Mom must have gotten with the old treadle sewing machine that my Grandmother had.  I think of all the clothes my Grandmother made for her family of 8. 

DYEING WOOL STRIPS

I have been dyeing wool strips that I have had around getting them ready for The Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair.  Some I overdyed with black walnut and others I dyed with with Chemical Dyes.  I am getting rid of a big part of my stash of wool fabric.  I have so much handspun to make rugs out of that I just don’t need it all anymore.  Look for it at the show on Memorial Day Weekend.

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

 





THE SHOW-DRYING PEPPERMINT -PRESENTS=A SURPRISE IN MY FRONT YARD

26 05 2015

GREETINGS

Clouds and sun today with temps soaring near the 90’s.  I am going to plant some herbs before it gets too hot.

THE SHOW

The show was great I think there was more people there  Something to see and do for every member of the family.  I saw so many old friends and co-workers and got rid of much of my weaving things.  Glad we had nice cool weather.

DRYING PEPPERMINT

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I am trying to get a head start on drying peppermint. Not only am I going to use it in teas but will use it in the chicken’s nesting boxes next winter.

PRESENTS

Three of my friends brought me three wonderful and different presents while I was at the fair/.

Lisa of Spinners Hill Farm brought me this wonderful pottery cullender with a llama on it in memory of Elliott.. We both know farm loss all to well, she lost her faithful dog companion this spring.  Her Mom helped me with my first rug hooking.  We see each other about once a year but keep in touch through-out the year via internet.

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I put this geranium in it till i can get it planted but plan to use it for draining fruit and herbs after washing them.  Just the right size for a quart of blueberries.  I have been collecting this pottery for years and love it.  I try to buy a few pieces every year this year it was plates.

My blogger friend Patti had another surprise for me.  Some caps for my Milk bottles.  I am so happy with them, what a great surprise.   SHe gets her milk delivered.  Its wonderful that in some communities that its still happening.

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And last but not east my friend Susan of SUsan’s Home and Garden brought me some wonderful rose scented geraniums.    They are very hard to find and she usually has a few.  I will use the dried leaves in many things.  

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To all a heartfelt thank you.

A SURPRISE IN MY FRONT YARD

Yesterday morning I gathered the first bunch of peppermint.  Walking back to the stairs I spotted this lone Lilly of the Valley.My Great-Grandmother had some in her yard and I just loved the smell.  It was such a nice treat to find this one.

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The year after I moved in here after trying to keep the hill mowed I started turning it all into bushes and flowers.  It has filed in nicely.  Last year I planted 2 lilac bushes which are doing well and the Bleeding Hearts love it here and are spreading.  I am always looking for things to fill in .  No lawn mowers and grass to contend with.  I do love the smell of a freshly cut lawn and sometimes wish I had some but then remember the mowing and am quickly glad that I don’t

Hope you have a wonderful day, many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole

 

 





NEW BATCH OF SALVE -BARN 1 BOOTH 13-MASSACHUETTS SHEEP AND WOOL FET

24 05 2015

GREETINGS

Yesterday morning was cold and windy, the sun helped warm up the booth some and I was glad that I had put up plastic on the windowed area.  Today will be a lot nicer and a busy day at the fest

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NEW SALVE

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I made a new batch of salve last night, I sold out yesterday.  Look for me in Booth 13, Barn 1

SKIRTING DEMO TODAY AT 11 AM

BARBARA SOW HOW SKIRTING IS DONE

BARBARA SHOWS HOW SKIRTING IS DONE

Barbara Goodchild will be giving another skirting demo today at the fest.  This is not to be missed if you want to buy, sell or send out fleece to a mill. I am giving tips at the demo on fleece preparation.  Come join us.

My thanks for reading my blog today and I hope to see you at the fair.  Carole

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MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL FEST-MAKING WOOLEN PIN CUSHIONS – LOOMLESS

20 05 2015

GREETING

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We finally had a good soaking rain the night before last we needed it and more..  Plants look much happier now . Calling for a chance of frost here tonight, it got cold and windy today.  Its suppose to be a good Memorial Day Weekend so much need yard work will get done on Monday after the parade.  The fields of dandelions are turning while with pieces of fluff flying in the air.  my picking was done at just the right time.

MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL FEST

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I will be packing up and setting up my booth on Friday looking forward to a great weekend.  It’s such a wonderful show and growing each year.All sorts of demo’s will be going on, lots of entertaining sheep and of course the working sheep dogs.  If you need any type of wool product you can most likely find it here.

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PRIMITIVE CAT PIN CUSHIONS

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I am working on the Cat Pin Cushions today.  It’s a fun project and they make cute gifts.  They are filled with crushed walnut shells to keep your needles sharp.

I am officially loomless as of yesterday.  I started weaving  taking a 3 year course at Hill Institute in FLorence, Ma. in the early 90’s.  I didn’t know a warp from a weft when I first started the class. I made lots of wonderful things but haven’t woven in over 10 years and it was time for the looms to go.  I will have some of my weaving equipment for sale at the show.

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


 





THE APP[LE TREE – MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL–PEAS -VIOLETS

12 05 2015

GREETINGS 

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The hot and sticky weather is suppose to be ending today and we will have a few days of cooler weather.   The peas have finally started coming up, they don’t like warm weather so I hope the cooler weather will give them a boost they need.

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 i can see little lilac flowers outside my computer window.

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 This year should be a good year for them.

THE APPLE TREE

 

The poor apple tree has been abused and it still grows.  First when the workmen were here they broke it in a couple of places and when the tree fell it narrowly missed it and broke  it again.  Its a strong tree and is full of leaves.  Yea.

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I have a booth again at this wonderful show.  SUsan generously offered to share  her booth but Arron e-mailed me this morning that one booth had become available.  Come see me at the show I will be in Barn 2.  I have lots of used fiber books and am getting rid of most of my weaving equipment.  Soap, salves and herbal products will also be available, and lots of wool!

HAY

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Hay is an invaluable commodity when you have farm animals.  If you have a large enough farm you make your own and sell any extra.  My farm is tiny so I depend on farmers.  Last night I called for hay to be picked up this afternoon, Bob’s wife said that hay was tight and I may have to get it elsewhere and she would have Bob call me.  He called this morning and said yes hay was very scarce and the first cutting would not be as plentiful as he hoped but he could continue to supply me.  What a relief I am so grateful to know that my sheep will continue to have good hay.  He told me that at the auction last night mulch hay was bought for $5.00 per bale for feed to a farmer from eastern Massachusetts.  There is no hay there.  And before I found Bob I bought a bale of hay from the co-op for 8 dollars and it was trash.

Good news from two different places has come my way today

PURPLE VIOLETS

 

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I picked some purple violets this morning, I have been wanting to try to make a bath water out of them.  I added vinegar to the jar just to cover and will let them steep for a few weeks.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you day is filled with lots of good things.   Carole

 

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SWEET ANNIE-STRAWBERRIES-A FEW MORE BITS FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS SHOW

29 05 2014

HELLO

LEAD LINE AT THE MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL FEST

For those of you who do not know about Lead Line contests at SHeep and WOol Fests here is a brief overview.    This is a contest in skill.  You will get points for your wool outfit for poise and control for sheep’s fleece.

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The contestant must halter train their sheep.  This is not always the easiest thing to do.  There can be three classes jr. sr and adults.  I was lucky this year to see a few minutes of the contest.  It was younger kids.  Some sheep adjust to all the hoopla and others just don’t.  One sheep ran away jumping and running with the little boy running after her then a crowd of people were chasing the sheep which made matters worse. She was finally caught.  There are prizes given .

 It requires much patience to halter train a sheep these children all receive cheers from the crowd no matter how they do.  A good judge will complement even the worse preformer so they will come back next year with more determination.  I think things like The Lead Line event help to form a good character in children.

PERMACULTURE

The strawberries are just setting fruit and I don’t think I can move anymore to the bed now.  I hope that by putting them in there i can have some for myself.

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  I will put netting on soon.  My blueberries have set fruit too and I will have to test the soil soon I am sure the soil is not acid enough.  I need to find a source of pine needles to put around them too. The hops are doing well too.  

SWEET ANNIE

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Sweet Annie is one of my favorite herbs.  It is invasive if left on its own,  I have left it on its own and am happy with the results.  It’s from the artemisia family and has a lovely sweet scent.  I mix it with my moth away and make wreaths with it in the fall.  I always leave some on the stalk to reseed itself.  I will have some baby plants at the Farmers Market tomorrow.

Today is an Oatmeal day for the hens who would think it would be this late in May but even at this time its in the 40’s. tonight down into the low 40’s..  I will plant my seed on Sunday when the temps return to normal (if there is such a thing anymore)

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

 

 

 





More from The Massachusetts Sheep and Wool

27 05 2014

Hello

MORE WONDERFUL THINGS FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL FEST

I spotted this quilt made out of ribbons, isn’t it beautiful and a wonderful way to remember a career of growing sheep and other animals

IMG_3122.There was also a table of plates that were given out at the shows.  I have three of them myself, won at Spinning contests.  A wonderful memory.

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SHEEP

Some wonderful sheep were there brought by people from other states too.  Lincolns and Border Leicesters made me wish I had a much bigger farm, and Tunis, a sheep I have wanted to have for so many years.  Their babes are born with reddish wool and that is the only time that they have that reddish wool.  With their second shearing the wool is a beautiful cream color but their faces remain that beautiful red.

LINCOLNS AND BORDER LEICESTERS

LINCOLNS AND BORDER LEICESTERS

TUNIS

TUNIS

THE SHEEP TO SHAWL CONTEST

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This year the Sheep to Shawl Contest only had two groups.  I am working on the committee to get more groups and we hope to have at least 5 next year.  The prize money goes up with 5 groups, so that should be and incentive for people to enter..

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tomorrow I will have some pictures of the lead line contest.  For those of you that have missed this fair plan to come next year, it’s always on Memorial Day weekend and it really is a family event, lots of entertainment, bring your wheel and spin.  For the parking fee of $10. you can spend the day there, watch the dog trails, visit with sheep breeders, watch the contests and learn a lot about sheep, spinning, felting, dyeing and weaving..  I leave you today with a picture of one of my three plates .  I treasure them.

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