SHOWS-MAKING BIRD TREATS AND FEEDERS-THE FIRST EGG-HELEN UPDATE

28 11 2015

GREETINGS

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I am so happy to be back blogging.  We have had such warm weather for November, cooler temps are coming in this afternoon but still not too cold.  I am grateful for the time to get things in order on the farm and still have a few tasks to complete before the ground freezes.  The sunsets here have been so beautiful.

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SHOWS

The Crafts of Colrain was a well attended event and I enjoyed the crowds, friends visiting and many new people came .I am busily making new inventory.  

The Shelburne Falls Autumn Farmers Market is one of my favorite shows.  So many different vendors with farmers set up with their fall and winter veggies.  Lots of fun and a easy, relaxing show.

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MAKING BIRD TREATS AND FEEDERS

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I found this recipe to make the suit block out of coconut oil.  I bought a small bag of mixed seed and nuts and made it.  Its so much cheaper to make  (for me at least because I buy my coconut oil  in 50 lb containers)  They say its better for the birds and they are enjoying it.  The whole thing takes about 5 minutes to make.  I layer a container with foil and add with about an inch of the seed and nut mix then melt the coconut oil at low temp and pour  over it and let it harden.

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FEEDERS

I love this feeder.  I won it at the Heath Fair some years ago.  This year I put it on top of a 4×4 and it has attracted so many birds.  I think I can make one so in the spring I will attempt it and put it on the other side of the porch.

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THE FIRST EGG

It has been well over 6 weeks since I have gotten any eggs.  I did buy a dozen but even though they say they are organic they don’t look or taste as fresh as mineIMG_6096

Matilda has laid the first one and continues to lay and egg a day.  I am sure the others will follow suit soon.

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HELEN UPDATE

She is doing well and living inside till next spring.  Her house is ready for her, Mrs. Brown and Hazel  will be put where there are no grasses .

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this rainy day.  Carole

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THIS TIME THE FLU-AMTRAK COMES TO GREENFIELD-SAMMY

29 12 2014

GREETINGS

A wonderful CHristmas was had here on the farm with most family members here, Tea’ and her father were sick with the flu so they stayed home.  It has been a while since the whole family had gotten together. The day after CHristmas I came down with the horrible flu.  It has been going around in the central and eastern part of the state, closing schools in its wake.  I am much better now and went down toGreenfield’s co-op and got some immune boosters.  My immune system needs boosting from the last bout of sickness I had.  I hope my flu shot will cover me for other things that go around.  I have been lucky to have Chris helping me and my son getting me things to drink at the store.

AMTRAK-THE VERMONTER

There was a brisk wind today on the Greenfield Platform.  The train was a little late in coming.  I got there about a half hour early and there were only a couple of people there, close to the arrival time the numbers swelled and there was hardly room to stand.

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 It came through the small tunnel sounding it horn and the crowd roared. There still are many diehard train lovers here.

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The train was sold out with many people taking the last train to Amherst yesterday and the first train from Greenfield today.

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 In retrospect I wish I had done that.   I would like to take the train to Noho once a month.  Even if I don’t have errands to do it would be a welcome change to my routine and I could even meet a friend there, How about it Patti? The ride to Northampton is only around $6.00  roundtrip (so a friendly train lover told me) and there is time to get a lunch and do a little shopping before getting the next one back.  The ride winding around the river will be spectacular.

SAMMY

Sam is a lot like my old Sammy, No one but himself slept in the kitty hut now I find the new Sammy in it happy as a clam to find a quiet spot.

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Chris bought a toy for his cat but Lilly Pad didn’t like it, Sam got right into it.

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Matilda has been busy laying an egg every day.  I have been getting more eggs lately Yea!

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this cooling winters day.  I hope you have a lovely day.   Carole