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

 

 

 

 





SNOWY DAY-WINTER- THIS YEAR’S CARD- THE CHICKENS-ORANGE PEEL CLEANER-HAPPY NEW YEAR

29 12 2016

GREETINGS

The snow is coming down lightly this morning with heavy snow predicted for the afternoon and evening.  In the end we are suppose to get between 6-12 inches. I  have mixed feelings about winter.  I love these quiet days of snow.  The time spent indoors doing winter projects.  I really dislike the below  zero days and frozen pipes.  I love the sound and smells of a wood fire but at the end of winter I am ready to give up bringing in wood and cleaning out the stove. I love seeing the sheep with their full coats of wool.

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MAUDE

 

  I find each season offers just what I need and I am looking forward to getting lots of winter projects done.  

 Lil wants a pair of ice skates this year.  What fun.  I wouldn’t dare skate now  but would love to!!!!!!  I miss the old days of skating on Bray Lake in Holyoke as a child, the beautiful lake with snow-covered pine trees on the lakes edges.  The fires to warm up with and hot chocolate and marshmallows.  My children were able to enjoy that fun winter activity too.   Maybe Lil will be the fourth generation to skate on Bray Lake.

THIS YEARS CHRISTMAS CARD

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THE CHICKENS

This year I am trying to keep a small part of their outside yard shoveled .  On the days that are above freezing they can and do go out.  I do cover the area with hay.

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Next year the hoop house.

ORANGE CLEANER

Tis the season to eat lots of oranges.  Don’t throw the peels away.  You can make this wonderful cleaner with two simple ingredients.  Cider vinegar and orange peels.  This is my second year making it and this year I need to make another jar of it  to last the year.  And it smells great too.

I usually don’t have enough to fill a jar so I put whatever peels I have and add the cider vinegar to cover and continue this till the jar is filled.  I leave the jar on a shelf for about a month, shaking occasionally before pouring it off into a permanent jar.    To use put two parts water to one part orange cleaner in a spray bottle.  This is so easy and it is antibacterial too.

 

 

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As I write this the birds are flocking to the feeders, Mamma and Papa Blue Jay  brought the three kids to the feeders.  I have watched them grow and its so nice to have the here again. Thank you so much for reading my blog on this winter day.  Wish you all a healthy, and prosperous New year.Carole

 

 

 

 

 





WINTER STARTS WITH WINDS AND SNOW-NEW HOLIDAY THINGS

22 11 2016

GREETINGS

We have had snow flurries and winds and in Peru, Massachusetts they had 20 inches of snow already.  Skiing season will be early this year.

THE SHEEP AND CHICKENS

The barn door was closed for the first time since last spring and the sheep are always anxious to go out in the morning now.

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Now with the chickens from Patti and the two new ones I bought the coop is cozy.  I have not started the hoop house and am hoping for a few days in the 40’s this coming weekend to get that up.

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MAKING SOME FUN THINGS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

I have been busy making lots of fun things for the holidays.  A batch os Calendula Soap is wrapped and ready to go. Look for them on my etsy shop the end of the week or I will be in Buckland Friday night  at McCusters Market for Moonlight Magic. It runs from 4-9 pm.  Come visit me there.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this late fall day.    Carole

 

 





VETERANS DAY-MASSACHUSETTS DEBT RELIEF FOUNDATION-CRAFTS OF COLRAIN TOUR

11 11 2016
One of the many beautiful views of Colrain

One of the many beautiful views of Colrain

GREETINGS

The elections are finally over but the people didn’t have their say.  We really don’t have a civil way of electing officials these days.  In the end the popular vote doesn’t count and I for one want to change this.  Neither candidate were liked one disliked more than the other. Let us hope that all the freedoms for everyone that we have fought for will not be taken away.

Winter is showing itself in the woods behind the farm.  Every tree but the mighty Oak have shed their leaves and a  cold wind comes off the mountain now.

VETERANS DAY

My Dad on the left My Grandfather in the middle and my Uncle Roger on the right 1943

My Dad on the left My Grandfather in the middle and my Uncle Roger on the right 1943

My Dad was a soldier in World War 2.  I will always be proud of him.  He was in China, Burma and India.  It was not easy but he served his country proudly and honorably.  Happy Veterans Day to all who have served and now serve.  We honor you.

MASSACHUSETTS DEB RELIEF

Last Saturday night I was honored to attend a dinner for The Massachusetts Debt Relief Foundation in Springfield.   My Son-in-law, Richard Ravosa Esquire started this a few years ago and my daughter Cynthia Ravosa  works alongside him helping people in Massachusetts with low incomes get out of debt.  This work is non-profit and provides pro bono bankruptcy representation.  These days it is so easy to get into debt.  One major illness can do it.  I am proud that my family can help these people in many ways.

I am also so proud of my daughter Cindy, she received the news that she has passed the bar and will be sworn in sometime this month.  Its been a long haul but worth it 

Chris on the left, Rick and Cindy and Ricky on the right

Chris on the left, Rick and Cindy and Ricky on the right

CRAFTS OF COLRAIN TOUR

It’s that time of year again folks, and I have been busy making all sorts of wonderful things.  This year I was suppose to be at the Brick Meeting House in the center of town.  Unfortunately the repairs on the place have not been finished and I am hoping that next year things will be done.  I will be at my son’s house on 4 High Street.  There is easier parking and no stairs and hopefully the sheep will come out of the barn for your viewing pleasure.  Be sure and give Maude a wave, she has recently had eye surgery and loves people.  Come visit me I would love to see you.  I will have lots of Salve and many balsam products and so much more.img_7299

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope to see you this weekend.  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.

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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.

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PERMACULTURE ON THE FARM-MORE HAVOC IN THE BARN

22 05 2016

GREETINGS

Another beautiful day with some rain coming in tomorrow.

PERMACULTURE ON THE FARM

I have unknowingly been practicing Permaculture here since the year after I moved.   It all started with mowing grass.  Since the house is located near the bottom of a mountain the land is hilly.  Mowing the front lawn was a challenge and after the first year of struggling I decided to plant it with flowers and shrubs.  

I have now lived here over 18 years and feel satisfied with the changes.  I still have lots more work to do but the hardest part is done.

The barn cleanings both from the chickens and the sheep are spread around the yard and in the pathways.  Large plantings of Bleeding Hearts made spring a delight.  I have also planted two more Lilac bushes, Eventually the front will be full of shrubs, bleeding hearts  and Lilies.  I have plantings of trees and bushes where the birds can hide and feed in winter and hope to get another group like this going in the back this simmer.  This year there has been a record number of birds visiting and building their nests here.

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I plan on putting in a red raspberry bed in this spring and already have a blackberry bed started. In the fall I will prepare an area for strawberries.  This year my poor little heirloom MacIntosh tree had three blossoms on it.  This was the tree tat the cement workers broke and patched together with electrical tape!  

This all can be done on small acreage.  I have a little over 1/2 an acre

THE SAGA OF MAUDE AND HER FRIENDS

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All was well after this morning’s feeding or so I thought.  I heard a lot of commotion in the barn and went to check.  The fencing was down the other 3 sheep were in the hay area and Maude had her head stuck in the fence.  What a predicament.  I was so upset.  It seems like something is happening often with the fence.  I really didn’t want to go to the expense of putting up a permanent fence there.  Luckily Lauren and the boys came over and fixed it up.  Now the fence is stronger and I think it will last till the end of summer when they all can be together.  

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

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CONGRATULATIONS UTE-MAUDE’ AND THE CHICKENS ARE OUT-OLIVE

20 05 2016

GREETINGS

Beautiful weather temps me to garden instead of getting ready for The Mass Sheep and Woolcraft Fest .The Lilacs are in bloom and the smell permeates the air.  Baby Robins are peeking out of their nest at the barn door while Mama screams for me to leave. This is my favorite part of Spring.

Congratulations UTE

Board News: Coverlet Museum Adds New Board Members
The National Museum of the American Coverlet is pleased to introduce three new members of the Board of Directors.  The new members bring extensive talent and knowledge of technical and historic aspects of weaving and conservation.  These folks are most exciting additions to the Board.  We are thrilled to welcome them to the NMAC family.
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Ute Bargmann (Massachusetts) – Ute grew up in the German Bavari- an Alps and studied in
Switzerland, Germany and at the Language Institute in Munich where she graduated as a translator.  She met her American-German husband, Robert Bargmann and they moved to the United States in 1965. She bought a loom in 1972 and began studying weaving at the Hill Institute in Florence, MA, three years later, receiving her Master Weaver diploma in 1979.
Ute was an early member of the Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts Group for Complex Weavers and applied her considerable knowledge of German manuscript paleography as well as her lifelong interest in world history to her continuing research and study.  She has translated late medieval German manuscripts from as early as the 1420s on the technical aspects of tablet weaving and has delivered papers on subjects as diverse as “the Journey of Cotton into Germany and Slovakia” to “Counterpanes” at the Handweaving Museum annual conferences in Clayton, NY.
For several decades she has been researching her special interest in the European origins of what became known as ‘colonial’ coverlets. Ute has been a member of the Weavers Guilds of Boston, New Hampshire and Vermont as well as local chapters in western Massachusetts and has spent more than forty years demonstrating
Ute is a dear friend and a terrific and prolific weaver.

MAUDE AND THE CHICKENS

Finally the chickens  and Maude are out.  The only one left int he house is Helen and I can’t bring her out till all the grass and weeds are eaten.  What a job it was to get this all done.  Thanks to David for bringing down the dangerous limb that had been hanging in Maude’s pasture. And also thanks to the Boys, Charlie and Tyler for  helping with the chicken yard.  Everyone  is happy.

Maude has gone out in the separate pasture with Carol Kinnivan.  I went well although it is a pain to let them out.  I still have to separate them and watch them as Carol has pushed Maude.  I can’t trust her yet.

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Tuesday I picked  up Olive   The only remaining hen from a hawk attack.  She is bubbly and talkative.  She was separated from the group by a small fence , she made such a fuss I put her in with the others on Wednesday.  All went well and she even laid an egg.

 The rescue where I got Sammy sent and message out to all their face book readers a few weeks ago warning that there were more predatory birds around this year.  And all small animals such as cats and dogs should be watched carefully when outside.  Last week a small dog got attacked by an Eagle but the Eagle couldn’t lift him.  He was battered but alive.  I have notice just in my small area many more hawks and I heard there was an osprey nest close by.

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