SNOW SNOW AND MORE SNOW-THE FARM IN WINTER

13 02 2017

GRETTINGS

SNOW SNOW AND MORE SNOW

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The howling winds are blowing snow into mini twisters this morning.  Snow is piled  almost up to the porch floor and I am running out of places to put it..  More expected on Wednesday.  I used 1/2 of a cord of wood in less than a month just to keep the kitchen pipes from freezing.  I liked last winter so much more.  Although I must say the chickens were out a lot this winter but of course since the snow is now up to their doorway they are in to stay till spring. The sheep are in today too as the winds from the mountain will fill the barn with snow.  

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BUSY DAYS ON THE FARM

25 08 2016

GREETINGS

Hot and humid weather is making another brief appearance.  it will be gone by the weekend though.  we may have some much-needed rain tomorrow.

MEET EDNA

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Edna is a New Hampshire Red.  I have never had one of these types before.  She is shy and sticks with her friend Margaret.  Both are slowly adjusting to the rest of the flock.  She was an escape artist in the beginning  having lived on a farm that allowed her to free range.  Unfortunately with all the flying predators here that is impossible.  She is making the adjustment very well.

BUSY DAYS ON THE FARM

Some hops and hot peppers are in the dehydrator this morning and this afternoon lots of spearmint will be going in.  The dehydrator will be going non stop for days from now on.  The spearmint  will use in teas and for a special blend of herbs for the chickens nesting boxes throughout the winter.  The hot peppers are the hottest, brought on tears and a coughing and a  sneezing spell.  It will make a great arthritis Salve.

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 The hops will go into Dream  Pillows  and some will be packaged up for people to make their own.

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Elderberry syrup was made last week in anticipation of the long cold winter we are suppose to have.

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Morticia is now broody.  Her daughter, Violet spent 3 months int he nest box trying to hatch some eggs.  Now her mother is in there doing the same thing.  Those Banty hens are the greatest little Mothers.  My ratio of hens to roosters isn’t good so no eggs will be hatched.IMG_7084

Lots of beans, cukes and tomatoes coming from the garden, its been a good year despite the lack of rain.  Hope you are having a wonderful day and any thanks for reading my blog.   Carole

 

 

 





CHRISTMAS CARD-FAMILY CHRISTMAS-MORTICIA

27 12 2015

GREETINGS

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  I have been either doing shows or getting ready to do shows so I wasn’t quite prepared for Christmas this year.  Presents and cards were late and some cards not at all because my printer stopped working.  Well there is next year to plan better.IMG_6203

From Cosmo and everyone on the farm 

We wish you Happy Christmas and a 

Joyous and Happy New Year

FAMILY CHRISTMAS

There were 8 of us around the large table and 6 at the teenage tale.  A full  house.

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MORTICIA

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Last night was cooler than it has been so Morticia had to keep her feet warm.  Her son Eddie is next to her.

FAMILY PICTURE

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The first child on the bottom row left is my Grandfather.  The picture as taken in Chesterfield, Mass. The picture was probably taken in the late 1800’s I presume as he was born in 1885.

Chris and Lilly Pad are here for the week.  We are planning to get a few small trees cut up and some of the big tree cut up tomorrow.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have wonderful holidays.  And for my logger friends in England I hope the flooding stops quickly and thing are all okay.  Carole

 





FAMILY BLUEBERRY PICKING-ADDING THE NEW HEN TO THE FLOCK-HOPS AND MORNING GLORIES

2 08 2015

GREETINGS

The humidity has gone away .  It’s a beautiful summer day.

BLUEBERRY PICKING WITH FAMILY

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Friday was a delightful summer day with the humidity gone and bright blue skies we headed to Chesterfield to pick blueberries on my cousin’s farm.  Roberts Family Farm.  The berries are organic, sweet and plump.

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 I picked over 7 pounds and Davids family picked over 11 pounds.  We rode down the back roads of Chesterfield and ended up at the Williamsburg General Store.

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 A place where my Dad and Uncle took my children when they were small.  The penny candy and old-fashioned toys and home-made pastries were always their favorites.  And of course an ice cream cone to top off the day.  From the store back roads home where  a turkey vulture flew very close to the car and we saw a group of turkeys.

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ADDING THE NEW HEN TO THE FLOCK

It’s always interesting to add a new hens to the flock.  I have done it many ways and you never can tell how its going to work out.

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Morticia has been sneaking in she is the bravest of the bantams and Kit is not happy with her and pecked her, it still did not stop Morticia but sent her daughter Violet, (who always hides behind her mothers apron strings) running back to safety.  

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 The only bird who did not come in was Hazel..   He was muttering to himself another big hen!  I  sat with them for a half hour and realized that there was only one bird in the flock who would peck her and it is Rosie (funny thing in the large group of hens in the front Rose was low man on the totem pole)  I think things will work out fine and there is plenty of time.  Every day I leave the gate open a little more.   I expect to see one of Samantha’s eggs in the dog house soon as she has been in and out of it.  She loved it there last year.

HOPS AND MORNING GLORIES

The hops have made an nice archway between the two chicken areas.

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The Morning Glories are so nice this year.  Each year I worry that they won’t come back but they do and with more brilliant colors.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this wonderful summer day.  Enjoy the day.  Carole

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WINTER MIX-BOOKS I AM READING-MAMA AND THE KIDS

3 12 2014

GREETINGS

We had a winter mix overnight.  Ice was clinging to the trees earlier in the morning.  It’s all cleared out now but still foggy.

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 The temps have risen and all is well.  Willie has been under the weather and is going to the vets this afternoon.

BOOKS I AM READING-STILL LIFE WITH CHICKENS

I got this book on a trip to Florida at a Library book sale.   I read it then and am reading it again.  I like reading some books for a second or even a third time.  I seem to always get  more out of the book than when I read it the first time.  It’s about life changes and raising chickens.  I do love this book and highly recommend it.

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MAMA AND THE CHICKS

It’s been hard to take pictures of them So now I let them out every day and its easier.  They are practicing their flying.

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 They have grown so much but still want their Mama around.  I am surprised that she hasn’t gotten sick of them yet.  Peeps is a rooster , you can see by his bright red comb and Tweeter is a hen..

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 They talk talk talk all day.

Some days I think I live in a magical world of funny chickens, crazy cats and renegade sheep.  Today is one of them.    I forgot to put the chain back on the gate last night and Carol K, Maude and Marley decided to help themselves to breakfast early.  While I was taking pictures of the chickens Tweeter flew back to the top of the cage and jumped in only realizing that Mama and Peeps were still walking around outside, the crying was pitiful, and Sammy was full of vim and vigor racing upstairs and downstairs, into the sink, playing with kindling and egg shells.  What a morning.  Hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole

 

 





GLAD TO BE BACK-NEW THING-CLASSES AT SHEEP AND SHAWL-PEEPS AND TWEETS UPDATE

21 10 2014

GREETINGS

MOre rain is coming, I am feeling well enough to do some necessary things to get the outside chickens in.  I am hoping to get 3 chickens in today and leave the two new gals out  for a while more.   

GLAD TO BE BACK

I have been under the weather for a while now.  I have a digestive disease and have had it for some time.    For the most part life goes on with it but there are times when it rears its ugly head.  Lots of stress tends to bring on an attack.  I am in contact with my doctor and a medication was called in and when I went to pick it up last night at one of the few locally owned pharmacies left, the Pharmacist came out to tell me that the script was $450. for a one months supply.  I have been on the phone with the Nurse this morning and hopefully we can find something that is less expensive.  Our health care system is in shambles and has been for years. I remember when I worked in Maryland many seniors could not receive all the meds they needed each month because they couldn’t afford them.  Other countries manage quite well why can’t we?  A lot of it has to do with the drug companies with all their free lunches and trips and dinners out.  Both working in a community heath center and a mental health clinic I saw how they operated.  I was so proud of the community heath center, they would not accept free lunches ( which cost 250 and up and could be had from 5 different drug companies each week. the only thing they accepted from the drug companies was samples of medication.}

NEW THINGS

There are so many benefits to living in a small town.  One is a local newsletter available on the internet which lets you  know of the goings on in town.  I learned that the town has a grant for  a Foot Nurse.  SHe is available on Wednesdays and one needs to make an appointment.  I went a few weeks ago, and learned for the first time that I had flat feet.  No wonder I have been having problems.  I picked up the recommended supports and my feet are so much better.  She also told me about a product she makes up and recommends for keeping your feet fungus free.  One bottle of cheap listerine type mouthwash, a glass jar with a lid on it and some small cotton balls.   Fill the jar with cotton balls and then add the listerine.

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 Use after baths or showers, just by patting the cotton balls all around your toes.  So easy to do with little cost.

PEEPS AND TWEETS UPDATE

Its wonderful to have them, they are so cute and full of life.  The run around constantly and Morticia calls them for new treats.  Today they had some clover and the noise from the room!  Mama was happy and so were they.

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I think Peeps might be a Rooster what do you think Anne?

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CLASSES AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

There is still time to get into the Primitive SUnflower class at Sheep and Shawl.  It will be this Saturday.  Also still time for the Hooking with yarn class too.  Call Liz to get a place in these classes.

As the leaves begin to fall and the chill gets in the air I look forward to the quiet time of the season.  Fall and Winter are quiet times at the farm.  Time to get inside projects done and my have time once again for my beloved rug hooking, spinning and sewing.  Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a lovely day.    Carole

 

 

 





NEW SPACE FOR CHICKS-WOOD ON THE PORCH-PUTTING MORE FOOD IN THE FREEZER

14 10 2014

GREETINGS

Local Woodpeckers have found the dead tree in front of my house.  They are very busy.

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I watched the news yesterday morning which is now something I do rarely.  It’s all sad and depressing.  I was in the grocery store yesterday and found that the same.  Prices going up and  packaging getting smaller.  Thank goodness for co-ops where you can buy things in bulk. 

MOVING DAY FOR MORTICIA AND THE CHICKS

Soon the wood stove will be going and it will be too hot in the kitchen for the chicks and there was not much room for them in the cat carrier.  I moved them into the south bedroom in the blue cage where Hazel and Mrs. Brown were last winter.  It suits them with plenty room and sunshine .  They are both more active now, even the smaller one Peeps is running around .

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PUTTING WOOD AWAY

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1-1/2  cords of wood is safely on the porch plus another 1/2 of a cord which I didn’t use last year.  Tyler and Charles came over around 9 yesterday morning and starting putting it on the porch while their father stacked it.

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With only a break for hot cocoa they finished just before noon.  A huge help for me as it would have taken me days to do it.  

PUTTING FOOD Up

I was busy trying to use up the tomatoes yesterday.  I made a wonderful mozzarella,tomato,basil and garlic mix and left it to marinate all day long.

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It will top thin spaghetti drizzled with olive oil.  A great supper.    I froze string beans and peppers on a cookie sheet to pack in bags later.

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 And picked some spearmint to dry.

Soon I will start getting things ready for the chickens move inside.  Lights need to be cleaned and timers need to be set,   Everything cleaned and insulation added to the windows.  I am going to start this afternoon but think that it will take several days to get it all done.  I hoe you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog today.  Carole

LAST ROSES OF SUMMER AND THEY SMELL  WONDERFUL

LAST ROSES OF SUMMER AND THEY SMELL WONDERFUL