MR. PEEPERS AND CHICKEN LITTLE-THE GRANGE FAIR-VISIT WITH FRIENDS-THE PATHWAY

24 08 2014

GREETINGS

Its a cool morning here on the farm.  The kind of morning where you fingers start to tingle just a little.  A sign of cooler days.  The yellow jackets were out in full force even stinging Jane one of the weavers.  

GOOD MORNING WORLD

The two boys delightful crows are nice to hear in the mornings.  The crows are not as harsh as Hazel’s and not as deep and loud as Murphy’s.  Maybe that will change as they age they are only 4 months old

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THE GRANGE FAIR

I spent a wonderful afternoon at the Grange Fair in SHelburne.Visiting with old friends from The Springfield Weavers Guild and friends from the area. 

THE SPRINGFIELD WEAVERS GUILD

THE SPRINGFIELD WEAVERS GUILD

There was a good interest in spinning and Jane and I  thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.


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A friend that I haven’t seen in years stopped by, Barbara.  SHe brought her dog Henry, what a beautiful and well mannered dog.

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Its always a treat to see the entries.  Canning, quilting, flowers and more.

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Barbara from Barberic Farm was there and she has keets for sale.  This is the farm where Carol K and Maude came from.

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THE PATHWAY

The pathway to the side yard is delightful to walk in after a little rain.  I think the rain enhances the smells of the Rugosa Roses , Tansey and the Phlox.  The combined smells linger in the air.IMG_3593

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope your day is enjoyable.  Carole

 





CONTINUING FAMILY TRADITIONS-ANGUS-THE TWO BOY’S

23 08 2014

GREETINGS

CONTINUING FAMILY TRADITIONS

Today I canned tomatoes.   It’s a long tradition in my family.

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 On steamy, hot summer days in Maryland, the small gas stove in my Grandmothers basement  was lit.  The women in the family were busy cutting and peeling tomatoes right from the garden.  As a child it seemed like a day long project they were only finished when all the tomatoes were done and the jars were on the shelves in the basement.  These women, my Grandmother and her daughters knew how important it was to have food on the shelves.  They had gone through the depression.  My Grandmother fed many Hobo’s tomato sandwiches, they were appreciative and it might have been the only meal they would have had that day.

My Mother continued the practice and I can vividly see the stocked shelves in our basement..  Jars and jars of blueberries picked from the farm, peaches from our own tree, tomatoes, beans and corn from our garden, and pickles of all kinds.  She always made Mustard Pickle with a recipe that was handed down from my Dad’s Mom.  I wish I could find the recipe.

Today I am also cooking diced tomatoes in the crock pot.  Herbs,garlic and peppers from the garden are added to the tomatoes and some diced onions from the farmers market top it off.  These will be put in packets and frozen for sauces for this  coming winter.

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I am hoping to dry some peaches and more herbs.  Plan to freeze the string beans and some corn and make pickled beets.

ANGUS

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Angus went to  the vets yesterday.  He had been having all sorts of problems.  He will celebrate his `17th birthday next week along with his brother Shorty.  His blood work and tests came back in the okay range so fluids were given and he has to take an appetite enhancer.  He hates pills and will hold them in the side of his mouth for as long as 10 minutes and then you  see him spit it out!  Dr. Funk showed me how to do it.  He has to go back today for more fluids.  He was so happy to be home.  He likes living upstairs now.

Its been raining here for a couple of days now so I did not do the farmers market yesterday.  It’s a gentle rain so that is good.  The cukes are starting to ripen and there may be enough for making bread and butter pickles later this month.  Chris will be leaving on Sunday and Ricky will be here for a few days.  He will be helping me to inventory all the family items in the house.  We will take a picture of the item and then he will write a narrative.  So many things have been handed down to me I want my family to know where these things came from.

THE BOY’S

Here is the latest photo of the boys.  They are grand roosters.  They have marvelous crows and are very friendly.  When it gets cooler they will be living with the sheep upstairs for the winter.

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

 

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