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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WATER WATER EVERYWHERE-HAZEL AND MRS. BROWN-SIDE YARD CHICKENS

27 08 2015

GREETINGS

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Another  beautiful day is on the horizon.  The humidity has gone and cooler temps are here with a nice breeze.  How lucky we are.  Next week the humidity is back with temps in the 90’s.  Thats New England for you.

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE

Croc's won't do in this weather

Croc’s won’t do in this weather

This week we had some terrible rains.  More than two inches came pouring down an hour.  It was in sheets and I spent the entire morning bailing out and digging more trenches.  Some mud and water came in the barn but not much.  My efforts saved the day

Lucy was wondering what was going on

Lucy was wondering what was going on

. The best thing I did was to dig a trench on the side of the barn down to the end.

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The garden flourished with the rain and it seems like the jewel weed grew a foot taller!!  It seems like this is how its going to be now, this summer we have not received many gentle rains, its comes down in torrents and dumps so much that there is flooding everywhere.  This is now the norm.

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Hazel has really improved and is eating well again Mrs. Brown is laying an egg every day now and building elaborate nests.

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SIDE YARD CHICHEN AREA

The Hops, Morning Glories and other flowers have outdid themselves this year.  I do hate the netting I have up though, and hope that next year I can put up the trellis work it will look nicer and be easier to walk under.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today, I hope you enjoy the day.  Carole

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RUG HOOKING-SHEEP AND SHAWL-ITS COLDER THAN COLD

27 01 2014

HELLO

RUG HOOKING

This week while going through my rug hooking projects I found the unfinished rug hooking sign.  Then while going through some boxes of fiber I found the remains of my first yarn that I sent out.  Then it hit me, I have held onto these remains for years not wanting to compost them but never knowing what to do with these short ends.  I needed a background color for the sign and they will go together.  The yarn that was made many years ago is what I am making the socks for the class out of.  It was all my Border Leicester flock and my goat Timmy combined, a good strong sock yarn.  I have few skeins left now and will keep them for socks.  I am so glad that I have found a place for the wool ends and I plan to use the sign at shows.

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COLD TEMPS

Ii’s below zero this morning, the sheep got some grain .  Expecting numbers in the double digits below zero this coming week.  The hens in the back of the barn are a little warmer since I insulated that part and because I added a vent it isn’t as damp in there  Their water was almost frozen while the water in the front coops was frozen solid.  Meanwhile Hazel, Mrs. Brown and Milly are enjoying the comforts of the warmth of the  upstairs  south bedroom, its like a Florida vacation to them with room service and all!  

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If you haven’t gone down to Sheep and Shawl and you live in the area you should stop by  The shop is loaded with yarns, some local and all sorts of wonderful wooly things.  It’s a great place to take a class or drop in  knitting or spinning.  I finished the sock and brought it down today.

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While I was there I was thinking about all the yarn that she carries.  She is still trying to get more local yarns and I will put Lucy and Sally’s yarn in the shop when i have it done.  But yarns from far away and  the shepherds with small herds who contribute their wool to make some of these yarns what interesting stories each of them would tell.  

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you are staying warm.  Carole





BACK IN THE DEEP FREEZE-MRS. BROWN AND THE EGG-PACKAGING THINGS UP

22 01 2014

HELLO,

The Blue Jay’s and other birds were busying eating all day long in preparation for tonight’s below zero temps

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Back in the Deep Freeze

 We are back in the deep freeze again, not as bad as last time thought.  I got hay yesterday from a neighbor, only 10 bales at a time from now on.  Unfortunately the fellow I have been buying hay from has sold out so there is no elevator.  I have already secured next years hay from the him, the elevator makes light work of it.

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Yesterday morning I went in to feed Hazel and Mrs, Brown and she was sitting on an egg.  I  put some cardboard on the wire to make the nesting place more secure so that the hay stays inside the area.  I don’t know if she will actually sit on the egg for 21 days and will she lay more eggs, they say it take about 6 days for her to lay enough eggs, time will tell.  This is just what I wanted.  There is always something exciting going on at the farm.. 

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Hazel is more watchful over Mrs. Brown, he helps her pick the right grasses for the nest.   You get tiny glimpses of this but now I am able to see it all.  He is not a nice rooster to humans but is kind and considerate to his hens.

Well a day has passed and Mrs. Brown is not sitting anymore.  It might have been a practice run or just a passing fancy.

Getting ready for Spring Shows and the new website

I have been packaging up some wool and also some bags of hooking wool.  I had a box full of wonderful scraps of wool that would be wonderful for  hooked stone walls or rocks.  These are harder to find in thrift shops and just the right person will grab them up..

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





AN AFTERNOON IN BRATTLEBORO-NEW SHEEP-MRS. BROWN LAYS AN EGG

13 01 2014

HELLO

SUNRISE IN COLRAIN ON THE RIDE TO THE VETS THIS MORNING

SUNRISE IN COLRAIN ON THE RIDE TO THE VETS THIS MORNING

Yesterday I spent part of the afternoon in Brattleboro.

ICE FISHERPEOPLE ON THE BACK WAY TO BRATTLEBORO

ICE FISHERPEOPLE ON THE BACK WAY TO BRATTLEBORO

 A lovely town in Vermont.  I drive the back way over hills and dales with the smell of wood smoke seeping in the car, it was perfect. It actually takes less time than the highway.  I needed to pick up some beads for the spinning wheel hooks and some wire.  The bead store in Brattleboro is very large they even carry needle felting supplies.  Then I went to the Food co-op, I haven’t been in there since they made the new building.

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 Its large and roomy and has everything you could want.  It was good to get out and away from the ice problems in the barn.

GREAT NEWS

A new sheep is coming to my barn this spring.  Her name is Lucky,   She is going to be having a baby in a couple of weeks so it will be springtime that she will come.  She is a Border Leicester.  Yea, my little herd is complete.

MRS. BROWN LAYS AN EGG

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Mrs. Brown laid an egg today. She wasquite proud of herself and it’s a beauty, she is back to her old self again.  I was secretly hoping that she would become broody and hatch a few chicks, we will see about that.

WILLIE

Willie is back home and spending the night with Sammy.  Angus doesn’t like Willie (he is the cat that wants to be an only cat) and I fear that something might happen so he and Sam will spend a quiet night together.  They are both already happy with special foods.

Tonight I am going to Tea’s basketball game in Bernardston.  A report with follow tomorrow.  Hope you had a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole