MURPHY-LAST DAY FOR THE POP UP SHOP

20 12 2015

GREETINGS

We are having a bit of a cold snap but for Christmas Eve  day its suppose to be around 60.  Too warm but we will take it.  I am sure we will get plenty of snow in the new year.

MURPHY

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Murphy is a great rooster, hatched right here on the farm he is truly the kindest and gentlest .  Two nights ago I came home from the pop up shop and did my usual animal routine.  I lock up each coop and count chickens.   Murphy,Francis and Miss Speckles were missing.  I got my large flashlight and ran out to their yard.  There himself was with his wings covering the two girls.  The netting  covering  the top of their run came down and covered their doorway so they couldn’t get into the door.   He takes care of his girls and knows when one is missing and will go back out and stay with her and nudge her to come in.

Francis is quite old in chicken years, yet she goes out every day and in summertime still manages to lay some beautiful blue eggs.

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LAST DAY FOR THE POP UP SHOP

Today is the last day for the Pop Up Shop.  Its been so interesting .  As a group we offer diversity in products and we would like to do it again.  Many of our customers wanted to know where and when we would be again.  Its given us all something to think about.  I have met new crafts people and got to spend some time with my friend Susan.  I have also learned  a lot about doing this.  Its fun and exciting and a short commitment at a busy time.

CHRISTMAS YIKES!!!!!

With so much going on with shows and making things I am so far behind.  Hope to catch up in the next few days.  I haven’t even made my Christmas cards yet so they will be  late.  I do have an idea though and it has something to do with Cosmo..

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





A CURE FOR ROOSTER CROWING-A BEDROOM SHELF-FARMERS MARKET RUG

28 07 2014

GREETINGS

Yesterday morning was dark and gloomy with a smell of rain in the air.  Strong storms and much rain were  called for but didn’t happen.    We are getting use to the change in  weather. I can now see Carol K from my computer window eating the grasses and weeds in the new fencing.

A CURE FOR ROOSTER CROWING

Yesterday I received  a Poultry Magazine in the mail .  There was a small article about a collar for roosters. I investigated it  on the internet and sure enough its true and it works.  I so love Roosters especially Murphy who I raise from a chick.  I love the sound of them crowing but not everyone likes the sound and Hazel’s crowing is downright annoying.  The two boys are practicing their crowing now and they will be adding their song to Murphy’s/  I do really have to consider my neighbors so I plan to get a collar for Hazel and try it out and the get one for the two other  boys..  They come in all sizes and are relatively inexpensive.  They do not hurt the bird at all and I am wondering if they will give the rooster added life.  The article explains a roosters crow, how they take in much more air then needed to make it happen this collar will restrict that big breath, they will still crow but it will be at the sound level as a hen.  I just love this idea.  Roosters are so needed on a farm.  They are protectors of their hens, show them where the food is, take care of fights amongst the hens.  Which means less pecking problems.  They will fight to the death to keep their girls safe.  I think I will raise my own replacement chicks from now on.  

MURPHY AND HIS GIRLS

MURPHY AND HIS GIRLS

 BEDROOM SHELF

I have a bedside table which is always cluttered up with things and I have special books which I use a lot on the table too. I looked around and found a board and some shelf holders and yesterday I painted them all and today I installed them on a wall near my bed.

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FARMERS MARKET RUG

Friday’s farmers market was wonderful, Nina, Jan and Jane came and spun while I worked on the rug.  A gal came over to see what I was doing.  The amazing thing is that she is the town foot Nurse in COlrain and she lived many years in New Foundland.  SHe was secretary to a large Rug Hooking Group.    She is a Rug Hooker.  You just never know where you are going to meet people.  I am hope to see her again and have a longer chat.  Here is he progress on the rug.  I do love the lavender color and how the dark of his wool makes a pattern in the border too.  My rug hooking with yarn class this coming fall and winter will feature a small version of this rug.

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My friend Francine sent me this wonderful poem by Emily Dickinson, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers

That perches on the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops at all

Hope you have a wonderful day today and thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog.   Carole and Minnie





WORM COMPOSTER-SAM-CHRIS-FARM PICTURES

18 03 2014

HELLO

MURPHY AND SWEET PEA

MURPHY AND SWEET PEA

WORM COMPOSTER

I have decided to get a worm composter,  hope to get it in the summer.  Composting outside is not something one can do on a farm.  A farm can be rat heaven.  Especially when you have chickens.  Half of their food is thrown here and there with their scratching. 

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I took a class on worm farming at my local food co-op a few years ago  Now I am at the point that I really need to do it.  Although I normally don’t have a lot of food waste but enough to keep the worm farm going.  This year its out of control.  I have those three chickens living in my house.  Bags and bags of cage litter were being thrown outside and inside that litter were chicken pellets.  Next thing you know there are the rats.  Between Cornelius and the worm factory, I should be rat free in no time.  When the weather is above freezing Cornelius is around but these past few days its been too cold.  Warming up today and the weekend.

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Chris is coming for the weekend.   He will help me worm the sheep and clean the barn.  We will work on the barn Saturday morning.  He is such a great help and lots of company.

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I was cleaning out a file drawer yesterday and found all my cat info.  Sammy will be 19 this year.  With all his trails and tribulations he is going strong.  When he was about 4 he had a blockage and almost died.  It was a frightful event.  From that time on all the cats have been on the special diet for blockages and things have been fine.  He now has a thyroid condition and a respiratory condition both of which he takes pills for.  Each morning I crush up the pills in a pill crusher and mix it with baby food.  If he feels that I have not done this on time he comes looking for me and reminds me with his loud meow’s.  He is an amazing cat but aren’t they all!

SAMMYLOVES EGG YOLKS

SAMMYLOVES EGG YOLKS

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you had a marvelous day.  Carole

THIS IS GOOD HAY SAID ELLIOTT

THIS IS GOOD HAY SAID ELLIOTT





FAMILY APPLE PICKING- PINE HILL ORCHARD-MURPHY AND NEW CHICKENS

3 09 2013

 

Hello

PINE HILL APPLE PICKING

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Yesterday my Son and  his family asked me to come apple picking with them, It was misting when we left and raining when we got there.  Most days it’s so busy at the Orchard but the rain has kept people away.  We went inside and paid for the amount that was going to be picked.  Unto a covered wagon pulled by a tractor.

DAVID SHEARER

DAVID SHEARER

 It was a fun ride all around the farm, seeing the peach trees and so many apple trees loaded with fruit ,then by a large pumpkin patch and onto the McIntosh Apples that were to be picked this day.  Things have changed so much at the Orchard since  David Shearer  started running the farm .

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 They have improved everything about the place, making it a delightful family adventure.   They have events for all seasons, Easter Egg Hunts, Halloween events, people come from miles around to take part .

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Apple picking just tired Lil right out.

Apple picking just tired Lil right out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MURPHY AND SOME NEW HENS

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Murphy is such a delightful rooster.  Oh yes sometimes he gets feisty but he has never came after me or pecked me like Hazel does.  He still remembers the soothing words I used to say to him as a chick and will calm right down when I say them.  This year I  had decided not to get anymore hens.  I have a lot but as they all age I really need to get more if I want to get the number of eggs that I get now.  I think I will get two regular size hens and 2 Bantams.   I must do that soon.  It will give them a chance to settle in before the cold weather arrives.   A  trip to THE CHICKEN MAN is always an adventure.

This hot and humid weather is going away today and at least for the next week it will be comfortable.  Fall is approaching and I hope my tomatoes and peppers and string beans will arrive before the first frost.  The tomatoes are looking so good they only need to ripen.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





TROUBLE IN THE HEN HOUSE-SPINNING FOR RUG HOOKING

6 01 2013

HELLO.

This morning there was trouble in the hen-house.  Hazel sneaked into Murphy’s part of the hen-house and Morticia got into Hazel domain .

HAZEL

HAZEL

.  In the hen houses Hazel has his gals and Murphy has his.  Morticia would like to be with hazels gang but would beat up on Amelia who has just got her feathers back.  Sounds like a soap opera doesn’t it?  

AMELIA

AMELIA

 I though I had gotten everyone back in place but there was Morticia chasing Amelia.  All is peaceful now.                                                 P1010976                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7-Eggs today 

Haven’t gotten that many eggs since November.  Yea, the days are getting longer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPINNING FOR RUG HOOKING

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Ricky tightened my spinning wheel so its working better.  I have been doing a lot of spinning and plying every day.  I am trying to get enough Elliott done to keep ahead of the rug.  I am also finding some smaller pieces of roving that I would like to add into the rug.  This blue/purple isn’t really enough to do much with  but would look great in the rug.

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





NEW ENGLAND FIBER FEST – MORTICIA – THE CHICKENS – SADIE

5 11 2012

HELLO

This morning Deb and I set out for the New England Fiber Fest located at Eastern States Expo in West Springfield, Ma.  It was the last day of the two-day show.   We were hoping to scope out the show for a possible vendor location for next year.  

Is only 3 years old and shows take quite a while to build up a following.  It’s a show that we will definitely think about for next year.

There were lots of animals there and so much yarn.  Only 3 rug hooking booths so there is room for expansion there.  The booth that seemed to have the most business was The New England Felt Supply booth.  It was a double booth and filled with buyers.  I have never been there but a lot of my friends have and I plan a trip to Easthampton soon.

The first sheep we see were a pair of Border Leicesters.    My favorites.

Llamas were next

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WOOL AND DYE WORKS                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE HEN HOUSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today was supposed to be moving day in the Hen House.  Unfortunately with going to the show I just didn’t get things ready.  Morticia just couldnt wait and I found her in with Murphy.  She had tried out the nesting boxes and decided that sleeping right next to Murph was the best thing.  The bigger hens have been picking on her and now she seems content.  She has been in with Murph on occasion so for her it’s a safe place.

HESTER AND HELEN

The two of them are cuddled up together in the nest box.  Nights are getting colder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our way home Deb and I stopped at a local farm stand near her house.  I purchased a huge cabbage for Sadie.  Deb, she loves Hadley cabbage.

Thanks for reading my block and hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 





MORE QUILT SQUARES – STORAGE SPACE FOR HOOKING WOOL AND MURPHY

10 09 2012

HELLO,

It’s a beautiful brisk day in this part of New England.  The apples came early this year because of the summers weather.  I am closing some windows as I can feel the chill in the house.  I hope the heat doesn’t come on, and I am not going to light the wood stove just yet.

I was at the grain store today and bought the latest edition of The Farmers Almanac.  Can’t wait to read the predictions for 2013.

MORE QUILT SQUARES

This is the second batch of quilt squares I bought on e-bay.  I didn’t realize that they were from a smokers home and they will have to be soaked in fabreze before I can do anything with them.  They are much larger than the ones I used yesterday.  I am planning to cut hearts and fill them with lavender.

 

 

 

                                                                                                       
RUG HOOKING STORAGE

There is never enough storage in an old house.  You have to be inventive to find a solution.  About a month ago I went to Strawberry Fields and saw a very large gray wood box.  I thought about it and decided to come back and get it.  Well several weeks went by and it was sold, luckily she had another one and I snapped it up.  Now I have an old trunk belonging to my family full of wool in the dining room and this.  It’s nice to have the stash so handy.

 

Have a good day

Carole

MURPHY