SPREADING THE MILKWEED-GIFT OF BOOKS- SHEEP RUG HOOKING PATTERN-NEW ARRIVAL-SORREL NEEDS A HOME

9 11 2015

GREETINGS

The warmer weather has gone for the time being and its a bit chilly in the mornings.  I am busy getting ready for The Crafts of Colrain which is this coming weekend, so far the weather looks great for it.

SPREADING MILKWEED

It seems that this past month I have been going to Greenfield  a lot.  Picking up 25# of Oatmeal for the Chickens, several appointments, and I have been parking in a parking lot.   In cracks in the pavement are milkweed ready to send off their seeds.  Each time I am in  town I pick off a branch and bring it home to spread around my yard.  Its a good feeling that hopefully some of these seeds will take and more beautiful Monarch’s will be around.

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TWO BOOKS I AM READING

Birthday wishes are popping up everywhere.

  Liz of Sheep and Shawl gave me this wonderful book, The Chicken Chronicles by Alice Walker author of many books including The Color Purple.   A wonderful story of life with Chickens.  I am thoroughly enjoying it.

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A surprise  box in the mail yesterday from my friend Jan contained a book she though was perfect for me.  The Stillmeadow Road by Gladys Taber.  I  have started it and love it.  Its about a woman who buys an old farmhouse with blinders on ( sort of like me) and takes you through the fixing up the trails and tribulations of her dogs,cats and gardens.

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I want to learn more about this author and read some of her other books.

A NEW RUG HOOKING PIECE

My friend Debbie went on a wonderful trip to Nova Scotia and went to Deanne’s shop.  She brought me back this wonderful sheep pattern.  I just love it and am now thinking of how I can do it. I can’t start it till after the first of the year by then I hope have it all figured out.

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NEW  ARRIVAL ON WEDNESDAY

Okay so I said I wasn’t going to get anymore sheep. I promise this is the last one.  I just couldn’t resist this one.  Her name is Annie, which endeared her to me right away.  We called my Mom Annie for the last several years of her life.    She was in a breeding program to promote better sheep and wool.  She is half English Leicester and half Merino.  One can only imagine how wonderful her wool will be.   She is only 2 which is nice.

  

She will fit in nicely with the girls and offer me some really wonderful wool to turn into yarn in two years time.

Here is another sheep that is looking for a home.  My friend Lisa, who raises beautiful sheep is downsizing and Sorrel needs to find a home.  I wish I could take her but 5 is enough.  

 

I don’t know how anyone can resist her.  She is beautiful and an English Leicester.  They are the nicest sheep

Many thanks for reading my blog, there seems never to be a dull moment around the farm, never expected another sheep to fall into my lap.  Hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

 





PROJECTS-GREEN MOUNTAIN RUG HOOKING GUILD-TEA’

8 06 2015

GREETINGS

After a beautiful weekend we are getting a few needed sprinkles this morning.  Tomorrow more showers.

PROJECTS

I have many unfinished projects and some i really want to get done before the end of the month.  I have piled them on the dining table and will try to pick one and finish it! The flag hooked rug was done 20 years ago and has been floating around.  I wanted to get it hung but just couldn’t decide how to do it and where to put it.  I figured it out and yesterday got it hung in an area where it wouldn’t get direct sunlight.  I love where it is and the spot needed a little color to it.

 

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GREEN MOUNTAIN RUG HOOKING GUILD

Saturday the hooking guild had a meeting close to here.  Usually Deb and I have to drive a couple of hours  but Saturday it was in Brattleboro, Vermont less than a half hour from here.  I haven’t been to anything in almost 2 years,   It was good to see people and their projects.  Deb helped me get me going on the small punch needle and I will be doing more of that now.  

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Deb and friends

TEA’

Where did the time go.  It seems like yesterday I was visiting her dancing school and now in the fall she will be off to Babson College.

 

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We had a wonderful day yesterday at the Graduation and the party.

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Tea’s Dad Jason, her brother Dylan Tea and her Mom Betty

 

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





CHICKENS – WOOLEN HALLOWEEN PIECE – LENNIES HERMITS

3 10 2012

HELLO,

Yesterday the gate was left open so the hens could finally get together.  This worked out so well, having them in the same area for 6 weeks or so.  They saw each other every day so It was no big deal when the gate was open.  The greatest thing is that Amelia (no tail feathers) was  taking good care of herself and showing the others that she is boss.  Good girl!  Despite having no tail feathers she is a feisty hen.  In the picture her feathers are ruffled when someone was helping themselves to her food!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOOLEN HALLOWEEN PIECE

Today I am starting on another pattern that I bought from CAMP WOOL several years ago.  I loved it done it and can’t wait to get going on it.  I have bought several of the key colors and the rest of the wool I will get from my stash

 

 

 

 

 

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Yesterday I was thinking why did I buy all those patterns 2 years ago.  I was working full-time, my knee was still not operating well and I barely managed all the things I needed to do.  Well as with this pattern I have never seen it again anywhere.  I think when you see something that  you just love you should get it if you can.  You may never see it again.  I hope to start cutting this out tomorrow.

 

LENNY’S HERMITS

Today Patti, a follower of my blog and a blogger herself paid a visit to the farm.  We chatted over tea and hermits for hours about chickens, cats, and our beloved Ireland.

The hermits I served today were  from a recipe given to the WOOLGATHERES SPINNING group by a member, Lenny’s many years ago.  Lenny’s was loved by all and never failed to bring these delights to every meeting and event.  The date on the recipe is 10/88.  SHe used to make them in large batches and freeze them.

LENNY’S HERMITS                                                                                                                                                                                        

1/2 CUP BUTTER                                                            1 CUP SUGAR

1/4 CUP MOLASSES                                                       1 TSP. CINNAMON

1 TSP. NUTMEG                                                               1 TSP. BAKING SODA

1/2 TSP. GROUND CLOVES                                         2 LARGE EGGS

1/2 TSP. SALT                                                                  2-1/2 CUPS FLOUR

1 CUP RAISENS                                                               1/2 CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS

MIX BUTTER , SUGAR, MOLASSES, EGGS AND SPICES AND MIX WELL.ADD FLOUR, BEAT WELL, ADD NUTS AND RAISENS, MIX. SPREAD INTO 15 INCH BUTTERED PAN.

BAKE AT 350 18-20 MINUTES.  ALLOW TO COOL IN PAN AND CUT INTO SQUARES.  FREEZES WELL.

Today was another great day hope yours was too.  Thank you so much for reading my blog.

Carole