DYEING YARN-OWEN-HOOKED RABBIT FINALLY FINISHED

4 03 2015

GREETINGS

It’s not as cold today and we are suppose to get snow, sleet and freezing rain in the evening.  I am worried about the barn and will be putting sandbags u in front of the door later in the afternoon.  The chickens are laying more eggs and the sheep are getting rammy (butting each other) so spring can’t be far away.

MAUDE

MAUDE

DYEING YARN

I have a good amount of Bartlett yarn hanging around and decided to over dye it and sell it at Sheep and Shawl.  Tomorrow if the weather is good I will be bringing things to the shop for my hooking class and to sell. Liz is back from her wonderful time in Maine and I am anxious to hear all about it.

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OWEN

The house is much different now without him in it.  Thank you all for all you words of wisdom, you will never know how much they helped me.  I realized  in Owen’s death my calling always was animals.  I love them.  Sometimes they are here for a short time and others for a long time.  Even the naughty ones like Marley and Mr. Peepers are loved.  Thank you all.

HOOKED RABBIT FINALLY  MOSTLY FINISHED

I am trying to be a better finisher in the rug hooking area.  Lots and lots of unfinished projects.  I finally got this rabbit piece finished just in time for Easter.

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WINTER WINTER GO AWAY

This has been a horrible winter for so many folks.  Tonight was the last straw.  I went up to give the sheep water and the faucet came off in my hand.    I have been pretty good about all the broken pipes and hard work but I am now done.  Hope the melt is slow though I really don’t feel like doing a major barn and coop clean up.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this sunny March day.  I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

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OWEN

2 03 2015

GREETINGS

OWEN

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Last night Owen had some sort of spell he rested comfortably and I took him to the Vets this am.  He had a stroke.  He had thyroid and heart problems which go hand in hand.  There was nothing to do.  Now he is gone.

People have wondered why I would take a 10 year old cat with medical problems in the first place.  I say why not.   Yes it does open you up to heart break and I thought for sure I would have him longer than  months.  He was given up because he was sick I can’t imagine that.  And in the shelter for months.  When I saw his little picture I had to take him home with Sam.  It took him quite some time to feel comfortable here.  And  a few months ago I heard him purr for the first time.  I knew then that he had settled in.  I will miss him and am so grateful that I had a chance to know him.

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Thank you so much for reading my blog on this day   Carole

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SNOW-BBC 4 RADIO KNITTING PROGRAMS-OWEN-MIXES

24 01 2015

GREETINGS

The snow is gently falling here and its beautiful.  Of course I am snug and cozy in my house and don’t have to go anywhere.  They say the driving is treacherous.  The birds are all gathering at the feeders and the few squirrels that live around here are there too.  Another storm brewing for Sunday night into Monday.

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BBC 4

I have been listening to some very interesting knitting stories on BBC 4 radio via the internet.  Yesterday I listen to a show about knitting on Fair Isle.  They were interviewing farmers and knitters and school children.

OWEN

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Owen came here in September along with Sam.    He was very thin with a matted coat and fleas.  No sparkle to his eyes like Sam had.  I know he had gone through a lot but these past few weeks has seen the spark in his eyes and him playing and running with Sam. 

MIXES

I have a lot of mixes made up for quick use.  Some recipe’s were gotten off the internet and others in the Make A Mix series.  Today was a good day for making chocolate pudding with home-made whipped cream.    The cats will enjoy a small dish of whipped cream after supper.

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





WINTER-KNITTING PROJECT-EGGS-.OWEN

1 12 2014

GREETINGS

Last night was a beautiful but cold night.  Today was warmer.  All kinds of birds are flocking to the feeders,  I just love watching them. Cindy and I had a wonderful time at Chandlers for Thanksgiving, the food was excellent.  We stayed the night at The Deerfield Inn which was delightful. 

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KNITTING PROJECT

I saw this wonderful sheep ornament on the Shetland Wool page.  I found some directions and this is how it looks so far.  There are some mistakes which will be fixed when I do the next one.  It called for styrofoam  balls but I don’t have any and I would have to drive 20 miles to get them.  I don’t know just what size I would need so ordering them isn’t a way to go.  I thought I would stuff them with cotton and put some balsam in them.  WHen I am done I will post the picture.  They are fun to make.

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EGGS

I have had chickens for over 10 years and have enjoyed every part of having them.  What is especially nice is the eggs.  Never knowing when a off size will happen or a different color.  Its a surprise every day.  The hens are laying a little more now.  Yea and no lights so far.  I am going to get a light in the big coop and there is a light in the rooster coop, on cold days it does add some warmth.

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OWEN

Owen is a wonderful cat.  Why people get rid of older animals is a mystery to me.  They are quiet, and so grateful.  He is a dear.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this beautiful night.  Hope your day was wonderful.  Carole

 

 

 





SHELBURNE FALLS FARMERS MARKET-MAINE ORGANIC FARMER AND GARDENER-TWICE 55

24 11 2014

GREETINGS

The woods are shrouded in fog this morning and a gentle rain has been falling all night.  I redug the trench and no water in the barn.  I cleaned the barn yesterday and one to get on a once a week schedule of barn cleaning again.  It sure makes things easier and only takes an hour and a half.  I am off to the cemetery to plant spring bulbs this morning.

SHELBURNE FALLS FARMERS MARKET

Saturday was a perfect day for the Autumn market.  It was brisk and windy and the day ended with a few snow flurries.  The crowds weren’t there  like last year but it was an enjoyable day.

MY TABLE AT THE MARKET

MY TABLE AT THE MARKET

 More and more fairs are held that weekend so the competition is brisk.  I made a lot of contacts and met  Eliza.  Eliza writes a beautiful blog with many wonderful pictures and she is only a few towns away.

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ELIZA

It was wonderful to finally meet her.  Her blog is elizawaters.wordpress.com.  Check it out.

LOTS OF VEGGIES

LOTS OF VEGGIES

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND PEARS

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND PEARS

 

MAINE ORGANIC FARMER AND GARDNER

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Lots of interesting news.  I particularly liked the article on the comeback of Granges in Maine.  With the encouragement of farming, Granges in Maine are making a comeback.  What good news. The Grange was an important part of my family life and I hope that our state can start to encourage small farming.  This newspaper is very reasonable and if you are a farmer, gardener or folks that are interested in your food I encourage you to join this wonderful organization.

TWICE 55

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Since I got my Piano back I have been looking for these wonderful song books.  They were found in some books that I brought back from my old homestead.  I am delighted.  Twice 55 was first published with a collection of 18 songs in 1913.  It soon went to 55 songs and when World War One came along it went to 120 and was named Twice 55.   These song books came from my Dad’s homestead where there was a large family steeped in the arts of singing and playacting.  

My Dad and I would often have sing-a-longs on car trips.  One of my favorite songs was Loch Lomond.  I once was in Scotland and on the way back to the airport from The Highlands I saw a small sign Loch Lomond.  I quickly stopped the car, it’s a beautiful loch and it brought back those sweet times of my Dad and I signing that song.  I am not a great piano player but will enjoy playing some of these songs again.

The chickadee’s have been out in full force getting as any sunflower seeds as they can.  I hope you have a wonderful day its starting to clear up now.  Many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole and my helper Owen

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A CHICKEN MYSTERY-OWEN-CHICKEN LITTLE- SHELBURNE FALLS AUTUMN MARKET

21 11 2014

GREETINGS

Yesterday I was without internet for most of the day, I didn’t realize how much I would miss it.  Eventually my Son found the cause the phone line had become unplugged!   Its cold here this morning but will rise up to the 40’s this afternoon.  Then bitter cold tonight.   The people in Buffalo could get another 3-4 feet of lake effect snow today on top of the 4-5 feet they already have.  No one can really be prepared for that amount.

THE CHICKEN MYSTERY

This picture is of  a rooster and a hen or two roosters, not sure.

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 I thought they were both roosters but Chicken Little now looks like a hen.  No eggs though which leads me to think that he is a he.  Strange though.

SHELBURNE FALLS AUTUMN FARMERS MARKET

Shelburne Falls has its autumn farmers market this Saturday from 11 am till 4 pm in the elementary school.  It’s a wonderful event where you can pick up some locally made items and still buy some wonderful produce.  

CAT TOYS

I have been busy making cat toys for the farmers market

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and some to send to Ahimsa SHelter where my two new kitties came from

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.  It’s such a nice shelter where loving care is shown to each animal and great care is given to find just the right owner.

OWEN

Owen had his doctors visit yesterday.  He certainly doesn’t like going anywhere.  All numbers are good so he won’t have to go back for three month.  He gained 2/10’s of a pound.

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The Thursday Spinner met at Jane’s today.  Everyone had an interesting project.   Many thanks for reading my blog today.  Its going to be a bitter night and the wood stove is keeping the kitchen nice and warm.   Carole

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PICTURES OF MY FIRST FLOCK OF SHEEP-A VISITOR IN THE PASTURE-CHRIS AND OWEN-ELLIOTT-ROSIE

18 11 2014

GREETINGS

Its a cold day today with a bitter night coming upon us.  January weather, well for me its a test to see how warm the house stays with wood and pellets during the  day and oil at night.  So far so good.  Its quite comfortable in the house.  Lots of work keeping everything going but worth it.  A warm up next MOnday maybe I can still get the garlic planted!   I have been wanting to share some pictures of my first flock of sheep.  All Border Leicesters and as far as I a concerned the best flocK that anyone could have.  The first picture is of Seamus, who was a 300 pound beauty.  He was as gentle as a kitten, the second picture is of some of the rest of the flock including my angora goat Timmy.

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THE FLOCK

THE FLOCK

 

A VISITOR IN THE PASTURE

Miles and miles of woods start where my pasture leaves off.  Many animals live there.  This morning my son looked up in the pasture and saw the sheep and Elliott and then something else, a deer.  A young doe coming out of the barn.  The sheep and Elliott didn’t seem to notice which leads me to think that this has been happening for a while.  SHe probably discovered food and drink inside the barn.   SHe easily jumped the fence  when my son’s dog barked.  Always something interesting.

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A couple of weeks back when I was still ill I went up to feed the sheep and noticed that Elliott was bleeding from the mouth and there was a tooth missing.  Of course I got all upset but called a llama expert  and found that this happens in old age.  They do loose their front teeth, not to be concerned because they chew with their back teeth.  By the time I went back upstairs he was happily eating his hay and had finished his grain.

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Chris and Owen

The new cats really like CHris. especially Owen.

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ROSIE

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Poor Rosie what a time to moult.  I have fixed up a nest box for here with lots of shavings and hay and she seems to stay warm there.  She still ventures outside during the day.  New feathers are coming in .

Many thanks for reading my blog on this blustery day, I do hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are.

Carole