DAYS ON THE FARM

28 02 2017

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GREETINGS

The long shadows of spring have arrived and most of the snow has left the mountain. The great thing about this time of year is that any snow that comes  along won’t last.

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The pussy willow tree is budding out but I know that the tree is living on borrowed time and I must get a replacement this year.

The Canadian Geese are back in Greenfield by the thousands now, as I stopped to take this picture I thought in a few short months nest-building will occur and babies willhave to be taught the ins and outs of the geese life.

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As I feed this sheep this morning, someone down stairs is announcing that she laid an egg..  Its theses little things that brings me joy everyday. .  Maude with her one eye happily eating her hay and carrots .  The chickens getting to go out every day now,. cats getting the most of the sun that shines in the house.

Boxes of wool sit on the porch waiting for a trip to Green Mountain Spinnerey to be made into yarn.  Another pile of wool to be sorted and added to the boxes.  Back will come bulky yarn to sell .  Lucy and   Sally’s wool is soft and will make a fine yarn.

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Today I saw what I think is  animal abuse in my town .  It was shocking and left me saddened.  It’s not the first time I have seen it in this small town.  I wish I had the money to take these animals in 2 little goats shoved in a tiny space, nowhere to get out of the sun, dirty and sad-looking.  I did report this behavior but it seems that even though it is horrible it is within the law.  If only those people had to live this way.  I am hoping for arma.  This is a right to farm town but animals have some rights too, proper housing and good care are among those rights  .Ahhhhhhhhhhhhm if only I were  in charge!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been trying to finish up the many projects I have started over the years and have finished up these two wash cloths.  The smaller one is made from handspuun cotton/linen.

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I have finished the drapes for one set of windows in upstairs bedroom and am now looking at paint chips to refresh the room.  All the rooms in my house need a do over and this year I hope the house will get repainted.  I want to do it a charcoal gray with either cream or white trim and cranberry red doors.   I this the gray will hide some of the imperfections of the cement..

ON my way home from Greenfield I saw steam rising from The Sugar House on the trail .  Tomorrow they will open for a 6 week run .  I hope to get there for some good pancakes and maple syrup.   I so hope that next year I will be making my own.

Hope you have a lovely day, thank you so much for reading my blog today.  Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





MARLEY-CAT PINCUSHIONS-SCENES FROM COLRAIN-HOPS DREAM PILLOWS

16 10 2013

HELLO,

MARLEY

Marley is wearing the latest head attire for the well dress Shetland Ram.  

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It arrived yesterday and I decided to wait until breakfast today to put it on him.  It took a few minutes to get it on and adjusted and he was fidelity not from the head-gear but he wanted his breakfast.  I imagine he will have a melt down after he finishes eating.  It works real well.  I will keep it on him till I come back from the show.

CAT PINCUSHIONS

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I had fun making them, and only got 4 done.  t will be a test run at the show.  I want to make more primitive and folk items for my shop now.  I hope to promote the use of wool.  People have gotten away from wool using man-made products.    Wool is green, it can keep you warm and keep you dry.  Who can resist a wool blanket on a cool fall night.

SCENES FROM COLRAIN

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The yellow leaves are now ending the beauty of fall.  Driving down county lanes your are bathed in the glow of them.  The picture of the Neon Flag is on the road to the center of Colrain.  It was done by a local artist as a remembrance of 9-11.  It is lite every night

MORE HOPS DREAM PILLOWS

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I have done a few more hops dream pillows and today I will get things put in boxes and I hope to start some heating pads. 

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





MAKING SUNFLOWERS-COUNTRY LIVING-SWEET PEA-MORE FALL PICTURES

5 10 2013

Hello

FALL

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This year the leaves seem more brilliant.  It might be all the rain we have had.  They should be at there peak in another week, I hope we don’t have any winds or heavy rains before then.

SUNFLOWERS
I have been working on the sunflowers the past two days and hope to have the hooking done on them by tomorrow night.  

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I really like making them, I will have to find the perfect stick for the stem of each of them.

 

SWEET PEA

In doing the bed check for the new hens I noticed that Sweet Pea had found the nest box.

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 No one usually sleeps in the nest box so she will not have anyone bothering her.  This may be a habit for her.  I really don’t mind as I have two nest boxes in there and when I get the Oat Straw one done there will be three.  Plenty for everyone.

The other two new hens are sleeping with Hazel the Rooster tonight.

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COUNTRY LIVING

Country Living came yesterday.

IMG_1498  I have been so busy that I have just had a few minutes to look through it.    The latest thing in Britain is people working for farmers for a week before they take the plunge and give up their jobs.  It’s a great idea, too many people get caught up in the dream and then find it’s not for them.  This gives the farmer extra money and help and the people a good understanding of what is ahead.  Stories about sheep and cow farmers were in this months magazine.  There was also a story about bee keepers who make salves.  I definitely want to read that.  Maybe tomorrow I will sit down with a cup of tea and go through it.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog, I hope you have a lovely day. Carole





CORNELIUS – FINALLY STRING BEANS -FALL-LIFE ON THE FARM

30 09 2013

Hello,

It was foggy this morning but cleared off to be another beautiful day. It will be at least another week before the leaves are  at their peak, looking forward to that,

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CORNELIUS

I was giving one last check to the hens and into the barn walks Cornelius.    He was looking for the helmet bugs on his way upstairs.    I am cautious as is he.

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Finally String Beans

The spring is such a busy time on the farm, with shearing, getting hay in getting the yard in order and a show to do right when I should be planting.  So things are very late this year.  I am lucky that there was no serious frost or I wouldn’t be picking these string beans and all would be lost.   In our area the common time to plant is after the end of May.  Next year I will plant mid-may and take my chances at least with beans and pumpkins.

FALL

Fall is here and with it comes changes.  The tomatoes are still ripening but the vines are dying off.

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 Acorns are falling and the sheep do love them, so do the squirrels.  I do think the sheep get more of them than the squirrels do though.

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 The days are shorter and the nights require some heat now.   There are so many chores to do and I am trying to get them done.  I am insulating the back hen-house, hoping it will keep some of the dampness out.  Windows need to be put back in the hen-house and the barn.  Sweet Annie and artemisia need to be picked tomorrow and the barn cleaned again.  Manure needs to be spread, these things need to be done soon so  I can devote the rest of the week to making things for the show in a couple of weeks.

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The bumble bee’s are our in force today .

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





THE BEAVERS ARE BACK-COLRAIN SCENES-THE FRONT HENS ARE OUT

16 04 2013

Hello,

The Beavers Are Back

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Three or four years ago Beavers were at this same spot.  It’s the route that most people in Colrain take to the main road Route 2.  I watched them on my way to work and back.  It was so interesting to watch their progress.  Unfortunately people do not appreciate Beavers.  Yes, sometimes they are in areas where flooding would be a problem.  But in this area at the moment no-one is affected.  I do hope they won’t “disappear” again.

COLRAIN SCENES

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I don’t know how the goat got on top of the chicken coop.  While we were there a woman with a pail of grain was coming to lure him down.

The Chickens Are Out

The front hens and Murphy are out today.  They really enjoyed being out.  There is still snow underneath the hay but that will melt soon.  I am going to enlarge their yard and will probably finish it after Camp Wool.

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POTATOES

Today I have started preparing a couple of bins for the potato seedlings, I will have to get the other bins ready.  The potato seedlings should be arriving soon.

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





HAPPY VALENTINES DAY – SADIE-MAKING A EASTER TREE

14 02 2013

Hello,

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

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It’s a beautiful day here, must be in the forty’s.  The sun feels so good.

SADIE

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Sadie is enjoying a wonderful Valentine breakfast.

ANOTHER ODD EGG

It’s all wrinkled!

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I do love collecting the eggs, you just never know what you will find.  There are explanations for all these off eggs.

MAKING AN EASTER TREE

My cement base has a piece of discarded foam inside and taped with masking tape.

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 Dried green moss gathered by my friend Susan was placed on top.

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I brought my Mother’s ribbon box and my ribbon box down and went through them both and found some suitable ribbon to hang the eggs with.  I also found some silk flowers in my Mom’s box from the 50’s which I put around the moss  just to add a bit of  Spring color.

I cut out a very whimsical  top for the eggs out of  old  wool scraps and then cut a  slit in the middle to put the ribbon through and glued them both on the egg.

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I want to add a few more colored eggs but will have to wait till Morticia lays some more

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Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day     Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





WEIRD EGG- DROP SPINDLE CLASS-EASTER TREE

13 02 2013

Hello

7 eggs yesterday plus the weird one.

WEIRD EGG

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When you raise chickens occasionally you will get an egg without a shell just a membrane.  Yesterday I got such an egg from Helen.  She laid the egg late in the day and was on the nest looking at the egg .  I thought that odd so I went to grab the egg and it was soft.  It did have a thin layer of shell on it though.

 

 

METAPHOR YARNS IN SHELBURNE, MA.

As you know I am taking a Scottish sweater class at Metaphor Yarns.   I am enjoying the class and learning patience.  Keeping track of patterns isn’t the easiest thing and any little distraction can have me messing up.  

DROP SPINDLE CLASS
On March 1st and the following Friday I will be teaching a drop spindle class at Metaphor.  It will be a basic class where the student will learn the basis of drop spindling, learn to ply on the spindle and try different kinds of rovings.  In the class we will talk about sheep breeds and  learn what types of projects they are good for and much more.  Check out Metaphor’s site for list of classes. http://www.metaphoryarns.com

EASTER TREE

For the past few years I have made an Easter Tree.  I usually go and look for a suitable branch and I have this small cement pot ready to put it in.  This year I decided that since I did cut down a huge branch of pussy willow I would use  a piece of that.

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I blow out the eggs with the Blast it. (gotten on the internet) The eggs are  from Mrs. Brown and  Morticia who are bantam hens.  This year only Morticia is laying so I have collected some of her eggs.  Tonight when they are dried  I will dye them with food coloring as I never seem to have the Easter egg dyes.Then I will glue a small piece of felted wool to cover the small hole and add a ribbon for hanging.  They are fragile but very sweet.  I will show you the complete tree tomorrow.

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If you do not raise bantam hens I am sure within your local community you could find someone who does or you could get some quail eggs.  I have done large eggs too.

I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you so much for reading my blog.       Carole