HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL -THE WRINGER WASHER AND HANGING CLOTHES OUT-FRANCIS

10 05 2015

GREETINGS

We had a shower yesterday morning but do need lots more rain.  Everything is popping up and the birds are out in full force

SADIE'S PLACE

SADIE’S PLACE

THE WRINGER WASHER

My Mothers family lived in Maryland.  We would visit a couple of times a year staying with my Grandmother. SHe had an old, 2   story Maryland style home with a large front porch.  There was a walk out cellar that always had a little puddle of water when you took that last step into it.  All laundry and canning was done in that cellar.  I can still remember the smell of it.  The house stood facing some railroad tracks and the Susquehanna River.  Oh what wonderful times were had there.  From my quiet life in Massachusetts to large family gatherings, a dog named Joe, lots of cousins and fun on the river.  At night the sounds of trains far away and boats with music and people partying on the river would lull me to sleep

IMG_5008The above hand painted picture is of my Grandmothers house.  Painted by my Cousin Gary. 

I loved helping my Grandmother with things and her washing machine was so different from ours at home.  She reluctantly instructed me on how the wringer worked and repeatedly told me how an arm can be broken in one of them.  One day she said I could send the clothes through to her and for a while I paid close attention to what was going on and then my arm went in with the clothing.  Luckily she had an emergency release on her new machine.  What an experience.

I come from a long line of women who hung their clothes out to dry  I have had a clothesline every place I have lived.  Although I do use a dryer occasionally I do love the feel and smell of freshly dried clothes.  Thanks to my blogger friend Eliza for reminding me of the wonders of hanging laundry out.

FRANCIS

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Francis is 13 years old this year and it summertime and she has started laying her beautiful blue eggs again.  The other day she was in the nest box and for a moment I though she was dead.  SHe was just taking a nap while laying her egg.  It’s not easy laying an egg when you are old!

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I hope that Mothers Day is a delightful all, many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole





COLTSFOOT-SPINNING CLASS-ELLIOTT’S SHEARING DAY-SADIE’S PLACE

12 05 2014

HELLO AND HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL OF YOU.,

THE HERB COLTSFOOT

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You know its spring when you see the herb Coltsfoot on the roadsides.   It was used as a medical herb for ages but now there is a concern about kidney or liver damage.  I am going to pick some this year and try to do some dyeing in my iron pot.  Its suppose to do a pale green.  It’s a beautiful plant that wouldn’t live on my rich soil.  It loves sandy roadside soil.

SPINNING CLASS AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

This is the second class and the wool I gave them was washed and dried.  They liked the process and enjoyed spinning and plying it. They are really doing well spinning. Next week we are doing fancier yarns.

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We had a surprise visitor one of the Tibetan ladies that lives nearby spun on my wheel.  SHe doesn not speak English so we couldn’t converse how she learned. Maybe Liz will find out about that.  SHe spins wonderfully.

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ELLIOTT’S SHEARING DAY

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Elliott was sheared this morning and he still has that awful rash.  The Shearer never saw a rash like that and gave him another shot of ivermectin.  If I don’t see some improvement within a couple of days I will have to have the vet return.  The rash doesn’t seem to bother him much but when reading about skin problems in LLamas it said because of the weather conditions many more llamas have mites and things like that.  Poor Elliott he just wants to be left alone and not bothered by people.

SADIE’S PLACE

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The beautiful tulips mark the place where Sadie is buried.  I would someday put a bench or something their.  I think I will scatter some wild flower seeds over the area so there will be beauty all summer long. She was a beautiful sheep, kind and loving.  I miss her.

I hope your day was filled with love and job, thank you for reading my blog.  Carole