A DAY AWAY-THE WEAVERS TRAIL-SALEM CROSS RUG HOOKING DAY-BARN WORK-SURPRISE PACKAGES

28 10 2017

GREETINGS

We have been getting some wonderful days and just the right amount of rain.   Although I think we have had enough rain for a while.    It seems to come down in inches now.

I even took some time to sit in the sun and knit one day.  The Chestnuts from my Son’s trees are falling and getting them collected before the Chippy’s and squirrels get them is a feat for his family.   At this time of year many restaurants in the Boston area love to have them.  Today the weather has turned sharply cooler with winds but beautiful sun..  We may have a frost tonight and more torrential rains on Sunday.

A DAY AWAY

My friend Jane asked me if I would like to ride along with her to Adams , she needed to go to social security.  It’s a beautiful ride along route 2 ending with The hairpin Turn.  It’s a ride that I have taken since I was a young child.  The store where my Grandfather  bought my little drum is still there!   The leaves are slow to change this year so it was mostly yellows and browns with the occasional red thrown in .    We had a leisurely lunch and she took me on a tour of the town.  Jane was a Vicar there for  a few years.  It’s a town of Church spires and much beauty. The social security visit was quick and we took another route home 8A which was even more beautiful than the ride over.  A wonderful day with a good friend.  We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful and diversified state.

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 THE WEAVING TRAIL

A new venture was started by some local weavers and I attended  one venue of it.  It was well attended.  My Friend Lisa had her handwoven and some handwoven and hand spun towels and on her spinning wheel was some flax that she was spinning.

 Another friend Emily,  had  towels, napkins and a whole array of handwoven things.  She was giving tours and answering all kinds of weaving questions.  Both weave on Swedish looms.  

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DEHYDRATOR  

I  have dehydrated all the catnip and hope to do some other herbs but right now there are hot,red peppers being done on the porch. Then will come the orange slices which will go into potpourri .   The house always smells good at this time of year.

SOME BARN WORK

Last week my grandson Charlie and I cleaned the barn.   He also put up the extension cord for Maude’s hot water bucket.    We need to cover the window with plastic and clean up around the entrance to the barn and the sheep will be ready for winter.

I hope to get the downstairs front chickens  sorted out tomorrow  I would like to separate the bantams from the regular hens.    They get picked on .  I have figured out how it will be done and need to get working on it.  The trip to Ireland is coming fast and these things need to be done.

HOOKING AT THE SALEM CROSS INN

It is one of my favorite days of the year.  Deb and I have been doing the Woolen Memories Hook Inn for 17 years.  Starting in Hardwick, Ma and now at The Salem Cross Inn.    This year we had a lovely group  of gals 7 in total.  It was a wonderful day.  It was  close to 70 out, usually we have snow flurries!  The vendors were great carrying things from wool to needle punching things, cookies to antiques.  Looking forward to next year.

Ahhhhhh Homemade apple pie with whipped cream

SURPRISE PACKAGES

Every once in a while I get a surprise package in the mail from my Cousin Gary.  It could be a box of black walnuts or some sheepy item he found.  I don’t know where he ever finds these unique sheepy things but I do love them.  This rain gauge is so cute and the last torrential rains we had there was over 3 inches in the gauge.  I have always wanted a rain gauge.  Of course he will be coming in soon and go back out in the spring.   Thanks Gary for brightening up my day.

 

Many thanks for reading my blog on this windy day.   Carole





HAZEL- SALEM CROSS INN-RUG HOOKING

31 10 2013

HELLO

Today was a warmer morning than the last few, yesterday morning greeted me with sleet and freezing rain ,  The back pasture is full of leaves and the glow of them filled the  barn this morning with reddish hues

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HAZEL

Hazel went to the Vets on Tuesday.  He is doing better but may have to be on the medication longer than the 14 days originally planned.  His crow is coming back and the gals at the front desk heard it and came into to say how much better he sounds.  He was quite nice for the doctor she trimmed one of his nails that had gotten broken.

HOOK-IN AT SALEM CROSS INN

Once again Sandy of Woolen Memories has out done herself.  The hook-inn was perfect.  It doesn’t seem possible that its been going on for 15 years.   Debbie, Mary Jane and I arrived at a  good time, and got our table.  We enjoyed the company of lots of people at our table.  Susan came and it was her first time there although several years ago she had visited me there.  We had a lovely time chatting about future shows and her show coming up this weekend in New Hampshire.  We are hoping that this year we are going to do work days at each others houses during the winter.

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ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE APPLE TREE'S LOCATED IN FRONT OF THE INN

ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE APPLE TREE’S LOCATED IN FRONT OF THE INN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GALS AT THE WOOL AND DYE WORKS IN FLORENCE, MASSACHUSETTS

THE GALS AT THE WOOL AND DYE WORKS IN FLORENCE, MASSACHUSETTS

 

CALLING DOOR PRIZES AT LUNCH

CALLING DOOR PRIZES AT LUNCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARY JANE'S RUG

MARY JANE’S RUG

DEB'S RUG

DEB’S RUG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 The hook-in always generates momentum for me , seeing all the beautiful rugs many of them holiday rugs encourages me to take the time to hook every day.   All the interest in New York about hooking with yarn,  it was amazing to see very few people doing it at this hook-in.  Thank you Sandy for making this day wonderful for all of us.

 Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope your day is wonderful.   Carole

 





OUESSANT SHEEP-HOOK-IN AT SALEM CROSS-THE HENS-HAZEL

29 10 2013

HELLO,

 

SALEM CROSS HOOK-IN

You may or may not see a picture of the Salem Cross Inn  I have spent an hours looking for it its suppose to be right here!!!!!!!  Computers!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow is the annual hook-in at the Salem Cross Tavern.  It’s always an event to look forward to.  It fills up within two weeks of being posted.  The cozy tavern offers two floors for hooking a place for vendors and a wonderful lunch.  I just love walking around seeing what other people are hooking and the vendors offer wonderful wools, patterns and primitive things. The weather today is quite chilly with a heavy frost this morning.  Tomorrow it calls for snow showers.  One year the event had to be postponed for a week because of a snow storm.  Last year it was a blustery day with snows.  A wonderful day for hooking at the cozy tavern.  I can’t wait!!!!!!!

 

OUESSANT SHEEP

6 to 8 months ago I stumbled on a blog about these sheep.  I was stunned and amazed because I have never heard of them.  Upon researching Deb Robson’s book there they were.  I had never heard about them because they are so rare.  The blog is called The Spinning Shepherd and is written by Diane who lives in , France and owns a flock of them.  The Island of Ouessant is the original home of the sheep and is located a little over 12 miles off the French coast.  Her description of visiting the island makes one want to immediately  book a flight to France.  I may put this on my bucket list.  Few have been imported some to England. Now I am hearing that people are trying to get the breed here by breeding back from a Shetland.   Why are they doing that to make a quick buck!  The true breed will always be in France and England.  We cannot import sheep into this country any more so let it go…  I guess we will never be able to stop people from chasing after the dangling carrot that is put in front of them.  But there are so many sheep that need homes and go to slaughter unnecessarily, sheep that are in sanctuaries and taken by animal control in cases of cruelty.  Why not give them a chance instead..    That’s my rant of the month I do get upset when people just care about the almighty dollar and not the long-term effect on the animal. I know first hand what that about.

The hens haven’t quite settled into their coop.  Matilda, the feather footed black hen just isn’t sure about the perches. 

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MATILDA

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The other 6 hens have settled in and eyes are getting heavy and she is still looking for the perfect place.  So far I have had to place her on the perch.  I am thinking of adding another perch sometime this week.

HAZEL

 

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Hazel goes back to the vets today.  He is improving but Mrs.Brown sure misses him.  I will talk to the vet about that situation.  It may be too cold for him to be back in the barn this year.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this cold fall day, I hope your day is sunny and warm.   Carole