MAUDE UPDATE AND SHEARING DAY-PLANTING PEAS-MAKING SALVE

17 04 2016

GREETINGS

Cool nights and warm days , just my kind of weather. Cleaning up brush and cutting up fallen branches has kept me busy this last week.  I see buds on some of the early tulips and others are peeking out of the ground.  The spring birds are back and I love hearing their cheerful songs.  A person in the neighborhood is trapping  and releasing all the skunks because they are digging up his yard.  I am sure he has gotten Cornelius as I have not seen him. Our neighborhood needs skunks to keep the rodent population down.  i am ever hopeful that Cornelius will find his way back.

MAUDE UPDATE AND SHEARING DAY

Maude has had a few setbacks and is on antibiotics again.    Shearing day took a lot out of her and now I am giving her  added minerals and sheep drench.  My Shearer Steve Marcotte did a wonderful job with her.   Shearing her in her pen so she wouldn’t have added stress.  It will take her a while to recover from this.  How do you like her poodle cut?IMG_6637

Lauren and I had to separate her from the rest of the flock when we saw the sheep doing their spring ritual ramming each other..  Of course this happened at 9 pm!!

The rest of the sheep did well with shearing and look good.  They are now not receiving grain much to their chagrin.

Steve has been my shearer for at least 15 years.  He raises sheep himself and has wonderful fleeces.  I am lucky to have found him after going through shearers who didn’t show up (really famous one) and others that were too busy even though you were on their schedule.  Steve always comes and does a great job I am grateful to have found him.

PLANTING PEAS

It seems its taken me forever to get these peas in the ground.  WHen I first wanted to get them in I uncovered the area and it was still frozen.    I have soaked them and in they go today.

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NOTHER BATCH OF HOT PEPPER SALVE

It seems it’s not quite the time to start another batch of hot pepper salve but I have run out.  I only could find a pound and a quarter of hot peppers and am looking for more.  Another 2 pounds would be good.  I found this salve to work well.  It’s not the sudden action of most pain relieving salves but it does the trick of releiving my arthritis pain. add peppermint oil at the end for a pleasant order.  I love the fact that I know exactly what is in it and its a lot cheaper than most brands of pain relieving salves.

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you are enjoying a lovely spring day wherever you are.  Carole

 

 

 

 





AFTER THE FLOOD-SHORTY-HOT PEPPER SALVE

4 06 2015

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GREETINGS

AFTER THE FLOOD

We had torrential rain on Monday night, plants toppled over from the weight of it.  Water and mud came into the barn but only got just past the gate so no damage downstairs, the clean up won’t be too bad.  No matter I am so glad that we ended the drought we were having.  It would could  have rain once a week it would be perfect.  I garden the Ruth Stout method so once the plants are started they are fine during a spell of no rain.  

SHORTY CAT

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He is now 19 years old and doing very well.  He is the king of the household and the oldest cat here.  He was born in Maryland and his Mother and siblings moved with me here.    He has a larger than life personality and in the middle of the night I am awakened by his MEOW as he walks around the house with a felted bell toy in his mouth.  He doesn’t play with Sammy and Willie but prefers resting and observing.

NEW SALVE

I made the hot pepper salve putting some peppermint oil in  it.  I love the color a nice yellow.

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 I used it last night and found that its subtle not like the ones you buy in the store that goes on very hot.

  I hope to get the Rose/Calendula salve made soon.  I will have to blend some essential oils first to see which one is right.  I am thinking of making a peppermint salve soon.  I do love making these and have getting quite a following.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and hope the day was wonderful for you.   Carole

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SAMMY WATCHING THE CHICKENS AND SHEEP SHOW-ORDER FOR CAMP WOOL-MORE SALVE COMING-TRANSPLANTING RASPBERRIES

3 05 2015

GREETINGS

Its a beautiful Sunday morning with temps in the 70’s and sunny who could ask for more.  I hope you enjoyed the Sea Shanty yesterday I had forgotten how wonderful those old songs were.  I am so glad that there are great groups like them that are keeping them alive. Yesterday I got the back chicken area prepared.  Letting them into it was easy but getting them back in at night wasn’t.  I had forgotten that Phoebe had never been out in the yard, Chicken Little had.  There was a lot of excitement and urging on my part and after 15 minutes they went in for the night.

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SAMMY WATCHING THE CHICKEN AND SHEEP SHOW

Yesterday the windows were open and Sammy stay up instead of sleeping the day away.

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 SO many interesting things to watch.  Chicken Little and Phoebe so close he could almost touch them and Carol K on the hill  Its better than Cat TV.

ORDER FOR CAMP WOOL

Its always nice to get a call from LeAnne of Camp Wool in Kennebunkport, Maine. I get a chance to chat with someone that I admire, see how things are going at her store and get an order.  Summer is coming and with that brings many visitors to Kennebunkport.  Her store is full of lovely things and you don’t have to be  a needlecrafter to find something you love.  She always has some antiques and finished products.

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MORE SALVE COMING

I have finally fOund a recipe for the Black Tar Drawing Salve that my Grandfather use to make.  It won’t be exact but close enough.  Can’t wait to get it started.

TRANSPLANTING BLACKBERRIES

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There is a place to add a door which would be wonderful.   lt would save me from walking all around the house..  WHile getting the chicken area prepared I realized that there was enough sun there. I planted  some young black berries near the house and near the wall. It was a spot that needed to be filled.    i will spend ti\me digging up the remains of a chimney but I think I can add some tansey and other flowers right near the windows. 

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Many thanks for reading my blog today I hope you are enjoying the day. Carole

A PUSSY WILLOW PATH

A PUSSY WILLOW PATH

 

 

 

 

 





SNOW AND MORE SNOW-ITS A SALVE MAKING DAY-MORE WINTERIZING

13 12 2013

Hello,

Today was a cold day with snow showers all day.  I though maybe the big storm was coming earlier than expected but that’s not the case.  Snow to start in the afternoon tomorrow with 6-10 inches expected.  I hope to get some errands done before it all starts.  Christmas cookies are on the agenda for the weekend.  

Salve Making Day

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I am very low in Salve and both shops need it so today I decided to get things out and make some.    It came out wonderful and the whole house smells of it.

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Winterizing

I still had some plastic to put up and knowing that the chickens won’t go out till spring I could finish up today.  I got the back door of the back coop done and the door to the front coop done.  That will keep the cold air out..  I plan to make many draft dodgers for the windows after the holidays, these old windows are nice but let a lot of cold air in.  More curtains to be made too.

You just never know what you will see in Greenfield, today at a gas station I sat a car or small truck that looked like the old woman in the shoe boot.  It was red with laces and a wonderful green wreath, and I didn’t have my camera!!!!!!!!

I hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole and Minnie





LEMON BALM-MORE HOPS

20 09 2013

Hello

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It’s a beautiful day in Western Massachusetts, I am working on enjoying some of the day instead of inside sewing.  The Fall is a busy season here on the Farm.  SO many chores to do before the Winter hits.  I still have a lot of herbs to pick and dry and the beets to get pickled.  The days slip by so fast.  Fall is my favorite season but I love the pace of winter.  I can relax, no outside chores except for shoveling, more time to read, spin and hook.

PICKING THE HOPS

It’s delightful to pick the hops.   The chickens are chatting away while I am picking. The ones I planted last year by the north chicken coop have flourished.  They have even grown up the evergreen tree.  I had to put poles to hold the netting up.  I am reaping the harvest of them.  I think that I still should plant some in other spots next spring.  

Lemon Balm

Yesterday morning I dried the hops it didn’t take long at all.  I picked some Lemon Balm and  dried that in the afternoon

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  Some of the Lemon Balm I will use as tea and the rest will go into the Dream Pillows.   One of the things Lemon Balm is known for is relieving stress which goes nicely with the hops which are a relaxing herb which also bring peacefulness..

DREAM PILLOWS

I mixed up a batch of the dream pillow mix last night.

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 I will make some hearts to take to FUNK SHUN today.  I thought it might be nice to package some up so that people can use their own bags or just tie it up in a piece of muslin.

SALVE

I also made up a batch of salve and will pick some more Comfrey today and make up another batch.

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 I plan to dry some Comfrey so that I can make the salve during the winter.  It grows freely in my son’s back yard.

MINNIE BISBEE
Minnie Bisbee has changed so much since she has come up to the computer room and  bedroom.  Without the stress of other cats she has blossomed.  My helper in all computer work sometimes napping on the printer and sleeping by my side every night.  I have had other cats that  were like her but never came out of their shells.  She loves Pounce treats (she discovered them at the Vet’s office) and will look at the container and she does get a couple a day.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this day and I hope your day is wonderful.   Carole and MInnie

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MORE BLACKBERRIES-HUMIDITY,RAIN & HOT-MAKING SALVE

10 07 2013

Hello

Wonderful soft rain fell late yesterday afternoon and all night.  The plants will flourish.  Today I am drying catnip in the dehydrator and Chris has picked some blackberries.  

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Cucumbers are in the farm stands and over the weekend I hope to make some sweet pickles

Heat, Humidity and Rain

I call them the terrible three’s.  It’s just miserable here today, It was supposed to get a little cooler but that didn’t happen.

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Salve

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I started another batch of salve today.   It will be ready in 6 weeks.  I hope to get another one going in a couple of weeks.

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Tomatoes by the Front Steps

I had some tomato plants left over so I put 4 of them near the front steps and today I notice  a small tomato on  one of them.

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  It will be a surprise as I neglected  to  mark them.

Many thanks for taking the time to read my blog and I hope your day is wonderful.  Carole





RUG HOOKING – STARTING A BATCH OF SALVE

15 11 2012

HELLO

RUG HOOKING
Today I finished the sea in the rug.  I had hooked a lobster but it looked like a rabbit instead.  I remembered that my Mom had a lobster pin and she had given it to me.  Its perfect.  I plan to finish the house and lighthouse and then think about the sky.  The sky is another challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sea was done with old skirts, roving  some handspun yarn and wool fabric.

Thanksgiving

For the first time in many years I will not be in Ireland for Thanksgiving. I will miss everything about the trip.  Ireland is the place in the world that I love most.  Its home to me even though I wasn’t born there.  Instead Cindy and I are going to visit my Mom in Florida.  Our trip to Ireland will wait until March when Cindy has a week off from school.  My Mom will be surprised as she isn’t expecting anyone until Christmas. I can’t wait to see her.

STARTING  A BATCH OF SALVE

Yesterday I picked Comfrey and today I started a batch of salve.  I don’t have many jars left , sold a lot at the fall shows.   I will bring it upstairs to the south bedroom and put it near the sunny window.    There it will sit for a few months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonight there is definitely a chill in the air with a frost expected.  The cats know where to keep warm.

That is Sammy at the far end Willie in the middle and Shorty next.

 

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

Carole