ICY WALKWAYS-HYACINTHS-SAMANTHA-APPRECIATING WOOD

21 01 2015

HELLO

Winter has been harsh here in Western Massachusetts.  We now have ice-covered snow and glare icy sidewalks.

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 One is lost without sand or salt and yesterday I was out, my Son sanded the walkway and the driveway this morning so I can get some errands done.  

HYACINTHS

Have you started yours yet?  

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I only have white bulbs this year and will stop today at a shop that often still has bulbs for sale and I maybe able to get another color.  All of last years bulbs have been planted so I should see a nice display this spring.

APPRECIATING WOOD

I think everyone can appreciate Trees and the wonderful things that they provide.  This week I have added another couple of things that  they are good for.

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 I am now using it in the chicken coops as a dust bath and I did use it for icy pathways.  The chickens have used it and it certainly helped me make my way to the car.

SAMANTHA 

Samantha has grown so much and is a bossy gal.  She and Rosie don’t hang out much anymore.  They both have new friends and are in the same coop.

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THE DAYS OF LONG SHADOWS

A blogger friend of mine Bridget from Ireland had  a picture of her shadow and these words with it..  It was so beautiful. In my childhood I remember family members taking about this so I was delighted to be reminding of this saying. The days of the long shadows are leaving us and for me it can’t come soon enough.  This coming weekend they are predicting another big storm.  Looking forward to the short month of February and longer days and the coming of spring.

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

Carole

 

 





GETTING BACK TO NORMAL-BARN CLEANING AND MORE HAY-NIGHT TIME VISITOR-NEW ARRIVAL

16 11 2014

HELLO

Slowly my strength is coming back and today I almost feel like my old self.  So much to do getting reading for the cold and snow.  Freezing rain, then snow are expected for tomorrow.

BARN CLEANING AND MORE HAY

Chris is here to help me get some tasks done.  He and Charlie cleaned the barn totally yesterday and it looks great.  I appreciate the help so much.  Today Chris and I cleaned up the yard and  got the barn ready for a delivery of hay.  The bales were heavy but all are safely in the barn.

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.  The heated water tank is set up inside.  I still need to put plastic covering on the chicken ‘s window and get the lamp installed but that’s another day.

Night time visitor

This possum has been visiting my son’s house every night.  He rests in the chestnut tree and we are wondering if he likes the vantage point or is finding nuts.

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MEET SAMANTHA or SAMMY PUPPY AS LIL CALLS HER

My son and his family rescued this wonderful dog in New Hampshire.  SHe fits in beautifully.  Only 2 she still has a bit of puppy in her.  I will be including more pictures of her in future blogs.

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PEEPS AND TWEETS UPDATE

They have grown and are very vocal.  Mama is still very attentive to them.  They both have feathered feet like their father, Hazel.

PEEPS

PEEPS

TWEETS LOOKING UP

TWEETS LOOKING UP

Many thanks for reading my blog on this cold late fall day.  I hope you have a lovely day.  Carole

SAM CAN'T YOU SEE I AM NAPPING!

SAM
CAN’T YOU SEE I AM NAPPING!





CHRIS IS COMING-THE HERB CUPBOARD-SAMANTHA AND ROSIE-SOME PARTING THOUGHTS

26 09 2014

GREETINGS

The mornings start later these fall days, the chickens are hardly up when I greet them. The next few days are going to be warm so much has to be done.  Today though it’s the Farmers Market.

Chris comes back

Chris comeS back this evening.  It will be the first time he meets Owen and Sammy.  I have lots of plans for the time he is here.  We have to take up the floor of the porch right near the back door.  When the plumbers came to fix the broken pipe last winter they noticed a large gaping hole and plugged it up but it needs a better fix.  I don’t want anymore frozen pipes this coming winter.  Then he will help me move  the washer, fridge and stove so I can clean behind them.  On SUnday we will do some barn cleaning and putting some of the wood away.  A busy but delightful weekend.

THE HERB CUPBOARD 

Now that the herb cupboard is back in its place its time to repaint it and the doors, woodwork and cabinets in the kitchen.  I love the dark mustard color and hope I can find a color that is close.

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 At one time the kitchen was a very tiny room where the wood stove is and the other part of the kitchen was a wood shed.  There is not much storage area so cabinets had to be bought.  I would like to paint the ceiling over the winter and maybe in the spring figure out what to do with the walls.  There was cheap paneling on the bottom half and I really wanted to put bead board there.

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SAMANTHA AND ROSIE

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They are laying eggs every other day now both of them.  I should have eggs through the winter now.  Not many but at least theirs. 

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SOME PARTING THOUGHTS

 Last night  just as the sunset was receding into the western sky I sat in my chair while filling up the sheep’s water.  The sky was beautiful shades of pink melding into the  dark of night.  It was just beautiful.  Sometimes I just don’t appreciate how good my life is.  I live a simple life doing what I love best, farming in a small way.  I am surrounded by family, animals and friends that truly love me and  even though many days are  a struggle to keep things going I wouldn’t trade it for all the money in the world.

Many thanks for reading my blog today, I hope you day is enjoyable.  Carole





FARMERS MARKET-DYEING MORE WOOL AND LEARNING MORE LESSONS-SAMANTHA AND ROSIE

9 08 2014

GREETINGS

Farmers Market

Yesterday was the farmers market.  Not many booths there but more people coming.  Jane came and spun this wonderful Finn Roving.

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 We had lots of people stop by and chat.   One of Eric Goodchild’s Pipe students came and played the pipes for us.  It was wonderful, the afternoon flew by.

DYEING MORE WOOL AND LESSONS LEARNED

I had 4 more skeins of that wool to dye with food coloring.  I wanted to get a purple and did the normal thing I would do, mix red and blue.  It came out a muddy brown with a slight tinge of purple.

MUD!

MUD!

 

 Really not good for children’s hats.  So I ended up using the last of the red.

I THOUGH IT MIGHT COME OUT ORANGE

I THOUGH IT MIGHT COME OUT ORANGE

 I came to the conclusion that food coloring when it gets old is just like dyes when they get old, you just can’t count on the color.    The last 2 skeins will be dyed blue.  That will be the end of my experiment with food coloring.

A NICE SALMON COLOR

A NICE SALMON COLOR

SAMANTHA AND ROSIE

Samantha and Rosie had their first taste of watermelon this morning.  They didn’t know what to expect and dug right in.  They loved it.

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ROSIE    

PATHWAYS

I have been building little pathways around my side yard, using up soiled hay.

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 They still need work but hopefully they will be done this year.

THIS ONE WILL LEAD TO THE BACK OF THE HOUSE

THIS ONE WILL LEAD TO THE BACK OF THE HOUSE

 I hope to build a small grape arbor this summer there too.  The grape vines have nowhere to go. Over the winter I will have to study how to train them.

We had a beautiful day here with sun and clouds the whole day long.  I hope your day was lovely and I thank you so much for reading my blog.  Carole





ANGUS

3 08 2014

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GREETINGS

The day started off overcast with some rain but ended up sunny and slightly humid.

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Angus is back on antibiotics as his UTI wasn’t gone.  He has now gotten use to going upstairs and now spends most of his day upstairs with Willy.   I think now since he has adjusted to his schedule he will gain back the pound he lost. Today he is very happy.

BREAKFAST FINALLY

BREAKFAST FINALLY

 For a while I didn’t think he would get better.  With better liver tests and not quite half way through his liver medication I expect a good outcome.

FELTED CAT TOYS

I have been making felted cat toys for an order.  They are fun to make and cats enjoy them.  Shorty especially loves them and has many around the house, he carry’s them around in his mouth.  

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FAVORITE MOVIES

My Friend Deb reminded me about the movie The SHipping News.  SHe was watching again.  I have movies I like to watch again and again.  SOmetimes it the scenery sometimes its just the movie.  I watched The SHipping News again this past week.  The scenery of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia are breath-taking and I love the story and acting.  Another movie I just love is Dancing  At Lughnasa. It takes place in my favorite county in Ireland COunty Donegal. The story is beautiful with laughter and tears.  The scenery spectacular this is one you won’t want to miss its uplifting.   And lastly I love watching Under The Tuscan Sun. The scenery of the Amafi Coast is wonderful.  It’s an uplifting movie with wonderful characters in it.

SAMANTHA AND ROSIE

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Samantha and Rosie are doing well.  They are still on antibiotics and will be on them for a while.  Samantha has had a hard time leaving her Mother but now with her new friend, Rosie she is adapting.    The boys are really doing well and are going to be big roosters.  They don’t mind being handled and are friendly.

Everyday there are more and more morning glories opening and they are so beautiful.   I have decided to leave them be, they love it there so it must be the perfect spot for them and if they reseed themselves again that will become The Morning Glory bed and I will move the Herb Bed somewhere else.  The Tansy have set flowers and are getting ready to blossom which means I will have to start gathering them for fall arrangements soon in Charlemont.  When Chris comes back we will trim the willow, and crab-apple trees.  Many branches are rubbing against the house or the roof.  I still have wood to cut up but it seems every day it rains.  I hope we will have a sunny week and I will get that chore done.

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

 





THE FARMER’S MARKET RUG-NEW ATTIC FIND, SAMANTHA

24 07 2014

GREETINGS

The humidity is gone and its a delightful day.  Chris and I have moved fencing and the sheep will enjoy weeding for me today.  This is a project that I have wanted to do for such a long time thank goodness for Chris, it didn’t take long at all.   My plan is to get more fencing and when they are done eating this area I will plant a clover,grass mix for their enjoyment an erosion control..

THE FARMER’S MARKET RUG

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The  rug is coming along nicely, and the people at the market are interested in its progress.  I did dye Elliott’s yarn with Pro-Chem Lavender and it came out this wonderful bluish/purple.  I think it will really make the border stand out.

NEW ATTIC FIND

While cleaning the attic on the cooler days of last week I found this notebook.  My Grandfather must have done it.  Inside it was obituary notices of my great, great, great Uncle Samuel Utley who was a judge in Worcester.  I learned so much about him and his good works.  He graduated in 1867 from Harvard Law School and was the 55th descendent of Lt. Co.Thomas Knowlton a Revolutionary War Hero.    I am so glad this book was not lost and can now be passed on.

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SAMANTHA

Samantha has been having a tough time.  Morticia is done being a Mom and want to be with her friends Hazel, Mrs. Brown and Milly.  If Samantha goes in with them they pick on her .  I have decided the best thing to do is to go down to the CHicken Man’s house tonight and get another hen around Samantha’s age.  I will put her in tonight and leave Mortica with her friends.  It will be good forSamantha to have a friend anyway.  Two is always better on the bottom of the pecking order.   Eventually they will all be together.

The roosters are crowing and getting much better at it.  They have adjusted nicely.

I have been having some trouble with word press but I think that it’s all solved now so I will be blogging more.   SO much is happening now on the farm.  Many thanks for reading my blog, hope your day is lovely.  Carole

 

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THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CHICKENS-COLLECTING COMFREY-ANGUS

19 07 2014

GREETINGS

MORTICIA AND SAMANTHA

The have adjusted to the move and it didn’t take long for Mrs. Brown to come and visit,   She was very happy to see Morticia and found a place to slide herself under the fencing that divides the area.  A joyful reunion.  Mrs. Brown doesn’t like children and found Samantha annoying.  Samantha learned quickly to stick by her Mom.  

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MORTICIA

 

 

 

 

 

MR. PEEPERS AND CHICKEN LITTLE

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For the past few days I have heard practicing, yesterday it was a terrible rooster sound today its much better,  Practice does make perfect.

ANGUS

Angus has lost some weight and just didn’t look right so off to the vets he went.

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  He has an infection and some signs of liver problems.  He is now on an antibiotic and some medications to help his liver.  Old age isn’t fun for any of us.

GATHERING COMFREY

Chris and I went up in the back of my son’s yard to gather comfrey.  It grows so well there.  I will dry some for winter use and make another batch of salve.

SHELBURNE FALLS FARMERS MARKET

It takes time for people to get to know your products and what you do.  Yesterday was a good day at the market for me.  Each week it gets better and better.  I will include a picture of the rug progress soon.  I have spun some of Elliotts wool and will be dyeing it purple this afternoon.  That will be the border color of the rug.  I am so enjoying this rug and the people at the market are enjoying the progress.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today, I hope you have a lovely day.   Carole

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