THE EGG MYSTERY-SHEARING-PEAS PLANTED

12 04 2017

GREETINGS

I am back after a long absence.  Feeling more like my old self again.  I am now taking a yoga class which is helping me so much.  Spring has sprung and tulips are coming up .  Today temps will be in the 80’s!!!!!!  The Farmers market starts in Greenfield the first week of May so I am busy getting ready for that..

THE EGG MYSTERY

 

Egg production this winter has been good, but recently has slacked off.  The new girl Molly should still be laying  but no eggs were found.   Morticia the black bantam slept high up on a shelf all winter long.  So yesterday while cleaning the coop I decided to check the space and give it a clean and lo and behold I found all these eggs!

I will be check this spot every day now.

THE SHEEP

The sheep have been shorn and look good.  My shearer Steve is retiring  so I have gotten a new shearer Aaron Loux for next year.    We are both on The Massachusetts Sheep Breeders Board.

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LUCY, CAROL K. AND SALLY

 

PEAS

It’s pea planting time here on the farm.  I had them soaking for 24 hours and now they are going in the ground.  I plant to put another packet in soon.   The hot peppers and basil are doing well and I plan to repot them soon.   My regular supplier of veggie starts is taking a year off and I will miss all the heirloom starts she had.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this beautiful spring day.    Carole

 

 

 

 





IT’S FIBERUARY IS COMING

27 01 2016

GREETINGS

Sunny and glorious today.  The chickens are out  and it may be in the 50’s on Sunday.  Not normal winter weather but I do love it and on top of  that oil prices are low.

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IT’S FIBERUARY IS COMING

I have been reading Wovember for the past 3 or so years and thoroughly enjoy everything about it.  I have learned many new things. met many new people and learned about fiber life in The British Isles.  British Wool and Farmers are promoted in each article.  

We here in our local, Western Massachusetts area have such a diverse farming community but its relatively unknown.  I had been thinking of something for us to do in the cold winter months to promote the same thing here.  I spoke with Liz of Sheep and Shawl Shop in South Deerfield about my idea of It’s FIBERuary and its a go for this year.  

In the month of February we hope to have an article each day about people who work with fiber and animals.  Some of the articles will be Rug Hooking, Raising Sheep, Angora Rabbits, Alpaca’s, Pygora goats and other fiber animals, Shearing, knitting and weaving, needle felting, dyeing  and so much more.    Please join us on FIBERuary on WordPress.

Sheep and Shawl Shop will offer speakers on each Sunday of the month of February.   Times  and directions will be announced.  There will also be a Valentine contest made out of fiber at Sheep and Shawl  and information will be forthcoming .

The following is a list of the talks.

Sunday, February 7th

Stories From The Farm – Carole Adams

I have raised sheep for over 20 years and have a book full of interesting stories and have lots of experience in farming with sheep in a small way.

Sunday, February 14th       Three presenters that day!

Chris Pellerin – Dunroamin Farm

Pygora Goats

 

Hilary Woodcock-Woodcock Farm

Hilary will give a talk on Alpaca to Yarn

 

Jenny Atkins Angora Rabbits

Jenny will talk about her beautiful Angora Rabbits

 

Sunday, February 21st

Margaret Russell

Weaver of Rare Breed  Wools

Be Sure to put these events on your calendars.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you will be able to attend some of these events or read about them on the blog.  Have a wonderful day.  Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





NEW BATCH OF SALVE -BARN 1 BOOTH 13-MASSACHUETTS SHEEP AND WOOL FET

24 05 2015

GREETINGS

Yesterday morning was cold and windy, the sun helped warm up the booth some and I was glad that I had put up plastic on the windowed area.  Today will be a lot nicer and a busy day at the fest

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NEW SALVE

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I made a new batch of salve last night, I sold out yesterday.  Look for me in Booth 13, Barn 1

SKIRTING DEMO TODAY AT 11 AM

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BARBARA SHOWS HOW SKIRTING IS DONE

Barbara Goodchild will be giving another skirting demo today at the fest.  This is not to be missed if you want to buy, sell or send out fleece to a mill. I am giving tips at the demo on fleece preparation.  Come join us.

My thanks for reading my blog today and I hope to see you at the fair.  Carole

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MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL – JUDGING THE FLEECES

26 05 2013

Hello

JUDGING THE FLEECES

In past  shows judging the fleeces was an easy job, there were clearly winners and  those that didn’t place.  I was pleasantly surprised yesterday.  There wasn’t one fleece that shouldn’t have placed.  Farmers have learned that cleaner and well skirted fleeces bring in more money.  The prices for fleeces went from a low price to over $10. per pound.

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While judging I met a wonderful person Alice.  She works with the sheep at the University of Massachusetts.  She and I are going to work on a skirting and rolling up fleeces day at the University Farm.  A chance for farmers to learn  to add more money for their fleeces.

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It tool me over 2 hours to do the judging.  Each Fleece has to be tested for strength and illness of the sheep.  If a sheep was ill during the previous year the fleece may be weakened.  Checking the length of the staple, the crimp of the staple and how clean it was.  People still have to work on skirting and presenting their fleeces but all in all it was a 100% improvement since the last time I judge.  On each fleece I wrote comments.  All of them were good comments about the fleece and if there was a flaw I would let them know how to fix it.  I feel there is no sense in just judging the fleece without helping people improve them.

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After the ribbons were put on the fleeces I came back from my booth and gave a talk about the judging process and answered questions.  There was a good crowd.  I felt good about the whole process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather was brutal.  Heavy rains and some winds with temps in the low 40’s.  Even though I had woolen clothes on I was chilled to the bone.  Cindy and the boys surprised me with a visit.     A hot bath and a warm bed revived me for another day.  Rain this am  and sun this afternoon with warmer temps.  Hope to see you at the fair.

 





SHEARING DAY – OLIVER

29 03 2013

Hello,

Today is a beautiful day for shearing sheep.  The temps are warm they were all dry (when the shearing started) and we began promptly at 9am.  

Sadie was the first to be done.    Her fleece won’t be the best but I will try to get enough from it to make some socks.  She was very good.

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Marley was the second one to be sheared.  He was hitting everyone and even me this morning, so it was time to take him down a peg or two.  With his fleece he appears so much bigger than he is and when it’s off he hides in a corner.  Everything went smoothly with him.

Maude and CK were so cute.  Maude is Ck’s mom and they stick together and are almost never apart.  Today CK got sheared first and Maude was quite concerned, staying right next to her the whole time.

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In the sheep world when one sheep gets sheared the others don’t recognize him.  So there was a lot of running around butting heads and the like.  Eventually CK ended up jumping in the water tub, well these type of things are to be expected but it made her harder to shear and now her wool will have to be dried out.

The rest of the shearing went well and we were finished by 11:30.  Steve gave me some tips on a new feeder which won’t waste as much hay and I am going to coat them in the fall.    This next week I will be sorting through the fleeces and get them ready to send out to have yarn made.

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OLIVER

Oliver is slowly improving.  He drank all the water from the tuna can this morning and is eating.  His eyes are improving a little and the swelling in his mouth had reduced some.  He will return for a check with Dr. Funk on Thursday.  


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

 





TOMATO SEEDS PLANTED-BACK HOME MAGAZINE-CATATTITUDE

25 03 2013

Hello,

The Moon last night was spectacular!!

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TOMATO SEEDS PLANTED

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This morning I planted the four packages of tomato seeds.  Having some left over for next year.  I am sending my seed order soon.  I want to get one more package of tomato seeds which they don’t carry  at the feed store.  They are called Principe Borghese.  They are a traditional tomato for sun drying or oven roasting.  Very sweet and high yielding.  I am anxious to try them.  I have brought the small greenhouse down to start those seeds when they come.

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BACK HOME MAGAZINE

I have been reading this magazine for quite some time.  The March/April issue is full of wonderful projects and many helpful hints.  I have found that this particular magazine saves me much more than the price of it .  I love the idea of making a stand up garden with pallets.  Especially since with each order of wood pellets a pallet comes with it.   Strawberries come to mind , vertical planting will make them much easier to pick.  I think I will plant herbs on the bottom two shelves.  What a great project.   Check out the magazine for more projects to help you become more self-sufficient.

There was much chattering in the hen house when this giant pumpkin was brought in.  Charlotte was more interested than anyone.  

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Shearing Day  

I have to get busy cleaning out the barn door so it can be closed, and if my sheep are still damp tomorrow I will have to post-phone the shearing  I am thinking about getting covers for my sheep in the fall.  There fleeces really got messy this year,  the hay seemed dryer than usual.

Catattitude in the house

Willie was the last cat to come to the farm therefore it a was the duty of Angus to make sure that Willie got bossed around.  Angus would hide in back of doors in back of the pellet stove and pounce on poor unsuspecting Willie.  He suffered in silence for these past 3 and a half years until Millie arrived.

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 Now it seem the right of passage has fallen on  Willie.  He chases Millie.    Although he was quite surprised when Millie screamed and fought back.  The dynamics are changing.

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