SNOW SNOW AND MORE SNOW-THE FARM IN WINTER

13 02 2017

GRETTINGS

SNOW SNOW AND MORE SNOW

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The howling winds are blowing snow into mini twisters this morning.  Snow is piled  almost up to the porch floor and I am running out of places to put it..  More expected on Wednesday.  I used 1/2 of a cord of wood in less than a month just to keep the kitchen pipes from freezing.  I liked last winter so much more.  Although I must say the chickens were out a lot this winter but of course since the snow is now up to their doorway they are in to stay till spring. The sheep are in today too as the winds from the mountain will fill the barn with snow.  

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SNOWY DAY-WINTER- THIS YEAR’S CARD- THE CHICKENS-ORANGE PEEL CLEANER-HAPPY NEW YEAR

29 12 2016

GREETINGS

The snow is coming down lightly this morning with heavy snow predicted for the afternoon and evening.  In the end we are suppose to get between 6-12 inches. I  have mixed feelings about winter.  I love these quiet days of snow.  The time spent indoors doing winter projects.  I really dislike the below  zero days and frozen pipes.  I love the sound and smells of a wood fire but at the end of winter I am ready to give up bringing in wood and cleaning out the stove. I love seeing the sheep with their full coats of wool.

MAUDE

MAUDE

 

  I find each season offers just what I need and I am looking forward to getting lots of winter projects done.  

 Lil wants a pair of ice skates this year.  What fun.  I wouldn’t dare skate now  but would love to!!!!!!  I miss the old days of skating on Bray Lake in Holyoke as a child, the beautiful lake with snow-covered pine trees on the lakes edges.  The fires to warm up with and hot chocolate and marshmallows.  My children were able to enjoy that fun winter activity too.   Maybe Lil will be the fourth generation to skate on Bray Lake.

THIS YEARS CHRISTMAS CARD

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THE CHICKENS

This year I am trying to keep a small part of their outside yard shoveled .  On the days that are above freezing they can and do go out.  I do cover the area with hay.

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Next year the hoop house.

ORANGE CLEANER

Tis the season to eat lots of oranges.  Don’t throw the peels away.  You can make this wonderful cleaner with two simple ingredients.  Cider vinegar and orange peels.  This is my second year making it and this year I need to make another jar of it  to last the year.  And it smells great too.

I usually don’t have enough to fill a jar so I put whatever peels I have and add the cider vinegar to cover and continue this till the jar is filled.  I leave the jar on a shelf for about a month, shaking occasionally before pouring it off into a permanent jar.    To use put two parts water to one part orange cleaner in a spray bottle.  This is so easy and it is antibacterial too.

 

 

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As I write this the birds are flocking to the feeders, Mamma and Papa Blue Jay  brought the three kids to the feeders.  I have watched them grow and its so nice to have the here again. Thank you so much for reading my blog on this winter day.  Wish you all a healthy, and prosperous New year.Carole

 

 

 

 

 





FIRST SNOW-FLEECE LINED MITTENS-REPAIRING THE SOCKS-OUTSIDE PROJECTS

29 12 2015

GREETINGS

Snow on the ground this morning with sleet falling now. Temps are suppose to go up above freezing today so it may be mostly gone by tomorrow.  Chris and I hope to cut some small trees down tomorrow.

FIRST SNOW

I topped off the feeders and made more coconut feed mix yesterday.  This morning I added a peanut butter/seed and nut mix to a feeder that a neighbor made and within 5 minutes one of the neighborhood squirrels was there.When I lived in a city squirrels were everywhere there are not so many here.  I enjoy their antics.

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FLEECED LINED MITTENS

I love making these mittens and they are so warm.  I took a class in Connecticut in the early 90’s and have been hooked since.  The fleece layer eventually felts and makes these mittens double layered.  The yarn is from my first flock of sheep (Border Leicesters) and my goat Timmy.  I plan on making a few more pairs this winter.

REPAIRING THE SOCKS

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I am repairing these socks again.  I have had them since the 90’s and they have been repaired many times.  The stripes are from my first cat Fluffy.  They are warm and comfortable like an old pair of shoes.

I have lots of unfinished knitting  projects lying around and want to get caught up this winter.

OUTSIDE PROJECTS

Chris and I managed to finish most of the outside projects since he arrived.  First he did the barn window which needed to be put up and then yesterday he put the piece of plywood over the dryer vent.  For some reason ice forms on the attic roof and piles up so that I have to dig out the dryer vent every so often.  This will make things easier.  We got the last of the chicken coops covered and stuff put away.   Just in time for today’s storm

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The cats have settled in, they love dark, snowy days but Cosmo has decided to venture out of his rooms,maybe someday he will join the other cats.

Sammu in his hut on top of the radiator

Sammy in his hut on top of the radiator

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Willie and Shorty in their places on the sofa

Cosmo exploring today

Cosmo exploring today

Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole

 

 





THE STORM

4 02 2015

GREETINGS

THE STORM

Well we got a little over a foot of snow so today I got the roof shovel out and will have to do the porch roof.  Right now its a balmy 0 outside, my dear friends in Florida enjoy that sunshine I wish I was there.

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This cold is supposed to hold on for at least this week with highs in the teens.  I have frozen pipes again the same ones as before.  I have lots of issues to address this coming summer.

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Even with this cold the snow is beautiful and in another month things will be different. Ice cycles are everywhere.

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The woodpecker even came to the feeder today.  And the whole family of blue jays were there too.

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Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope the weather is better where you are.

Carole

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A GREAT BOOK FIND-THE SNOW HAS STARTED- MOLLY

26 11 2014

GREETINGS

I finished unpacking books that were brought back from Belchertown.  Amongst them are The Harvard Classic which my father had bought for his Grandchildren.  In the pile was this wonderful book                         .  Printed in 1941 Its a book of wonderful photo’s of rural Vermont and a one of two paragraph remark about the picture.

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 I especially love this one which was taken  before World War ll.

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MOLLY

Molly and Dolly were hens that were given to me by a friend whose Mother could no longer take care of them.  Sadly Dolly died this past year but Molly is still full of vim and vigor.  Last night she decided to perch in an unusual place the screen door that separates the coop. SHe didn’t mind that the screen came down.  Changes are always made between the two coops when I am feeding or cleaning them out.  This past week Matilda  joined Hazel’s group while Samantha joined Murphy’s.  Life among chickens isn’t that different from people’s lives.

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I will have to fix the screen again although no one seems to mind.  You can see that she can hardly keep her eyes open it was way past her bedtime!

THE SNOW HAS STARTED

Its coming down in a sleet and snow mix and I am sure will soon change over to a full snow.  We are suppose to get 6-12 inches closer to 12 in these hills.  The birds know that it’s coming and have been eating through all the bird food since yesterday.  I will do a refill before the storm gets going in force.

I love snowy days.  After tidying up the house I plan to get the wood stove going and knit the day away.  I don’t do enough of the things I love but winter time is when I can catch up on all my projects.

The lights flickered off and then on again.  The snow is heavy on the power lines and the wind is starting to blow.  It’s after 4 pm and its been snowing for quite some time.  The picture below was taken about 4 pm.  I think we might just get the 12 inches.

WINTER WONDERLAND

WINTER WONDERLAND

Thank you so much for reading my blog on this snowy day.  I hope you are cozy and warm today.    Carole





THE STORM-THE CHICKEN CHAT-SAMMY-MORE SNOW

16 02 2014

HELLO

THE STORM

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Well the storm is gone and we probably did get 18 inches of snow.  The trees are covered and look beautiful and the birds are out in force trying to replenish themselves.  No Frozen Pipes this morning, but it is warmer.  I am glad that I shoved off part of the roof last night the snow is quite heavy.  The one good think about having snow is that the people who make Maple Syrup will be happy.  They need a good snow pack.  The sheep have all been  out in it except for Marley and of course Elliott.

Chris and Lilly Pad are here.  She is the diva cat or I guess we should call her Princess Lilly Pad.  She was found out in the streets of Framingham.

THE CHICKEN CHAT

Today was the yearly Chicken Cat at Golden Oak Farm in Hatfield.    The day was snowy, and conversation went from illness to feed.  A wonderful film called CHICKENS OF TOMORROW was viewed by all.  It’s an interesting story of how chicken breeds were changed  by people.  The A&P supermarket offered 10,000 dollars in the 40’s to anyone who could improve  chickens so that they would produce more meat and eggs.  Can you imagine that in the 40’s that was a lot of money.  To make a long story short that is why today we have chickens who produce lots and lots of eggs, have more illnesses bad temperaments and don’t live long.  I have one such breed The Golden Comet.  They lay lots of eggs but don’t live long and can be quite nasty to their fellow hens.  We think we can improve on Mother nature but she always has the last laugh.  This has happened with all farm animals.  Now people have seen the error of their ways and are trying to find true breeds.  I listed the English version of rare breeds  last week and so many breeds are critical.   It was a productive day and everyone who attended went home with many new ideas.

SAMMY

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I have moved Hester into the hallway and for the first time Sammy spotted her.  He just sat and sat there just wondering what she was.

More Snow tonight 2-4 inches and another storm coming in next week.  Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole

 





MORE SNOW-CHRIS LEAVES-WORKING ON WEBSITE

2 01 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR

A good way to start off the New Year with a good cuppa Lyons tea.

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The pellet stove got cleaned and its going and the wood stove is going..  It’s a cold day with colder temps, below zero on Friday.  We are expecting 12-18 inches of snow over the next 36 hours.  Lots of snow to get rid of.  The bird feeders are full and they are stocking up and the sheep must feel the storm coming as they are eating more hay.

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 We are ready for it and tomorrow when the winds pick up I will close them in the barn.  With the  high winds during the storm I don’t need a barn full of snow!

NEW WEBSITE

Chris left today with Lilly Pad,  and we started a new website before he left, it won’t be up and running till February when he comes up again.  It will be called Whispering Pines Farm Old Thyme Shope, where I be selling all my products online.  I am working on some primitive things and of course the old stand bys, soap, wool and salve.   This winter I will be making primitive signs to sell too.  I am very excited about this, My old website was so difficult, most times I couldn’t even get on it to make changes.  A new adventure for 2014.

This old house

The masonry people left their sta ging up and it causes ice problems.  I had asked them to take it down but no luck so far.   Now with the snow I am very concerned.  I will give them another call tomorrow and let them know that at least the wood  planks should be removed.

Seed catalogs are coming in fast and furious, I really don’t need to buy too many seeds this year, what I am looking for is  pasture seeds to improve the land in back and for the chicken area.  I am also going to order some oat straw and plant an area of that for chicken nests.

Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.    Carole