1 11 2016


What started as a few snow flakes lead to 3 or 4 inches of the slushy stuff with bad driving.  It will melt in a few days when the temps get back to normal.  I hope that this isn’t a sign of what is to come. I did like last winter’s snow.  We need just enough to keep the rivers full of water but no more!!!!!!  The new stove-pipe was installed by my son so the stove is going on these chilly days














I bought this book in  1995   and in those days I was working full-time and taking care of a farm and doing many shows.  I bought books that interested me in hopes to read them.  Most of the were skimmed over and put away.  Now I a going through all my books and this one popped out.  I am into it and find it so interesting.  It is about the people of the south, weaving and so many other things.  Coverlets are covered at length.  Overshot weaving is has been my favorite thing to weave and is why I will probably get back to weaving but on a smaller loom  It discusses the patterns and how people wove and how they were put together.  So many interesting  facts are explained in this book.  One example is when you do see old coverlets where the blocks don’t match it may be because when they were taken apart to wash the person decided that there was too much wear and reversed the material.  Another fact is when a house was burning you got all the people out and then got the coverlets.    Most were family heirlooms. .   This book is full of interesting facts both for the weaver and the historian.


Another year has passed by and we enjoyed what may be the last hook in at The Salem Cross Inn.  It is a big undertaking and Sandy has done such a wonderful job.  We will know in the spring if it is to take place.  For my friend Debbie and I it has been a day which we had looked forward to all year.  Our favorite day to be exact.  Full of hooking, seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  A time to replenish stocks and get new ideas.  Always a wonderful atmosphere and a great meal.   We hope if Sandy decides not to do it someone else will take it over.  



This wheel was given to me in a box.  I have spent many hours trying to put it together but it wasn’t until I went to Lavender friends Sandy and Glen did we three finally figure out how it all goes together.  Glen is going to glue the pieces he can, and fix whatever he can, he is a genius woodworker!!  I am in the process of sending pictures to THE BOBBIN BOY, the fixer of all wheels.  I just found out about him and he and his wife are extraordinary people.  I hope I have a chance to meet  them in person..  I will keep you informed of the wheel’s makeover.  This wheel is very small and is decorated with some fine carvings  of leaves and acorns.  It looks to have been used a lot which is wonderful  I can’t wait to spin on it.

Many thanks for reading my blog today.  The snow is almost gone but the cold is here this morning.  Warmer weather is coming in for a few days.  The forecast for this winter is cold and snowy.  Hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole




4 02 2015



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.


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.


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


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


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




23 03 2014




View from the sheep’s pasture to my son’s barn.  This was yesterday morning.  It cleared up late morning and the sun came out and everything started melting again.


We worked a few hours on the barn yesterday morning.  There was 4 inches of mud in the entry way.  It’s all cleared away and water is now coming in.   I have bought some horse stall pellets to put down and they will soak up some of the water.  When I went to get the shavings the owner said that everyone’s barn is flooding this year.  I hope that Chris and I can come up with a solution because this takes a lot of time and I am lucky that I don’t have a barn full of hay because the bottom layer of it would be mulch and I would have to get it out of the barn ASAP.

Scrubbing Mitt

I am making Scrubbing Mitts with some linen yarn that I have.   It will be great for exfoliation and am going to include a bar of my soap with it.


Last Spinning Class at Sheep and Shawl

Today is the last spinning class, the time went by so quickly.  I am going to be giving a Rug Hooking with yarns, old sweaters and what have you class and a Drop Spindle and another Spinning Class within the next couple of months and will keep you post about the dates.

Many thanks for taking the time to read my blog on this windy day, I hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole and Minnie



17 12 2013
  1. Hello,
  2. The cold has arrived and snow will be arriving this afternoon.  I have got the wood stove going so the house will be toasty.


My friend Mary Jane who has lived in England for many years and is now back in the states e-mailed me yesterday about the Shipping News. You can listen to the music alone on you tube by  typing in Sailing By.  Mary Jane use to fall asleep by it too.

A friend from Ireland Anne e-mailed me to say that BBC is thinking of taking it off the air because most people can access weather via the internet.  I think that will cause quite a stir and hope it won’t happen.  Some traditions are better left as they are.

I found a little history about the SHipping News.  Its was started because of a terrible shipping accident  in 1859.  The sinking of The Royal Charter off the coast of Anglesey with the loss of 450 souls.  After this terrible accident England introduced a warning system, although things have changed since then, ships having onboard technology to provide the information, most still use The Shipping News .  And that is not counting all the people who just love to listen to it.  



My catalog arrived a few days ago and its full of information plus so many different kind of seeds.  There was an interesting article about GMO’s.  Baker Creek used to sell  around 24 types of corn seeds.  Once they began testing the seeds they are now down to half that for sale. A significant loss for all of us, the farmer and Baker Creek.  They won’t sell these seeds till  the seeds are free from GMO.  Even if you have planted non gmo seeds if the farmer next door plants them you are likely to have some in  your crop.  It’s a disaster for the farmer for Baker Creek and for all of us.

With many people  getting on the GMO band wagon you have to wonder if the corn you are buying is really non GMO.  I will only buy corn this coming summer from a stand that has its seed tested.


The snow arrived mid morning and at 6 pm its till snowing heavily.  The 3-5 inches has been long surpassed and I just wonder how much we will get.  I did get my roof shovel out and shoveled the porch roof this evening.  I hope you had a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole


16 12 2013




Saturday night into Sunday we had a foot of snow, it was the light fluffy stuff so it was easily removed.  The temps warmed up to the upper 20’s which made things more bearable.  More snow is expected on Tuesday.  I will get sick of the snow in late January but for now its beautiful.  In New England we need the four seasons.  WInter brings much snow and it keeps the water table up for the summer, helps the maple trees produce a better quality of Maple syrup and keeps business going with winter clothing, skiing and other outdoor sports.

Last night  we had a beautiful full Moon rising over the mountain.  The Moon with the help of the snow luminated the whole area with a bluish tint.  It was beautiful.


Charlie and Tyler were out sliding, living on a mountain is great for kids so many places to slide.  I have three places just in my yard.  Lil was out too.



Today was cemetery day.  I make the rounds of three cemeteries to put greens or a wreath on the graves of family and friends.  I usually get it done before the snow flies but  this year I am a little later.  cemeteries are  beautiful with snow.  The views in the South Hadley cemetery where my Childhood friend’s parents are buried are spectacular.   It gives me a chance to spend some quiet time remembering these wonderful people who were like family to me.  Then to Holyoke where my Dad and his Brother and Sisters and Mother are buried.  That cemetery is park like  with beautiful plantings and mausoleums.  I do miss my Dad every day he was a wise and loving man.  Then I am off to my Mom’s and my friend Carol in Greenfield.  I think about her a lot we had so much in common.  All the wreaths were put in place, it was such a peaceful thing to do in this frantic time.


Tonight while starting the wood stove up I was listening to Vermont Public Radio.  They had a show on about the British SHipping NEws which is on every day 3 or 4  times giving the shipping news from Iceland to Africa and all around England , Ireland and the Islands.   British people have their radios tuned to it and it lulls them to sleep.  Tonight I listened to it, it starts with beautiful music and then the forecast, I can absolutely see how it could lull you to sleep.  I am going to see if I can get the boys to get it set up on my Ipad so I can listen to it every night.

Many thanks for reading the blog today and I hope you had a wonderful day, more snow is coming for us tomorrow and a cold night is here with temps only in the lower single digits.      BURR   Carole


13 12 2013


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


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.



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


10 12 2013



When I am in the car I listen to Vermont Public Radio or favorite Enya, CLannad  or Deanne FItzpatrick’s inspiring CD.  Yesterday I was listening to Lake Wobegon with Garrison Keillor, where the women are strong, the men handsome and the children are above average.  He was talking about winters gone by and the day they were recording it was snowing and he said that God had turned the globe upside down and the world was white.  It’s a very nice way or saying it was snowing.


When I was young winters seemed harsher.  Much more snow, enough to build igloo’s as I did many times.  Sledding was done on flexible flyers.  There were so many places to go.  My Dad had an adult size Flexible and I had the child size.  I still have my Dad’s, I don’t know what happened  to mine.


 We would take walks in the woods, checking out the animal tracks, its was a fun time of year.  Of course there weren’t as many cars and you didn’t watch a lot of TV, listened to a lot of radio though.  Your clothes were made right here in America out of natural materials mostly wools for the winter.  I remember when I was 5 or 6 I had so many clothes on I almost couldn’t walk!!!!!!  Pants lined with flannel and snow pants on top of them.

Close to CHristmas my Grandfather and Uncle Roger, my Mom and Dad and myself would pile into the green Chevy Sedan and off we would go for hours of looking at Christmas decorations.  Making Christmas cookies was always a special few days at our house. The house would be full of relatives and friends on Christmas Day.  My friend Francine and I would spend hours putting up our CHristmas villages under our trees with the old cardboard houses, fences, animals and trees, they got more elaborate each year.    She still does hers and I am going to bring back that tradition this year.  There was always a train going around the tree.  We would also make that wish, I hope there is a pony under the tree.  I finally did get  a horse when I was 40. Although I loved her it was not the same as getting one when you are young , but i see the wisdom of not having one then too, 


Does anyone know how long it takes to fall in love with a lamb. A nano second, or a minute.  My son asked if I could house a lamb for an overnight so it can be in the live Nativity service at his church.  I said yes.  I have never had a lamb and I know that I will fall in love with it.  Provisions will have to be made, fencing cut and put together, I do know that lambs are very sneaky and can get out of everything.  I am so excited about this opportunity and to be able to see a live nativity will be wonderful.


There is a big movement within the UK and some other EU countries to make your own clothes.  It asks the question WHO MADE YOUR CLOTHES.  I am sure we all have seen pictures of the factories where most of our clothes are made and the paltry sum that these people are paid.  Very few clothes are made here and the material  is not make here either.  At the fall farmers market there was a gal who made dresses, skirts and pants and she was very busy.  My friend Debbie has always made lots of her clothes. I think that I will be doing more sewing this year, it is a good idea to make your own or purchase locally made clothing.


Reading the blog WOVEMBER has been so enlightening for me, discussions of things that you think about for a minute and then let go, the blog makes you rethink them and then decide to do something about them.  Their main goal is to get people back to using wool again.  I am a wool person, raising sheep for almost 20 years and selling wool to people at shows is great, but now I know that I need to do more to promote sheep and wool.  We are getting together to see what can be done for small farmers in this part of Massachusetts in January.  Maybe a farm tour similar to the Crafts of COlrain might be a good idea so people can see where their wool comes from.  When I marketed Wilbur Yarn I had a picture of him on the label with info about the farm, everyone loved knowing who the sheep was that produced this yarn and that he was still alive. Knowing that sheep live out their lives on the farm, however long that may be  is helpful to people.  I will keep you posted on how this goes.  It’s a long process with few people to get it going but I think that success will be forthcoming.

Shorty was in this chair this morning when I got up waiting for the stove to be lit, and there he stayed for most of the day.  Its a cats life.  We didn’t get the snow that was supposed to come our way today but its suppose to flurry all night the roads are very slippery, glad that I can stay in.  Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you had a wonderful day.  Carole and Minnie