SWIMMING ON THE DEERFIELD-THE HISTORY AND GEANEALOGY-PEPPERS ROM THE GARDEN

19 07 2015

GREETINGS

Hot and steaming for today luckily the nights seem to cool off.  Rain showers are preventing the hay from being done.  Jewel weed is almost 7 feet high, going to put a post on Facebook , free jewelweed and free manure come and get it.

Sammy thinking about where he will spend this steamy day

Sammy thinking about where he will spend this steamy day

SWIMMING ON THE DEERFIELD

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We all went down to Sunburn beach on the Deerfield River on Friday.  The water was frigid. Once you got use to it you were fine.  There are lots of glacier pot holes on this part of the river and jumping off them is so much fun.

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 A great time was had by all.

 Lauren and Lil shivering but crying because she didn't want to go.

Lauren and Lil shivering but crying because she didn’t want to go.

LAST SPINNING CLASS

The last spinning class was yesterday.  Both Deb and Joan made wonderful yarn.  We practiced with cotton/linen, mohair, Angora and made some designer yarns.  I enjoyed the class and am looking forward to seeing them both again.

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HISTORY AND GENEALOGY OF CHESTERFIELD MA

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Besides mentioning my families that lived in Chesterfield this book is a treasure-trove of information   When I was a child almost everyone in town was a cousin.  This book explains how that all came about.  So interesting are the comments like Killed by lightning, basket maker of pounded ash, one man was a blacksmith, farmer and man of strength, typhoid fever is mentioned.  large families were the norm and many children didn’t live to the age of 5.  This book covers the years 1762 to 1961. Life was so hard in those days.  

PEPPERS FROM THE GARDEN

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IN the freezer they will go

Many thanks for reading my blog on the summer day, I hope you are enjoying cool breezes wherever you are.

Carole

 

 

 





SPINNING CLASS-FRANCIS & SWEET PEA-BOOKS I AM READING

18 05 2014

HELLO

Yesterday was the last spinning class.  Everyone has done wonderfully.  They accomplished so much in these three weeks.  We made some designer yarns yesterday 

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The yarns came out so different and all made quite nice designer yarns.

FRANCIS AND SWEET PEA

Both hens laid eggs this morning.  Francis is well over 10 years old which is getting up there in hen’s years.  Sweet Pea, I believe is the Mother of the two light-colored chicks.

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FRANCIS

FRANCIS

Books I Am READING

The Field Guide TO Fleece

by Deb Robson and Carol Ekarius

This small field guide is a MUST for spinners and buyers of wool.  Everything you need to know to pick out a fleece for your project is on two pages.   A description of the sheep, use of dyes on the fleece and best uses for the fleece along with pictures of the sheep and fleece are listed.  This guide is small and will fit right into your purse.  Take it to the next sheep and wool event .  

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The days are going by fast at the farm, still many spring chores to get done.  Today the chicks will be moved, what a delight for them and for me.   They are not going outside just yet but into the back coop.  I need to tighten security in their yard.  I still have no idea if they are roosters or hen’s.  Here’s hoping they are hen’s.

It’s a cool morning but will warm up quickly.  Hope you have a wonderful day, thanks for reading my blog.     Carole

 





COLTSFOOT-SPINNING CLASS-ELLIOTT’S SHEARING DAY-SADIE’S PLACE

12 05 2014

HELLO AND HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL OF YOU.,

THE HERB COLTSFOOT

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You know its spring when you see the herb Coltsfoot on the roadsides.   It was used as a medical herb for ages but now there is a concern about kidney or liver damage.  I am going to pick some this year and try to do some dyeing in my iron pot.  Its suppose to do a pale green.  It’s a beautiful plant that wouldn’t live on my rich soil.  It loves sandy roadside soil.

SPINNING CLASS AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

This is the second class and the wool I gave them was washed and dried.  They liked the process and enjoyed spinning and plying it. They are really doing well spinning. Next week we are doing fancier yarns.

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We had a surprise visitor one of the Tibetan ladies that lives nearby spun on my wheel.  SHe doesn not speak English so we couldn’t converse how she learned. Maybe Liz will find out about that.  SHe spins wonderfully.

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ELLIOTT’S SHEARING DAY

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Elliott was sheared this morning and he still has that awful rash.  The Shearer never saw a rash like that and gave him another shot of ivermectin.  If I don’t see some improvement within a couple of days I will have to have the vet return.  The rash doesn’t seem to bother him much but when reading about skin problems in LLamas it said because of the weather conditions many more llamas have mites and things like that.  Poor Elliott he just wants to be left alone and not bothered by people.

SADIE’S PLACE

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The beautiful tulips mark the place where Sadie is buried.  I would someday put a bench or something their.  I think I will scatter some wild flower seeds over the area so there will be beauty all summer long. She was a beautiful sheep, kind and loving.  I miss her.

I hope your day was filled with love and job, thank you for reading my blog.  Carole

 





SPINNING CLASS-MINNIE-DYEING FLEECE-OATMEAL SOAP

4 05 2014

HELLO

SPINNING CLASS

Yesterday I had three wonderful ladies at the class.   Each one made a skein of plyed yarn at the end of class.  They each had a little knowledge of spinning and took home part of a white and dark fleece to wash

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.  There were loads of interesting questions and the time just flew by.

Minnie

She continues to improve, her coat is so much better she is happier and eating without coaxing.  She is perky and talkative its a delight  to have her doing so well

.DYEING FLEECE

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Today I spent some time dyeing fleece.  SHeep and SHawl SHop have sold all my dyed fleece..  It was dyed with red and yellow and a few pinches of blue.  I love how it came out.

OATMEAL SOAP

I packaged up some of the Oatmeal Soap today.  I will have to make another 2 batches of it, sometime this week.

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I worked outside today for the first time this spring.  I removed the three hay bales that was against the kitchen wall.  I won’t do that next year as it encourages rodents.   I spread out the hay on pathways.  The tulips are up and some are ready to bloom.  Its windy and will be cool tonight.  Rain showers on an off all day so laundry was not hung out.  I have a clothesline full for tomorrow.

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope that you had a delightful day.   Carole & Minnie

 

 





THE LAST SPINNING CLASS-BUTTERFLY MUSEUM WITH LIL

24 03 2014

Hello

THE LAST SPINNING CLASS

All my students  have done so well.  They are spinning and plying, it looks like they have been doing it for years.  Great gals.

LESLIE BROUGHT IN HER MOTHER MARION LOOK ALIKE.

LESLIE BROUGHT IN HER MOTHER MARION LOOK ALIKE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT WONDERFUL YARN

WHAT WONDERFUL YARN

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LIL AT THE BUTTERFLY MUSEUM

This was Lil’s first time at the local Butterfly Museum.  She loved looking at the tiny Quail birds that were walking all around. Lots to see and do there.  

Lil and her Dad

Lil and her Dad

IT'S HARD TO SEE THE THOUSANDS OF BUTTERFLY'S IN THIS PICTURE

IT’S HARD TO SEE THE THOUSANDS OF BUTTERFLY’S IN THIS PICTURE

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

 

 





SPRING!!!!!-CLEANING THE BARN-SCRUBBING MITT-LAST SPINNING CLASS

23 03 2014

Hello

SPRING ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!!!

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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.

CLEANING THE BARN

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.

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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

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SECOND SPINNING CLASS-LIL

17 03 2014

HELLO

SECOND SPINNING CLASS

Another great class and the time just flew by.  Everyone has made great progress/  We learned how to card today and I brought my Mother Marion in and next week they will try it.  We were busy getting wheels adjusted.  As everyone gets used to their wheels their spinning gets easier and better.  Silk was tried yesterday and this coming Sunday will be our last class and I plan to have some dye recipe’s for them especially the copper dye which is simple and long-lasting.

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Liz the owner of Sheep and Shawl

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Leslie’s Wilbur yarn, doesn’t it look great.

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The shop is full of wonderful things, stop by.

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LIL

I haven’t posted anything about LIL lately.  She is getting big, loves books and teletubbies and taking walks.   She is a very happy child.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today, Happy Monday.   Carole