HAPPY JULY-GOODBY GARY-HERBS AND OTHER THINGS DRYING-CHRIS TACKLES THE BATHROOM CEILING

3 07 2015

HAPPY JULY

Sunny today and rain on the 4th. Parades and fireworks over the weekend.  We have had so much rain, lots of it was  torrential. The last rains washed more mud in the barn.  Chris got the barn ready for the next rains.

GOODBYE GARY

Gary Left on Tuesday and may be back for The Crafts of Colrain in November.

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FISHING

I took Chris, Tyler and Charlie fishing over the last two days.

CHRIS

CHRIS

 

TYLER AND CHARLIE

TYLER AND CHARLIE

 Otters were frockling on the banks and in the waters, we saw and were very near a copperhead snake and enjoyed watching a duck and her babies swimming up the river.  No fish though.

OTTERS

OTTERS

DRYING HERBS AND OTHER THINGS

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The dehydrator has been going non stop.I have dried basil, peppermint, rose petals, dill and eggs shells.  Yes I do dry my own egg shells and crush them with some herbs and feed them back to the  chickens.

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  It saves me from buying those heavy 50 pound bags of oyster shells.  I am also drying plantain for the poison ivy save which I will start soon and comfrey for the healing salve.   Now I have to look for some gallon size pickle jars to put all these dried things in.  The house smells wonderful everyday.

CHRIS AND THE BATHROOM CEILING

The bathroom ceiling in this old house was the original ceiling of plaster, the only plaster ceiling left in this house.  The bathroom is a small odd shaped room with a 6 foot claw foot tub, a sink that someone built in the 60’s (someone  with no knowledge of plumbing or stye).

held up with scrap lumber and with plumbing that astonishes the plumber

held up with scrap lumber and with plumbing that astonishes the plumber

he bathroom needs a huge makeover which I don’t have a lot of money for.  The ceiling was sagging in spots and had lost some of its plaster so it was time to take it all down before it fell.  I started it and Chris did the major portion and now its down.  WHen I have some extra money I will have someone put up a new one. 

 

I am still getting my garden in at this late day.  The Farm Stand where I get my plant starts and veggies in the summer is done selling plants and gave me a flat of basil and some other plants including 75 leek starts.  My peas did not do well at all not one pea pod.  Planted too late and then rains and heat did them in.  Beets are up and so are radishes.  I had to replant the string beans as so few came up.  Its and interesting year for the garden.

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

 

 

 

 

 





MORE TORRENTIAL RAIN-RICKY AT EAGLE HILL SCHOOL-ROSIE AND SAMANTHA

1 08 2014

GREETINGS

MORE TORRENTIAL RAINS

Last week we had a terrible storm with torrential rains thunder and lightning and winds.  Rain poured into the barn and ruined some hay and caused Chris and I a mountain of work which is still being done. 3-4 inches of rain fell in that storm which didn’t last long.  Just an hour ago the heavens opened up again and lots of rain fell .

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 Its becoming a weekly thing.  Washing away dirt and gravel roads in town.  Some  dirt roads are quite passable but if you get to near the edge you tires could end up in a ditch 2 feet deep.    This is the new norm now every week we get a batch of rain like this.  Cindy has given me a list of names of companies who do drainage work.  I will be calIing them soon to get estimates.   I cannot continue to clean up and throw away hay.  Tonight’s storm left no damage in the barn but last week all the coops downstairs got wet too.  I hope this problem gets resolved soon.

LOOKING THROUGH THE BARN DOOR

LOOKING THROUGH THE BARN DOOR

 

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EAGLE HILL SCHOOL

Today was the last day of school for Ricky at Eagle Hill.  He has done remarkable there this year.  We are all so proud of him.

SAMANTHA AND ROSIE

I finally got a picture of the two of them but is dark.  Rosie is the smaller one.

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I hope the weather is dryer where you are, many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole

CAROL K at the end of the fence hoping for more treats.

CAROL K at the end of the fence hoping for more treats.