A CURE FOR ROOSTER CROWING-A BEDROOM SHELF-FARMERS MARKET RUG

28 07 2014

GREETINGS

Yesterday morning was dark and gloomy with a smell of rain in the air.  Strong storms and much rain were  called for but didn’t happen.    We are getting use to the change in  weather. I can now see Carol K from my computer window eating the grasses and weeds in the new fencing.

A CURE FOR ROOSTER CROWING

Yesterday I received  a Poultry Magazine in the mail .  There was a small article about a collar for roosters. I investigated it  on the internet and sure enough its true and it works.  I so love Roosters especially Murphy who I raise from a chick.  I love the sound of them crowing but not everyone likes the sound and Hazel’s crowing is downright annoying.  The two boys are practicing their crowing now and they will be adding their song to Murphy’s/  I do really have to consider my neighbors so I plan to get a collar for Hazel and try it out and the get one for the two other  boys..  They come in all sizes and are relatively inexpensive.  They do not hurt the bird at all and I am wondering if they will give the rooster added life.  The article explains a roosters crow, how they take in much more air then needed to make it happen this collar will restrict that big breath, they will still crow but it will be at the sound level as a hen.  I just love this idea.  Roosters are so needed on a farm.  They are protectors of their hens, show them where the food is, take care of fights amongst the hens.  Which means less pecking problems.  They will fight to the death to keep their girls safe.  I think I will raise my own replacement chicks from now on.  

MURPHY AND HIS GIRLS

MURPHY AND HIS GIRLS

 BEDROOM SHELF

I have a bedside table which is always cluttered up with things and I have special books which I use a lot on the table too. I looked around and found a board and some shelf holders and yesterday I painted them all and today I installed them on a wall near my bed.

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FARMERS MARKET RUG

Friday’s farmers market was wonderful, Nina, Jan and Jane came and spun while I worked on the rug.  A gal came over to see what I was doing.  The amazing thing is that she is the town foot Nurse in COlrain and she lived many years in New Foundland.  SHe was secretary to a large Rug Hooking Group.    She is a Rug Hooker.  You just never know where you are going to meet people.  I am hope to see her again and have a longer chat.  Here is he progress on the rug.  I do love the lavender color and how the dark of his wool makes a pattern in the border too.  My rug hooking with yarn class this coming fall and winter will feature a small version of this rug.

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My friend Francine sent me this wonderful poem by Emily Dickinson, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers

That perches on the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops at all

Hope you have a wonderful day today and thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog.   Carole and Minnie





A CHANGE IN THE CHICKEN KINGDOM-GRANDMA’S SEWING-MRS.BROWN-MOM

24 01 2014

HELLO,

A CHANGE IN THE CHICKEN KINGDOM

For sometime I have been thinking of just having bantam hens..  I have 10 large hens and Murphy left, this year many of the real old hens have passed on and I only have 6 that lay, the rest are having a well deserved retirement..  Its time to start replacing them  with Bantams. I won’t be able to sell eggs anymore as people will not pay for smaller eggs but my family and I  can still enjoy them.  They are much easier to manage, take up less space, eat less food.  It’s a win win situation.   I will have to investigate where to purchase them and may talk to the chicken man to see if he will raise some up for me.

GRANDMA”S SEWING

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This flour sack was destined to become a pillow case. The sides were hemmed.  It was never finished and was found in a trunk some years ago.  Her stitching was perfect, she was a professional seamstress, I am using it as a wall hanging now.  When stitching the ends together I thought of her and wondered what she was thinking about while she was stitching this.

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She had married and moved to a city from the country.  Had many children and worked hard, I never knew her but felt like we were kindred spirits.  SHe was talked about with love by her children as long as they had voices, they called her Ma.

MOM

I called Mary at the rest home today and Mom has gained weight and now weighs 113 pounds, more than she ever weighed.  SHe is doing so well under Mary’s care.  We are so lucky to have found her.  She addresses medical issues like UTI’s which can really get an elderly person angry and hostile early so there is never an issue.   They are having cold weather in Florida and tonight it will be 36, which seems balmy to me, it’s all relative.

WINTER

This morning the temps were below zero.  The chickens water will have to be warmed up 3 times today  They will get a special mid day snack of sunflower seeds, cooked oatmeal, yogurt, and seaweed and blueberries.  A special treat for very cold days.  The sheep of course are fine and were given a little grain this morning and will receive some more tonight.

MRS. BROWN

Mrs. Brown did it again, she laid another egg today and made a nest and then left it  I am wondering if the  nesting area just isn’t good enough.  Today while at the grain store I bought some bagged Timothy hay which is longer and tomorrow I plan to weave up a nest for her  It may or may not work but worth the effort I think.

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





NO FROST-CAT BEDS-THE TOMATOES-THE CHICKEN MAN

18 09 2013

Hello   

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THE CHICKEN MAN

The Chicken Man, John is recovering and will slow his business down for the winter months.  But come spring he will be in full swing again.  He will have some hens for me and my friend Lynn.  He had put aside a Welsummer which we had talked about in the spring so I know that I shall have one of them, 2 Bantams and Amerancana.  I will be extremely happy with these hens.

NO FROST AND THE TOMATOES

It was quite chilly this morning but no frost.  I have left the plastic on the tomatoes because it is to be cold again tonight.  When I inspected the tomato plants it was wonderfully warm under there, many of the tomatoes that were green yesterday had tinges of orange on them today.

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 This proves the need for a hoop house to make my goal of self sufficiency come true.  I can see that I could grow many things through-out the winter.  I am going to look into this again this fall and look for used ones on Craig’s list.

THE CARROTS

Here are the pictures I promised you.

THE FIRST LAYER

THE FIRST LAYER

 

THE TOP LAYER

THE TOP LAYER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 As you can see you need to have some space between them..  I t takes almost a whole small bale of shavings to do this large trash barrel, I recomend the large flaked shavings as they simply fall off the carrots.  I will reuse the shavings in the chicken coop.

I had a helper in the garden today, Carol Kinnevan thought I had something in the bowl for her.

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





NEW THINGS IN EACH SHOP TODAY-COWS IN THE ROAD-MARLEY-A GREAT FIND

12 09 2013

Hello

MINNIE TAKING A REST WHILE I WRITE

MINNIE TAKING A REST WHILE I WRITE

 

 

 

NEW THING IN EACH SHOP

I have brought a hooked pumpkin face and two cat beds  to Funk Shun and some  Drop Spindle kits to Sheep and Shawl today.  Plus dropping eggs of at my old work place.

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I have got lots of cat beds cut out so I will be busy making them and cat toys for the next week or so.  They are good sellers and fun to do.  I have to hook more pumpkin faces too people just love them and hang them on their door.

COWS IN THE ROAD

Traveling on back roads is always an experience.  Yesterday when coming home, I saw 6-8  Jersey Cows happily eating someones lawn.  They were escapee’s from a pasture.  Which does go to prove that the grass is always greener.  I found someone who knew the owner and they were rounding them up when I left. It’s  moments like this that make my day.

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I received a reply from the Shetland Sheep farmer today.  Her advice was spot on.  SHe thinks most of his ramming is because of fear.  He is terrified that he will be locked up again.  She feels that a firm NO and a few snacks in my pocket might do it but she also said something that is true don’t turn you back on him..   Instead of making a pen for him I have decided to make another gate which will shut them into the hay area.  That way I can clean either part of the barn without sheep in it and watering can be done with no sheep there.  It will make things easier for shearing and shots too and for when I go away.

A cold front is coming in and terrible thunderstorms and lots of rains and downed trees have come with them.  Tonight should be the last of them the cold front will be here tomorrow.

AN FUNNY SKY BROUGHT RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS

AN FUNNY SKY BROUGHT RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS

 

 

Yesterday while at Jo Ann’s Fabric store I saw the woman who cuts the cloth use these.  I asked about them and she said they were the best they ever used and they were 40% off. 

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  I bought one for a little more than 6 dollars and love it. Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole and Minnie