THE CABINET STORY-LOOSING ANIMAL FRIENDS-VISITING FRIENDS

14 08 2017

 

 

LEMON BALM

GREETINGS

Freezing sweet corn , drying lemon balm, digging up  garlic,picking tansy and artemisia, waiting for the tomatoes to ripen are some of the things I love about summer.  the house smells of herbs and flowers .

LOOSING ANIMAL FRIENDS

On Saturday my youngest daughter, Betty had to put her beloved horse Beamer down.  He was a beauty who came to her as a young horse from Western Canada.   He was the perfect horse for her.   A registered Morgan who was loved by everyone who met him.   The decisions that we who love our animals more than life itself have to make are never easy, but they have to be made for the animal sake.  Run free Beamer you and Betty will be together again someday.

THE CABINET ADVENTURE

It all started with a ride to Brattleboro, Vermont to look at appliances.  We didn’t have much luck there but we did see a sign saying doors and window for sale.  This was Deconstruction Works of the former renew store.   We asked about cabinets and he said to follow him on Facebook and so I did  In less than a week he  had cabinets from a home he was working on.    $250. for 6 pieces seemed like a bargain price.  They were a darker maple color and it came with a counter top and sink.

 

Measurements were taken and they would fit nicely.   I plan to get a new counter top and will have the new/old sink that I bought put in it.  Now they are on the porch awaiting the other things to get done  I really like the idea of reusing and the trip to Newfane, Vermont was delightful.  The house was located on a muddy dirt road with a wonderful field and meadow and beautiful views.  It had a lovely large birch tree close by and a huge stone wall.

VISITING FRIENDS AND WINDING  A  WARP

Yesterday I went to visit friends and wind a warp.  Charlie and Ken live in a lovely cottage by the side of a babbling brook.

And there are many wonderful gardens.

 Charlie wanted to weave again and I told him about the Structo Loom used by The Springfield Weavers to show people how to weave.  He remembered seeing the group at The Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Fest this year.    A couple of weeks ago he purchased on   eBay and  yesterday I wound a warp for scarves out of mohair boucle.

  There is enough warp to weave 4 or 5 scarves.  Ken made a delightful lunch and Charlie and I spent a delightful afternoon.

Heading to the Heath Fair on Saturday.   Come and visit me at the large tent.  I hope to be spinning.  Many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole

 

 

 

 





THE ELUSIVE CAT-HAY-BOOKS I AM READING

22 06 2017

GREETINGS

The hot stiffleing weather is gone and we have had a couple of wonderful days  and cool sleeping nights.  Welcome rain for the crops came and went.  Summertime in New England.
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PROJECT ALMOST DONE- SPRINGFIELD WEAVERS

25 10 2016

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Fall here in Colrain has been beautiful.   We avoided the drought that everyone else had this past summer, so the colors were spectacular..  The air has a chill in it these days letting us know winter is not far behind.  The gentle sound of the sheep happily munching on their hay this morning reminded me just why I continue to do this.  Their coats are now getting heavy with wool .  Cosmo is doing quite well, acting more like a kitten than an older cat..  The chickens are almost done with their molt and ready for the dark days ahead.  I am hoping to get a small hoop house done for them but time is fleeing and it may not get done.  Today is the last day for the Tuesday Greenfied Farmers Market to be outside .  We will be inside on Main Street.  Look for our signs.

PROJECT ALMOST DONE

I saw this quilt pattern  years ago and decided it would make a great rug.    I dyed the yarn from the flock and  changed the pattern slightly.  I have to finish whip stitching it and put a backing on it.

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SPRINGFIELD WEAVERS

I was asked last year to teach the Springfield Weavers how to hook with yarn.  A couple of Saturdays ago the day arrived.  It was a wonderful Day with new friends and many old friends.  I was a weaver many years ago, taking a 4 year class at Hill Institute.  This group was a group that I had belonged to.

We had a wonderful day and fun was had by all.  They all hooked and  many I think , will continue to do so.  I haven’t woven in years and got rid of my looms.  But maybe I may do some weaving again only on a smaller loom.  I do long to do some overshot which was my favorite weave and would love to make some hand towels to sell.  Who knows what the future will bring.

The leaves are mostly gone in the woods now with the wild winds of this past weekend.  I did get my garlic planted and plan to spread manure on a new area where I plan to plant flax in the spring and pumpkins and gourds to sell at the  market next year.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this crisp fall day.  Carole

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A GOOD READ-CHICKENS ARE OUT-STAR SPANGLED BANNER

13 05 2014

HELLO

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DOG DAYS BY JOB KATZ

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On one of my Minnie visits to Brookside Animal Clinic the subject came up about good books.  This one was mentioned enthusiastically by the vet tech.  I got one for me and one for a birthday present for a friend.  It’s about a man who lived in NYC and moved to a farm in Vermont.  Its takes us through daily life of owning a farm and the animals and people who are in his  life.  Its a thoughtfully written book with humor.  As in this farm there are good times and bad, sometimes we feel we can’t lift another bale of hay then a robin drops into our path.  Farming is a tough life for older folks but somehow we carry on.  There is nothing nicer than sitting in the pasture with the sheep or going down to the river to cool off.

CHICKENS OUT

I spent a few hours this morning cleaning out part of the front outside coop.  I want them to clean that up before I open the rest of the area.  They are happily digging for bugs.,

LUCY WASN'T SURE ABOUT COMING OUT!

LUCY WASN’T SURE ABOUT COMING OUT!

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR DIGGING UP SOME DIRT

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR DIGGING UP SOME DIRT

PRIDE OF BALTIMORE

The Pride of Baltimore 11 was in Havre de Grace, Maryland  recently and I asked my Cousin Gary, who lives close by, to get me a picture or two.  He couldn’t get the pictures but sent me this card .  It contains a piece of material woven like the original Star  Spangled Banner.  I was surprised how loosely woven it was.  What a treat to get in todays mail.  Havre de Grace is one of the prettiest towns in Maryland.  Located right on the Chesapeake Bay its loaded with quaint shops, beautiful scenery and lots of history.  Right off of 95.  Stop by for a visit you won’t be sorry.

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Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you day is wonderful, Carole and Minnie





TWINED RUG FINISHED – NEW FOOD FOR THE CHICKENS

19 01 2013

HELLO

Bailing Twine Rug

I think that I will need to dampen it to get it to lay flat.  I would weave the next one a little closer but because this was used twine it frayed so much it was hard to weave.

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The bailing twine rug is finished and I learned a lot from doing it. I think that  I will be ordering some twine to make some hanging  storage bags.  I will have to make a different size loom.  Hoping that I can sell these at the farmers market this summer.

NEW FOOD FOR THE CHICKENS

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Last year there was a lot of talk during the winter with the local chicken internet group about added protein and greens to their diets in the winter.  Everyone seemed to be trying  alfalfa cubes.  My hens are all over 2 years of age and there are 2  that are over 10 years old, the rest fall in the 3 year to 8 year range.  As a chicken ages they lay fewer eggs. and sometimes the shells are softer.   I bought the cubes in the fall and started them yesterday.  Today’s oatmeal had some alfalfa mixed into it and there wasn’t a crumb left. 

KELP

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I have also been interested in Kelp.  Lots of vitamins and minerals in it.    I also bought some of that in the fall.   I have been sprinkling a little over a tablespoon on their food since yesterday and they seem to eat that all up too.  I am going to do some investigating about feeding it to the cats and Sadie and Elliott.

These two products will be beneficial to the animals during the winter.  Unfortunately  the alfalfa has to be bought in 50 pound bags  so at 3 cubes every other day they may last quite a long time.

Hester got her coveted nest box spot tonight, she outwitted Charlotte.

Today was a beautiful sunny day with nice temps, cold is coming back tomorrow.

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

 

 

 





MORE SNOW – TWINE RUG – DRAFT DODGER – CHRIS AND ETSY

15 01 2013

HELLO,

More snow is coming tomorrow.  Yesterday was a beautiful day here with temps in the mid 50’s and sunny.  I cleaned some in the barn which felt good.   I need to get the errands done today.  My electric snow shovel is sitting on the porch ready to go.

More on the twine rug

I have been working on the rug today and am finally half way finished. Another nice thing about this loom is when half way and the weaving becomes more difficult you can just turn it around.  I can clearly see some mistakes in the twining  but since this is the first rug of its kind for me it won’t bother me, I am looking at this rug as a learning  experience.

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I usually am watching something on my I-Pad while I am weaving or hooking.  This week its the BBC documentary on the Himalayas with Mr. Palin.  I thoroughly am enjoying it and wish I was 30 years younger so I could have a trip there.

Draft Dodger

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Today I finished the other draft dodger.  I filled  it with balsam and rose petals. My friend Fran suggested the balsam, I think it’s a brilliant idea.  The sand is so heavy and there will be a sweet scent of balsam and roses  in the air.  I think that the balsam could be mixed with spices too, that would be interesting.  Now I am thinking of making them for my most draftiest of windows.

CHRIS and ETSY

My grandson Chris is going to help me by phone today with my Etsy account.  I opened an account years ago but never did anything with it.  So this week he is going to help me get it up and running.

I am spinning more Elliott for the rug today.  It’s a banner day when I get to do all the things I love to do for part of the day.  Have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.                             Carole

 





ANGUS-ADVANTAGES OF RAISING CHICKENS-RUG

9 01 2013

Hello

ANGUS

I really haven’t written about Angus or shown many pictures of him.  He is Shorty and Oliver’s brother, although they could not be more different.  At one time I had their mother and all their siblings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 When I lived in Maryland homeless, sick cats and kittens kept showing up at my doorstep.  It was a sad situation and I would take them in.  I ended up with more cats that one person should have.

Getting back to Angus.  He wants to be an only cat, unfortunately in a household with 6 cats that is impossible.  The only cat he truly gets along with is Sam.  He torments the life out of Willie the last cat to join us.  When company comes he takes over like when Deb came over on Sunday.  Angus would not leave her side.  I have decided to try the water pistol approach when poor Willie came into my bedroom with a scratch on his nose.  Its worked on other bad habits of the cats and I hope it will make this the peaceable kingdom again

Advantages of Raising Chicken

I couldn’t begin to list all the advantages of raising chickens.  Lots of folks think chickens are creatures without much of a brain or feelings.  I find this quite the opposite.  The longer I raise chickens the more I think they are like people.  They have a hierarchy whereas the hen in charge dictates to the lower hens, the disadvantage get thrown to the side and picked on (Amelia is a prim example of that) they have friends and mourn the loss of them.  It is so interesting to see the inner-workings of the hen-house.

 The other benefit is the eggs.  You will get all sorts of eggs.   Eggs which you never see in the supermarket.  Long ones,  totally round ones, double and triple yolkers, ones without shells!!!!  You just never know what you will get. Today is a great example of thriving and coming through bad times.  This egg is from Amelia the little hen who came to me with hardly any feathers.

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Other advantages of raising hens is insect control, I hardly see a mosquito here and they love cleaning up scraps from the kitchen.  The produce lots of manure which enriches your garden.  They are inexpensive to purchase and produce eggs  for a long time.  

I bought the eggs scale right after I got the hens and kept a diary of  the weather and eggs production for one year.  I am going to do that again its fun to look back on that.

WORK ON THE RUG

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