SNOWY DAY-WINTER- THIS YEAR’S CARD- THE CHICKENS-ORANGE PEEL CLEANER-HAPPY NEW YEAR

29 12 2016

GREETINGS

The snow is coming down lightly this morning with heavy snow predicted for the afternoon and evening.  In the end we are suppose to get between 6-12 inches. I  have mixed feelings about winter.  I love these quiet days of snow.  The time spent indoors doing winter projects.  I really dislike the below  zero days and frozen pipes.  I love the sound and smells of a wood fire but at the end of winter I am ready to give up bringing in wood and cleaning out the stove. I love seeing the sheep with their full coats of wool.

MAUDE

MAUDE

 

  I find each season offers just what I need and I am looking forward to getting lots of winter projects done.  

 Lil wants a pair of ice skates this year.  What fun.  I wouldn’t dare skate now  but would love to!!!!!!  I miss the old days of skating on Bray Lake in Holyoke as a child, the beautiful lake with snow-covered pine trees on the lakes edges.  The fires to warm up with and hot chocolate and marshmallows.  My children were able to enjoy that fun winter activity too.   Maybe Lil will be the fourth generation to skate on Bray Lake.

THIS YEARS CHRISTMAS CARD

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THE CHICKENS

This year I am trying to keep a small part of their outside yard shoveled .  On the days that are above freezing they can and do go out.  I do cover the area with hay.

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Next year the hoop house.

ORANGE CLEANER

Tis the season to eat lots of oranges.  Don’t throw the peels away.  You can make this wonderful cleaner with two simple ingredients.  Cider vinegar and orange peels.  This is my second year making it and this year I need to make another jar of it  to last the year.  And it smells great too.

I usually don’t have enough to fill a jar so I put whatever peels I have and add the cider vinegar to cover and continue this till the jar is filled.  I leave the jar on a shelf for about a month, shaking occasionally before pouring it off into a permanent jar.    To use put two parts water to one part orange cleaner in a spray bottle.  This is so easy and it is antibacterial too.

 

 

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As I write this the birds are flocking to the feeders, Mamma and Papa Blue Jay  brought the three kids to the feeders.  I have watched them grow and its so nice to have the here again. Thank you so much for reading my blog on this winter day.  Wish you all a healthy, and prosperous New year.Carole

 

 

 

 

 





BACK TO THE DEEP FREEZE-DEEP LITTER METHOD-CLASS HOOKING-HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS

23 02 2015

GREETINGS

BACK TO THE DEEP FREEZE

Yesterday was such a beautiful day.  It was above freezing for the first and last time this month.  During the winter we usually have a few above freezing days each month.  You can catch up on chores at these times but this year my water pipe to the barn has been frozen for most of the month and yesterday finally I got it thawed.  Now it will be fine no matter what the temps are.  I got lots of things done yesterday and it was uplifting.  Today I had to go to Greenfield early and it was so beautiful.  The sky was so blue.

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The pussy willows are out too.

The  shadows in the woods were delightful.  

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Today the temps will tumble-down to 10 and tonight temps will go to 15 or so below again.  I hope this is the last of it.

WEATHER ALERT FOR TONIGHT.  Protect all livestock and bring small animals in   I never heard of binging in livestock.  Of course all my animals are protected and the outside birds are well fed.

Ice jams started to thaw yesterday so my back door was frozen shut this morning.  Spots here and there  on the porch leaked.  Spring is coming and all that will be forgotten.

DEEP LITTER METHOD

The chickens really like it and its fluffier than hay, doesn’t mold  and keeps them warmer.

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CLASS PROJECT

With so may winter related things going on that I hardly have time to do anything else.  The class projects are just about done and I hope to have them at SHeep and SHawl on Wednesday.

Hygiene Hypothesis

Today while listening to VPR I heard an interesting discussion on Living In A World Too Clean.  It seems that children now days are getting more Allergies, Asthma, and Eczema.   They think that the children are kept too clean and do not have enough exposure to infectious agents which then  causes them to be susceptible to many other things, which means the immune system does not function properly.  Last year I read an article that told of children of farmers get sick a lot less.  The reason is that they are exposed to many things day in and day out.  It all makes perfect sense..  I thought this was so interesting and wanted to pass it onto you.

The wind is picking up now and the bitter cold is settling in, many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

 

 





A BOOK FIND-A WHOPPIE PIE DAY-CHRIS COMES-ANOTHER STORM

14 02 2015

GREETINGS

As I write this snow is coming down heavily and I can’t see the mountain across the valley.  The temps have been brutal with 15 below this morning. Winds are suppose to pick up and temps will go even lower.  They still aren’t sure how much snow this storm will bring.  It will be a surprise.  Things are already being shut down in Boston.  I am glad that I don’t have to be out in it but my daughter Cindy has to go to classes today.   A BOOK FIND

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Amongst the books that were in the pile from Belchertown was this oldie.  Printed in 1909 by the Connecticut Valley Historical Society.  The History of Springfield in Massachusetts its called..  The book is filed with historical facts not only of Springfield but of the surrounding towns.  I am looking forward to reading it and learning new things about our area.  The following are a couple of pictures from the book.

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A WHOPPIE PIE DAY

It’s a great day to make Whoppie Pies  They are taking that winds could get as high as 60 miles an hour tomorrow so having comfort food around is a good thing.

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CHRIS IS HERE

Chris came last night and its nice to have him here.  We will be catching up on barn chores and a few other things while he is here.

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

 

 

 





ELLIOTT-THE STORM-MRS. BROWN AND HAZEL

9 02 2015

GREETINGS

My son shoveled off the porch roof which had a foot and a half of snow on it and Charlie and Tyler put most of the wood on the porch..    It’s so wonderful to have those two things done.  I do not have to worry about the porch roof  anymore and the wood is easier for me to get right off the porch.

Taken by my neighbor CHrista during the last storm  Thanks Christa

Taken by my neighbor CHrista during the last storm Thanks Christa

ELLIOTT

Elliott is recovered from his ordeal and is getting up and moving around..  Things are back to normal for him.

THE STORM

They are calling for 18 inches of snow starting this afternoon through early Tuesday morning.  This kind of storm reminds me of winters we had  when I was a child.  There was always enough snow to build an igloo . The snow along side the roads was much higher than our car when going  to see family in CHesterfield.   Kids will have to make up snow days now.  And at the end of the week we will have below zero temps again.  The days are getting longer and winter won’t give up without a fight, spring will be here soon.  Hope springs eternal.

MRS. BROWN AND HAZEL

While I was cleaning up their winter quarters a few days ago Mrs. Brown laid and egg and immediately started to make a nest.

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 Hazel gave her a hand flicking some hay her way.  It was exciting but then I though it will probably be another rooster.  Oh No,   I have 4 roosters and enough is enough.  I did leave them and came back later and the nest was scattered and the egg cold and it was buried under some shavings.  She had her couple of hours thinking about being a Mom again and thought against it.

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Many thanks for reading my blog, hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

 





CHAOS IN THE BARN – LIFE ON THE FARM

6 02 2015

GREETINGS

It is 14 below zero this morning.  Luckily the barn keeps the animals warmer.  I still have frozen pipes and will call the oil company to see what can be done today. Today there is a meeting of The Shelburne Falls Farmers Market and I hope to attend.  The market has been decreasing in the number of vendors and the number of customers and we will talk about what can be done.

CHAOS IN THE BARN

I went up to the barn after 5 last night to feed Elliott and the SHeep.  Elliott was acting strangely and I went in for  a closer look and he had probably stepped in the water bucket and somehow it got around his knee and he laid down.  I tried to get it off but couldn’t so I called Lauren to see if she could help.  We just could not do it so I called my good neighbor Pat and he came right over.  He with Laurens help was able to free him but not without a lot of screaming and yelling from Elliott and a little spitting here and there.  Elliott  is a gentle soul but he doesn’t like strange people in the barn and he hates to be touched.  Both things were happening to him at the same time.  I checked on him many times during the evening and he was fine and this morning he was patiently waiting for his breakfast.  The sheep must have thought the Vet was coming and they made their way out of the barn when the noise started, Elliott hates the Vet and makes the same noises when he comes.  All is well and in a few weeks I will laugh about this incident.

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Having animals for so many years strange things can happen. My wonderful and favorite sheep Lottie was curious.  In the summers my sheep went to pasture and I would check on them every day.  This one morning  Lottie came running up to me and her face was covered with quills.  None in her mouth or eyes. I called my Friend Ceacy and she came over with pliers and gently took out all the quills.  I still have the quills!!!!!  

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   A porcupine must have wandered near the electric fence. 

EGGS

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On this cold morning I found 2 eggs in the nest box.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this bitter cold day.  I hope you are warm and cozy .  Carole

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THE STORM

4 02 2015

GREETINGS

THE STORM

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.

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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.

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

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

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

Carole

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MORE SNOW-NECK WARMER-HOOKING CLASS SAMPLES

2 02 2015

GREETINGS

I am keeping the stove going day and night and its keeping the kitchen warm.  Lots of work but worth it. Yesterday I had a boiler problem and called my oil company and they were here and had it fixed within 2 hours. Thats what I call good customer service.

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The scent of the day today is Sweet Orange.  It fills the air through-out the house.

MORE SNOW

Another foot at least .  Temps fallen below zero  We will struggle this week with the temps and some nights it will go down to over 10 below.

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SIMPLE KNITTED NECK WARMER

Yesterday I finished this simple neck warm that I started some time ago.  Its perfect for this windy day.  Cast on 80 stitches on circular needles and knit one and purl one all around. I knitted in the round for 6 or 7 inches and it fits perfect.

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i am working away on my two class samples and hope to have one of them done today.

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Sign up for the class at SHeep and Shawl.

Thank you so much for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole

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