ICY WALKWAYS-HYACINTHS-SAMANTHA-APPRECIATING WOOD

21 01 2015

HELLO

Winter has been harsh here in Western Massachusetts.  We now have ice-covered snow and glare icy sidewalks.

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 One is lost without sand or salt and yesterday I was out, my Son sanded the walkway and the driveway this morning so I can get some errands done.  

HYACINTHS

Have you started yours yet?  

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I only have white bulbs this year and will stop today at a shop that often still has bulbs for sale and I maybe able to get another color.  All of last years bulbs have been planted so I should see a nice display this spring.

APPRECIATING WOOD

I think everyone can appreciate Trees and the wonderful things that they provide.  This week I have added another couple of things that  they are good for.

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 I am now using it in the chicken coops as a dust bath and I did use it for icy pathways.  The chickens have used it and it certainly helped me make my way to the car.

SAMANTHA 

Samantha has grown so much and is a bossy gal.  She and Rosie don’t hang out much anymore.  They both have new friends and are in the same coop.

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THE DAYS OF LONG SHADOWS

A blogger friend of mine Bridget from Ireland had  a picture of her shadow and these words with it..  It was so beautiful. In my childhood I remember family members taking about this so I was delighted to be reminding of this saying. The days of the long shadows are leaving us and for me it can’t come soon enough.  This coming weekend they are predicting another big storm.  Looking forward to the short month of February and longer days and the coming of spring.

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

Carole

 

 





ELLIOTT-GETTING OLD-WINTER STORM-FOLK ART

4 01 2015

GREETINGS

Canadian Geese cleanning up the cornfields in Greenfield.

Canadian Geese cleaning up the cornfields in Greenfield.

FARM LIFE

I have noticed that Elliott is not walking as well and called a friend who knows a lot more about LLamas than I do.  SHe was worried that it may be the meningeal worm which is carried by white tail deer.  But after a closer look she thinks its arthritis.  After all he is almost 20 which is the age when bad things happens to llamas.  

I have had many old animals, each is different in things that happens to them.  Elliott still gets up and eats and moves around.  I will have the vet come and he will make suggestions and I will also check out the internet to see of other things I can do.  He has been the best LLama and I will give him the things he needs to make his life more comfortable.   

WINTER STORM

Tonight a winter storm is coming , snow sleet and then rain and tomorrow’s temps in the higher 40’s.  I am hoping that rain does not come into the barn.  Then we are in for a spell of cold weather.  I have already gone through a cord of wood.  I will have to get another cord at least.  Next year maybe 4 cords will do me.

CHICKEN FEEDER

I bought this feeder a few years ago for a very low price on e-bay.  I thought that it would work out in the barn but it didn’t.  I looked at it for a while and thought it would look good as a small tea-table next to my chair in the livingroom.

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But its taken me all this time to find a round tray for the top  The metal tray was all rusted and came from my Cousin Bertie.  Ricky drilled a couple of holes in the middle and Chris sanded it and now this is a piece of folk art.  I do love it

The chickens have been enjoying these extra days out this winter.

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

 





NEW SPACE FOR CHICKS-WOOD ON THE PORCH-PUTTING MORE FOOD IN THE FREEZER

14 10 2014

GREETINGS

Local Woodpeckers have found the dead tree in front of my house.  They are very busy.

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I watched the news yesterday morning which is now something I do rarely.  It’s all sad and depressing.  I was in the grocery store yesterday and found that the same.  Prices going up and  packaging getting smaller.  Thank goodness for co-ops where you can buy things in bulk. 

MOVING DAY FOR MORTICIA AND THE CHICKS

Soon the wood stove will be going and it will be too hot in the kitchen for the chicks and there was not much room for them in the cat carrier.  I moved them into the south bedroom in the blue cage where Hazel and Mrs. Brown were last winter.  It suits them with plenty room and sunshine .  They are both more active now, even the smaller one Peeps is running around .

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PUTTING WOOD AWAY

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1-1/2  cords of wood is safely on the porch plus another 1/2 of a cord which I didn’t use last year.  Tyler and Charles came over around 9 yesterday morning and starting putting it on the porch while their father stacked it.

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With only a break for hot cocoa they finished just before noon.  A huge help for me as it would have taken me days to do it.  

PUTTING FOOD Up

I was busy trying to use up the tomatoes yesterday.  I made a wonderful mozzarella,tomato,basil and garlic mix and left it to marinate all day long.

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It will top thin spaghetti drizzled with olive oil.  A great supper.    I froze string beans and peppers on a cookie sheet to pack in bags later.

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 And picked some spearmint to dry.

Soon I will start getting things ready for the chickens move inside.  Lights need to be cleaned and timers need to be set,   Everything cleaned and insulation added to the windows.  I am going to start this afternoon but think that it will take several days to get it all done.  I hoe you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog today.  Carole

LAST ROSES OF SUMMER AND THEY SMELL  WONDERFUL

LAST ROSES OF SUMMER AND THEY SMELL WONDERFUL





WOOD, HAY AND SEWING EXCHANGE ALL IN ONE DAY-NEW FREEZER

21 09 2014

GREETINGS

Carol K.

Carol K.

 

It’s a rainy Sunday a good day to get some things done.

WOOD HAY AND THE SEWING EXCHANGE ALL IN  ONE DAY

What a day I was exhausted from it.  Up at the crack of dawn and down to FLorence by 8am.  I didn’t know what to expect but was really pleased by the crowds and next year I will know exactly what to bring.   Susan came up from Ashby and we both had a good day.The Lovely ladies from WOol and Dye WOrks were there and everyone from the CHurch were so helpful.

HAY

It's a good feeling to have a barn full of hay.

It’s a good feeling to have a barn full of hay.

I was only home an hour before Josh called for the hay.  50 bales are tucked in the barn  I really have been fortunate to meet some wonderful people and Josh and his family are some of them.  When they found out that I would be out of hay before they could come his Dad came over with three bales to get me through.

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Mike came about an hour after that with wood.  It will take me about 2 weeks to get it stacked on the porch.  Good exercise for me.  I will do a little every day.  Mike grows shiitake  mushrooms and left me with a small bag of them.  I am going to use them in a stir fry tonight..  He is also making the large knitting needles that I sell.  This year I am going to have him make a smaller version of them and try them out knitting a scarf  I think it will be good.  Easier to manage.

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NEW FREEZER

David took me to get a new freezer on Friday.  The last flood ruined my old one.  And  now I will use it to store grain in.  I hope to reduce my trips into Greenfield this winter by stocking up on all supplies.  The freezer is on the porch till I move some things around in the kitchen to make room for it.  

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This past week has been a whirlwind of activity.  We had a simple but beautiful service for my Mom on Monday with my friend Vicar Jane officiating.  Still some loose ends to tie up but I am hoping that this week the pace of life will slow down here at the farm.  I will be doing another box of tomatoes now that I have the freezer and hope to do more pickles and some pickled beets this week.  

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you enjoy the day.   Carole