DAYS ON THE FARM

28 02 2017

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GREETINGS

The long shadows of spring have arrived and most of the snow has left the mountain. The great thing about this time of year is that any snow that comes  along won’t last.

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The pussy willow tree is budding out but I know that the tree is living on borrowed time and I must get a replacement this year.

The Canadian Geese are back in Greenfield by the thousands now, as I stopped to take this picture I thought in a few short months nest-building will occur and babies willhave to be taught the ins and outs of the geese life.

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As I feed this sheep this morning, someone down stairs is announcing that she laid an egg..  Its theses little things that brings me joy everyday. .  Maude with her one eye happily eating her hay and carrots .  The chickens getting to go out every day now,. cats getting the most of the sun that shines in the house.

Boxes of wool sit on the porch waiting for a trip to Green Mountain Spinnerey to be made into yarn.  Another pile of wool to be sorted and added to the boxes.  Back will come bulky yarn to sell .  Lucy and   Sally’s wool is soft and will make a fine yarn.

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Today I saw what I think is  animal abuse in my town .  It was shocking and left me saddened.  It’s not the first time I have seen it in this small town.  I wish I had the money to take these animals in 2 little goats shoved in a tiny space, nowhere to get out of the sun, dirty and sad-looking.  I did report this behavior but it seems that even though it is horrible it is within the law.  If only those people had to live this way.  I am hoping for arma.  This is a right to farm town but animals have some rights too, proper housing and good care are among those rights  .Ahhhhhhhhhhhhm if only I were  in charge!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been trying to finish up the many projects I have started over the years and have finished up these two wash cloths.  The smaller one is made from handspuun cotton/linen.

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I have finished the drapes for one set of windows in upstairs bedroom and am now looking at paint chips to refresh the room.  All the rooms in my house need a do over and this year I hope the house will get repainted.  I want to do it a charcoal gray with either cream or white trim and cranberry red doors.   I this the gray will hide some of the imperfections of the cement..

ON my way home from Greenfield I saw steam rising from The Sugar House on the trail .  Tomorrow they will open for a 6 week run .  I hope to get there for some good pancakes and maple syrup.   I so hope that next year I will be making my own.

Hope you have a lovely day, thank you so much for reading my blog today.  Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





USING UP OLD YARN-ONE GOES OUT AND TWO COME IN-MORNING GLORIES

7 08 2015

GREETINGS

Another beautiful day today.  Lots to do and cooler weather to do it in.  Blanket weather at night.  Sometimes the hens have to lay eggs at the same time it does cause some space problems when they both want to do it in the same space.  Their are two more nest boxes!!

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Matilda  is kind of upset with the situation!

USING UP OLD YARN

Years and Years ago I was given a trash bag full of very thick yarn.  It sat for years in the bag then I used some to weave a rug, then more to crochet a rug and now I am working on the last of it.

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 Made this cat bed while on the river.  One more to go and the yarn will finally be gone.  The cats will love them.

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ONE GOES OUT AND TWO COME IN

Yesterday while letting the side chickens out I noticed that Hazel was holding his little leg up and hopping.  Immediately brought him in and soaked his leg,  I couldn’t see anything visible and it seems to be better today.  I also brought Mrs. Brown in as they can’t stand to be separated.

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I will keep them in for  a little while to watch him and bathe his foot daily.  When they go out they will go in the dog house as the new hen is working well with the others.  Now that this has all happened Eddie can finally go out with the girls that will happen this evening.  What a day for him.

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I never get sick of seeing the beauty of morning glories.

 

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

 

 





GETTING OUTSIDE COOPS READY

28 04 2014

Hello

MAUDE

MAUDE

GETTING OUTSIDE COOPS READY

Yesterday was The last day for Chris till June.  We roughed up the soil in two of the three outside coop area’s and I cast some grass seeds over it.  We are suppose to have rain for a few days so I hope it takes.  I like to have a chicken yard full of grass before I let them out.  It doesn’t last but they enjoy it.  We did get lots accomplished while he was here, it was a huge help.

SHEEP IN THE BARN

The sheep are content now that heavy wool is off and the weather is warming up.

BREAKFAST

BREAKFAST

 

SKIRTING A BLACK FLEECE

Today I hope to get one of the black fleeces skirted.  It’s a boring task but has to be done.  No processor will take unskirted fleeces.  Skirting requires that all the short and manure stained wool and bits of hay and shavings should be removed. It’s hard to get every piece out and the carding machine  will remove finer bits of hay and shavings.  I hope to take all the black fleece to Green Mountain Spinnery on Friday.  Then from there I will head into New Hampshire to learn about tapping Maple trees with tubing. 

SALLY'S OR LUCY'S WOOL

SALLY’S OR LUCY’S WOOL

Lots of hissing, spitting and bad behavior in the barn with the vet.  Although she is used to it.  Elliott just doesn’t like it.  She thinks he is in good shape and the rash might be from mites.  So she gave him a shot of worming medication in hopes that will do the trick..   The sheep don’t have them but they may be a type just associated with Llamas.    He was glad to have her leave and get back to his normal routine.

I hope you had a lovely day today and many thanks for reading my blog.

Carole

 





SOAP MAKING DAY-MAKING A BUNNY-YARN FIND

3 03 2014

HELLO

While winter is blasting the middle Atlantic states we are enjoying a sunny day and its a little warmer.

SOAP MAKING DAY

Today I am making soap.  Calendula Soap and Lime Basil are the plan.  Things do change when making soap.  I have decided the worst part of making soap was getting everything in order.  One of the molds has to be lined with paper the others are rubber and need to be washed.  ALl the pots need to be washed after being stored away for the winter and ingredients measured.  I am doing this all beforehand.  WHich means that I can concentrate on making the final product.  It has made the whole process easier.  In a month to 6 weeks the soap will be ready to use.

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MAKING A WOOL BUNNY

Yesterday I spent a good part of the day making a bunny out of wool fabric.  It was a prototype of something I want to sell eventually.  I had a pattern for a bunny and used that pattern.  After bringing the finished product over to my son’s everyone was in agreement that the bunny looked more like a kangaroo than a bunny.

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 I will redo the pattern with a rounder tummy and smaller legs.  I used the heavy blanket material left over from the quilt.  It was a perfect color but just too heavy to sew by machine.  Much of my time yesterday was spent on hand sewing.  I will look through my stash for some thinner material and that will cut some time.  There still will be some time hand sewing and I do like doing that.  I will use the needle  felted hat on this next one and I did make a basket but it came out too big.  SO I will reduce the size of that.  Once I get the pattern down it will take a lot less time to make them and I can sell them at a reasonable price.

FOUND MOHAIR

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Yesterday while rearranging things I found this yarn.  I had dyed it to weave scarves.  I am now winding it up to sell this coming show season.    I do love the colors.

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

Carole





THE COLD- FOUND YARN-QUILT JUST ABOUT DONE-A CAT DOING IT’S JOB-PUSSYWILLOWS

2 03 2014

HELLO

FROST ON THE BARN WINDOW

FROST ON THE BARN WINDOW

The cold is loosing it’s grip on us today. It was bitter last night and the house just couldn’t keep warm.  This morning when I finished giving the sheep water, I went down into the kitchen to shut the water off and by the time I did that and returned upstairs to open the faucet a drip had frozen on the faucet.  Its warmer tonight with some snow coming tomorrow.  Let it come its MARCH and spring is close.

FOUND YARN

I started this cabled mitten while I was working and time didn’t allow me to do much knitting in those days.  It got separated from the yarn.  I found the yarn and can finish them. Yea.  I have written it down in my calendar that I need to learn how to make gloves in the fall.  It’s hard to find wool gloves, I have so much yarn why not make my own.

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THE QUILT

I am almost finished with the quilt.  Its simple and used up almost all the material.  I have put a woolen blanket on the inside and have a little sewing left  to do.   The rest of the woolen blanket will go into rabbits.  I have a wonderful pattern and will show you one when its done.

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A CAT WITH A JOB

This afternoon I went to knitting at Pine Hill but before that I went to get 4 bales of hay.  Inside the barn I felt like someone was watching me and looked up and there it was.  A beautiful Angora gray and white cat probably looking for mice.  He looked quite warm tucked in the hay.

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PUSSY WILLOWS

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Even in this cold weather they are popping out.  Every year I trim a branch that is rubbing on the porch roof.  Last year it went perfectly but this year its hanging onto the porch.  I struggled with it for 15 minutes this morning and it was just too cold so tomorrow I will try again.

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





CORNELIUS-BUY EGGS FROM LOCAL FARMERS IF YOU CAN-SPINNING TODAY

24 02 2014

HELLO

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Cornelius is back for the time being.  COlder weather is coming from the Polar Vortex so he may retreat to his winter home again.  He is a skunk with a nightly schedule which it appears that he doesn’t deviate from.

BUY YOUR EGGS FROM A LOCAL FARMER IF POSSIBLE

When I was at the Chicken Chat I was buying eggs at the time.  In my local Stop and SHop there are a few organic brands and I bought the brand that had many good things listed on the packaging, organic, free range humanely raised.  At the chat I brought the subject up, I really though what was on the package had to be true and it does to a point. but what I heard shocked me.  Big co-operated farmers have a door that will let the chickens out but they don’t open the door till the hens are older therefore scared to go through the door and don’t free range.  they can still say free range because the door is there, So they still live in crowed conditions.  I though I was supporting an effort to promote good farming practices but in the end I was fooled.   Luckily I don’t have to buy eggs anymore.    This has encourage me to get to know my local farmers, it’s an easy thing to do, I know most of them from my local farmers market and  now they are having local farmers a few times in the winter too.  I haven’t been frequenting my co-op with bad road conditions  but as soon as the weather gets warmer I will be doing that and if I have to buy eggs again I will take the trip to the co-op.

SPINNING TODAY

TARGHEE ROVING

TARGHEE ROVING

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I want to make some black and white mittens soon and decided to finally spin the black roving  I bought years ago at Kerry Woolen Mills and the white wool that I hand carded from my flock of Targhee sheep.    I have two things to finish before I start, one is  my fleece lined mittens and the other is a scarf then onto the black and white mittens.

Its gotten very cold here this afternoon, the wind is whistling down the mountain.  Its suppose to increase tonight so it will be howling.

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a lovely day/  Carole 

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YARN HAS ARRIVED-HESTER

30 01 2014

HELLO

The temp will be in the upper 20’s today and getting close to the 40’s soon.  My Friend Louise from Montreal said that she had a temp of 20 below.

HESTER

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Hester is a favorite hen of mine.  She is lovable, and so friendly and loves to be held.  SHe has been acting odd for a few days now, so I took her in yesterday.  She may have some mites on her legs but no one else has them, I haven’t been using the DE as I was before and will get back to doing that, and I will have to spray all the perches.  I do scrub them down every couple of weeks but I think a good dose of DE will stop them in their tracks.  I do think there is something else going on with her, she might have had a fall.  She is in my kitchen on the cat bed, really enjoying herself as its near the radiator.  She is eating and drinking and talking up a storm.    She is a chatty girl.  She is the hen that they took too much beak off she has managed to eat and drink , it really is sad what they do to those little chicks. anyway she seems happy enough being inside for now.

YARN

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The yarn arrived from Peter Patches and its beautiful.  Today I stared to unwinding it .   It took me half the day just to do 2-1/2 pounds.    Tomorrow I plan to dye some of it, purples, blues and greens.  I am not weighing as I unwind whatever weight it is I will price and sell.    I bought some of the prettiest light green while I was at Deanne’s studio and have used it in the Blueberry Jar rug.  It really added texture and depth to the rug.

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

Chris is coming soon, looking forward to his visit, hope we can take in one of Tea’s games.