KNIT ME SOME HAPPINESS-THE GARDEN-CAMP WOOL-FREE MANURE

20 09 2015

GREETINGS

Its a beautiful, crisp morning with a hint of fall in the air.   Tomorrow the men come to do the drainage in the back of the barn.  Lots of fencing has to come down this afternoon.  It will be great to have that done. I have had some computer woes this week.  Updating and cleaning up has caused havoc.  I upgraded my iPad and now I can’t do anything with it.  THANKS APPLE, I WILL NEVER UPGRADE AGAIN!!!!! My lap top I did manage to get it going again but when Chris comes he will have to  work on it.  He will have it fixed in a jiffy.

Knit Me Some Happiness

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I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

THE GARDEN

Because of the work being done in the back some things have to be picked now.  I pulled up this gigantic heirloom  radish.  I will try it in my next salad.

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I also planted leeks this year and had to pull up some.   They will be frozen in slices for soups or tarts.

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DYEING WOOL

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I have been busy dyeing wool this week for CAMP WOOL in Kennebunk, Maine.  (If you haven’t been there its a wonderful place for lovers of all wool crafts) I hope to have it all dried and sent out soon.  

FREE MANURE

Why buy when you can get it for free right on the farm.   Great for starting new gardens just spread it on top and let winter do its work.  Bring a truck or bags.  Ingredients: sheep poop, some hay and shavings.  Most of it has been brewing all summer so its safe to put right around plants now.

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

 





MISCHIEVOUS CATS-POD CAST FOR KNITTERS-DYEING WOOL

17 09 2015

GREETINGS

Warm days and cool nights are perfect.  The leaves in the back mountain are ever so slightly showing changes.  This summer has been a funny one.  With torrential rains and cool enough temperatures to warrant a wood stove being lit.  Terrible fires in the west with flooding everywhere.  Climate change is here to stay and we have to learn to live with the abrupt changes.

MISCHIEVOUS CATS

Packing up for the show I found my Cat Pincushions.  Well should I say what was left of two of them.  The cats found them and thought that they were cat toys and ripped them open only to find that there was no catnip in them only walnut shells.  I will have to make sure that the new ones I make are in cat proof boxes.

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PODCAST FOR KNITTERS

I have found a great Podcast for knitters called KnitBritish.  The pod cast are many and they want British people to buy wool grown and spun  in Britain.  I love it and encourage all you knitters here in the states to follow suit and buy only wool grown here when you can.   Not enough is done to encourage that but I do know that Liz of Sheep and Shawl carries many wool’s grown locally.

 I love listening to the podcast for he  helpful hints and interesting facts about the wool’s she finds.  It inspires me while I am working on my projects for shows.

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DYEING WOOL

I have been getting another order ready for Camp Wool in Kennebunk, Maine.  I have finished the purples today and am onto the flesh  and pumpkin colors .

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

lunch today

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THE FAIR-NEW BAGS FROM CHIRSTA-BEETS-COSMO

15 09 2015

GREETINGS

Last night was chilly, I ended up closing most of the windows.  I am sowing bringing the porch plants in and have put my Amaryllis to bed for 6 weeks.

THE FAIR

The fair was a wonderful event which I will do again next year.  Lots of friends came including Eliza  fellow blogger and Chris a student of mine.  More than half of the heating pads I made flew off the table.

A clown and his bubble machine

A clown and his bubble machine

NEW BAGS FROM CHRISTA

I love Christa’s bags and this latest one is my favorite.  I carry my camera and iPad almost everywhere I go.  I don’t use a bulky computer bad but usually put it in my Purse.  This zippered bag is ideal for the camera, which fits into the pocket and my iPad. .  The long handle slips around my head and over my shoulder and is so secure.  She is making more so e-mail me if you are interested.

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BEETS

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I have pulled up the beets and will get going on canning them soon.  They are in the way of the back excavation.   To say that I planted them late I had a great crop.

Fennel, sting beans, peppers and cherry tomatoes still doing well.

COSMO AND SAM

He is doing well, still not fond of the other kitties but that comes in time.  I am so glad that I got him he is a great addition to my cat famiy

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He has such wonderful markings.

Poor Sam got locked in my sewing room for a day.  I heard his meowing from the porch and he was in the South bedroom window crying for help.  How smart of him.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I  hope you have a wonderful day.  We are in for a wonderful spell of warm days and cool nights.  Wonderful!





A NEW ARRIVAL-FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR-GOLDENROD SALVE

10 09 2015

GREETINGS

Much needed rain has arrived.  Temps lower and humidity leaving for the weekend.

A NEW ARRIVAL

I have been wanting another white cat and thought that this summer I would really start actively looking.  I follow Northampton Vets on Facebook and last week there was a posting about a  mostly white cat that needed a home.  I sent and e-mail and Cosmo is now here.   Lots of effort went into rehoming Cosmo, from his original owner who took extraordinary care of him to Genevieve who brought him here and Northampton Vets who took such loving care of him, I thank them all so much.

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He has had an eye removed, he could never see out of it and it was troublesome and some dental work done by the clinic.

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 He is approximately  8 years old and a very big cat.  He cried most of the night last night missing his family and in unfamiliar surroundings.  It will take some time for him to be adjusted.  Of course the other cats are curious and Willie the meekest of the cat family wanted to come into the bedroom.  He was greeted with some loud hissing sounds and retreated to the window sill.

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I  will slowly introduce the cats.

FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR

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This coming weekend I am vending at this wonderful old fair.  There is a craft tent there.  Come visit and look for me.  I have been busy making all sorts of things an I will have Christa’s Feed bags there too.

GOLDENROD SALVE

I just read an article on Goldenrod Save for aches and Pains so I have decided to make a trail batch .

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I have gathered Golden Rod , added it to a good quality olive oil and it will infuse for a month or so  In the meantime I will gather and dry some goldenrod just in case the salve works well.  

Many thanks for reading my blog on his cloudy, rainy day.  Cool air is now drifting in the windows and clearing a the humidity out.  Have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

 





EXCITEMENT ON THE FARM-MORE HAY-MAKING SALVE

7 09 2015

GREETINGS

Heat and humidity coming back.  

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A truck load of watermelon at the hay farm.

EXCITEMENT ON THE FARM

last night while putting my side yard chickens to bed I heard the sound of a coyote in the back .  This is the first time that I have heard that sound on this mountain range.  Often they are heard howling on the mountain range across the river.  Well I expected this sooner or later.I will have to do some researching before winter comes.

This morning the sheep were out munching on  my son’ts lawn.  Somehow the gate was unhooked.  They came right back home when they saw my son.   I wonder how that happened.  That is the first time that has happened in all the years I have lived here.  Something else that has to be checked.

How dare someone accuse me of being out I would never do such a thing!

How dare someone accuse me of being out I would never do such a thing!

A skunk is visiting the farm and I am very glad when skunks are around there are no mice or rats.

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MORE HAY

Betty and Dylan came on Saturday and got more hay and Cindy and Chris got hay on Sunday.  My barn is almost full.  The hundred bales of hay are for the spring April through June.  I will keep buying hay throughout the winter but in those spring months there is often not much hay around  this way I should be safe till next haying season.  Thanks so much.

Cindy with a bale on the front seat

Cindy with a bale on the front seat

SALVE MAKING

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Yesterday I made another batch of salve.   Still have another batch brewing and the Poison Ivy Salve which I hope to make this week.

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MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES

Yesterday everyone was making hay.  Great weather for it.   I think that there will be a good supply of second cut although it’s pretty pricey.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this beautiful summer day.  Carole

 

 

 





FROZEN TOMATOES-THE PORCH-CHARLIE’S VISIT

4 09 2015

GREETINGS

We had a few thunder storms with some rain.  We are lucky to have had the rain other parts of Massachusetts had none and everything is drying up.

FROZEN TOMATOES

Freezing tomatoes is easy and in the winter time they taste so fresh.  I like to freeze some in slices and some diced and then I freeze some sauce.  The slices and diced are easy.  Take the peels off and slice the tomatoes.  Put them between a towel and pat to dry.  This will take out the excess moisture.   Place them on a cookie sheet and into the freezer.  I do like the cookie sheet method as then I can take out only what I need.  It doesn’t take them long to freeze and into a zip lock bag or container till you need them.  

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I have this beautiful porch which I hardly use.  This year I am trying to get into the habit of sitting out there with busy work or doing some spinning.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR

IMG_5722The Franklin County Fair has  been going on for many, many years.  Its an old time fair with lots for everyone to see.  They have a large Craft tent and I have been asked to come.  This year I took up my friend Carol’s offer and took a booth space.  I am looking forward to being there.  I will spend the next week getting stuff ready.

CHARLIE’S VISIT

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I have been friends with Charlie since the mid 80’s.  Took many herb classes at his wonderful old house in Ludlow.  My first trip to Ireland was with he and another friend Kathy.  Lots of memories and wonderful times that we all had together.  He stopped by for a short visit yesterday.  It was great to see him.

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





THE FARM STAND TOMATOES-CHINESE LANTERNS-RUGOSA ROSES

1 09 2015

GREETINGS AND HAPPY SEPTEMBER

Bright, sunny days with clothes on the line, roosters crowing, sheep baaing and cats paying before the heat of the day comes.  Each season has its charm.  Summertime here on the farm brings a more relaxed routine, with the occasional trips to the river or reading a book on the hammock.

THE FARM STAND TOMATOES

Last night I did one third of the box and got some ready for sauce which is in the crock pot this morning and the rest went into the freezer, some sliced for Tomato-Leek Tarts which I plan to make this winter and the rest diced.  This morning I will do another third and tomorrow all will be in the freezer.

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Fields of corn at The Farm Stand

Fields of corn at The Farm Stand

We are so lucky in this small town to have many people who grow veggies.  My favorite place is The Farm Stand.  I buy several boxes of tomatoes to freeze each year.  Their corn is non GMO and is the best around.  I hope to get a bushel to freeze soon.  

ROSES AND ROSE HIPS

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The Rugosa roses have out done themselves this year and lots of rose hips are on the bush.  I am picking half today to go into the dehydrator to mix with the chickens herbs and the other half will be left for the squirrels, chipmunks and birds to enjoy.

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FOOD FOR A HOT DAY

Yesterday learning of the hot weather to come I made pasta salad, potato salad and deviled eggs.  I also cooked some corn to enjoy so I will have a few days of meals where the stove doesn’t have to be on.

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CHINESE LANTERNS

I have loved these since I was a child.  We planted them for decoration.  I have found a place in the front of my porch where they thrive.  l always leave half and pick half for fall decorations to assure more will come up next year..

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