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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





STRANGE EGGS-FRIDGE DILL PICKLES-THE SHELBURNE GRANGE

31 08 2015

GREETINGS

These past few days have been wonderful with slight winds and temps in the low 80’s.  Net week the humidity comes back and that’s okay as it won’t stay.   Tomorrow I will pick up a box of tomatoes and get them in the freezer.  This year I plan to dice them with garlic and basil.

STRANGE EGGS

IMG_5682Every once in a while a strange eggs happens.  There is no rhyme or reason for it.  This little one is very cute with little dark dots all over it.  I have no idea who laid it but it was in the big girl coop.

FRIDGE DILL PICKLES

I have gotten one jar made up and hope to get another 3 or 4 in the fridge.  That should keep me in pickles till Christmas.  They are easy to make and only need a few ingredients.

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THE SHELBURNE GRANGE FAIR

Springfield Weavers

Springfield Weavers

I stopped by the Shelburne Grange Fair yesterday to visit my friends from The Springfield Weavers Group.  It had gotten much smaller this year which was sad to see.  They still had nice exhibits in the hall and someone playing music and of course the great lunch but much more use to go on  I was told that they need more help and I am hoping to get involved.  I have grown up with Granges and  think that they are a very important part of  New England.

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

 





WATER WATER EVERYWHERE-HAZEL AND MRS. BROWN-SIDE YARD CHICKENS

27 08 2015

GREETINGS

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Another  beautiful day is on the horizon.  The humidity has gone and cooler temps are here with a nice breeze.  How lucky we are.  Next week the humidity is back with temps in the 90’s.  Thats New England for you.

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE

Croc's won't do in this weather

Croc’s won’t do in this weather

This week we had some terrible rains.  More than two inches came pouring down an hour.  It was in sheets and I spent the entire morning bailing out and digging more trenches.  Some mud and water came in the barn but not much.  My efforts saved the day

Lucy was wondering what was going on

Lucy was wondering what was going on

. The best thing I did was to dig a trench on the side of the barn down to the end.

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The garden flourished with the rain and it seems like the jewel weed grew a foot taller!!  It seems like this is how its going to be now, this summer we have not received many gentle rains, its comes down in torrents and dumps so much that there is flooding everywhere.  This is now the norm.

HAZEL AND MRS. BROWN

Hazel has really improved and is eating well again Mrs. Brown is laying an egg every day now and building elaborate nests.

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SIDE YARD CHICHEN AREA

The Hops, Morning Glories and other flowers have outdid themselves this year.  I do hate the netting I have up though, and hope that next year I can put up the trellis work it will look nicer and be easier to walk under.

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

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