FIRST PAIR OF SOCKS 2016-HYACINTHS-LUNAR CALENDAR

6 01 2016

GREETINGS

The cold has arrived and it was 4 degrees this am, tonight falling to about the same then a slight warm up.   Not use to the cold at all.  No frozen pipes so far.

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I have many unfinished sock projects and have finished the first of them today.  Have enough yarn left over to make a hat.

I have mending to do on these other two socks, it won’t take long.

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Here is another project that I started some years ago.  It will take me quite a while to finish it but I hope to be able to wear it on my next trip to  Ireland.  I am using yarn  from my sheep Wilbur

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HYACINTHS

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I bought two packages of bulbs this year.  Just started one yesterday and will be doing a few every day from not on.  Can’t wait till they bloom.  Have had no luck with my Amaryllis this year.  The bulbs are good and they were stored in a dark spot for 6 weeks.  Guess they just aren’t ready.

LUNAR CALENDAR

Every year I buy a Lunar Calendar.    This year I hope to plant my garden by the moon.  My Blogger friend Anne does and her gardens are wonderful  and so productive.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this cold winters night.  Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.  Carole

 

 

 





HELEN- FINISHING ANOTHER WALL-HYACINTHS-COSMO

3 11 2015

GREETINGS

We  are enjoying some wonderful weather for November.  I am trying to get all the outside chores done before it ends.

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The Oaks are still holding onto their leaves 

HELEN

Helen is still in the house and I am preparing a caged in area for her , Hazel and Mrs. Brown for the winter.  Next Spring I will put her out in a an area with Hazel and Mrs. Brown.  I can easily monitor them if they are all together and it will be best for Helen not to be tempted by long grasses and hay.

Today she laid an egg the first one since the end of July.  She is pretty proud of herself.

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FINISHED ANOTHER WALL

I finished another wall in the kitchen, the last one I will be doing before The Crafts of Colrain. On this wall originally their was a window.  They just put some insulation there and I always thought I would replace the window.    I have given up on that idea so I insulated it more and covered it with a sheet of plastic and now it will be warmer in the kitchen.IMG_6040.

Hyacinths

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There is still time to get your Hyacinth bulbs.  I have 6 so far and hope to get another package.  They will go in the fridge till January at which time I will put them in the Hyacinth glasses.

COSMO

Cosmo is settling in.  We have made some adjustments and he is happy  Now he is staying in my bedroom and computer room and loves it.  The other cats scared him and soon I will be leaving the door open for and hour or so a day and see what happens.    He is a  loving cat.  So glad he came into my life.  And last night I was almost asleep and heard this racket, Cosmo had caught a mouse.  

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EVENING SKY

The evening sky has been spectacular lately.  Some views from the back of the barn.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you are enjoying lovely weather.

 

NIGHT FEEDING

NIGHT FEEDING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





WINTER’S GRIP- SENIOR LUNCH-A GLIMPSE AND SMELL OF SPRING-LIL

11 02 2015

GREETINGS

WINTER’S GRIP

The 3 day storm left us with well over a foot of snow.  We did find room to put it, more is expected on Thursday into Friday.  I don’t mind the snow so much but its the bone chilling below zero temps that bother me.  Anyone  who has spent a good deal of time outside may have had some finger frostbite.  This bitter cold plays havoc with that.

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Snow gives one a chance to see what is coming to your property I have rabbits, raccoons and all sorts of birds moles too  Of course neighbors cats come too.  What’s on your property?

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Lots of ice this year.

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Lil loves the snow.

SENIOR LUNCH

Today is senior lunch day.  I look forward to it each month.  It’s a chance for me to meet people in town. A good meal and good conversation.  Its educational too with people  talking about health insurance and local events.

THE SMELL OF SPRING

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The grouping of hyacinth’s has made my kitchen smell wonderful and spring like.I like the grouping idea so much that I plan to do it in a few more rooms next year.  Just what I need to get rid of the winter drearies.

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MAKING YOGURT

Yesterday I made yogurt for the chickens.  Its good for them and a good way to use up milk that has gone a little off.  I seem to be making a lot more these days.

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My son’s boys shoveled yesterday and uncovered the woodpile.  I hope to get the rest of the wood on the porch today so I can get to cleaning the barn.  Seed catalogs are pouring into my mailbox and many interesting ways to garden are now showing up on facebook.   Hope you have a delightful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  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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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

 

 





SOCK KNITTING CLASS AT SHEEP AND SHAWL-HYACINTHS-AN EGG TODAY

3 02 2014

HELLO

SOCK KNITTING CLASS AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

I had 4 wonderful students at the class yesterday.   Each one is working well with the double-pointed needles . Next Sunday we will get the heel done and finish the sock the following week.  My How to SPin class already has 3 people signed up.  Here are pictures of my class.

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HYACINTHS

I was lucky enough to buy a couple of packages of Hyacinths in November.  I now have them all over the house.  This white one is located in a dark hallway.  It’s wonderful to pass through and smell the fresh scent of these beautiful flowers.  I need to get 4 packages next year. I love the old wall paper but the whole wall needs to be replaced  .  The walls in the upstairs are almost all redone.  The child who lived here before I bought it was allowed to put holes and carved and write over all the walls.  This is the last one to be replaced and I may even try it myself this summer.

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EGGS

Yea, today I found a beautiful blue egg in the nest box, I hope this is a trend.  The days are getting longer and in two months they could be outside again and no more chickens in the house.

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We are expecting a little snow sometime today.  I want to get 2 more bales of hay before that happens.  I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you so much for reading my blog.  Carole