THE POP UP SHOP-HELEN-EDDIE- SHIELS SPINNING WHEELS

15 12 2015

GREETINGS

The weather here has been wonderful,  for the past 5 nights it has not gotten below freezing.  I can’t remember a time in mid December that it has happened.  the temps will dip this coming weekend but then warm up again for the holidays.  

Last week I got the flu shot.  I have been doing it for years.  Now having Lymes disease it seems more important to keep myself away from the flu. There are two flu shots one for people under 65 and the other for people over 65.  I got the one for over 65 and have not felt well since.  I will think twice next year and check with my clinician at The Wellness Clinic before getting it.

THE POP UP SHOP

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What a wonderful idea from Christa.  Its worked out so well for all of us.  People just love a place that sells locally made things..  Everyone’s things are different and wonderful.  Wish  we could do it every year.  Thanks Christa for setting it up.

HELEN

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She is laying eggs again and is perky and bright.  Its been a long haul but so worth it.   It will be great for her to be outside this next summer.  I will be changing all the side area around.  The large tree was cut down and a new tree to give them shade will be planted in one of the chicken yards.  Which means that another yard must be made.  A fun project.  

EDDIE

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Eddie has been showing his powerful (so he thinks) rooster self lately.  He is only about 8 inches tall!!!!   Yesterday he jumped out of the coop and was flying around the bottom of the barn.  he had gotten himself stuck between rolled up chicken wire and dog crates.  It took me about 15 minutes to find him.  I am more cautious now when opening the door.

SHIEL’S SPINNING WHEELS

I had a delightful surprise in the mail the other day.  I small package from Ireland.  It was a handmade wooden tree made by Johnny Shiels.  It is so beautifully made and will go perfectly with my Christmas village.

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He is hoping to see where all the  Shiels Spinning Wheels are located.   Do you have one???   I will be trying to locate owners here in the states and in Canada.  If you own one of these wonderful wheels please let me know.


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PRIM SANTA’S

I am making more Prim Santa’s for the Pop Up Shop and for gifts.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this spring like day.  Carole 

MURPHY AND THE GIRLS ARE SO HAPPY TO BE OUTSIDE

MURPHY AND THE GIRLS ARE SO HAPPY TO BE OUTSIDE

 

 

 





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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





HELEN-THE VINTAGE SHETLAND PROJECT-MORNING GLORIES

31 07 2015

GREETINGS

It’s been hot and humid and today we had some showers.  The humidity is supposed to be much less tomorrow but tonight it’s just sticky.

HELEN

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Helen is done her antibiotics and seems to be so much better.  I hope Chris and I can get her outside area finished so she can spend the rest of the summer outside.  Although I think she loves being in the kitchen and getting all the attention.  SHe is so sweet.

A NEW KNITTING BOOK WITH HISTORY LESSONS AND PATTERNS -THE VINTAGE SHETLAND PROJECT

One of the patterns from the book is The Prisoner of War Jumper.   The jumper was knitted for Ralph Paterson by his wife. He was wearing it when he was taken prisoner of war in Hong Kong. He must have held it dear as he mended it with odds and ends of yarns.

This book is so important to the people of the Shetlands, shepherd’s, spinners, knitters and history buffs around the world.

The author Susan Crawford has written other vintage knitting books I am not sure when this book will be coming out but I will keep you posted or you can check out her website susancrawfordvintage.com

MORNING GLORIES

 

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The morning glories are out in force again this year.  I was worried that there would be none as the large tree fell on the bird house and their spot.  It was late spring when the mess was cleared away but they and the bird house escaped the worst of the tree damage.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this sultry evening.  I hope its cooler where you are.  Carole

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BLUEBERRY PICKING-MAKING HERBAL VINEGAR-HELEN-A CAT STORY

17 07 2015

GREETINGS

The hot and hazy summer day are here but Wednesday night brought low temps and a cold breeze.  The days of summer are having me doing things that I love, making vinegar. drying herbs, putting up food and trying to stock  my shelves for the long winter ahead.  Oh how I wish for a couple of acres then I would hardly have to visit the grocery store.  But I will make do and be grateful for the land that I have.

BLUEBERRY PICKING

On Wednesday  Chris and I, Lauren, Charlie  Tyler and Lil went blueberry picking.  Li ate more than she picked.

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 The farm is along route 2 about 10 minutes from the house.  Its located on a hill top overlooking the valley below.

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 The berries were huge and in no time we had 16 pounds and Lauren and family had a little less.

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I am hoping to get 50 pounds picked this summer.  I freeze them on cookie sheets and then bag them up.

MAKING HERBAL VINEGAR

I have been making Herbal Vinegar since I was in my twenties.  I use them and give them away as gifts.  Today I made a Dill/Garlic, a Rosemary/Garlic and a Oregano, Thyme and Garlic .

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HELEN

She has made a remarkable recover and will have her stitches out on MOnday.  SHe is eating me out of house and home, making up for lost time.

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 We are working on her new home today.

A CAT STORY

I had a beautiful white cat named Ernest Dodge.  He was one of the many rescue cats that I had gotten.  He ran and played the days away.  One day I noticed this small black cat looking in the living room window watching Ernest only.  I am not taking any more cats I have way too many I said.

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She was at the window watching  Ernest  everyday with this loving look.  I started feeding her and in two weeks she was at the vets getting fixed.  SHe followed Ernest everywhere, cuddled with him it was pure love.  I found this old picture of Ethel Dodge (both  cats named for a  great Aunt and Uncle who meant so much to me) and all the wonderful memories came flooding back.  Animals come and go in my life, each one is special, each one I am grateful for no matter how they have come into my life, and yes more animals have knocked at my door and I have let them in.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this wonderful summer day.  I hope you are enjoying the day.  Carole 

 





HELEN-SPINNING CLASS-NEW FRAME FOR EMBRODERY

12 07 2015

GREETINGS

Yesterday was a wonderful day, clothes dried well and there was a slight breeze.  Today there will be humidity in the air so outside chores will be done early.

Still working on the bathroom where the ceiling was pulled down.  Have the window area all cleaned up of debris. Bottles are being replenished with lavender/Cider vinegar for the Bath .  The old tin box holds all my shoe polishes and brushes.  With hardly a closet or storage area in this Old Farmhouse one must invent places to store things.

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HELEN

Helen has had a few glitches with a call to the Vet but now seems to be recovering .  SHe is eating well and talking like she use to. She likes being in the kitchen where there is much activity and loves being held.

She was caught eating the newspaper so now old sheets are her bedding.

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Mmmmm Scrambled eggs with corn

SPINNING CLASS

Yesterday was the first of two sessions of Spinning Class  It went great with each girl making wonderful yarn.  Joan was a member of our Woolgathers Spinning Group and Deb is a new comer to spinning.  We had a lot of fun and they were given parts of 3 fleeces to wash during the week.  We will be working on carding and spinning those fleeces, talking about all sorts of dyeing and spinning mohair, linen and cotton next week.  Great fun.  Thanks Liz at SHeep and SHawl.

Great Yarn

Great Yarn

THE OLD FARM SCENE

It’s funny how you remember every detail of some things you did in your life and other things just slip your mind.  I remember being with my Aunt Milly in a tiny craft store in Longmeadow, Mass.  I saw this delightful embroidery pattern and wanted it, it reminded me of all my wonderful days spent at Old Sturbridge Village.  She bought it for me .  I spent hours and hours sitting in front of the fireplace in the Victorian house I lived in, working on this.  It needed cleaning and the frame that it was in wasn’t quite right.

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The old frame has been in my family for a while and with some adjustments it will accommodate the picture.  I love the attention to detail in this. Cat on the roof, the sledders looking like they were doing 100 miles an hour, chickens eating.

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

Lil came over and wanted to play the piano.  

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HELEN-NIGHTTIME WITH CHICKENS-EGGS

10 07 2015

GREETINGS

Clothes dried well today, I am drying more plantain which grows so well on the edge of my driveway.  More rain tonight.

HELEN AND HER IMPACTED CROP

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Yesterday Helen visited Dr. Marci Lowy of the SOuth Amherst veterinary CLinic..   SHe love car rides and was so good.  Dr Lowy immediately cut the slit and pulled out a huge mass of hay.  It was web like so food was still able to get through.    I am sure Helen was immediately relieved.  SHe had surgery to sew up the crop and the outer skin and came home last night.

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 SHe is doing well and will probably be on some antibiotics.  She will go back in 9 days for stitch removal.  No more hay or straw in her bedding.  I am using newspaper at the moment.

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Scrambled eggs and corn

I was so lucky to find the clinic.  Everyone there either has chickens or is knowledgable about them.

THE NIGHTTIME ROUTINES OF MY CHICKENS

Almost every night I sit out in the  side Chicken yard and wait for them to get into the coop for the night.  I lock them in to keep them safe.  There are 5 hens and a Rooster named Hazel in there.  They are a nice mix and no one is too bossy.  Around twilight Hazel digs around for some juicy morsels for all, they all come running over to enjoy whatever treats he finds, the take their last drink of the night and then preen their feathers, then slowly they make their way up into the Caravan.  All this is done with much chattering.  It’s an enjoyable way to end my day.

EGGS

Unlike store-bought eggs each egg laid by my hens in different. I love the spots on this one.  With high eggs prices and the scarcity of eggs in some parts of the county I am so glad that I have chickens.

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

 

 

 





WEAVING REPAIR-MEMORABLE CLOTHES TO RUGS-EDDIE AND HELEN

13 03 2015

GREETINGS

Another chilly morning with the temps going up this afternoon..  Rain coming tomorrow so I will have a busy day cleaning up things in the barn.  A little water has tricked into the sheep area I am hoping I can keep it at bay.  Rain is coming in for tomorrow we will see what happens.

WEAVING REPAIR

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In the late 80’s I took  the 4 year weaving course at Hill Institute in FLorence, Mass.  I had never woven before and during the first class when the teacher was taking about warp and weft I wondered what she was talking about..The class was tough but I learned how to weave.  Opportunities came  along to take special classes and a Transparency class came up and I took it. This was another thing I didn’t know much about.   I had just spent some time in Maine my Mother-in-Law had to have some serious heart surgery and at the time I was making baskets and wanted to make some out of cat tails.  Everyday My Father-in-Law and I would drive up 95 to visit my Mother-in-Law and he would pull over on the side of the road and I would get out and pick cat tails.   The whole back seat would be full  of them, at night I would braid them.  What came out of the cat tail  adventure was a few wonderful baskets and this Transparency.  Its been hanging in this window since I moved in some 18 years ago.  It is made of linen and has stood the test of time.  But this past fall the threads which attached the picture to the frame had come apart.  I finally got it fixed and back up.  Each time I look at it reminds me of those days in Maine.

NEW LIFE FOR A CHEER LEADING SKIRT AND A JACKET OF MY mOM’S

In my teenage years I was a cheerleader.  I have kept the skirt and decided that it needed to have a new life.

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The lining is silk and I separated that and dyed some of that to use in my Blueberry Jar rug and the skirt itself is wool.

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 I also found this old wool work shirt that my Mother would wear in the fall. That will go into some rugs too.

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EDDIE AND HELEN

Eddie is such a delight.  Every day I have him out, he love to watch what is going on outside the window.

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 Sometimes it is my Son using his ATV to clear the driveway and other times it the birds bringing the seeds they get from the feeder up to the roof to eat them.  Today he saw his first Blue Jay and he squealed.  He will have so much fun outside this summer.

Helen

IHelen is better but not cured.  I will have to do more research.  SHe still has some of that stuff in her crop and I work on her every day.

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She stopped eating the eggs and yogurt so she is back on regular food with some oatmeal and blueberries too.  She follows me around when I am cleaning the cages and talks and talks.

Hope you have a wonderful day and Thank you much for reading my blog.   Carole