SHEARING DAY

23 04 2015

GREETINGS

Yesterday was a wild day with warmth and sunshine early on to heavy rains and high winds when we started shearing.  Then cold.  Today its sunny but cold and windy with snow showers and some rain showers in the afternoon.

SHEARING DAY

Before

Before

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after

Steve and Chris did a wonderful job.  CHris learning new techniques like moving and flipping a large sheep and giving Steve lots of help.

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Firs was Marley, we may have to do him twice a year certainly his nails got long this year so I will have to do them in the summer and maybe give him a trim at that time.  His fleece was very long.  We put him outside when he was done and onto the next which was Carol K. , then Maude, Lucy and then Sally was last.

Litte Marley

Little Marley

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Lil and her Mom and two brothers came over, she entertained us by singing Baa Baa Blacksheep!

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

 





WHAT A WEEK WEATHER-WISE-SOMETHING IN THE WOODS TONIGHT

13 12 2014

GREETINGS

Bitter cold, then snow and sleet and then rain.  Today was calm and it will be warmer for a few days.

Sam said time to through another log on

Sam said time to through another log on

SOMETHING IN THE WOODS

Just after putting the hay in the feeder and getting fresh water Elliott went to the door and was starring into the forest.  His keen sense of hearing warned him something was there.  He stood in the doorway blocking it and Sally and Lucy wanted to go out.  They had to wait for the all clear from Elliott.  I consider myself so lucky to have him.  The protector watching over his flock.

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STUDENT’S HOOKING PROJECT

I got an e-mail from one of my students yesterday with a picture of her finished piece.  Its so beautiful.  I can’s wait to see her next project.

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





CHICKENS AND FAREWELL LUCY-BUMBLE BEE’S-THE FARM STAND

5 06 2014

HELLO

FAREWELL LUCY

Last night i went too night check the front coop.  Every night someone seems to be in another place and I will have to find her.  There were 9 hens and Murphy in the front coop.  Last night I only found 8 and Little Lucy has passed away in the corner.

LUCY

LUCY

 She was the last of the Golden Comet, a hybrid bird.  I will never get anymore of these.  They are bred to be egg machines and don’t live a long life.   Lucy was Hester’s sister.  She was bossy and bold and had to live apart from her sister because of it.  IN the last year she became less bossy as more hens entered the group. Her life was good.  She laid very large eggs which I think took its toll on her.  She will be missed.

BUMBLE BEE’S

II have been following A Way to Garden on Facebook, by Margaret Roach.   Yesterday she wrote about a book on Bumble Bees.  I read the article on them and found it so interesting that I want to get the book.  The book is called Bumble Bee’s of North America an Identification Guide by Leif Richardson, Princeton Press.  Bumble Bee’s have always been a curiosity to me.  The seem much calmer than other bee’s, they don’t chase you as some bee’s do, they just go about their business.

I didn’t know that they were annuals.  All bee’s in the Bumble Colony die each year except the mated females which overwinter.   THey tend not to be aggressive.  I am hoping to get this book, it’s a must read for gardeners everywhere.

THE FARM STAND

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I visited The Farm Stand today to get my tomato and pepper plants.  I got a variety of tomatoes and 6 peppers.l  I found out what I have been doing wrong with the peppers I have been planting.  I was planting them in the same manure rich soil as the tomatoes and they don’t need soil that rich.  I may get another 6 pepper plants.  . I did buy one thyme plant and 6 basil plants and will plant lots of basil seeds this coming weekend.  I use a lot of basil in soups, and sauces during the winter and almost ran out of dried this past winter.

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

 

 





THE OIL MANS GRIP-HESTER – SUSAN’S VISIT- SPRING FLOWERS-LUCY’S EGG-SWEET PEA

9 02 2014

HELLO

We are in the middle of another cold spell with some snow coming tonight.  The word is that a nor’easter is coming on Thursday but you never know .

THE OIL MANS GRIP

On Friday I got a delivery of 100 gallons of oil, the price was $445.  It’s almost unbelievable and the sad thing is that if this cold weather stays it will only last for about 2 weeks.    The discrepancy between oil companies is huge too   My son’s oil company charged him around 4.00 a gallon.  I am hoping that I can take step one this year and have my plumbers  figure out a way to shut off the upstairs.  Not having the heat on there should save me some money.

SUSAN’S VISIT

My friend Susan came yesterday for a visit.  She brought me some lovely primroses which I just love.

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She had never been to the Textile COmpany so we went there.  The Textile Company is located in Greenfield in an old wooden mill type building.  Creeky wooden floors and chock full of every fabric you would ever want.  The staff is very helpful and cheerful you can tell that each of them just loves their job.   It is the go to place for sewers all over New England.  The fabric and accessories are of the highest standards. We stopped at Sheep and Shawl which Susan loved and then went to FUNK SHUN to visit with Christa and drop off some things..  We came home for lunch and Susan worked on a needle felted heart which came out so good.  It was a fun visit and we have planned more.

HESTER

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Hester is still improving, but she is finding it hard to walk and like a human is wary of taking some steps.  Because of her feet walking was painful.  It will take time but she will do it, she is standing much more.

SPRING FLOWERS

I do love the hyacinths and this pink one is especially beautiful.

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LUCY’S EGG

Lucy has laid a couple of eggs in the past week but they quickly froze and split open.  This morning I was greeted by this egg which tipped the scale.  It is larger than an extra large.

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Sweet Pea is a Welsummer Hen and was supposed to start laying in the late fall.  The cold weather and short days have prevented that.  She should start laying in the spring.  I am looking forward to her eggs which will be a reddish-brown.  I like her size she is smaller than a regular hen but not as small as the Bantams.

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





A QUIET DAY BY THE WOOD STOVE-FIXING A QUILT-LUCY-HAZEL

14 11 2013

HELLO

After the Crafts of Colrain and Sadie I decided to have a quiet day.  The cats and I sat by the stove and relaxed.

I had this quilt that I had made over  7 years ago.  I had picked up the fabric many years before that and never knew what I would do with it.   I just loved the pattern with the subdued colors.

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 I had this wonderful old, soft green blanket and decided to make a sort of quilt.  I put the blanket in a pillow case and tied it so it would stay in place and then made a duvet cover out of the material and had it close with some of my Grandmothers old buttons.  It was so warm and light and I really liked it.  Its shape was funny, the fabric width and about 2-1/2 yards wide.  After years of wear and many washings the tied area had come apart and yesterday I took it apart and fixed it.  Its like new and was plenty warm on my bed.  This is a good way to use up some material that you love , some old bed sheets and an old blanket.  It was such a nice chore to do by the fireside.

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LUCY

For the past few days I have heard coughing and finally found out that it was Lucy yesterday.  I called the vet and she said to start her on the antibiotics.

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As you can see she is all puffed up and her wattle is a little discolored, all signs of illness.  I have been very carefree about bringing in new hens and felt if they looked and appeared ok then  it was good.  This has proved not to be the case but in reality how can you stop such a thing.  I got the new hens at least 6 weeks ago.  They showed no signs of illness but must have been carrying the disease.  Hazel came down with it first and then the little Emma died rather suddenly and now Lucy has the same illness as Hazel.  I have to say in the 12 or so I have been raising chickens we have not had illness in the coop.  This year I hope someone will become broody and I can raise some of my own, and not get anymore roosters thank you!!!!

SAMMY

Yesterday Sammy wanted in the kitchen.  His world has gotten smaller as he has aged.  He spent a few hours just relaxing by the fire.  He is 18 but doing well at the moment.

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HAZEL

The cold weather is here and all hens are enjoying their oatmeal and blueberries.  The little bowl is for Hazel.

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Many thanks for all your kind words about Sadie, it really helps.  I hope your day is wonderful.   Carole