SHOWS-MAKING BIRD TREATS AND FEEDERS-THE FIRST EGG-HELEN UPDATE

28 11 2015

GREETINGS

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I am so happy to be back blogging.  We have had such warm weather for November, cooler temps are coming in this afternoon but still not too cold.  I am grateful for the time to get things in order on the farm and still have a few tasks to complete before the ground freezes.  The sunsets here have been so beautiful.

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SHOWS

The Crafts of Colrain was a well attended event and I enjoyed the crowds, friends visiting and many new people came .I am busily making new inventory.  

The Shelburne Falls Autumn Farmers Market is one of my favorite shows.  So many different vendors with farmers set up with their fall and winter veggies.  Lots of fun and a easy, relaxing show.

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MAKING BIRD TREATS AND FEEDERS

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I found this recipe to make the suit block out of coconut oil.  I bought a small bag of mixed seed and nuts and made it.  Its so much cheaper to make  (for me at least because I buy my coconut oil  in 50 lb containers)  They say its better for the birds and they are enjoying it.  The whole thing takes about 5 minutes to make.  I layer a container with foil and add with about an inch of the seed and nut mix then melt the coconut oil at low temp and pour  over it and let it harden.

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FEEDERS

I love this feeder.  I won it at the Heath Fair some years ago.  This year I put it on top of a 4×4 and it has attracted so many birds.  I think I can make one so in the spring I will attempt it and put it on the other side of the porch.

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THE FIRST EGG

It has been well over 6 weeks since I have gotten any eggs.  I did buy a dozen but even though they say they are organic they don’t look or taste as fresh as mineIMG_6096

Matilda has laid the first one and continues to lay and egg a day.  I am sure the others will follow suit soon.

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HELEN UPDATE

She is doing well and living inside till next spring.  Her house is ready for her, Mrs. Brown and Hazel  will be put where there are no grasses .

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this rainy day.  Carole

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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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HAZEL-FREEZING PEPPERS AND SQUASH-MAKING PESTO-THE CAT SELDOM SEEN

21 08 2015

GREETINGS

We had lots of needed rain last night and I  had dug a deep trench so no water in the barn.The sun is out now and some of the humidity has come back.  Hoping that we get a little cooler weather.

HAZEL

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Hazel is improving slowly,whatever happened didn’t affect his ability to crow.  I am hoping his recovery continues.

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FREEZING PEPPERS AND SQUASH

Today I froze scallions, peppers and a small squash.  These will all go into soups and stews this coming winter.

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I have string beans to pick and when the weather cools a bit I plan on picking all my beets and pickling them.  They will taste so good this winter..  I have had wonderful luck with the beet crop which was planted late and was an afterthought.  I never thinned them but they grew anyway.  The cukes have started coming in and I hope to make some pickles.   The Farm Stand called and said that the tomatoes were ready, I can’t take a box till next week..

MAKING PESTO

I have been using the same recipe for Pesto since the late 70’s.  Its simple and quick and freezes well.

2 cups basil (thick stems removed )

1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts (I do prefer pine nuts but they are very 

expensive)

I give these two items 3 or 4 pulses in my food processor

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Add 4 garlic cloves minced 

Just a little less than 3/4 cup of  grated Romano cheese

Pulse again a couple of times

1/2 cup of a good Olive Oil

Turning your processor on slowly add the olive oil

 I like my pesto textured but if you like it more like sauce keep checking till it’s the right consistency.

It takes less than 10 minutes.  I put it into Zip lock bags and flatten them out and put the in the freezer.  That way I can take out the packet and use just what I need.

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THE CAT SELDOM SEEN

9 years ago I got a frantic call from another cat lover.  Please take this kitten she needs a home.  I tried to explain that I had over 10 cats at that time, which was already a lot.  Then she told me the story of this little mite.  Mother and siblings eaten by something she was found hiding and terrified.  Thrown in a cage and was brought to the vet where she got some shots and a clean bill of health.  Then in another cage.  I agreed to give this little one a home.  Somehow in my wildest thoughts I thought that she would just adjust.  She promptly found all the hiding places in my bedroom and I didn’t see her for a month then only her tail.  So for the past 9 years I have only touched her maybe 10 times.  I have tried to get her to the vets with pills in her food but it never happened.  She made friends with the other cats and lost them along the way.  Yesterday she was sleeping in the hut and I was able to take a picture of her for the first time.  Last month I saw her upstairs for the first time.  She has had to make changes as the cat population here has dwindled.  There is still hope for catching her and getting her to the vets for a check up and shots.  Meanwhile she is safe and warm here.  Little Marion also know as Baby.

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HAPPY PESTO MAKING

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

 

 

 

 





HAZEL-A BOOK I AM READING-JEWEL WEED

19 08 2015

GREETINGS

The heat and humidity are still here, it can’t last forever!

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He really looks like he go into a bad fight.  Thing all this damage was from him pecking the hardware cloth.

He really looks like he got into a bad fight. Think all this damage was from him pecking the hardware cloth.

Poor Hazel something happened in the night.  Mrs. Brown is perfectly fine. After getting them both back in the house and cleaning him up I found a hole under the fence.  My son and I both feel that something tried to get them and he was protecting her. Nothing was done to the cage.  He is still quite feisty and crowing.  I will get some baby food  for him and I won’t put them out again.  He will need time to heal.

Much has been said about rooster.  I am glad that I have them.  Their brave instincts are amazing.  Protection and making sure the girls eat are  priorities.

The love that these two birds have for each other is a sight to behold.  He called out to her while I was taking him upstairs and she was pacing back and forth talking to herself.  They were so happy to see each other.

A BOOK I AM READING

STILL LIFE WITH CHICKENS  by Catherine Goldhammer

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I have had this book for a while, there are some books that need to be read over and over.  Each time taking something new away from them.  It’s a memoir of starting over.  Her marriage ends and she takes a huge tax bracket dive.  Life changes for her in so many ways but with the addition of chickens and a new life she perseveres.   I highly recommend this book, life has twists and turns this book shows something good can come out of the worst of times.

JEWEL WEED

The jewel weed outside my computer window is now over 12 feet high.   Hope to get to puling that soon.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope that its cooler where you are.  Carole

 

 





THE NEW HEN-THE RAINS-KING-FERDINAND JOINS THE FLOCK

13 08 2015

GREETINGS

Another beautiful day is in store for us .  I am spending the afternoon sorting a fleece at my friends, Jane and Harry’s farm with the rest of the spinning group.  What fun.

THE NEW HEN

The other night I went to close the side yard hens up and she was not in her nesting area as usual.  She was walking around the Caravan looking in.  Then she walked to her house and up ran Rosie who hadn’t been so nice to her, they both look into the house and Rosie walked back to the caravan and hoped in.  Along comes Gladys and she walks up and jumps in too..

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I learned early on with chickens that they do things in their own time.  They have accepted her and she is an equal with them.  All is good in the side yard.  Hazel and Mrs. Brown have return outside in the dog house and will remain there till  till the middle of September  when they will come in for the winter.

THE RAINS

I thought I was prepared for the rains, Chris redug the ditch and I dug up near the barn door but late Tuesday night when i went into the barn it was raining downstairs again and the water had come through the barn again.  I had a complete meltdown, I was so worried I would lose the hay.  Lauren, Tyler and Charlie came over the next morning and we moved the hay.  Only 6 or so bales were affected and I was able to save a portion of them.  The barn is drying out and the problem should be fixed soon.

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A NEW MEMBER JOINS THE FLOCK

While moving the hay around Lauren noticed this little guy in the sheep area.   I have seen him when he was quite smaller in the garden.  I have name him King Ferdinand he is the biggest toad I have seen here.  He was escorted back to the garden .

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

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USING UP OLD YARN-ONE GOES OUT AND TWO COME IN-MORNING GLORIES

7 08 2015

GREETINGS

Another beautiful day today.  Lots to do and cooler weather to do it in.  Blanket weather at night.  Sometimes the hens have to lay eggs at the same time it does cause some space problems when they both want to do it in the same space.  Their are two more nest boxes!!

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Matilda  is kind of upset with the situation!

USING UP OLD YARN

Years and Years ago I was given a trash bag full of very thick yarn.  It sat for years in the bag then I used some to weave a rug, then more to crochet a rug and now I am working on the last of it.

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 Made this cat bed while on the river.  One more to go and the yarn will finally be gone.  The cats will love them.

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ONE GOES OUT AND TWO COME IN

Yesterday while letting the side chickens out I noticed that Hazel was holding his little leg up and hopping.  Immediately brought him in and soaked his leg,  I couldn’t see anything visible and it seems to be better today.  I also brought Mrs. Brown in as they can’t stand to be separated.

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I will keep them in for  a little while to watch him and bathe his foot daily.  When they go out they will go in the dog house as the new hen is working well with the others.  Now that this has all happened Eddie can finally go out with the girls that will happen this evening.  What a day for him.

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I never get sick of seeing the beauty of morning glories.

 

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Hope you have a wonderful day.  Many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole

 

 





NEW BAGS FROM CHRISTA-MOVING HENS

18 06 2015

GREETINGS

Cloudy day with some rain expected in the afternoon.  Got hay this morning and received a message from another hay source yesterday who sells me at least 100 bales each year.  He said he would be lucky to supply me with 50 bales this year.    It will be a tough feeding year.

 

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I was so sorry to hear about the killings in Charleston this morning.  I was brought up where you would judge a person by his character not his color.  Our country seems to be going backwards instead of forward.

NEW BAGS FROM CHRISTA

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Look at the new bags from Christa.  THey are made from my feed bags and are purse size.  She has even put my logo on them.  I love the lining fabric and the pocket.  Just wonderful.  I will have some available at the Lavender Fest.

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MOVING HENS

Every time I move hens I think things will go smoothly most times it doesn’t.   I had the caravan yard ready and decided to move the two large hens that Murphy was picking on  and  Morticia and Violet the Bantams into the caravan area.  That did not work out at all so I quickly moved the Bantams into Hazel and Mrs. Brown’s pen.  Hazel was delighted two more girls his dreams have come true but Mrs. Brown was very angry.  Her little face showed it.  I really think she was jealous.  Just one month ago they were all together happily.  Today is another day and peace seems to reign.

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I will leave you today with a little video of Morticia taking her first real dirt bath since late fall.  HOpe you have a  lovely day  Carole