FIRST SNOW-FLEECE LINED MITTENS-REPAIRING THE SOCKS-OUTSIDE PROJECTS

29 12 2015

GREETINGS

Snow on the ground this morning with sleet falling now. Temps are suppose to go up above freezing today so it may be mostly gone by tomorrow.  Chris and I hope to cut some small trees down tomorrow.

FIRST SNOW

I topped off the feeders and made more coconut feed mix yesterday.  This morning I added a peanut butter/seed and nut mix to a feeder that a neighbor made and within 5 minutes one of the neighborhood squirrels was there.When I lived in a city squirrels were everywhere there are not so many here.  I enjoy their antics.

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FLEECED LINED MITTENS

I love making these mittens and they are so warm.  I took a class in Connecticut in the early 90’s and have been hooked since.  The fleece layer eventually felts and makes these mittens double layered.  The yarn is from my first flock of sheep (Border Leicesters) and my goat Timmy.  I plan on making a few more pairs this winter.

REPAIRING THE SOCKS

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I am repairing these socks again.  I have had them since the 90’s and they have been repaired many times.  The stripes are from my first cat Fluffy.  They are warm and comfortable like an old pair of shoes.

I have lots of unfinished knitting  projects lying around and want to get caught up this winter.

OUTSIDE PROJECTS

Chris and I managed to finish most of the outside projects since he arrived.  First he did the barn window which needed to be put up and then yesterday he put the piece of plywood over the dryer vent.  For some reason ice forms on the attic roof and piles up so that I have to dig out the dryer vent every so often.  This will make things easier.  We got the last of the chicken coops covered and stuff put away.   Just in time for today’s storm

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The cats have settled in, they love dark, snowy days but Cosmo has decided to venture out of his rooms,maybe someday he will join the other cats.

Sammu in his hut on top of the radiator

Sammy in his hut on top of the radiator

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Willie and Shorty in their places on the sofa

Cosmo exploring today

Cosmo exploring today

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

 

 





BITTERSWEET-SPIN-OFF MAGAZINE-FACEBOOK

4 10 2015

GREETINGS

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It’s been quite chilly the past few days  This old cement farmhouse keeps in the damp and it takes a while to warm up.  No frost yet though so the garden is still providing me with  veggies and herbs.  I did get another couple of garlic bulbs to plant and hope to get them in today.

BITTERSWEET

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You either love it or hate it.  It is an invasive plant and some of my friends are horrified that I would have it in my yard.  Its been growing on the side of my barn with its heavy roots located in the front of the barn .  I trim it every year and I have plans for a trellis over the front doors of the barn.  Hope to get that done next year.

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As a child getting bittersweet was part of fall activities.  We would take a drive and find some on a county lane and pick it. It would be hanging on our doors and in bowls.

I like being able to just go out and pick decorations for the house.  In the spring I have Pussy Willows and I have planted Winterberry bushes for winter decorations .

Of the three winterberry bushes I planted only one survived and this year although it had many flowers only one berry was on it and the birds got it.  Its in a shady place.  I hope to buy a few more bushes and I now have a wonderful place  in the area that was dug up for the trench work,    I think would be suitable for them.

SPIN OFF MAGAZINE

This Fall’s Spin Off Magazine has arrived and has a wonderful article about core spinning.  Something I have done in the past and want to do again.  My friend Ceacy is giving me all her wonderful English Leicester fleeces which are perfect for core spinning.  Wonderful scarves can be made with this yarn or it can be an embellishment yarn for projects.

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FACEBOOK

I am on Facebook and just love it.  I have met some wonderful and inspirational people on this venue.  One person I met and we follow each other is Kristen Nichols.   I saw her colors  and was hooked.  The surprising fact was that she lives in the next town over and has sheep!!!!  Who knew.  She offers classes at her  farm and she is a self taught artist.  The latest issue of Mary Jane’s Farm has a wonderful article with  pictures of her art and her house.  Its been an inspiration to me and I am ready for lots of color in this old farm house.  

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

Sammy loves his hut. especially when its chilly and the radiator is on

Sammy loves his hut. especially when its chilly and the radiator is on





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!





MORE HAY-GOODBYE CHRIS=OPEN HOUSE AT THE FIREHOUSE-SAM

10 08 2015

GREETINGS

The whole house and yard is encased with the smell of skunk.  Its as though he was in the house!

The weather is still nice and cool but more humidity and some needed rain will be here in a day or two.

Chris left yesterday.  We got so much accomplished while he was here.  He will be back in October.

MORE HAY

Cindy met us in Greenfield and we put 18 bales of hay in her Mini Van!!!!!!  And loaded 4 bales in my car.  The total in the barn is now 42 toward my goal of 100.I won’t start using the 100 till mid march to insure that when I run out the new hay will be ready.

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 Thanks so much Cindy.  Chris and Charlie got it into the barn in no time.

SAM AND MOM

Sam the man has been here a year.  He was two yesterday.  He has changed so much and come into his own.

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 I am so happy that i got he and Owen  Although Owen didn’t have a long time here he to came into his own before he passed away.

Yesterday was another anniversary.  It was one year since my Mom passed.  Time has flown by.  I miss she and my Dad so much. If you still have parents  be sure to ask them things about your family and their lives.  I have so many questions unanswered.  When Cindy got home last night she has an old clock which belonged to my Dad’s family.  It’s never touched or wound up yet yesterday it was ticking, how interesting.

THE FIREHOUSE OPEN HOUSE

My son so enjoys being a volunteer fireman.  It’s a rewarding job   Yesterday was there annual open house.

Good friends and family  Lil meets Sparky here new hero

Good friends and family Lil meets Sparky her new hero

 Food was served, all the equipment was out and there was a smoke house that you could go into.  What a fun and educational day for adults and children alike.

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





SWIMMING ON THE DEERFIELD-THE HISTORY AND GEANEALOGY-PEPPERS ROM THE GARDEN

19 07 2015

GREETINGS

Hot and steaming for today luckily the nights seem to cool off.  Rain showers are preventing the hay from being done.  Jewel weed is almost 7 feet high, going to put a post on Facebook , free jewelweed and free manure come and get it.

Sammy thinking about where he will spend this steamy day

Sammy thinking about where he will spend this steamy day

SWIMMING ON THE DEERFIELD

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We all went down to Sunburn beach on the Deerfield River on Friday.  The water was frigid. Once you got use to it you were fine.  There are lots of glacier pot holes on this part of the river and jumping off them is so much fun.

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 A great time was had by all.

 Lauren and Lil shivering but crying because she didn't want to go.

Lauren and Lil shivering but crying because she didn’t want to go.

LAST SPINNING CLASS

The last spinning class was yesterday.  Both Deb and Joan made wonderful yarn.  We practiced with cotton/linen, mohair, Angora and made some designer yarns.  I enjoyed the class and am looking forward to seeing them both again.

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HISTORY AND GENEALOGY OF CHESTERFIELD MA

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Besides mentioning my families that lived in Chesterfield this book is a treasure-trove of information   When I was a child almost everyone in town was a cousin.  This book explains how that all came about.  So interesting are the comments like Killed by lightning, basket maker of pounded ash, one man was a blacksmith, farmer and man of strength, typhoid fever is mentioned.  large families were the norm and many children didn’t live to the age of 5.  This book covers the years 1762 to 1961. Life was so hard in those days.  

PEPPERS FROM THE GARDEN

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IN the freezer they will go

Many thanks for reading my blog on the summer day, I hope you are enjoying cool breezes wherever you are.

Carole

 

 

 





THE APP[LE TREE – MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL–PEAS -VIOLETS

12 05 2015

GREETINGS 

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The hot and sticky weather is suppose to be ending today and we will have a few days of cooler weather.   The peas have finally started coming up, they don’t like warm weather so I hope the cooler weather will give them a boost they need.

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 i can see little lilac flowers outside my computer window.

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 This year should be a good year for them.

THE APPLE TREE

 

The poor apple tree has been abused and it still grows.  First when the workmen were here they broke it in a couple of places and when the tree fell it narrowly missed it and broke  it again.  Its a strong tree and is full of leaves.  Yea.

MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL

I have a booth again at this wonderful show.  SUsan generously offered to share  her booth but Arron e-mailed me this morning that one booth had become available.  Come see me at the show I will be in Barn 2.  I have lots of used fiber books and am getting rid of most of my weaving equipment.  Soap, salves and herbal products will also be available, and lots of wool!

HAY

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Hay is an invaluable commodity when you have farm animals.  If you have a large enough farm you make your own and sell any extra.  My farm is tiny so I depend on farmers.  Last night I called for hay to be picked up this afternoon, Bob’s wife said that hay was tight and I may have to get it elsewhere and she would have Bob call me.  He called this morning and said yes hay was very scarce and the first cutting would not be as plentiful as he hoped but he could continue to supply me.  What a relief I am so grateful to know that my sheep will continue to have good hay.  He told me that at the auction last night mulch hay was bought for $5.00 per bale for feed to a farmer from eastern Massachusetts.  There is no hay there.  And before I found Bob I bought a bale of hay from the co-op for 8 dollars and it was trash.

Good news from two different places has come my way today

PURPLE VIOLETS

 

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I picked some purple violets this morning, I have been wanting to try to make a bath water out of them.  I added vinegar to the jar just to cover and will let them steep for a few weeks.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you day is filled with lots of good things.   Carole

 

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REPURPOSING AND REFRESHING OLD IDEAS-GETTING THE SAW OUT

6 05 2015

GREETINGS

It’s a pleasant morning and it’s wonderful to be able to leave the windows open at night.  That cool night air is refreshing.The hens are really going to town laying eggs.  The picture is 2 days of laying.

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REPURPOSING AND OTHER PROJECTS

I bought this wonderful chicken Waterer on e-bay some time ago.

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 The thought was that it would be a much larger supply of water for them.  It’s a beauty but was too heavy for me to carry so It sat in the kitchen as a primitive decoration.  This past winter I set it outside and put bird food in it and the birds loved it.  SO now it sits  ready to have water in it for the summer.

The pallet project with strawberries which I did a few years ago didn’t really work out.  I decided to move it to a more sunny location nearby and lay it down.  Now I am trying to fill it with dirt.  I will get the strawberry plants soon.  I will be able to fence it in too.IMG_4952

I noticed this long 4×4  when cleaning out the area for the chickens.  It was in an area in the downstairs of the barn where I only go in the warm months.  Can’t remember where it came from but I won this beautiful hand-made bird feeder/nesting box at The Heath Fair many years ago and I though that it would be great on top of the post for a safe place for birds to feed next winter.  Hops will grow over it this summer and some calendula around it.  A night visitor doesn’t like it there and has been trying to dig it up every night.  Rocks will be placed around the base today.

I love Iced Tea in the summer and use glass milk bottles to keep it cold.  I have old and new ones in quarts and gallons.    If you have lost the tops they can be bought on the internet for as little as $.25 each.

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GETTING OUT THE SAW

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I spent a couple of hours today cutting up tree branches that had fallen in my yard during the winter.  This week I need to start cutting up the tree that had fallen into the side yard.  I am using an electric saw it’s not ideal but does the job.  I do wish the blade was smaller as it makes the whole thing awkward.  

Busy days around the farm now, the birds are busy building nest and the tulips are all coming out.  Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.    Carole

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