EGGS-FIBERUARY-GARDENING AND PLANTING BY THE MOON

31 01 2016

GREETINGS

Another sunny day and in the 40’s.  The days are longer and Spring is coming.  The last week has been a week of  sudden events.  My youngest daughter Betty fell and broke three bones and has had surgery and my oldest daughter, Cindy lost her beloved Mother-in-law quite suddenly on Tuesday.  Most of the time we live our lives without consequence but these two things happening to me remind me how one instant can change things and how short and precious life is.

EGGS

What the heck happened here.  I am guessing that this hen didn’t lay an egg in a couple of days and this was what happened.  It looks like a combination of two eggs.  Some solid shell with a membrane over part of it.  Never a dull moment in raising chickens.    

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FIBERuary

The blog is up and running FIBERuarysite.wordpress.com.  I am so excited about the wonderful articles that are coming in.  Don’t forget the Valentine event at Sheep and Shawl.

STORIES FROM THE FARM

On February 7th I will be speaking  at Sheep To Shawl.  Here is the blurb from the local paper.

Stories From The Farm – Carole Adams of Colrain will tell her stories SUNDAY, Feb 7 between 1:00 and 3:00 with time for questions at Sheep & Shawl in South Deerfield. She has raised sheep on a very small farm for over 20 years, has compiled a book of stories, is a spinner, dyer, weaver, rughooker, and fleece judge. Free. Refreshments provided.  Presenting speakers every Sunday of the month of “FIBERuary.” 265 Greenfield Rd, Rte 5/10 in the Tibetan Plaza, South Deerfield, MA  www.sheepandshawl.com  413-397-3680

I am looking forward to sharing my life as a small  farmer with you.  Join us at Sheep and Shawl.

GARDENING AND PLANTING BY THE MOON

I have been trying to get this book for several months now.  I finally got it today and it looks great.  I can’t wait to start reading it.  According to my blogger friend Anne, who has used this method you do get better yields and flavors.  Thanks Anne for the info.

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Thank you so much for reading my blog    Carole

 

 

 





IT’S FIBERUARY IS COMING

27 01 2016

GREETINGS

Sunny and glorious today.  The chickens are out  and it may be in the 50’s on Sunday.  Not normal winter weather but I do love it and on top of  that oil prices are low.

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IT’S FIBERUARY IS COMING

I have been reading Wovember for the past 3 or so years and thoroughly enjoy everything about it.  I have learned many new things. met many new people and learned about fiber life in The British Isles.  British Wool and Farmers are promoted in each article.  

We here in our local, Western Massachusetts area have such a diverse farming community but its relatively unknown.  I had been thinking of something for us to do in the cold winter months to promote the same thing here.  I spoke with Liz of Sheep and Shawl Shop in South Deerfield about my idea of It’s FIBERuary and its a go for this year.  

In the month of February we hope to have an article each day about people who work with fiber and animals.  Some of the articles will be Rug Hooking, Raising Sheep, Angora Rabbits, Alpaca’s, Pygora goats and other fiber animals, Shearing, knitting and weaving, needle felting, dyeing  and so much more.    Please join us on FIBERuary on WordPress.

Sheep and Shawl Shop will offer speakers on each Sunday of the month of February.   Times  and directions will be announced.  There will also be a Valentine contest made out of fiber at Sheep and Shawl  and information will be forthcoming .

The following is a list of the talks.

Sunday, February 7th

Stories From The Farm – Carole Adams

I have raised sheep for over 20 years and have a book full of interesting stories and have lots of experience in farming with sheep in a small way.

Sunday, February 14th       Three presenters that day!

Chris Pellerin – Dunroamin Farm

Pygora Goats

 

Hilary Woodcock-Woodcock Farm

Hilary will give a talk on Alpaca to Yarn

 

Jenny Atkins Angora Rabbits

Jenny will talk about her beautiful Angora Rabbits

 

Sunday, February 21st

Margaret Russell

Weaver of Rare Breed  Wools

Be Sure to put these events on your calendars.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you will be able to attend some of these events or read about them on the blog.  Have a wonderful 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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SNOWY WEATHER AND MAPLE SUGARING-SUNFLOWER PINS-SHEEP AND SHAWL-SOAPMAKING GIFTS

21 03 2015

GREETINGS

We have had light snow off and on all night and it’s still snowing this morning.  3-4 inches are on the ground.  I hope this is the last of it as we were having a great slow thaw.

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The sap buckets are in place along my favorite back road but the sap is not running with this cold weather.  Warmer days are expected for this coming week and it will be moving again.

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SUNFLOWER PINS

The Sunflower Pins are at SHeep and Shawl.  Learn to make then, its only an afternoon class.  They are easy to make . And so many uses.  They could be glued to a head band,and in art pieces and many other things.  

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Sheep and Shawl has add many new things come on down and check it out.  She is now selling my neighbor Christa’s hand-made grain bags too.

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  The new PLY magazine is in and it full of interesting facts about Leicester SHeep.

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Sheep and Shawl has something for everyone, stop by soon.

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SOAP MAKING AND A SURPRISE

At Thursday Spinners I mentioned I needed to get going on Soap making.  A friend Sandy said she tried it once and had some supplies that she wanted to give away.  Yesterday I went over to pick up some Coconut Oil and she had added another box of wonderful things to that.  2 wonderful soap molds hand created by her husband who is a wonderful wood worker and a cutting board.  These will make my soap making days so much easier.  Molds are very important in soap making and I have bought many of them and yet to find one that is easy to use.  I am sure these are the ones I have been looking for.  I am so grateful for these treasures.   I will get to the soap making next week.

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Thanks Sandy and Glen.

GOOD NEWS ABOUT MY SHOULDER

I went to physical therapy yesterday and its a strained muscle.   It’s already getting better and a few exercises will strengthen it.  SHe was surprised at how strong my upper body was.  Carrying all those grain bags is helping me stay strong.

WINTERBERRY FARM SHEARING DAY IS TODAY

Jill and Jim need some help so I will be there today.  With the snow I think the turn out will be sparse, too bad because it’s always fun to watch and educational too.  Hope to see you there.  I will be rug hooking.

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





WHAT A DAY-MY DREAM-SUNFLOWER PINS-THE CATS-DYEING WOOL

17 03 2015

GREETINGS

The day started off dark, damp, and dreary but there is sun and clouds now and the temps are nice  Snow is slowly leaving the mountain and the chipmunks and skunks are back.

WHAT A DAY

I am out of hay and the person i buy my hay from in Greenfield has no more.  I will need a supply till haying starts in June .  I called my friend Ceacy to find out the first name of a person whom I know has hay and she said she was bringing me down a couple of bales of her hay to tide me over.  Today she showed up with 4 bales of hay.  So nice of her.  Then I was making the chickens oatmeal and  there was a knock on the door and it was my Friends Ulla and Dick from Plainfield.  SHe had books and spinning equipment for me to do as I pleased

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And a bottle of citronella oil that she had made herself.

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 I have been thinking of them this morning.  What a nice surprise.  Then Wool and Dye works called to place an order for dyed wool, I had been thinking of those wonderful folks lately and planning a trip down.  All this in one morning.What a day.

MY DREAM

My dream was to have a herb farm,  grow  herbs and flowers have a small shop on the property with an  occasional open house.   Things didn’t quite go that way.  This dream has been on the back burner since the mid seventies.   I have decided to pursue it now in a very small way.   The dream all started when I would demonstrate spinning at The Big E.  I would wander around and always end up in Storrowtown village in the Caprilands booth.  I loved everything in the booth.  All the herbs and spices wreaths and other things.  I can still remember the smells.  I started adding herbs and flowers to my gardens, reading and researching.  Now there are so many people doing this that I have to find a niche.    I came across this book, Growing your Herb Business which I had bought a long time ago.  I am reading it and making notes.  It has a lot of very good information.  

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I do make a lot of herbal things and have decided to grow herbs that aren’t as popular.  Borage and Lovage are two that come to mind and I hope to start soon..

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 I will add a few more.   I am looking forward to starting this adventure

SUNFLOWER PINS

I have started  Sunflower Pins, Some will go to Sheep and SHawl for sale.  They are fun and quick and I will be having a class in making them there at the end of the month.  

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My cat friends are napping upstairs today where it is nice and warm.  I wonder if they will be doing more yarn bombing tonight!!!!

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

DYE WOOL TODAY

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THRILLING GAME-DYED WOOL-WARMER WEATHER COMING

6 03 2015

GREETINGS

It was 7  below this morning but that didn’t stop the hens from laying 5 eggs before 9.

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I expect there will be a couple more later in the day..  The days are longer and the time will change on Sunday.  The sky is a brilliant blue and the snow shadows are getting longer.

Sammy has been sending time bird watching.

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THRILLING GAME

On Wednesday night Belchertown Girls basketball team played Longmeadow at The Cage at Umass in a semi-final.  The game was a nail biter from start to finish.

The Winning Score

The Winning Score

 A dream of my Grand Daughter was to play at The Cage and her team won.

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 Now on Saturday they will play Pittsfield in the final.  The girls played a great game and showed good sportsmanship.    Good luck Belchertown Saturday night .

DYED YARN AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

RUG HOOKING CLASSES TO START SOON GET SIGNED UP

I brought the yarn to Sheep and SHawl on Wednesday.  The classes on spinning and drop spindling and hooking with yarn will be starting soon.  SIgn up .

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WARMER WEATHER ON THE HORIZON

Another cold night today then the weather warms a little.  SOme snow flurries over the weekend.  then tems in the high 30’s and freezing at night.  Good Maple Syrup weather and sounds like a slow thaw.

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

 

 

 





DYEING YARN-OWEN-HOOKED RABBIT FINALLY FINISHED

4 03 2015

GREETINGS

It’s not as cold today and we are suppose to get snow, sleet and freezing rain in the evening.  I am worried about the barn and will be putting sandbags u in front of the door later in the afternoon.  The chickens are laying more eggs and the sheep are getting rammy (butting each other) so spring can’t be far away.

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DYEING YARN

I have a good amount of Bartlett yarn hanging around and decided to over dye it and sell it at Sheep and Shawl.  Tomorrow if the weather is good I will be bringing things to the shop for my hooking class and to sell. Liz is back from her wonderful time in Maine and I am anxious to hear all about it.

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OWEN

The house is much different now without him in it.  Thank you all for all you words of wisdom, you will never know how much they helped me.  I realized  in Owen’s death my calling always was animals.  I love them.  Sometimes they are here for a short time and others for a long time.  Even the naughty ones like Marley and Mr. Peepers are loved.  Thank you all.

HOOKED RABBIT FINALLY  MOSTLY FINISHED

I am trying to be a better finisher in the rug hooking area.  Lots and lots of unfinished projects.  I finally got this rabbit piece finished just in time for Easter.

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WINTER WINTER GO AWAY

This has been a horrible winter for so many folks.  Tonight was the last straw.  I went up to give the sheep water and the faucet came off in my hand.    I have been pretty good about all the broken pipes and hard work but I am now done.  Hope the melt is slow though I really don’t feel like doing a major barn and coop clean up.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this sunny March day.  I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

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