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

 

 

 





FIRST PAIR OF SOCKS 2016-HYACINTHS-LUNAR CALENDAR

6 01 2016

GREETINGS

The cold has arrived and it was 4 degrees this am, tonight falling to about the same then a slight warm up.   Not use to the cold at all.  No frozen pipes so far.

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I have many unfinished sock projects and have finished the first of them today.  Have enough yarn left over to make a hat.

I have mending to do on these other two socks, it won’t take long.

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Here is another project that I started some years ago.  It will take me quite a while to finish it but I hope to be able to wear it on my next trip to  Ireland.  I am using yarn  from my sheep Wilbur

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HYACINTHS

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I bought two packages of bulbs this year.  Just started one yesterday and will be doing a few every day from not on.  Can’t wait till they bloom.  Have had no luck with my Amaryllis this year.  The bulbs are good and they were stored in a dark spot for 6 weeks.  Guess they just aren’t ready.

LUNAR CALENDAR

Every year I buy a Lunar Calendar.    This year I hope to plant my garden by the moon.  My Blogger friend Anne does and her gardens are wonderful  and so productive.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this cold winters night.  Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.  Carole

 

 

 





BIRTHDAY SURPRISES-GETTING READY FOR A POP UP SHOP-THANKSGIVING AT THE DEERFIELD INN.

30 11 2015

GREETINGS

The cold spell is here and I am still getting a couple of outside chores done. Life moves at a slower pace after the first of the year.  I am already planning the gardens for next year.  One of the most important things I am going to do is plant a Christmas Greens Garden in  one of the new excavation spots near the stone wall and woods.  Every year I either have to scour the woods or buy Christmas greens and I am sick of it.  I would rather have them growing here for the birds to enjoy and me to pick.  I plan to get 3 Winterberry bushes.  I planted three about 4 years ago and realize that they were not planted in the proper spot and only one survived.  It had one berry on it and a bird got it! I also want to get a couple of of box wood, a couple more holly plants, my only female plant got winter kill during a bitter cold winter a couple of years ago.Add to that a couple of evergreens and I think I will be set.  These will add places for the birds and squirrels along a stone wall and will make a pleasant view from the barn and house.  I have the rest of the winter to look at catalogs to find the best plants.  What fun.

BIRTHDAY SURPRISES

My birthday this year was full of surprises.  It started with a face time from my two daughter saying they had found a car for me.  My poor old car was falling apart.  Now I have a van which will carry more hay and allow me to take many more things to shows.

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Next my son said he would rip up all the old floorboards in the barn and replace them.  I have been so concerned about the floor, the water has come in for several years and the floors were rotting.

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Even Lil helped

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These two things I needed most thank you so much to my children and their spouses.

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Everything is set for winter now.  The hose is brought in and the electric water bucket filled and plugged in.

POP UP SHOP

 

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I am going to be involved with my friend, Christa in this Pop Up Shop in Turners Falls for the Christmas Season.  We will start on December 11th and will be open that weekend  each day from 11-5.  And then the following weekend.

I will be giving you more info as the time nears with lists of things that we will be selling.  Buy locally made things and meet the crafters .

Today I am drying oranges for the Christmas Balsam Mix.  The house smells wonderful.

THANKSGIVING AT THE DEERFIELD INN

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This is the second year Cindy and I have spent Thanksgiving together at Chandlers restaurant and the Deerfield Inn.  Cindy has now finished Law School and will graduate with her class next June.  We may resume our annual Thanksgiving in Ireland next year which we have done for years.  We had a great dinner at Chandlers with a special treat of having my neighbor Christa (the pastry chef) come out and  visit with us on this very busy day.  After a peaceful night and a wonderful breakfast we both went back to our busy lives.

A wonderful raised Herb garden in back of the restaurant at The Deerfield Inn

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Old Deerfield is a wonderful place to visit, History of America abounds here.

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A SURPRISE VISITOR

I wonder who it is   It doesn’t smell skunky, haven’t seen any raccoons around so it might be a possum.  I am sure I will find out.  But it is time for animals to find warmer quarters.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this chilly morning.  Hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





SPREADING THE MILKWEED-GIFT OF BOOKS- SHEEP RUG HOOKING PATTERN-NEW ARRIVAL-SORREL NEEDS A HOME

9 11 2015

GREETINGS

The warmer weather has gone for the time being and its a bit chilly in the mornings.  I am busy getting ready for The Crafts of Colrain which is this coming weekend, so far the weather looks great for it.

SPREADING MILKWEED

It seems that this past month I have been going to Greenfield  a lot.  Picking up 25# of Oatmeal for the Chickens, several appointments, and I have been parking in a parking lot.   In cracks in the pavement are milkweed ready to send off their seeds.  Each time I am in  town I pick off a branch and bring it home to spread around my yard.  Its a good feeling that hopefully some of these seeds will take and more beautiful Monarch’s will be around.

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TWO BOOKS I AM READING

Birthday wishes are popping up everywhere.

  Liz of Sheep and Shawl gave me this wonderful book, The Chicken Chronicles by Alice Walker author of many books including The Color Purple.   A wonderful story of life with Chickens.  I am thoroughly enjoying it.

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A surprise  box in the mail yesterday from my friend Jan contained a book she though was perfect for me.  The Stillmeadow Road by Gladys Taber.  I  have started it and love it.  Its about a woman who buys an old farmhouse with blinders on ( sort of like me) and takes you through the fixing up the trails and tribulations of her dogs,cats and gardens.

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I want to learn more about this author and read some of her other books.

A NEW RUG HOOKING PIECE

My friend Debbie went on a wonderful trip to Nova Scotia and went to Deanne’s shop.  She brought me back this wonderful sheep pattern.  I just love it and am now thinking of how I can do it. I can’t start it till after the first of the year by then I hope have it all figured out.

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NEW  ARRIVAL ON WEDNESDAY

Okay so I said I wasn’t going to get anymore sheep. I promise this is the last one.  I just couldn’t resist this one.  Her name is Annie, which endeared her to me right away.  We called my Mom Annie for the last several years of her life.    She was in a breeding program to promote better sheep and wool.  She is half English Leicester and half Merino.  One can only imagine how wonderful her wool will be.   She is only 2 which is nice.

  

She will fit in nicely with the girls and offer me some really wonderful wool to turn into yarn in two years time.

Here is another sheep that is looking for a home.  My friend Lisa, who raises beautiful sheep is downsizing and Sorrel needs to find a home.  I wish I could take her but 5 is enough.  

 

I don’t know how anyone can resist her.  She is beautiful and an English Leicester.  They are the nicest sheep

Many thanks for reading my blog, there seems never to be a dull moment around the farm, never expected another sheep to fall into my lap.  Hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

 





CHESTNUTS-NEW HENS-CORNELIUS-GARLIC AND THE GARDEN

15 10 2015

GREETINGS

A very foggy morn today, you can hardly see the Church at the end of the street.

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We are expecting a frost on Sunday night with temps in the high 20’s. Then another warm spell.  The chipmunks and squirrels are busy as can be gathering up nuts and seeds for the long winter ahead.  The sheep have enjoyed an abundance of acorns this year and are putting on their winter coats.

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                                                          Carol K.

CHESTNUTS

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There are 4 American Chestnut trees on my Son’s property.  His family has already sent out 40 pounds to a restaurant in Cambridge, Ma.  And have almost 50 pounds more picked with many more still falling to the ground.

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CORNELIUS

He is back and caught in the act eating food put out for a cat.   I love having him around he keeps he farm free of rodents.  

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Both my son’s family and myself have been putting out food for a cat who doesn’t seem to have a home.  I am sure its a she and we would like to catch her and bring her to the vets.  Too many people still dump cats and its such a shame.  There are so many places that will find them forever home.  I hope we can catch her soon.

GARLIC AND THE GARDEN

The garlic has come up which is good.  I still have some more to plant and hope to do it soon.  

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Plants are on sale now so I bought this small arborvitae and planted it near the newly deposited rocks.  It will grow quickly and will be a safe place for birds in the back yard (right near a bird house) and I plan to put some twinkle solar lights on it when it gets bigger.  So nice to look at on a cold winters night.

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THE NEW HENS

Dorthy, Emma and Rosemary are doing  very well.  All the side yard hens are together now and the pecking order has been established without any bloodshed.  They will be coming inside in a couple of weeks.  I will batten them down with lots of hay for the frosty Sunday night.

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

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LYMES DISEASE-CAROL K GETS SKUNKED-TURKEY ON A BOBBIN-PICKLED BEETS

8 10 2015

The weather is still holding out but rain is coming tomorrow. Picked over a quart of sting beans,I  will get herbs picked over the weekend and dry most and make pesto with the basil.

LYMES DISEASE

I spent most of last winter sick and in bed with an unknown illness.  My family Doctor thought I needed a sleep study! These days you need to be your own physician.  My friend Danielle lent me a book on Lymes and many of the symptom were the same ones I had. Years ago I did get a bite and had the bull’s eye rash and was not treated.  (I no longer go to or would recommend that practice)  I did find someone who listened and knew a lot about lymes but they hesitate to treat unless your testing is positive. Many people have lymes but don’t always test positive.  So life hangs in the balance while I wait for symptoms to show up.  Better treatment can be found near Boston but that is more than 2 hours away.   If you are not treated so many horrible things can happen to you and you would never think about the tick bite.  I wanted to have the tick tested but its $50.  You would think that the state would do it for free considering the epidemic that is happening here.  

CAROL K GETS SKUNKED

Carol is an inquisitive sheep.  She always wants to see what is going on.  When I went up into the barn it smelled skunky but that can happen with a skunk spending some time there.  Yesterday while I was out in the yard she came over to the fence and she was pretty stinky.  At least it wasn’t around her eyes and the smell will eventually get out of her fleece.  It seems that no one else got it, her favorite sleeping spot is near the barn door, that may not be a good spot for her.

TURKEY ON A BOBBIN

I have been want to make these cute decorations for a few years now.  The instructions called for hooked pieces.  I spent some time figuring out how to get it done with wool material and of course changed it up some.  After a few attempts this is how it came out.  I want to make a Christmas tree, a cat and a sheep.  

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Hope to have it stuffed and glued to the bobbin tomorrow.

PICKLED BEETS

Today I spent a good part of the day canning pickled beets.   It’s a process.  First the beets have to be washed and then cooked.  The outer skin has to come off and then they can be sliced.  A mix of vinegar, sugar, water cinnamon and ground cloves was brought to a boil and the beets put  into the sterilized  jars  and covered with the vinegar mix.    They are then put into the canner and brought up to a boil and 30 minutes after that they can be taken out.  I got 2 quarts, 2 pints 1 half pint and a jelly jar.  I am pleased considering I grew beets as an after thought and never thinned them   They were heirloom seeds so the beets are all different colors.    Next year I plant to get more of the half pint jars.  It makes more sence for me to have more serving sizes.  The whole house smells of the vinegar mix.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today.  Carole





THE NEW HENS-PROJECTS REVISITED-PLANTING THE GARLIC

29 09 2015

GREETINGS

The huge harvest moon lit up the sky Sunday night and the eclipse was a sight to behold.  Cooler weather will be arriving with burst of color in the trees.  Rain is coming in for the next few days and we certainly do need it.

THE NEW HENS

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The three hens seem to be doing quite well.  Before the end of October everyone will be in the barn.  And in December most of the gals will be laying again.  I am getting two or three eggs a day now and just a few months ago I was getting 8 or 9

Eddie is quite happy with the new arrivals

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REVISITING OLD PROJECTS

Keeping this farm going is a full-time job.  I just don’t have the time to keep up with old projects.  Here are a few of the projects that I want to get finished and will be working on them this fall.

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I love this Camp Wool rug of Nubble Light.  I want to finish it this year.  I would hate to say how long I have been working on this rug.  Taking it out and doing the rocks, then its put away then doing the grassy areas and put away etc etc etc.  Its been a hard rug for me as I didn’t want it to look like all the other rugs in this pattern.  I wanted it to look real and after taking a class at Deanne’s in Nova Scotia I was able to get the look I wanted in the rocks, sea, and grassy areas. I have used all kinds of material, from handspun yarn and roving from my sheep to special wool material picked up here and there.  The pin is something my Mom used to wear and I will put it in the sea when I am done.  The puffin flying is Cindy’s favorite bird.    I have to get this done as I have two more rugs to make for David and Betty.  As my friend Deb said its just a weekend’s work.  Will keep you posted on the progress.

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This rug pattern I got many years ago too.  I started it and then put it away. Didn’t like the look of the straight lines mixed in with the lettering.   I am not a straight line person. I think I will rip out everything but the lettering.  I do love the chicken and cat and will do the area around the lettering in cream and white.  Drawing little circles to the design which will add depth to it.  I may change the middle to include a sheep or two!

Rug Hooking is so much fun and as you gain  experience your hooking changes..  I love hooking with yarn, I think you can be more creative with it and am so grateful to Deanne for showing the world  how creative one can be with hooking.  I have come to a place in my hooking where I am mostly satisfied with what I do.  Most times its very different than others do but I never was one to follow rules!

PLANTING THE GARLIC

Usually I plant the garlic late when its cold.  Yesterday was a beautiful, warm day so the garlic got planted..  Today I will mulch it.   Last year I just didn’t get around to it and I was very sorry.  I love having my own garlic and not having to worry about adding it to my grocery list.  Organic garlic is around $5.00 for 4 bulbs.  Planting garlic cost me $.85 per bulb.   Each bulb had at least  10 cloves on it so I come out way ahead even it only half of them survive.  I hope to get a few more bulbs..

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I have a little more room in the hill garden since the work was done in back so more things can be planted in the spring.  I am getting my raspberry patch ready for plants that my friend Joan is giving me .  My two apple trees have survived all the work that has been done on the house and I hope to have a grape arbour put up in two places next spring.

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Bird watching

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