6 02 2013


Today we are having snow showers but tomorrow night into Friday we are having another snow storm.


Flowering Maple







In the darkness of winter this plant brings me great joy.  Most of my plants are in the small south bedroom.  It sunny and warm there.  I will start my veggies in that room in March.  The Flowering Maple is by far my favorite winter plant.  It flowers most of the winter in bits and spurts.  I have found a seed company which carries the seeds in various colors.  I plan to  get a package and try growing them.



I bought this pitcher many years ago at a tag sale for $.25.   It reminded me of the pitchers at the Ashfield Grange when we had Grange  Sunday dinners.  They would be brought to the table with either ice-cold milk or ice-cold water.   The Grange dinners would be full meals everything handmade by the grange ladies.  I went when I was a child through my children growing up.  I don’t think they have them anymore.  They were only held once a month and tickets had to be bought in advance and only May through November.  I use the pitcher  every day to fill the pot on the wood stove and to bring hot water for Sadie’s bucket.



These are from the branch I cut down a few days ago.  They are all starting to flower.  Some were already in flower from the warmer weather we had a few weeks ago.

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4 02 2013



I finally cut a branch off of the Willow bush (which is now tree like) today.










 I have been searching for an easy basket to make but wasn’t able to find anything on the internet.  I will go back to all my books.  In searching the web I found a basket which uses pussy willows.  It was done by Martha Stewart after a trip to Bulgaria.  She watched a group of women make these baskets and had them show her.  It’s a sweet basket which I hope to make and whenever I can get some sheet moss.    I did go out today in the woods but everything is frozen solid.


On Tuesday Sadie will be 16.  She has done well this winter of course at 16 she has lived way past the average age of sheep.  She like where she is and enjoys her meals, gets up and walks around many times during the day and probably when its warmer will want to go out again.  All the sheep sleep out at night and she always did too.  But she was smart and knew when she need to be inside.  Her Mother Lottie lived till she was 16 so long life is in her genes.


My friend Susan is coming over tomorrow.  Every year we promise each other that in the winter we will have project days and this is the year we are finally doing it.  We see each other so rarely but e-mail everyday.


There are some things that you know you probably shouldn’t do but know that  you will never be sorry you did them.  Maude is one of them.  She is a delight.   In the short time she has been here she has won my heart.

One more carrot please

One more carrot please

Thank you so much for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.     Carole

Getting Willow ready for Winter-Bottle-Neck Gourds- Hens

24 09 2012


The bottle neck gourds are still coming along.  Today I found 6-7 smallish ones and this one huge one.  I plan to use the small ones in a garland.


My son and I have been trying to give Ernest fluids.  I tried with no success and so did my son.  So today I took him yet again to his vets, Brookside Animal Hospital and the gals there showed me an easy way to do it.  He is a laid back kitty and he was excellent .  They gave him some treats while it was happening and it only took a few minutes.  I actually put the needle in and now I think I can do it with ease to him and myself.   He is doing a little better, he was a very sick boy and his recovery will take a little time.  He does have kidney disease and most cats his age have it and still live long lives.


SURPRISE, I am getting at least one new sheep this fall.  I bought some beautiful wool in the early summer from Barbara Goodchild who raises beautiful sheep.  I needed white curly wool to supply CAMP WOOL in MAine and supply myself with wool for people to use in hooking and felting.  Clouds and Santa’s beards is what it’s mostly used for.  The two sheep she showed me were Mother and Daughter.    Two sheep would be all my barn could handle.  That would be 6 sheep in all and I have had 6 sheep and the llama in the barn.  The next thought would be the hay.  They are not out on pasture to speak of and would need hay all year round.  I will be picking one or two of them up after the New York show in October.  If I am able to purchase the property in back of me that would give me a opportunity to make some pasture for them and give me next years firewood.


Today I started weeding the willow I planted last spring.  I planted 32 twigs and it looks like they all took.  They need quite a bit of weeding their first year and I did mulch them and will again after it’s all complete.  The colors will range from greens to reds and oranges, purples and browns.  I am hoping to have enough to make a few baskets next year.  My plan is to incorporate baskets from the farm in my business.

The ladies are all hoping for some tidbit at the end of the day.

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