31 07 2013


Picture taking for the Crafts of Colrain.

I really don’t take a good picture so have been avoiding this task, but the time has come and there are two to choose from.  I like the one of Sadie and myself but she moved and I don’t know if that acceptable.

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A Purple Dye Day

While working in the box room I found many skeins of a light brown wool, not a particularly nice shade of brown.  I have been dyeing some silk to make into eye pads and decide to throw a skin in to see how it would come out.  Each skein is slightly different but would go in a sweater.  I also dyed  some roving to take up to the rug hooking meeting.



Yesterday was Bread and Butter Pickle making day.  Its was a perfect day for that task.  The air was cooler.  I just love the smell of making pickles ,


I can see my Mom making jars and jars of Mustard Pickle, wish I had gotten her recipe.



Two plants at least 10 feet tall are growing near my front walk.  I don’t know what they are, but it seems to me that I have seen them before.  Any ideas?


Turkey Vultures

I saw these two out in the field today, hawks were circling around them but they weren’t going to move.!




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


30 07 2013







                               Yesterday we went and picked  bunches of tansy.  They are just beautiful this year.  I love having them through-out the house as a deterrent to insects.  In the net few weeks the house will be filled with their scent.









The New Hooking Book






. I have been wanting to find a book with some very old rugs in it.  I wanted to see how they were done and thought about making a couple for the shop.  This book is a treasure.  It is about the life of Magdalena Briner Eby.  SO many times  all information is lost about hookers in the 1800’s but luckily all her information is available.  She was born in 1832, was widowed at age 25 and lived the rest of her life working and caring for family members and quilting and rug hooking.  Family letters of the day held much information. They say that she made between 30 and 50  rugs in her lifetime.  Her history in the first part of this book will excite you. Most of her rugs were simple designs of life around her. Farm animals and flowers. Her life was so interesting, you will love this beautiful book.

Yesterday we did get the Chicken Caravan moved.  It was a challenge , with flat tires and going up hill.  It’s in a good spot now where there is easy access.

Today is a beautiful cool morning and the sheep truly enjoy the cooler weather.  I didn’t get the pickles done yesterday so it’s on my list for today.

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


29 07 2013



Minnie is doing well upstairs. her coat is in better health, she is eating more and seems more relaxed.  I just think she was probably a solitary cat and is happy to be that way again.





bean tree

bean tree







I love morning glories, to me they say summer.  The ones in the Herb bed have put out a lot of growth this summer but not a lot of blooms.  All the herbs are doing well, which reminds me that I better get drying.  The string beans were planted late so they are just setting beans now and that’s fine with me.  Today I am hoping to make a few more jars of dill pickles and make a batch of bread and butter pickles.  July is almost over where did the summer go.

Moving the Chicken Caravan

Well my plans of hops shading the caravan worked but it worked too well












.  They are bringing down the netting and the caravan will have to be moved today.  I am going a way for a few days next week and my animal sitters will have a hard time just getting to them to close the hens  up at night.  It looks like I will have a good crop of Hops this year.  I will be making dream pillows  soon for the shop.

Grant Money

The town of Colrain has some grant money which you have to pay back at some time.  Its helpful because there are mostly old homes in this town and many have been neglected.  You have to jump through many hoops which cost money and is annoying.    One of them is the lead testing.  Lets face it all old houses have lead paint.  That’s what they used in the old days.  I don’t want to spend money that I have to pay back removing lead I do know how important it is to check for lead but I feel if my money is going to be used I should have the choice to do it or not. Its expensive and would take away from the really important things that I need doing.  I need new windows to replace ones that just don’t open and they  create mold in my dining room and I need a new chimney and much cement work in the back of the house.  This alone will cost around 18,000.  I have already got an estimate.  I am hoping to have it done this year.  Don’t get me wrong I am grateful to be able to get this grant. I would love to have the walkway rebuilt from the second floor to the back.  I doubt if that will qualify though and it might be something Pat could tackle at some time.  It would be wonderful to have as I age, it would be another way to get out to the back gardens..  Its interesting that they put in that door isn’t it.?



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

Sandras Royal Christening Robe-LEN’S MEMORIALCHRIS RETURNS

28 07 2013


Today I want to share something special with you.  Visiting the Shetland  Isles is on my Bucket list.  And while I am there I would like to visit the premiere yarn company making Shetland Yarn, Jamieson and Smith.  I have used this yarn for years in various projects, not knowing that one day I would actually own Marley who is a Shetland sheep.  When this blog arrived in my in box this morning I knew that I wanted to share it with you.  I hope you enjoy the article and  the beauty of the shawl.

Sandras Royal Christening Robe.

Len’s Memorial.

My friend Lynn’s husband passed away recently.   He was 92 and lived an interesting life  He was a boiler designer by trade.  He and she both were great helps to me when I first arrived here.   The house was full of emergencies then, this and that breaking.  They always came when I called.  My sheep spent many a wonderful summers on their land.  We called it summer camp.  Len lived a wonderful life, with his beloved wife and this wonderful land.   I hope you enjoy the picture of this day.  The Memorial was planned with everyone in mind, family and friends gathered.  It was a great day to remember Len and visit with family and friends.  This picture is of some old and a new friend sitting on the studio porch.




This week I got an e-mail from Deanne Fitzpatrick that she was holding a one day event in July of 2014 with Kaffe Fasset.  For those of you who don’t know of his works please visit http://www.kaffefasser.com .  I have been following him for years his colors in knitting and fabrics are astounding.  I thought about it overnight and decided why not.  I e-mailed and the 1 day hooking class was filled within a few hours.  Oh my could I get on a waiting list?  Yes I could and Deanne is trying to get him for another day.  I got an email late in the  day  Wednesday that I was in the second day, yesterday I called and gave them my information and they told me that this class was full with a waiting list too.  Its a year away but oh how exciting. I will be planning my trip to a place I love Nova Scotia throughout that time.  He and his assistant will help you draw a pattern and pick out your colors.  There is a book signing on Friday night and I think I will attend if there is room. 

Chris Returns

Chris and Lilly Pad return today.  It will be good to have them back.

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


25 07 2013




Oat Straw

Carolyn called me and said that Joe had cut some of the oat straw.  I had mentioned to them both that on one of my trips to Ireland I visited a basket-maker who lives near Bantry.  In his shop was the cutest chicken nesting basket, out of straw. Since that time I have wanted to make one.  Finally I bought Joe Hogan’s book of basket making in Ireland and in there found several.   They are made somewhat like bee skeps.   So with Joe’s book and some bee skep instructions printed from the internet I went up to their farm today.














 It will take time and a few nesting baskets to get the rhythm of the handling of the straw.   It was a fun afternoon and I did take some straw home to finish it.   I will plant some oat straw soon.












Mine is the odd shaped one.  It will be a very whimsical made especially for  Mrs. Brown.  Carolyn is going to finish hers off as a bee skep.


Refrigerator Dill Pickles

I made a couple of jars this morning and ran out of salt so I will finish them tonight.  It’s easy to do.  This is how I made them.

Cucumbers                                                                                                          IMG_0879

1/2 cup of salt

1 dill stem

1 grape leaf

equal parts vinegar and water

2 large cloves of garlic, sliced

In clean large jars I put the dill and garlic  on the bottom and the grape leaf on the side.  Mix the vinegar and water with the salt and stir.  You can either cut the cukes or leave them whole and put them in the jar.  Fill the jar with the vinegar/water mix and cover.  Keep refrigerated.



I think she is doing well with the move.  Hope she continues to do so.

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