NEW PROJECT-THE LEAD LINE AT THE MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL-CRAFT FAIR

31 05 2016

GREETINGS

We are having such hot weather but some rain overnight and maybe some more tonight will help and slightly cooler temps.  Gardens will be popping up.

NEW PROJECT

The Seamus rug was a hit at the show.  SO much so that I will be offering a class in Proddy at Sheep and Shawl over the summer.  A smaller version though.  It was so much fun working on it

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THE MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL- CRAFT FEST

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It was  a great success lots of people came on Saturday.  Sunday is always a slow day at the fair and was this year too .  It was great seeing old friends and my spinning students but I missed by friend Lisa who was unable to come.  The show wasn’t the same without her.  Susan and I are now next to each other again so it was great fun visiting.  Of course I wish I could bring every sheep home  I just love sheep so.  

The lead line was Sunday and I wanted to share some of the contestants with you.

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This woman and her sheep were so darn cute.  The sheep was very well behaved and the woman said that she was always like that.  Only the best of sheep would allow a woodsman hat to be  kept on!IMG_6750

 

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Barb Giguere

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole  This wonderful Tunis sheep below wanted to come home with me. Isn’t she a beauty.

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MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL-CRAFT FEST-PROJECTS I WILL BE WORKING ON AT THE FAIR

25 05 2016

GREETINGS

Gentle rain at last, its so needed.  Lilacs and Violets still blooming.    The fence is holding for the sheep.  A little tricky to open and close but it gets easier every day.

MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL-CRAFT FEST

Hope you will come and visit the show this coming Saturday and Sunday.  The only cost is the for parking.  It will be a day of wool and sheep.  Lead Line is Sunday, dog trail  ongoing,  Visit the barn and see the sheep.  Fleeces will be available for sale in the afternoon on Saturday.  Visit the vendor booths, and say hi to me I will be in Barn One.  There will be all sorts of demo’s all around the grounds. I will be demonstrating rug hooking doing a English style of hooking called Proddy with wool material and some yarn and locker hooking with roving.   New food vendors will be onsite.  Spend the day and enjoy.

Are you growing flax this year?  Or thinking about it  I will have these for sale in my booth at the fair.

$50. a piece

PROJECTS I WILL BE WORKING ON AT THE FAIR

Many years ago I took a workshop in  Vermont with Heather Ritchie from England.  It was the most delightful class I have ever taken.  We had so much fun and laughed through the whole two days.  She had done this wonderful rug  with a sheep and stone wall.  While I am not up to a stone wall I am up to doing a sheep in the proddy style.  I bought the material more than 5 years ago.  Every once in a while when I am cleaning out I come across it.  This year i decided I would blow up a picture of Seamus which I had used in a smaller rug and do him in proddy with a yarn face and legs.

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   I plan to work on it during the show  By the way Heather has a wonderful book out on proddy  and her rugs and life in the Yorkshire Dales.  I have always wanted to take a class from her there.  Wouldn’t that be wonderful.

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The other project I started in the early 90’s.  I have 3 rugs to finish from those days and I hope to get this done this summer.  Locker hooking is done with roving and some string and a hook.  Its fun and easy and a good way to use up roving.  I have a rug from the 80’s by my bed  they just don’t wear out and are so comfy on a cold winters night.

IMG_6741ewhere along the line it got wet and the color bled a little and it looks like there is a tea stain on it which will come out when its done.  Its half way done now.

Many thanks for reading my blog of this hot summery day, hope to see you at the fair.  Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





PERMACULTURE ON THE FARM-MORE HAVOC IN THE BARN

22 05 2016

GREETINGS

Another beautiful day with some rain coming in tomorrow.

PERMACULTURE ON THE FARM

I have unknowingly been practicing Permaculture here since the year after I moved.   It all started with mowing grass.  Since the house is located near the bottom of a mountain the land is hilly.  Mowing the front lawn was a challenge and after the first year of struggling I decided to plant it with flowers and shrubs.  

I have now lived here over 18 years and feel satisfied with the changes.  I still have lots more work to do but the hardest part is done.

The barn cleanings both from the chickens and the sheep are spread around the yard and in the pathways.  Large plantings of Bleeding Hearts made spring a delight.  I have also planted two more Lilac bushes, Eventually the front will be full of shrubs, bleeding hearts  and Lilies.  I have plantings of trees and bushes where the birds can hide and feed in winter and hope to get another group like this going in the back this simmer.  This year there has been a record number of birds visiting and building their nests here.

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I plan on putting in a red raspberry bed in this spring and already have a blackberry bed started. In the fall I will prepare an area for strawberries.  This year my poor little heirloom MacIntosh tree had three blossoms on it.  This was the tree tat the cement workers broke and patched together with electrical tape!  

This all can be done on small acreage.  I have a little over 1/2 an acre

THE SAGA OF MAUDE AND HER FRIENDS

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All was well after this morning’s feeding or so I thought.  I heard a lot of commotion in the barn and went to check.  The fencing was down the other 3 sheep were in the hay area and Maude had her head stuck in the fence.  What a predicament.  I was so upset.  It seems like something is happening often with the fence.  I really didn’t want to go to the expense of putting up a permanent fence there.  Luckily Lauren and the boys came over and fixed it up.  Now the fence is stronger and I think it will last till the end of summer when they all can be together.  

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

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CONGRATULATIONS UTE-MAUDE’ AND THE CHICKENS ARE OUT-OLIVE

20 05 2016

GREETINGS

Beautiful weather temps me to garden instead of getting ready for The Mass Sheep and Woolcraft Fest .The Lilacs are in bloom and the smell permeates the air.  Baby Robins are peeking out of their nest at the barn door while Mama screams for me to leave. This is my favorite part of Spring.

Congratulations UTE

Board News: Coverlet Museum Adds New Board Members
The National Museum of the American Coverlet is pleased to introduce three new members of the Board of Directors.  The new members bring extensive talent and knowledge of technical and historic aspects of weaving and conservation.  These folks are most exciting additions to the Board.  We are thrilled to welcome them to the NMAC family.
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Ute Bargmann (Massachusetts) – Ute grew up in the German Bavari- an Alps and studied in
Switzerland, Germany and at the Language Institute in Munich where she graduated as a translator.  She met her American-German husband, Robert Bargmann and they moved to the United States in 1965. She bought a loom in 1972 and began studying weaving at the Hill Institute in Florence, MA, three years later, receiving her Master Weaver diploma in 1979.
Ute was an early member of the Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts Group for Complex Weavers and applied her considerable knowledge of German manuscript paleography as well as her lifelong interest in world history to her continuing research and study.  She has translated late medieval German manuscripts from as early as the 1420s on the technical aspects of tablet weaving and has delivered papers on subjects as diverse as “the Journey of Cotton into Germany and Slovakia” to “Counterpanes” at the Handweaving Museum annual conferences in Clayton, NY.
For several decades she has been researching her special interest in the European origins of what became known as ‘colonial’ coverlets. Ute has been a member of the Weavers Guilds of Boston, New Hampshire and Vermont as well as local chapters in western Massachusetts and has spent more than forty years demonstrating
Ute is a dear friend and a terrific and prolific weaver.

MAUDE AND THE CHICKENS

Finally the chickens  and Maude are out.  The only one left int he house is Helen and I can’t bring her out till all the grass and weeds are eaten.  What a job it was to get this all done.  Thanks to David for bringing down the dangerous limb that had been hanging in Maude’s pasture. And also thanks to the Boys, Charlie and Tyler for  helping with the chicken yard.  Everyone  is happy.

Maude has gone out in the separate pasture with Carol Kinnivan.  I went well although it is a pain to let them out.  I still have to separate them and watch them as Carol has pushed Maude.  I can’t trust her yet.

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Tuesday I picked  up Olive   The only remaining hen from a hawk attack.  She is bubbly and talkative.  She was separated from the group by a small fence , she made such a fuss I put her in with the others on Wednesday.  All went well and she even laid an egg.

 The rescue where I got Sammy sent and message out to all their face book readers a few weeks ago warning that there were more predatory birds around this year.  And all small animals such as cats and dogs should be watched carefully when outside.  Last week a small dog got attacked by an Eagle but the Eagle couldn’t lift him.  He was battered but alive.  I have notice just in my small area many more hawks and I heard there was an osprey nest close by.

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





CHRIS CONFIRMATION AND AN UNEXPECTED STOP-GETTING THE CHICKENS OUT-USEFUL TOOLS FOR THE COOP- NEW ARRIVAL OLIVE

16 05 2016

GREETINGS

CHRIS CONFIRMATION AND AN UNEXPECTED STOP

Yesterday my Son and his family and I went  to the Confirmation of Chris.  It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the gathering of families after the service. Cindy made the cake

 We stopped to pick up their family cat Lilly Pad and were on our way home  we saw an accident that had happened  a few minutes  before.  It was a horrific accident with 2 people injured.  My son who is a fire fighter and First Responder immediately got out to help. We all sat in the car hoping for good outcomes for the two people injured.  It made me think of how we take things for granted in  life.  There were many people there who were EMT’s, First Responders and people directing traffic  who just stopped to help.  It took the police and other emergency personal time to get there after the first 911 call.  It was teamwork in action, everyone working to keep these people comfortable. I am grateful for all the people who give their time and energy to help others in need.

GETTING THE CHICKENS OUT

Its time for the chicken s to all be out.  Charlie and I have been working on the side area.  The hawks and birds of prey are abundant this year.  With warning going out to all  with chickens, cats and dogs to carefully watch them.  In face book today there was a smaller dog who was grabbed by and eagle but the eagle couldn’t lift it.  The dog survived but will carry the scares both emotionally and physically.  I have the area almost covered just a few more places to be secured.  I hope to get them in the yard tomorrow.  Today we will finish up and get the water and food dishes ready.

USEFUL ITEMS IN THE COOP

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These four items I have found useful in the coop. A small spray bottle, a long handled kitty litter scoop  a small covered trash can and a mirror.  The spray bottle can be used here to stop roosters from attacking .  It works well for Eddie, now all I have to do is show him the bottle and he goes on with his business.  I have also used it to break up small arguments between hens.  I use the kitty litter scoop to clean up  the coop every morning.  A 5 minute clean up keeps the coop fresh and saves on bedding.   The mirror has served them well and is useful when a chicken has to be separated from the group.    When Eddie was separated from the  group he spent most of the day preening himself and talking to the big man in the mirror. I use the trash can to Collect the clean up .  All four have proven their use and hang right inside the coop door.

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A new hen will be arriving at the farm on Tuesday.  She will have a few weeks in the side yarn pen and live in the dog house till she is acclimated to the other chickens.  She is coming from a farm in Belchertown where she is alone.  She is 4 and lays every other day in the summer.  I am looking forward to the new addition.

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

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