9 06 2016



I am so glad that I didn’t put all my winter clothes away.  It is so cold here today.  The winds are blowing and temps are cold enough for mittens when feeding the outside chickens.  Now I did complain about the hot weather but I guess we do need that to keep the plants growing.


Some pictures of Cindy’s graduation.  Chris drove me back and on Sunday David and his family, myself, Chris and Lilly ad went to Wayland for Ricky’s graduation.  Rick made all sorts of wonderful food and Ricky made Pizza on a new wood fired pizza oven.    It was a wonderful day.

Chris.Cindy.Rick and Ricky

Chris.Cindy.Rick and Ricky




I was so sadden this spring when my large Rugosa rose didn’t sprout leaves.    How would I replace such a beauty.  Recently I decided to cut it down and look for another one.  Lo and behold there was new growth hidden by jewel weed.  




I would love to know why people think that this is a wonderful drop off place for unwanted cats.  I have rescued cats for years.  I love taking in animals that need homes but  there is a limit.  How can these people live with themselves.  There should be a law that every animal be chipped then the people who do these unspeakable things can be fined.  There are three cats living at my son’s barn.   I will trap the latest cat as it is small and probably won’t survive in the wilds long.    A sadness comes over me when I think about animals and people in need.  People think animals have no feelings.  Its taken my Sammy some time to understand that there will always be food and water here.  When a dish gets close to being empty he will stand by it till it gets filled.  It also took him a while to understand that when I reach down to him I am not going to hit him I just want to pet him.    I don’t have a lot of hope for the world.  Yes there are a lot of good people in it but so many child and animals abusers.  So many people hungry and homeless and we here in America can’t seem to do anything about it.  It’s all about corporate greed and now the two people running for president are both corporate people.  I would love to move to a country that cares about its people and animals.  I could see my self living in Nova Scotia.   Well I am here to stay and make the best of this life I have been given.  I love taking care of the animals I have and am becoming more self-sufficient.  I have distanced myself from the corporate world as much as possible and will try give back to people in need.

Many thanks for reading my blog on the cold, windy day, hope its warm where you are.   Carole


On our way to get hay on Saturday Chris and I came across these two.   Herself was on one side of the road squawking and himself on the other.  We stopped and let her cross and all was well.  They look like they had been out for a stroll and were headed back to the barn.





30 11 2015


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.


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.


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.


Even Lil helped


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


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




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.



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


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



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.


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










3 12 2014


We had a winter mix overnight.  Ice was clinging to the trees earlier in the morning.  It’s all cleared out now but still foggy.


 The temps have risen and all is well.  Willie has been under the weather and is going to the vets this afternoon.


I got this book on a trip to Florida at a Library book sale.   I read it then and am reading it again.  I like reading some books for a second or even a third time.  I seem to always get  more out of the book than when I read it the first time.  It’s about life changes and raising chickens.  I do love this book and highly recommend it.



It’s been hard to take pictures of them So now I let them out every day and its easier.  They are practicing their flying.


 They have grown so much but still want their Mama around.  I am surprised that she hasn’t gotten sick of them yet.  Peeps is a rooster , you can see by his bright red comb and Tweeter is a hen..



 They talk talk talk all day.

Some days I think I live in a magical world of funny chickens, crazy cats and renegade sheep.  Today is one of them.    I forgot to put the chain back on the gate last night and Carol K, Maude and Marley decided to help themselves to breakfast early.  While I was taking pictures of the chickens Tweeter flew back to the top of the cage and jumped in only realizing that Mama and Peeps were still walking around outside, the crying was pitiful, and Sammy was full of vim and vigor racing upstairs and downstairs, into the sink, playing with kindling and egg shells.  What a morning.  Hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole




23 08 2014



Today I canned tomatoes.   It’s a long tradition in my family.


 On steamy, hot summer days in Maryland, the small gas stove in my Grandmothers basement  was lit.  The women in the family were busy cutting and peeling tomatoes right from the garden.  As a child it seemed like a day long project they were only finished when all the tomatoes were done and the jars were on the shelves in the basement.  These women, my Grandmother and her daughters knew how important it was to have food on the shelves.  They had gone through the depression.  My Grandmother fed many Hobo’s tomato sandwiches, they were appreciative and it might have been the only meal they would have had that day.

My Mother continued the practice and I can vividly see the stocked shelves in our basement..  Jars and jars of blueberries picked from the farm, peaches from our own tree, tomatoes, beans and corn from our garden, and pickles of all kinds.  She always made Mustard Pickle with a recipe that was handed down from my Dad’s Mom.  I wish I could find the recipe.

Today I am also cooking diced tomatoes in the crock pot.  Herbs,garlic and peppers from the garden are added to the tomatoes and some diced onions from the farmers market top it off.  These will be put in packets and frozen for sauces for this  coming winter.



I am hoping to dry some peaches and more herbs.  Plan to freeze the string beans and some corn and make pickled beets.




Angus went to  the vets yesterday.  He had been having all sorts of problems.  He will celebrate his `17th birthday next week along with his brother Shorty.  His blood work and tests came back in the okay range so fluids were given and he has to take an appetite enhancer.  He hates pills and will hold them in the side of his mouth for as long as 10 minutes and then you  see him spit it out!  Dr. Funk showed me how to do it.  He has to go back today for more fluids.  He was so happy to be home.  He likes living upstairs now.

Its been raining here for a couple of days now so I did not do the farmers market yesterday.  It’s a gentle rain so that is good.  The cukes are starting to ripen and there may be enough for making bread and butter pickles later this month.  Chris will be leaving on Sunday and Ricky will be here for a few days.  He will be helping me to inventory all the family items in the house.  We will take a picture of the item and then he will write a narrative.  So many things have been handed down to me I want my family to know where these things came from.


Here is the latest photo of the boys.  They are grand roosters.  They have marvelous crows and are very friendly.  When it gets cooler they will be living with the sheep upstairs for the winter.


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




9 07 2014



A couple of days ago I had an errand in Shelburne Falls and on my way home there was Mrs. Turkey right in the middle of the road like a crossing guard.  Watching to make sure her ten children got safely into the woods.  When her job was done she followed her brood into the woods.  Its everyday happenings like this that make you grateful to be alive.  If only I had brought my camera!


I do believe I would take the prize for having the largest stash.  I am finding more and more wool, handspun yarn and unfinished projects.  I found this very long warp that I was going to make more rugs with.



 I have already made 2- 4 footers from  some similar warp.    I also found a box of handspun yarn, enough to make a vest out of land maybe some mittens and a hat.  I need to find the time to do all these things.  The warp is being unwound and I am going to crochet a rug out of it.


We have been having violent thunderstorms and downpours almost every day.



 An old farmer friend of my son’s said that he has never seen the likes of these powerful storms in all his life.



 Global warming at work.  The river is still running fast and is still very muddy from a few days ago.  Its now hot and humid again.  Good for  growing tomatoes.

Many thanks for reading my blog today, I am leaving you with a picture of some young calves on the way home from getting hay.  Carole