HAPPENINGS ON THE FARM

16 10 2016

 

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GREETINGS

We have had a couple of very cold mornings and some frost hs touched the pumpkin leaves.  The beans and flowers are still doing well.  This year the frost has come late.

HAPPENINGS ON THE FARM

The chickens are all in their winter spots,

On these cold nights Morticia is looking for someone to cozy with!

On these cold nights Morticia is looking for someone to cozy with!

and I am thinking of making a hoop house for the front chickens.  I can use cattle panel fence  which I have and I will need some cement blocks, and heavy plastic.  I was told I could probably find some heavy plastic from a greenhouse.  I will have to have some ventilation and a door that I can get in and out.  I have been wanting to do this for years and often thought of a glass green house and started collecting windows for this purpose.  I think this is easier.

The cats are all well.  Cosmo shows no sign of the cancer bothering him yet although the lump is back.  He is frisky like a kitten now.  Happy days for him.

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Shorty, the elusive Baby and Willie taking their morning nap

Shorty, the elusive Baby and Willie taking their morning nap

 

 

 

 

Sammy prefers the bed for a cozier nap

Sammy prefers the bed for a cozier nap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The little lamb that was suppose to come to Maude was sickly and died so she will spend the winter separated from the sheep.  She seems okay with that we will see how it goes.

I have been busy gardening canning and freezing and making things for shows and the farmers market.

garlic waiting to be planted and bread and butter pickles

garlic waiting to be planted and bread and butter pickles

 

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 I am thinking of growing  mushrooms for a cash crop next year so am reading up on them.  I still plan to plant flax and more pumpkins and gourds to sell at the market.

THE DREADED STAIRS

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These are the stairs that go up to the barn.  I carry hay and 50  pounds of grain up these stairs and have done so for the last 18 years.  I have felts quite lucky to have not fallen down them as there are steep.  Well last Saturday I did fall down 4 of the stairs.  I bent my unbendable knee and hurt my back.  I am fine but will take more care now.  Lesson learned!!!!!!!

A couple of these may be in my future!!!!!

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this cool fall morning.

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THE SKUNKS ARE GONE-THE LAVENDER FESTIVAL-THE EGG-THE TUESDAY FARMER’S MARKET IN GREENFIELD

28 06 2016

GREETINGS

HOT and humid weather is with us now, it makes the garden grow.  Much needed rain may come tonight and tomorrow,  What we really need is a day of gentle rain.

THE SKUNK’S ARE GONE

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To my sadness I found that they have been trapped and killed.  These joyful little things running and playing are now gone and  I have spotted one river  rat in my barn.  

The most shocking thing I found that My own state allows this to happen.  A person has the right to trap these animals and they MUST kill them immediately.   So now in my neighbor hood we have no skunks or opossums  Both may dig up lawns so they are not wanted.  Now we have ticks and rats..  I live in a country and community that think they can do anything they want to do with nature, kill anything they want to ,over fish the oceans and there will be no consequences.    Well there are consequences and they are here and all over our country.  Karma will and has come back to bite us all.  Fortunately there are many people who care about the land and animals and do their best to protect the environment.  But  there are lots of unintelligent people who do the opposite. I have sought help from the environmental Police but so far only information has come forward.  It’s all politics .  Anyone have any suggestions?

THE LAVENDER FESTIVAL

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The weather was perfect, the crowds the best ever.  It was a wonderful two days.  I met loads of wonderful people and saw many old friends.  There were new vendors, sheep and Angora goats and a potter it was perfect.  Mark you calendar for the end of June next year.

THE EGG

I don’t know who laid this wonderful egg but its weight is off the scale

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TUESDAY FARMER’S MARKET IN GREENFIELD

Located near Greenfield’s Market

Come on down, fresh veggies, yarn, soaps, salves, hot sauce, honey and so much more.  Today I have some cute pot holders and I will be working on a rug hooking project. Hope to see you there.

These pot holders will be there

These pot holders will be there

THE WOOD PILE AND THE SWEET PEA VINE

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Slowly the wood pile is getting stacked.  I may not have to buy wood this year, my son and I are thinning out some trees.  

I bought the sweet pea vine last summer.  It was  almost dead but revived but never grew much.  I don’t have luck with sweet peas but I love them so much.  This vine is dong so well, I can’t wait to see the flowers.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this cloudy, humid day. The bleeding hearts have gone and now the beautiful wild roses and Lilly’s have taken over.  

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A CURE FOR ROOSTER CROWING-A BEDROOM SHELF-FARMERS MARKET RUG

28 07 2014

GREETINGS

Yesterday morning was dark and gloomy with a smell of rain in the air.  Strong storms and much rain were  called for but didn’t happen.    We are getting use to the change in  weather. I can now see Carol K from my computer window eating the grasses and weeds in the new fencing.

A CURE FOR ROOSTER CROWING

Yesterday I received  a Poultry Magazine in the mail .  There was a small article about a collar for roosters. I investigated it  on the internet and sure enough its true and it works.  I so love Roosters especially Murphy who I raise from a chick.  I love the sound of them crowing but not everyone likes the sound and Hazel’s crowing is downright annoying.  The two boys are practicing their crowing now and they will be adding their song to Murphy’s/  I do really have to consider my neighbors so I plan to get a collar for Hazel and try it out and the get one for the two other  boys..  They come in all sizes and are relatively inexpensive.  They do not hurt the bird at all and I am wondering if they will give the rooster added life.  The article explains a roosters crow, how they take in much more air then needed to make it happen this collar will restrict that big breath, they will still crow but it will be at the sound level as a hen.  I just love this idea.  Roosters are so needed on a farm.  They are protectors of their hens, show them where the food is, take care of fights amongst the hens.  Which means less pecking problems.  They will fight to the death to keep their girls safe.  I think I will raise my own replacement chicks from now on.  

MURPHY AND HIS GIRLS

MURPHY AND HIS GIRLS

 BEDROOM SHELF

I have a bedside table which is always cluttered up with things and I have special books which I use a lot on the table too. I looked around and found a board and some shelf holders and yesterday I painted them all and today I installed them on a wall near my bed.

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FARMERS MARKET RUG

Friday’s farmers market was wonderful, Nina, Jan and Jane came and spun while I worked on the rug.  A gal came over to see what I was doing.  The amazing thing is that she is the town foot Nurse in COlrain and she lived many years in New Foundland.  SHe was secretary to a large Rug Hooking Group.    She is a Rug Hooker.  You just never know where you are going to meet people.  I am hope to see her again and have a longer chat.  Here is he progress on the rug.  I do love the lavender color and how the dark of his wool makes a pattern in the border too.  My rug hooking with yarn class this coming fall and winter will feature a small version of this rug.

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My friend Francine sent me this wonderful poem by Emily Dickinson, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers

That perches on the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops at all

Hope you have a wonderful day today and thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog.   Carole and Minnie





THE FARMERS MARKET-LIVING ON A FARM-THE LAVENDER FEST

29 06 2014

GREETINGS

LIVING ON A FARM

At the last town meeting there was a vote to make our town, Colrain, a farming community.  What a nice gesture.  Most people who live here adjust to farm smells and farm sounds.  But there are those few people who complain about both.  My friend Lynn has had a neighbor complain about her rooster some years ago.  I have a neighbor who constantly complains about everything , some people like to complain but when you live in a rural town you can expect the baaing of sheep, crowing of roosters and the mooing of cows and yes, sometimes very barny smells!  I am glad that Colrain remains a small town and encourages farmers.  We have both large and small farms here and its a great place to live.

THE FARMERS MARKET

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The farmers market livens up when the veggies come in but it’s still an enjoyable place to be on a Friday afternoon.  There are still lots of things to be had, fresh home-made bread,greens, handspun yarn, fresh eggs, ice cream, lamb and much more. Ricky set up the tent and helped me and Jane came and spun.  I am working on the Farmers Market rug and enjoying meeting new people and introducing them to my products.  Here is a look at the progress on the Farmers Market Rug.

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THE LAVENDER FEST

 JOHNSON HILL FARM IN BUCKLAND, MASSACHUSETTS

Yesterday was a glorious day..  Breezes with plenty of sunshine.  Everything looked beautiful and it was a great day for meeting old friends and greeting new people.  Ricky helped me set up. I worked a little on the Farmers Market Rug but today I am bringing my spinning wheel.  Come join me.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on another beautiful day.  Carole

 





THE FARMERS MARKET-THE OLD TABLE-BREAD-FARMER’S MARKET HOOKED RUG-EGGS

7 06 2014

HELLO

THE FARMERS MARKET

The Farmers Market is located quite close to my friend Jane’s house in Shelburne Falls.  There were 11 vendors there selling everything from lamb and beef , bread, t-shirts and many veggie plants.  I didn’t sell many things but the crowds will come when there are fresh veggies available and it was my first day there this season.  Jane spent  almost the entire time with me spinning,

JANE AND ANGUS. SHE IS TELLING ANGUS  TO LOOK AT ME

JANE AND ANGUS. SHE IS TELLING ANGUS TO LOOK AT ME

 

I was located next to my friend Barbara from whom I got 2 of my sheep from so the day was great.  Weather perfect.  My old table worked out perfectly although it is heavy.  i  bought the market umbrella several years ago contemplating doing a framers market and its worked out great.  Easy to put up and take down.

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Barbara told me that my sheep Maude is now a Grandmother, with a late spring lamb born this week.

BREAD

I bought a beautiful loaf of bread there yesterday and it has inspired me to get my act together and make some.

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 I had a couple of slices of it and boy was it good.  There is nothing like homemade bread.

THE OLD TABLE

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This old table was given to us in the 70’s.  Someone who didn’t appreciate the value and beauty of an old table.  New was so much better for their family.  Their loss was my gain.  It need some tender loving care,  but that will wait till next winter.  For now it is being used at the Farmers Market.  It’s perfect for that

THE FARMER’S MARKET RUG

I have started the rug and like how it looks so far.

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EGGS

The eggs are wonderful, everyone is laying.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a lovely day.  Its beautiful here in Colrain today, wonderful temps and sunshine.     Carole