2 12 2012


Oatmeal for the Winter.



I ordered the Oatmeal for the chickens and myself before I left for Florida from Greenfield’s Market, yesterday I picked it up and today I put it away.  I have this wonderful metal storage container in the kitchen and 50 pounds just fits in it.  There is no cover but I found a tray that just fits  the top.  I am storing a few pumpkins on top along with one of the gourds.

I usually go through 100 pounds during the winter.



The Bottleneck Gourds are drying out nicely.  The first year that I grew them I threw them away at this stage, they look like they are molding but instead its their way of drying.  The top of this one is completely dry and the bottom part is on its way.  The birds will have some new nesting places this spring.







I finished the large sheep on the Santa hooked piece.   It was done with several yarns.  The outline was handspun wool taken from fences and walkways in Ireland.  Cindy and I often walk through old castles and such and I do bring my drop spindle on every trip.    The other yarn is mill spun from my first sheep, the Targhee’s.  I try to put some special meaning in every hooked piece.  The Santa’s beard is from the two new sheep Maude and CK.  I had bought some of their fleece this spring.









Elliott is enjoying his carrots tonight.


Today started off very cold and snowy.  The roads were dangerous, then it warmed up some.  But it was snowy off and on all day.  Tonight again there is much black ice and many accidents.

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





















1 10 2012


The weather is getting cooler and I am making another trip to FLorida over the weekend .  The week of any trip to FLorida is very busy.  With animal food to get, coops to clean, sheep’s pen to clean and the house to clean it takes a better part of the week.  Today I focused on the front hens and their coop and starting to get it winter ready.  This summer there were problems with a  racoon coming into the coop to get food.  Every evening it would tear off the screen and come in.  Before something terrible happened I bought a radiator cover and nailed it on the window.  Not very pretty and it did restrict some of the air but it worked.  I did a real good job at nailing it on as it took me 45 minutes to get it off.  


Just coming int the door after being chased around the yard






                                                                                                                 Mrs. Brown was my helper today.  She was talking the whole time I was in there.  She is ostracized by the flock and will have to get back in with them sooner or later but as of now she prefers to stay in and not have to deal with their chasing her and pecking her.  Morticia on the other hand is out and about and puts up with their behavior.  The two of them spent too many months sitting on eggs and not socializing with the rest of the flock and this is what happens.  Its like starting all over,











I put some gourds on the window box but next year the window box will have to come down and I will put it elsewhere.  It gave the raccoons a place to sit and work on the screen.  Too bad, as I loved having flowers there.  There is still much winterizing to do.  I will insulate all around the windows and then put clear plastic over it.  I have also been insulating the coop slowly.  Last year I did some and this year before it gets too cold I will do some more.  All things take time.  Some days I wonder where the day went and today it was 2-1/2 hours to clean the coops and put the window in.   More time spreading the shavings from the coop to the front hill.  I still have to clean the other coop and whitewash it but I think that won’t happen till I get back.

I did go to spinning group today and was able to do about an hour of knitting on my sweater.  All in all it was a great day.  Hope your day was great and thank you so much for reading my blog.



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.

Hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for reading my blog.