1 09 2013


A letter from the Civil War

My Cousin Bill is tracking down family through Ancestry.com.   Its been very interesting and so far he is back to the 1500’s in England.  Last night I was putting things in the attic and saw this wooden box, I remember seeing it when my Dad was alive so I took it in the house.  Much to my surprise was a letter addressed to  Osmond Bisbee of Chesterfield, Mass.  The letter was written  on Friday, May 15th 1863< In the Camp of Barris Landing, La.  A Calvin Bryant wrote the letter.  The letter told Osmond that his son Elliot was ill and that the Army would do all they could to take care of him and they expected him to recover.  Elliot had not written to his father for quite some time and didn’t want them to worry.  Elliot was my Grandmother, Minnie Bisbee’s Father.   This was her box and she had kept that letter till she died in 1937.  What a find. the dots have been connected. Its emotional to read such a letter knowing the perils that your family member had gone through. We often don’t know much about past generations, just pieces of information passed down from one member of a family to another . When family members pass there is nothing unless someone has written it down.  This letter written brings me much closer to the Grandmother I never met but was told so much about.  In the box I also found some pictures of her when she was younger.  SHe looked happy with her son William, I had only seen pictures taken before her death, a much tired looking woman, the toll of raising 7 children and having several more die had already taken place.  While raising these children she was a seamstress and made clothing for the wealthy people of Holyoke and also made wonderful quilts for her family.  I am in the midst of finishing some that she was unable to finish in her lifetime.



I am finally finished with the pillow and have another one to finish.  I like how it came out although it was hard to hand sew that material that belonged to my Grandmother and was hard to get the needle through.




I love making these primitive hearts.  I usually dye the ticking with tea bags before cutting them out.  Filling them with lavender they make wonderful sachets for you drawers or wool bags.  I iuse them in my purse and I have made ones with a hanger to use in the car.



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


5 07 2013


Today is the worst day of the hot spell.  Advisories to stay inside are on the news its in the mid 90’s with the heat index well over 100.  Everything is still outside.  I will be glad when this heat wave will be over.

Wild Black Raspberries

These just showed up in the yard some years ago, I have left them alone in the spot near the road, this year the neighbors who picked them all last year have moved and there are plenty of them.  I seriously need to weed them and get them organized this fall.

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   I am going to freeze what I have picked and enjoy them on my cereal on a cold winters morn and remember that I picked them on this very hot day.

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Lilly Pad

Lilly Pad is enjoying the air conditioner as much as I am.

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Country Living Magazine UK

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I have been getting this magazine since the early 90’s.  I just love it and the world stops for me and I sit down with it and a cup of tea when it arrives.  My subscription ran out in December and  I didn’t have the extra to renew till the spring so my first copy came today.  Yes, its pricey to get here in the states.  But if I only could buy one magazine it would be this one.  You might wonder just why I love it so.  It’s about what I am about.  There is information in every issue about the things I love, sheep, farmers, chickens , dogs and cats, gardens, knitting projects Ireland, England, Scotland how to make jam, decorating , and on and on. I first met Emma Bridgewater’s pottery there and  was give a cup and saucer shortly thereafter, I treasure it.  Though I have just skimmed through this issue there is an article about one of my favorite places in this world, Donegal, Ireland a place where I feel more at home than anywhere .   Another article is about Calendula which I use in my salve.   You can pick up this magazine at most large bookstores in the states and in the EU and England at your local newstand or market.

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So far the animals are doing okay in the hot weather.  The fan in the barn really helps the sheep.  I have fans scattered around the house for the cats.  Usually the downstairs of my house is cool but in this hot spell everywhere is hot.  Chris will be here on Sunday after a week of Boy Scout camp at the coast of Rhode Island.  Lilly Pad and I will be glad to see him.

Thanks so much for reading the blog today and I hope that you have a wonderful day.     Carole

Flowering Maple Quilt Squares Lavender Sachets

9 09 2012


I bought this Flowering Maple 2 years ago.  It has done well in spite of my traveling. It bloomed most of the winter.  I keep it in the sunniest room in the house and it requires a lot of water.











I bought these sweet quilt squares on e-bay.  They are only 4 inches square but are hand sewed.  FOr the past several years I wanted to have quilt square sachets.  I thought it would be a nice addition to my other items.  I recognized many of the fabrics from seeing my paternal Grandmothers quilts.  She was a seamstress and made quilts out the leftovers.  I have 3 of hers to put a backing on.  She died in her mid 60’s so sadly I never got to meet her.

I am also sewing all my weaving  overshot samples too.  How many of those do I need.





It was a lovely day here today, nice temps and a breeze.  My son and I cleaned out the bottom of the barn.

My evaporator for making maple syrup is stored in the back.  He and I plan to make Maple syrup.  There are plenty of maples in the back.  We will probably use tubing, when I lived in Belchertown and sugared I hand carried buckets every day.  Can’t do that these days. I might put up one bucket close to the sheep’s area I love hearing the tap-tap tap of the  sweet liquid going into the bucket.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.