HAPPY EASTER-SEEDS & THE LINEN SYMPOSIUM-STARTING SCENTED GERANIUMS-THE PERFECT FRAME-NEW PROECTS

27 03 2016

GREETINGS

It’s an overcast but warm day here, too early for spring flowers only the pussy willows are out but tulips are sprouting up and soon bouquets will be all over the house.  Cindy bought me an Easter Lily which is one of my favorite flowers.  The kitchen smells of them and the last hyacinth.

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STARTING SCENTED GERANIUMS

I love Scented Geraniums.  My friend Susan sells them and I always buy a few.  This is the first time I have tried to start them myself.  I used a rooting hormone that my Mom had and so far so good.

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The Pussy Willow starts are all doing well.

NEW PROECTS

I have found embroidery again and love to do it evenings.  I have this pattern which I plan to do for some of my shows this year.  I will make them into little whimsical pillows

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PEA SEEDS, FLAX SEEDS AND THE LINEN SYMPOSIUM

I picked up my pea seeds and will be planting them soon

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.  I have also ordered some flax seeds from The Hermitage in Pa.  Just enough to grow a small 5ft x 10ft plot of flax.  Hoping that I can produce enough to spin into linen yarn.  So exciting.  I have been picked as a volunteer for The Linen Symposium which will be held in August at Old Deerfield Village.  I am over the moon about that.    The symposium is full with a waiting list.

FINDING THE RIGHT FRAME

When my children were young we spent a lot of time at Old Sturbridge Village.  I love the time period and it was an educational experience for all.  I did this piece in the early 80’s and it has been frameless for many years.  This has become a priority in recent weeks to find the right frame.  There are fewer places to find old things these days but I did find a shop and was thrilled to find this frame.  It is perfect for the piece.

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I also found a marble sink that may be a replacement for the ugly 60’s sink that is in the bathroom now.  Measurements will be taken to see if it will fit.

MAHATMA GANDHI

This is my favorite quote by him and something I try to live by. As we see our country declining we see an increased rate of animal cruelty..

“The Greatness of a nation can be judged by the way it animals are treated”

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





TOMATO SEEDS PLANTED-BACK HOME MAGAZINE-CATATTITUDE

25 03 2013

Hello,

The Moon last night was spectacular!!

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TOMATO SEEDS PLANTED

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This morning I planted the four packages of tomato seeds.  Having some left over for next year.  I am sending my seed order soon.  I want to get one more package of tomato seeds which they don’t carry  at the feed store.  They are called Principe Borghese.  They are a traditional tomato for sun drying or oven roasting.  Very sweet and high yielding.  I am anxious to try them.  I have brought the small greenhouse down to start those seeds when they come.

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BACK HOME MAGAZINE

I have been reading this magazine for quite some time.  The March/April issue is full of wonderful projects and many helpful hints.  I have found that this particular magazine saves me much more than the price of it .  I love the idea of making a stand up garden with pallets.  Especially since with each order of wood pellets a pallet comes with it.   Strawberries come to mind , vertical planting will make them much easier to pick.  I think I will plant herbs on the bottom two shelves.  What a great project.   Check out the magazine for more projects to help you become more self-sufficient.

There was much chattering in the hen house when this giant pumpkin was brought in.  Charlotte was more interested than anyone.  

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Shearing Day  

I have to get busy cleaning out the barn door so it can be closed, and if my sheep are still damp tomorrow I will have to post-phone the shearing  I am thinking about getting covers for my sheep in the fall.  There fleeces really got messy this year,  the hay seemed dryer than usual.

Catattitude in the house

Willie was the last cat to come to the farm therefore it a was the duty of Angus to make sure that Willie got bossed around.  Angus would hide in back of doors in back of the pellet stove and pounce on poor unsuspecting Willie.  He suffered in silence for these past 3 and a half years until Millie arrived.

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 Now it seem the right of passage has fallen on  Willie.  He chases Millie.    Although he was quite surprised when Millie screamed and fought back.  The dynamics are changing.

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

 

 





THE COLD BEFORE THE STORM-THE BEE’S-MINNIE

19 03 2013

Hello,

WINTER MAKES A RETURN

The house has turned cold and damp this afternoon.  A storm is approaching, with 6 to 8 inches of snow to fall here.  I have noticed this year especially that when a storm is approaching the dry cold turns to a cold with humidity in it.   The kind of cold that goes through the bones.   Its suppose to start around 7 and go all night ending with sleet and rain tomorrow afternoon.  I just got the barn dried out.   Hope this is the last of it.

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Recently the EU didn’t vote for banning pesticides containing Neonicotinoids despite evidence that this is the cause of Empty Hive syndrome.  All one has to do is look at the shelves of major store to see how many different kinds of pesticides are on the market.  The shelves are lined with them.  It sad to see when most times just a little work or an herbal solution will do the trick.

Minnie

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I took this picture today, the camera doesn’t even wake her up any more she has gotten used to things here.  Now I have to start removing the basket from the table.  She loves it up there.  That may be a harder task than I thought.

SEEDS

I never got the seeds started I will sometime this week.  The whole day revolved around paperwork for my Mothers house, delivering eggs and getting some groceries, next thing I knew the whole day was gone.  Hester won again!

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





MORE SNOW – BAKING TODAY – MINNIE

7 03 2013

 

Hello

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The snow was supposed to start last night and go into Friday.  It snowed maybe and inch and blew away.  I was able to go out and get lime and oyster shells at the feed store and pick up some hay.  Its snowing now but very fine.  We could get between 2 and  8 inches no one seems to know.  Then from Sunday on it will be in the low 50’s.  When I get back from Florida it may be mud season here.  Well in my walk way it’s already mud season.  The wood stove is going and the smell of lemon grass oil is making its way through-out the house,

Baking

I have felt like baking and made brownies, date nut bread and some wonderful macaroni and cheese.  The macaroni and cheese has a dash of mustard and some finely chopped onions, that really does add to the flavor.

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SEEDS

 

I have bought a few more seed packages.  2 watermelons and 2 pumpkins and 2 cucumbers.  I do have other pumpkin seeds from last year that I will grow too.

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MINNIE

Minnie is settling in.  Today she wanted to be out with the other cats.  She likes drinking out of the large water dish and settled herself in a easy chair.  After 13 years of living on the streets, or in a shelter she finally has a home.  The stories she could tell.

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





SEEDS-MINNIE AND THE CATS-CHICKEN FOOD

3 03 2013

Hello

CHICKEN FOOD

A few days ago  I saw an ad in my local poultry group online.  It was offering part of a ton of organic layer pellets for sale.  I don’t know about your part of the world but organic layer pellet prices have been soaring and so have other organic grains.  I called and had Dimitri put 3 bags aside for me and I picked them up this morning. 

Dimitri owns  Woodstar Cafe’  in Northampton. It is a family owned bakery, sandwich shop and espresso bar.  He has 31 hens and uses all the eggs at his restaurant and he also grows all his own greens, some fruit  and veggies at his farm nearby.   He uses no trans fats and all of his baked goods are baked from scratch. It is wonderful to have a local restaurant who cares so much where his food comes from that he grows it himself.

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The food is called Morrison’s Organic Layer Pellets which is my Mother’s maiden name.  I am sure my hens will love it and I like pocketing the savings.

SEEDS

I purchased 2 more package of tomato seeds and I think I will purchase two more and that will be more than enough.  I have done more calculating on just what type of tomato and what I am planning to do with them this year.  

I have picked out another Heirloom tomato.  Its called Principe Borghese by Botanical Interest seeds.  It has heavy yields and is traditional for oven roasted or sun-dried.  I would really like to do some sun-dried tomatoes this year.

I never seem to have luck starting peppers so I will be buying them this year.  I love to get green, yellow and purple, which look great in summer pasta salads and freshen up a dish during the winte

MINNIE

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Minnie had another good day.  I decided to give her another day to feel really secure in the bedroom.  She knows there are other cats out there and the other cats know she is here.  Tomorrow I will let her out watching Angus every moment.

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