THE CABINET STORY-LOOSING ANIMAL FRIENDS-VISITING FRIENDS

14 08 2017

 

 

LEMON BALM

GREETINGS

Freezing sweet corn , drying lemon balm, digging up  garlic,picking tansy and artemisia, waiting for the tomatoes to ripen are some of the things I love about summer.  the house smells of herbs and flowers .

LOOSING ANIMAL FRIENDS

On Saturday my youngest daughter, Betty had to put her beloved horse Beamer down.  He was a beauty who came to her as a young horse from Western Canada.   He was the perfect horse for her.   A registered Morgan who was loved by everyone who met him.   The decisions that we who love our animals more than life itself have to make are never easy, but they have to be made for the animal sake.  Run free Beamer you and Betty will be together again someday.

THE CABINET ADVENTURE

It all started with a ride to Brattleboro, Vermont to look at appliances.  We didn’t have much luck there but we did see a sign saying doors and window for sale.  This was Deconstruction Works of the former renew store.   We asked about cabinets and he said to follow him on Facebook and so I did  In less than a week he  had cabinets from a home he was working on.    $250. for 6 pieces seemed like a bargain price.  They were a darker maple color and it came with a counter top and sink.

 

Measurements were taken and they would fit nicely.   I plan to get a new counter top and will have the new/old sink that I bought put in it.  Now they are on the porch awaiting the other things to get done  I really like the idea of reusing and the trip to Newfane, Vermont was delightful.  The house was located on a muddy dirt road with a wonderful field and meadow and beautiful views.  It had a lovely large birch tree close by and a huge stone wall.

VISITING FRIENDS AND WINDING  A  WARP

Yesterday I went to visit friends and wind a warp.  Charlie and Ken live in a lovely cottage by the side of a babbling brook.

And there are many wonderful gardens.

 Charlie wanted to weave again and I told him about the Structo Loom used by The Springfield Weavers to show people how to weave.  He remembered seeing the group at The Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Fest this year.    A couple of weeks ago he purchased on   eBay and  yesterday I wound a warp for scarves out of mohair boucle.

  There is enough warp to weave 4 or 5 scarves.  Ken made a delightful lunch and Charlie and I spent a delightful afternoon.

Heading to the Heath Fair on Saturday.   Come and visit me at the large tent.  I hope to be spinning.  Many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole

 

 

 

 





THE ELUSIVE CAT-HAY-BOOKS I AM READING

22 06 2017

GREETINGS

The hot stiffleing weather is gone and we have had a couple of wonderful days  and cool sleeping nights.  Welcome rain for the crops came and went.  Summertime in New England.
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PROJECT ALMOST DONE- SPRINGFIELD WEAVERS

25 10 2016

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Fall here in Colrain has been beautiful.   We avoided the drought that everyone else had this past summer, so the colors were spectacular..  The air has a chill in it these days letting us know winter is not far behind.  The gentle sound of the sheep happily munching on their hay this morning reminded me just why I continue to do this.  Their coats are now getting heavy with wool .  Cosmo is doing quite well, acting more like a kitten than an older cat..  The chickens are almost done with their molt and ready for the dark days ahead.  I am hoping to get a small hoop house done for them but time is fleeing and it may not get done.  Today is the last day for the Tuesday Greenfied Farmers Market to be outside .  We will be inside on Main Street.  Look for our signs.

PROJECT ALMOST DONE

I saw this quilt pattern  years ago and decided it would make a great rug.    I dyed the yarn from the flock and  changed the pattern slightly.  I have to finish whip stitching it and put a backing on it.

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SPRINGFIELD WEAVERS

I was asked last year to teach the Springfield Weavers how to hook with yarn.  A couple of Saturdays ago the day arrived.  It was a wonderful Day with new friends and many old friends.  I was a weaver many years ago, taking a 4 year class at Hill Institute.  This group was a group that I had belonged to.

We had a wonderful day and fun was had by all.  They all hooked and  many I think , will continue to do so.  I haven’t woven in years and got rid of my looms.  But maybe I may do some weaving again only on a smaller loom.  I do long to do some overshot which was my favorite weave and would love to make some hand towels to sell.  Who knows what the future will bring.

The leaves are mostly gone in the woods now with the wild winds of this past weekend.  I did get my garlic planted and plan to spread manure on a new area where I plan to plant flax in the spring and pumpkins and gourds to sell at the  market next year.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this crisp fall day.  Carole

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A GOOD READ-CHICKENS ARE OUT-STAR SPANGLED BANNER

13 05 2014

HELLO

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DOG DAYS BY JOB KATZ

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On one of my Minnie visits to Brookside Animal Clinic the subject came up about good books.  This one was mentioned enthusiastically by the vet tech.  I got one for me and one for a birthday present for a friend.  It’s about a man who lived in NYC and moved to a farm in Vermont.  Its takes us through daily life of owning a farm and the animals and people who are in his  life.  Its a thoughtfully written book with humor.  As in this farm there are good times and bad, sometimes we feel we can’t lift another bale of hay then a robin drops into our path.  Farming is a tough life for older folks but somehow we carry on.  There is nothing nicer than sitting in the pasture with the sheep or going down to the river to cool off.

CHICKENS OUT

I spent a few hours this morning cleaning out part of the front outside coop.  I want them to clean that up before I open the rest of the area.  They are happily digging for bugs.,

LUCY WASN'T SURE ABOUT COMING OUT!

LUCY WASN’T SURE ABOUT COMING OUT!

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR DIGGING UP SOME DIRT

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR DIGGING UP SOME DIRT

PRIDE OF BALTIMORE

The Pride of Baltimore 11 was in Havre de Grace, Maryland  recently and I asked my Cousin Gary, who lives close by, to get me a picture or two.  He couldn’t get the pictures but sent me this card .  It contains a piece of material woven like the original Star  Spangled Banner.  I was surprised how loosely woven it was.  What a treat to get in todays mail.  Havre de Grace is one of the prettiest towns in Maryland.  Located right on the Chesapeake Bay its loaded with quaint shops, beautiful scenery and lots of history.  Right off of 95.  Stop by for a visit you won’t be sorry.

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Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you day is wonderful, Carole and Minnie





TWINED RUG FINISHED – NEW FOOD FOR THE CHICKENS

19 01 2013

HELLO

Bailing Twine Rug

I think that I will need to dampen it to get it to lay flat.  I would weave the next one a little closer but because this was used twine it frayed so much it was hard to weave.

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The bailing twine rug is finished and I learned a lot from doing it. I think that  I will be ordering some twine to make some hanging  storage bags.  I will have to make a different size loom.  Hoping that I can sell these at the farmers market this summer.

NEW FOOD FOR THE CHICKENS

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Last year there was a lot of talk during the winter with the local chicken internet group about added protein and greens to their diets in the winter.  Everyone seemed to be trying  alfalfa cubes.  My hens are all over 2 years of age and there are 2  that are over 10 years old, the rest fall in the 3 year to 8 year range.  As a chicken ages they lay fewer eggs. and sometimes the shells are softer.   I bought the cubes in the fall and started them yesterday.  Today’s oatmeal had some alfalfa mixed into it and there wasn’t a crumb left. 

KELP

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I have also been interested in Kelp.  Lots of vitamins and minerals in it.    I also bought some of that in the fall.   I have been sprinkling a little over a tablespoon on their food since yesterday and they seem to eat that all up too.  I am going to do some investigating about feeding it to the cats and Sadie and Elliott.

These two products will be beneficial to the animals during the winter.  Unfortunately  the alfalfa has to be bought in 50 pound bags  so at 3 cubes every other day they may last quite a long time.

Hester got her coveted nest box spot tonight, she outwitted Charlotte.

Today was a beautiful sunny day with nice temps, cold is coming back tomorrow.

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