Thursday, May 19, 2016

"THE" pond.....

fiber fest......

5/15... The New Hampshire Wool and Fiber festival... usually this event happens on Mother's Day weekend... and since our weekend was jammed packed, I figured I would be missing it this year. But, I saw that it wasn't on Mother's day this year, it was this weekend... and even though we were jammed packed with things to do.. we took some time to go out and see it. One of my goals is to learn more (and do more) with wools and fibers... so, I love going even though I really don't know "what" I'm seeing. Spinning is on the list of things to learn, and I've dabbled in it, but haven't taken the time (yet) to really learn it. I do love the looks of a spinning wheel... especially the traditional ones....
Of course "everything" is here... from the knitting supplies to weaving. I haven't been taken by the "weaving bug"..but friends who do it love it, and they can create the most wonderful things. 
I was really on the hunt for roving. I like to do felting and make the dryer balls.... Kass has asked for some because when Calvin goes into cloth diapers.. the dryer balls can be used in the dryer..... you can't use the dryer sheets, because they ruin the diapers, so the dryer balls are nice. I need to make a few for myself, and I have had other requests from my sisters for them... so.. I best get at this project...
I thought this was a clever item.... roving punched into a basket and making this hanging. I think it's a poodle... though I suppose it could also be a sheep... but either way... nice idea....

And then, of course, the animals.... when we first moved to the farm, I kind of thought I would have some type of fiber animals.  Honestly though, they are a bit of care and I can just as easily buy any of the fiber things I need without the care of the animal.... so... more and more not likely they will join our farm.. but I still can appreciate them....

This lady was doing a demo with angora rabbits.... there's more to it then one would think. The biggest part is having the rabbit be still when grooming for his fiber... she showed how you can do it from your lap....
or a bunny grooming table!!!! He's a good bunny not to be hopping about!!!!
Alpaca are pretty popular around here. You see them way more than llamas..... not sure if it's their size or temperament or even fiber as to why people choose them. But they're certainly not unusual....

Even though the day was rather cold and very windy.. there was good food, wonderful things to see and do.. and 4H kiddos showing off their animals. Just a nice break from what is seeming like our extremely crazy schedule these days... and of course, other crafts and idea for things to learn about....

Monday, May 16, 2016

spring things...

  (5/10)   So after all my (their) hard work of getting threw the winter.... I ended up losing my little bee hive afterall. We had a nice warm spell of weather, the bees were all out flying, getting ready for brood, doing their bee thing.. and then a cold snap. They were gone... and I again, was extremely sad. I just love having bees, I like to watch them fly around, and just know that they are there. We cleaned out the hive and found a lot of honey, so they had plenty to eat... they just didn't stay warm. 
My friend John keeps bees as well.. I was telling him my tale of woe.. and found out he had dealt with exactly the same thing. He said he had ordered some more bees and would going to collect them, and suggested I call to see if any bees were still available. Much to my delight, they had some packages left.. so I put in my order and John very nicely offered to pick up my bees when he got his. 
I haven't worked with "packages" before, I usually get "nucs".... but John assured me the packages do well, especially if you have a hive to put them in, where they can just take over... so I decided to give it a try. They arrive in a box, and the queen is in her own little box. This is because she is really not the queen of the hive yet, and the workers need to get to know her to accept her as their queen. We placed the queen box in the hive, and in time the workers will spring her and then she will be their queen. So, in a few days, I will need to check and make sure she is free....
Once we had her settled, it's just a matter of dumping (literally) the bees out into the hive.....
There is three pounds of bees here... since there is no way to count them, keepers have found that about three pounds is a good start to a hive...... it's amazing how calm they are... probably more like shell shocked with all the traveling they had done...and they basically seemed happy to find themselves back in a hive....
Gentle brushing to encourage them out of the way...
on go the tops......
And it's back to business.... it will take them a few days to learn where they live, where the food sources are (I will be feeding them as well) and get their queen doing her thing, but in about a week, they will be all settled in and I am just thrilled to have them around......
Logan girl is doing so well with all of her training... she likes walking up the barn with me in the mornings while I do chores. She's 9 months old and I have a feeling that it isn't going to be too much longer before the call comes and it will be her turn in time...... 
I had some "fears" about my garden. It felt like everyone else had their flowers popping out and mine were so far behind. But, we finally got a bit of warm weather and all of a sudden.... there they were!!!! I'm pretty excited about this, and hope that I can keep a nice garden going all summer....
Logan seemed to enjoy seeing them as much as I did.......
And reminded me... that we should always take a little time to stop..........

Sunday, May 08, 2016

a day for Mom...

Mother's Day.... (5/8)  and Ed decided to see what we can do about getting our garden pond up and running. We had planned this last summer when the walkway went in, but basically ran out of time and good weather. So, we let this project just sit over the winter, but now it's time to get it going. 
We're kind of doing it by the seat of our pants... there is a lot of information on garden ponds.. they seem to be quite popular, but like everything..... everyone has their own way of doing it. So, we're taking advise.. doing some research and then doing what we think is right. I guess if it holds water and the plants survive.. then... we got it. This is going to be an over flow drain, because a lot of rain will come off the roof and go into the pond, we needed a way to drain off the excess....
This took a lot of work and planning, and basically is where we got this weekend..... hopefully  next weekend, we'll get to the design and putting in the liners.... but... it's all about the time....

Sunday morning we all went to church with Kas and Nate... this is Calvin's dedication day. Everyone was in happy spirits....
There are a lot of young families in this church, so there were other babies being dedicated as well. It was a nice little service..... Reagan had a great time being up there in front of everyone....

Kass and Nate have made a promise to Calvin, to their family and to the church, that this little baby will be brought up to know the Lord. When he is old enough to decide, he can be baptized and make his life's commitment to the Lord.... and we as his family have promised to support them and Calvin in his Christian walk. 
After service, we all met together and had a wonderful Mother's Day brunch. The family seems to be growing each year.. and there was so much fun and busyness.. that I totally forgot about taking any photos....

But it was a wonderful day and a great weekend... and I can only think again at how extremely blessed I am....

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Not done yet.......

I guess since winter didn't show up in 'winter"... spring would be just as good a time to arrive. And while it is far from unusual to get some spring snow... it can be a bit depressing when you have already sat and had coffee in the sun on the deck... thinking of the good weather and that the snows are behind you.... 
But the good thing about spring storms, is they don't stick around long, and they don't have that mean punch that winter storms have. So...... I've decided to enjoy this (more than likely) last of the snow and do some picture taking instead....
I do have to say though, I'm not much of a gardener... I'd like to be, but plants and I... we don't seem to work well together. So, I have been quite excited to see that the bulbs I planted last fall had made an appearance... and now to see them covered with snow......

Everyone tells me that they're hardy... that they will come threw this just fine.... but they seem to look so sad.....
Camille is on "walk duty"... she had a flare up with her back - which she hurt four years ago - so, we got to enjoy some snow walks.... she doesn't seem to mind, and with her 13th birthday just around the corner.. she's seen all of this before....
Henry, on the other hand.... finds this all new... but I think he enjoyed it. He's been going outside more and more.. and even though I am still the "nervous" Mother.. I do like our cats going outside. We have them to do mouse duty, and watch over the farm.. plus I'm not the "cat box type person"... so, now that he's bigger.. he's been going out pretty much everyday. He doesn't stay out long.... but that will change as he gets older I am sure
Logan, Rosie and Cole.... these puppies don't mind the snow at all, and in fact, have such a great time all running about.....








Spring will be back soon.... and there will be cooking out and enjoying the deck.... and for today..


The woodstove is keeping the house warm and cozy........