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Good Monday Morning From Bedlam Farm 1/22/18

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

RISSE Soccer Team Weekend at Pompanuck

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Jon helping serve lunch to the Bedlam Farm (RISSE) Soccer team at Pompanuck yesterday

Is it possible that just being around 15 teenaged boys can be exhausting?

I didn’t do much but help with breakfast and lunch, the boys even did most of the clean-up.  They stayed up late and were up early in the morning and spent most of the day sledding.  So I didn’t do much at all.  But still  I’m as tired as if I was the one running  up hills and sliding down them all day.

They’re really sweet kids, and from what I could see and from what they said, they had a great time.

Jon and all the people who are part of  The Army of Good, who donated the money for the weekend, made it happen.  I reminded the boys of that.  That there are people all over the country who cared about them.



Three Eggs in the Barn

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

All three hens came out of the coop today, without my prompting.

And I found a little  hay nest with three eggs in it in the barn.  These are the first eggs we’ve gotten since the fall.  That means the days really are getting longer.

I’ve heard that if you have half your firewood left in February, you’ll have enough for the rest of the season.   February is only a week away,  the half way point to Spring.

Everyone’s Enjoying The Warm Weekend

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Minnie, as usual, had a lot to say when I kicked her and Flo out of the basement yesterday.

All the animals seemed calmer with the warm weather.  Minnie found her place in the barn and Flo was sitting in the sun on the front porch when we got back from Pompanuck yesterday afternoon to feed them all.

We’ve had a busy weekend, spending most of it with the kids from RISSE at Pompanuck.

Fate was at her best with the boys.  We left her there when we went shopping for lunch.  They were all still outside sledding, Fate chasing after them, when we got back and hour and  a half later.


Apple Tree Sculpture In The Snow

Friday, January 19th, 2018

My Apple Tree Sculpture is transformed by the snow.  I wonder if anyone is finding shelter under it.  With the snow it’s become a tent of sorts.

I like the addition of the one branch reaching up to the sky.  The donkeys and sheep have nibbled most of the bark from it, but they can’t reach the very top.

Out Of The Coop

Friday, January 19th, 2018


When I saw the white hen sticking her head out of the coop today, I threw down some bird seed and out she came.  The other hens poked out their heads, but stayed inside.

The white hen seemed to be looking out to the distance as if she was seeing something I couldn’t.  Maybe she was dreaming of the time when the grass is green and full of bugs to eat.




Yesterday’s Work

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Today was filled with working in my studio, getting supplies for the weekend at Pompanuck with the kids from RISSE and working at the Cambridge Co-op.  But yesterday I had a full day in my studio, working on some new potholders.

Ducks in the Flooded Pasture

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

A couple of ducks usually come to our pond in the spring, but this is the first time I’ve seen them this time of year.  Our pasture flooded with the snow melt then froze again the next day.  Since then, a pond has opened up and yesterday a flock of ducks found it.

Ed Gulley’s Sculpture’s Dressed In Snow

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Ed Gulley’s Windchime

A few weeks ago I posted a picture of Ed Gulley’s “Mr Blockhead” in the snow.  We have a few of Ed’s sculptures in our yard and they look different as the seasons and their surroundings change.

Today Ed’s Windchime and Turtle were dressed in snow.

Ed Gulley’s Turtle

Freedom Birds

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Freedom Bird Potholders

Yesterday I designed my “Freedom Bird” Potholders.  I even made a video in the morning that I posted on Instagram.

But I didn’t get a chance to put it all up on my blog, so here it is now.

I loved making my “Freedom Birds”, as you might imagine, it felt really good.  And as always, they are each a unique creation, no two freedom birds are alike.

They still need to be assembled, but I should have them all done by the beginning of next week.  They are $25 each + $5 shipping.  If you see one you like, just let me know.  You can email here at [email protected].

And here’s the video I made about them yesterday….