Sunday, July 5, 2015

If there's blackberries it must be cobbler time.

THE BLACKBERRIES ARE READY and Tyler and I just made an awesome cobbler - so simple, quick and easy (follow the link) and already Tyler says it's delicious.

We are blessed, because we don't cut down the weeds, to have several varieties of black berry plants around the farm.  We have :

Rubus fruticosus

Rubus occidentals also called  wild black raspberryblack capsblack cap raspberrythimbleberry, and scotch cap

 And one that we only have a few of scattered around. 

Rubus chamamorus (possibly)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Waterfalls of Oneida County

July 4, 2015 we visit Little Black Creek Falls.  After driving over back roads where I wished I could live we came to a small bridge spanning a wonderful flow of water falls.  With all the rain we've been having lately, the water was running swiftly.  Tyler, who had been wanting to swim all day,  took his shoes off and waded until he slipped on the algae covered rocks. It was such a beautiful spot and we'd like to come back and plant a letterbox some time soon. And of course explored some more.

WATERFALLS
WaterfallWaterwayTown


Alder Pond FallsAlder Pond OutletForestport

Cady Brook FallsCady BrookTrenton
Cincinnati Creek FallsCincinnati Creek FallsTrenton

Crandall FallsBlack RiverRemsen/Forestport

Fall Brook FallsFall BrookAnnsville
Forestport Dam FallsBlack RiverForestport/Boonville
Graves Cemetery FallsLittle RiverFlorence

High Falls at Trenton FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia

Hydro Dam/ Falls at Trenton FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia
*Little Black Creek FallsLittle RiverRemsen
Little River FallsLittle RiverFlorence
Lower High Falls at Trenton FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia

Mill Dam Falls at Trenton FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia
Morgan Dam at Trenton FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia
Pixley FallsLansing KillBoonville

Prospect FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia

Prospect Road FallsCincinnati CreekTrenton
Remsen FallsCincinnati CreekRemsen
Sherman Falls at Trenton FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia

Slater Road FallsFlorence CreekAnnsville
Trenton FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia

Deerfield

I grew up at the bottom of a hill just two blocks from "Specks" development (yes it was Levittown cape cods) in the town of Deerfield.  And in the center of the development was barn (now a playground) where my great great grandparents James Irving and Lucinda Klock Roberts lived.  Of course, as a child I had no interest in genealogy or history, so this little bit of my ancestry was overlooked.  Oh how I wish I had explored and taken photos of the area.  Interesting tidbit while looking at old maps.  Buchanan Road was named for the family that lived there in the late 1800's

located on the north west corner of Ashland Ave and Riverside Drive in what is now North Utica

In 1773,  George J. Weaver, Captain Mark Damuth, and Christian Reall and their families settled into an area now known as Deerfield Corners. In 1776, these same families, with the forewarning of a friendly Native American "Blue Back," escaped a pending attack by the Brittish on their settlement.  Their escape brought them to Little Stone Arabia, a small fort located in the present day Town of Schuyler.  Subsequently, Captain Damuth lived in Herkimer over the next few years.  George J. Weaver was taken prisoner near Herkimer by the Brittish and Indians and was removed to Canada and then England.  He was later released and returned to the area.

In 1784, all three settlers and their families moved back to the area of their original settlement.  Christian Reall built a log cabin on the bank of what is now know as Reall's Creek.  Soon after the original settlers returned, they were followed by Peter, Nicholas, and Geoge Weaver, distant relatives of the original Weaver family.  George Damoth and the Harter families also settled in the area.


In 1798, both the Town of Deer"s"field and the County of Oneida were formed by an act of the State Legislature.  It boundaries were from the West Canada Creek in the north to the Mohawk River in the south (present day location of the railroad tracks north of Union Station), the Town of Schuyler and Herkimer County were to the east, and the area near the current State Route 12 to the west.  The land within the town consisted of two primary tracts of land known as "Gage's Patent" and "Cosby's Manor."  The former, consisting of about 18,000 acres of land, was granted by King George III of England to General Thomas Gage.  The latter was 22,000 acres of land aquired by Governor William Cosby.  The first town meeting was held at the home of Ezra Payne.

The hamlet of Mechanicsville (Brown's Gulf) was a thriving community on the edge of the Deerfield ravine in the first half of the 19th century, but later diminished due to the growth of a new city called "Utica."  The area later served as a Boy Scout camp.  North Gage was a bustling community on the northern edge of town, and Deerfield Corners remained a center for commerce. The Town of Deerfield also was home to many churches including the North Gage Presbyterian Church (North Gage), Church of the Holy Cross (Bell Hill Road), St. Peter's Church (Deerfield Corners), Deerfield Baptist Church (First Baptist Church, Herkimer Road) and many others.  Deerfield once hosted two Post Offices located at North Gage and Deerfield Corners.
(taken from town of Deerfield's web site)




Sunday, June 28, 2015

it's in the greens

We bought the magic bullet and have been enjoying the fruity blended drinks.  But wanting more in the way of nutrition I got the bright idea of adding "weeds" to them.  I've know about the benefits of "weeds" since I was a child.  But the idea of digging dandelions, as mom put it, is too much work for such a small output.  Dandelions are great for our health.  Besides being rich in Calcium and anti-oxidants they are packed with all kinds of nutrients that might benefit liver issues, diabetes, cancers, gall bladder problems.


Anyway, I ventured out doors for some homegrown goodness calld "our lawn" (it's mostly made of a everything but grass) and came away with a leaf of dandelion, plantain, oxalis, lambs quarter, and a small smidge of burdock.  To that little handful I added some fresh blueberries, black grapes, pineapple, apple juice, and frozen strawberries.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Holy wholly tee shirts

With my ever growing pile of tee shirts I finally decided to make yarn.  Tee Shirt Yarn - it's all the rage and fits right in with my desire to use what I have.  I even found that old cotton sport socks make great family cloth when cut in half.

Callaloo Soup has a great tutorial on how to cut up a tee shirt to make a single ply of yarn.  Because I decided to try my new yarn on my twining loom I found that I didn't want any seams so I adjusted this method a bit. When twining I use an invisible join so it lays flat.

My strips were cut about 1 1/4" wide but I think the next time I will try a wider cut.

Calllaloo Soup used scissors but I found my rotary cutter much more practical and easier on my thumb.
when using tee shirt material make sure the warp is pulled tight.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Reasons to live in the Mohawk Valley

My daughter and grandson came to visit for Thanksgiving and one of the things we do I talk about how wonderful it is to living where I do.  Besides the fact that we (meaning our farm) rarely get bad weather, and that I have lived here 60+ years, I believe that the Utica Rome area is on the edge of a boom.  But besides that there are many reasons why my daughter and her family would benefit from living here.
In random order as they popped into our heads.

1. On call baby sitters - what a money saver.
2. You can grow vegetables year round in our greenhouse  (like that Alaska show)
3. Biking, canoeing and kayaking are close by (not to mention the Adirondacks)
4. Two families means meal sharing possibilities plus canning and preserving company and help (I'll be able to pick more blackberries).
5. You don't have to listen to the tornado sirens and remember you don't have a basement.
6.