Sunday, April 5, 2009

the worst month

This is why I hate April. This fickle bitch of a month always keeps you guessing... Last night, Cold Antler got an inch of snow and just a few days ago I was outside in my garden, tilling the soil in a t-shirt!. You'll have this with April—but that doesn't mean I have to like it. She's ruthless, and keeps me so far away from October, my favorite month of the year.

As for the rabbit in the photo; that's Bean Blossom, my little angora doe. I had her bred recently but it didn't take, so I'll (well, I won't try. My Angora buck Ben will..) to breed her again this week. Hopefully there will be some spring bunnies here soon.

19 Comments:

Blogger Mare said...

Bean Blossom is beautiful. I can just barely see the color of her fiber...lovely! She has a very nice hutch-house too! The snow? We get snow in April too. Everybody is complaining here of the wet, chilly weather, but that is SPRING around these parts. If it got real warm and sunny fast after the Winter, folks would be complaining about that too. I don't like the snow set backs either, but they happen a lot in Upstate NY.

April 5, 2009 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Melonie said...

She is awesome looking.

I have to ask: is that picture painted on a tree trunk? If so, what sort of paint? How do you get it to stay in the snow and rain? Or how long does it last for? Is it sheltered by branches like those behind Bean Blossom's hutch? That is just TOO fun!

April 5, 2009 at 9:45 AM  
Anonymous heart2heartdesigns said...

Know what ya mean about April! I'm here in Kansas and we're getting crummy (could have used a worse word!) weather. Not quite cold enough for snow but almost. We'll have to see what happens overnight. A great weekend to curl up and enjoy your book! Take care.

April 5, 2009 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I know what you mean. I thought for sure we'd get a beautiful early spring but it looks like, with the snow we now have, that the buds on the trees won't be popping for a while.

Your bunny is lovely :)

April 5, 2009 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

That really sucks about the snow. Here in AZ we are past our last frost and have planted our tomatoes, squash and peppers. Hope your weather improves soon.
Bean Blosson looks pretty content in her hutch! As for Ben, way to go dude, get busy! :-)

John

April 5, 2009 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

That's what it's like here! April is crazy. We're supposed to be planting fruit trees today, but the nursery is snowed in. *grumble* Oh well. It'll all get done sometime!
BTW-I enjoyed your book. I liked your "voice" in writing.

April 5, 2009 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

oh april...we had 65 and sunny and then this last week a total of ten feet of snow has fallen!

April 5, 2009 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Hi there- I found your site through Beth who found my blog. I love all your animals. I live in Idaho and am slowly (not too slowly) adding to our small farm. 30 chicks on their way. I can't wait to browse through your blog some more.
Heather
http://smallgoatgarden.blogspot.com

April 5, 2009 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

April truly is a nasty piece of work. Keep your chin up kiddo

April 5, 2009 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

howdy folks, and welcome new readers!

Melonie - It's actually the side of the chicken coop, not a tree. And it's just outdoor craft arcylics in an image of the buddah with antlers (just cause this is cold antler farm) and some chickens and rabbits around him. Nothing fancy.

April 5, 2009 at 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

Here in Wisconsin the weather has been touch and go for the last month. One day sunny and warm, next day cold and rainy, or snowing, ugh! But the birds(robins, redwing blackbirds,crackles) they are all back already, so it can't be too long before spring is here! Thanks to the Mother Earth News article, I'm now a faithful follower of your blog. Can't wait to order your book!

April 6, 2009 at 12:23 AM  
Anonymous AmyKortuem said...

Isn't amazing what thrills us to wake up to in early November is EXACTLY what can send us into a depression in April.

Snow. A four-letter word in April.

April 6, 2009 at 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what you're saying, Jenna. I just came back to the city (in upstate NY) after spending 20 of the last 23 days in rural SW Vermont, not far from you. Some days in short sleeves, some days in dreary rain, a bit of snow.

Later in April, I am planning to move to SW Vermont for the rest of the year. I've discovered, though, that I prefer dreary days in the city to dreary days in the country.

April 6, 2009 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Hi - So glad to have come across your blog! This is frickin awesome!

I'm in the same predicament as you are... was out last week in a tshirt, then this weekend in a raincoat, now today we had snow! April is the cruelest month.

I'm going out to get your book tomorrow! Can't wait!

April 6, 2009 at 7:01 PM  
Anonymous Marguerite said...

I got up this morning with big large flakes of snow this morning
GRRRR.... It can be frustating!
Love your blog and read you every day... I gonna have to put mine up to date too... (sigh)

April 7, 2009 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger ~ Denise ~ said...

Can you imagine having the name "April"? eggadds!!

April 7, 2009 at 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your rabbit is beautiful!! We would like to get a few rabbits.. How did you get started?

Renee

gardendesk.com

April 8, 2009 at 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Lori said...

I know all too well what you mean about the unpredictable month of April. It was so beautiful outside two days ago {at 75 degrees} that I almost fell for it and planted seeds in the garden, glad to say I gave that a second thought because it snowed here yesterday.

Good luck with breeding Bean Blossom!

April 8, 2009 at 2:35 PM  
Anonymous annie said...

The picture looks like cernunnos. It's cool.

April 10, 2009 at 10:34 PM  

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