Coltsfoot, My First Spring Wildflower

After a day at my computer, I savored a leisurely walk in the woods with Fate and Zinnia.

I wanted to buy Jon soil for his raised bed planter, so I took the dogs with me to the hardware store then drove to my neighbor’s path through the woods.  The ponds and puddles were full and even though both dogs run through them it’s only Zinnia who seems to get covered in mud and stay wet long after we get home.

This evening I’ll have a zoom studio chat with Emily.  I think we’ve been doing that on Monday nights for about a year now.  I’ll have to check my blog, maybe we’ll find a way to celebrate our Studio Chat anniversary.

I didn’t see any wildflowers growing in the woods yet, but as I drove up the dirt road to the path in the woods, clusters of small yellow flowers lined the road.   After our walk in the woods, we walked on the road a bit to get a closer look at them.

I knew it was Coltsfoot, not the Dandelion which it resembles.  Coltsfoot is always the first wildflower I see in the spring.

Coltsfoot

Robin Learns To Graze On A Peaceful Afternoon

 

Robin learning about grazing with Lori close by

Now that we have our fence fixed, we were able to separate the sheep and let Lori and Robin into the barnyard to graze.

Robin got his first chance to watch Lori nibble on the upcoming grass and find out what he was good to eat.

We were going to put let the rest of the animals into the barnyard with Lori and Robin to see how they would all do together, but it seemed that everyone, including Jon and me were having such a peaceful time I didn’t want to interrupt it.

Help A Donkey At The On-Line Save Your Ass Fundraising Auction

The Sheep Pillow with Carol Conklin’s printed batik that I made for the Save Your Ass Auction. 

Every year Jon and I each donate something to the Save Your Ass Fundraising Auction.  This year the auction will be held online from April 11-18.  You can find out more about it here.

Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue is a Donkey Rescue in New Hampshire run by Ann Firestone.  As you might imagine, this has been an especially difficult year for the Donkey Rescue.

Jon and I have been in touch with Ann for years and hopefully this year we’ll get to visit the Donkeys she has taken in and meet Ann in person.

In past years I’ve donated potholders and wool to the fundraising auction.  This year I made a pillow using one of Carol Conklin’s Batik Sheep prints.

I thought it the perfect collaboration of artist’s work going for a cause we both believe in.

Jon’s contribution will be two of his books, Saving Simon and Katz on Dogs, along with  “Yellow Barn,” a signed photo.

So if you’d like to support some donkeys who could use some help, check out the online  action.  You might leave with something you’ve always wanted and help a donkey at the same time.

Jon’s donation to the Save Your Ass Auction

Minnie’s Egg

The rain turned to snow as I pulled at the hay fluffing it up in the feeder. The sheep and donkeys, still in their winter coats, didn’t seem to notice.
April snow doesn’t last and by the time I went back to the barn to get hay for Lori and Robin it had turned to rain again.
Even with the cold and wet weather  the cats no longer show any interest in coming in the house. They’ll stay outside now until the winter.
They know where the  warm dry places are. And for the first time I found Minnie in the little hay cave I made in the fall. The same place I found an egg just yesterday.
Minnie has always been friends to the chickens. At old Bedlam Farm she slept in the roosting boxes and sat next  to Jon’s rooster Winston, when he was dying.
Yesterday’s long pale pink egg was unusual for our hens who always laid big brown eggs. I’ve known Minnie to sit on eggs before so I reached under her as I would a hen and pulled out another long pink egg.
I scratched Minnies ears and thanked her.

Full Moon Fiber Art