My Farm Stories forum: April Showers

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ImageKathleen
Apr 8, 2010 1:21 PM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
The cardinal told me that it was going to rain today. She was quite insistent at the window early. I've decided she's my foul weather friend. She has a temperature limit of about 40 F and very little tolerance for precipitation of any kind.

The pussy willows have gone to catkins, the poplars are putting on little chartreuse leaves and the elms are wearing a darker green. The soft maples and alders are dressed in their tiny red flowers making the woods ruddy and bright. The grass greens in the rain and the robins are madly dashing about the lawn harvesting fresh worms. Tomorrow, there's a chance of snow showers, which will green the grass more and make the robins hunch on the board fences and sulk, even worms know enough to stay in out of the snow.

The little bulbs have put on quite a show this year. Single and double snow drops bloomed for a month or more and the miniature dutch iris were bluer than the March skies. Now in April, there are early tulips and daffodils, late crocus, pansies and johnny-jump-ups, periwinkle and squill, Lenton rose, blood root and dandelions.

The fences at home are fixed and the heifers all out learning how to be outdoor girls. Stan will start moving them as soon as he gets the away fences fixed. So far (knocking wood), they have all been good. Last year at this time, I was often interrupted in what ever I was doing by a forlorn moo on the back steps. One little heifer kept finding herself on the wrong side of the fence, and would come asking me to help her back to her friends. She never climbed so high as the porch, but would have her front hooves on the step just below it, hind hooves on the bottom step. She eventually figured out the side she needed to be on.

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