Saturday, March 29, 2014

Deer in the Rain

Out of the cold, late March gloom of a rainy afternoon the deer came, single file, walking with heads down, seven of them.  Walking slowly through the slush and snow, walking along my driveway a hundred yards or so from my cabin window.  Looking for spring.  Big deer first, then mid-size ones and finally a little, skinny one in the rear.  All walking slowly, but surviving and with the promise of warmer weather this weekend, hoping they will once more find something to eat on this cold, rainy day (if indeed deer are able to hope).

                The fields and forests at Roshara remain snow covered, two feet or more.  So are the trails that wind through the property.  The ponds are still frozen.  Everything waits for some warmer weather, at least enough warmth to melt the snow and thaw the ice

                I heard a sandhill crane call yesterday.  What a surprise for the sandhills to find their nesting spot on the edge of my pond still frozen and snow- covered.  I wondered about the call—maybe it was one of “What am I doing here when my accommodations are far from ready?”  Or maybe just a string of cuss words in bird language.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS:  Getting into something is usually easier than getting out of it.


April 5, 7:30 p.m. Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton.  WPT Farm Story, discussion of film and book signing.

April 7, 7:00 p.m., Kiel Library.  Garden Wisdom presentation and book signing.

April 8, 6:30 p.m. Heritage Hill Historic Center, Green Bay. Old Farm.  Book signing to follow presentation.

April 10, 6:30 p.m. Sun Prairie Library, Limping Through Life. Book signing to follow presentation.

Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fund raiser for them):

The library now has available both of Jerry’s DVDs, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps and Jerry Apps a Farm Story.
Also available are several of Jerry’s book including The Quiet Season (on which the DVD A Farm Winter is based), as well as Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm, which are related to the DVD Jerry Apps a Farm Story.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.

Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division St.
Wild Rose, WI  54984

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