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Liebschen, one of our recent graduates, apparently didn’t like what her new owner said or did, thus she stuck out her tongue.

Liebschen apparently isn’t happy about something.

 

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Recently, another of our bunnies graduated to a home with a really nice family.  Martha moved north near the Canadian border. (You can’t go much further north in Maine than where we are, but she did it.)  Martha is a beautiful gray cross (German-French) angora with a gentle personality.  Fortunately for us, we still have her brother and sister, both of whom we plan to keep because of the beautiful fiber that, when blended with Merino wool, gives us some nice natural shades of gray yarn.

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This year we are exhibiting our yarn (and bunnies, weather permitting) at local Houlton, Maine shows and markets.  In February we had our first showing at the Houlton Recreation 1st Annual Winter Craft Fair.  It went well, with HS kids helping with setup and  teardown.  In April we did the Chamber of Commerce sponsored annual Trade Show and had Abi on display.  She did fine, and a bunny sure brings in the kids AND adults!

Since June, we have been doing the Farmers Market in Historic Downtown Market Square on Saturdays.  One of those Saturdays was set aside as a Craft Fair in Monument Park.  Lots of vendors and lots of fun.  We had Ruth and two of her kits on display, and again it was a great draw.  Lots of folks commented on our yarn, especially the colors.  We answered lots of questions and got suggestions for other craft fairs and venues we could use to exhibit/sell our yarn.  There will be another Craft Fair in the Park on August 17th.  Come see us if you are in northern Maine!  Finally, the annual Riverfront Harvest Fair is coming up in September.  If you can’t make these two Fairs this year, put Houlton on your vacation calendar for 2014.

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Kits all in a row.

Abi and Samuel produced another great litter of kits in May, and they are now available to go to new homes, whether to breeders or those seeking a “fiber pet.”

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In June we participated in the Took A Leap Farm Open House in Houlton, Maine with a presentation on Angora Rabbits including care, feeding and harvesting the fiber.

In July we were at the Houlton (Maine) Agriculture Fair.  We supported a new club, the Rabbit Habbit 4-H Club.  One of our bunnies, an informational display and a variety of yarn helped to draw folks into the 4-H tent and provided an introduction to German Angoras for many visitors.

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Blümchen recently went to school with her child human and his mother.  The kids were fine with her, and she did well with the kids.  The adult human showed the children the whole process of raising, harvesting and spinning fiber into yarn, and then knitting the yarn into a garment.  It all went well until Blümchen decided she had had enough of the extra attention and found a place of refuge.

SAFE!

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Blumchen (little flower in German) went to her new home in January.  As you can see from the picture, she (and others) have adapted very well.   Blumchen is a fiber pet.  She lives in a home with other pets and children.  As she grows, she will provide spinning fiber to her owner.

We love keeping up with “our” bunnies.  She is 100% German Angora rabbit from Abi and Samuel’s October 25th litter.  Her siblings are doing weil as they await new homes.

Pet German Angora rabbit with Bulldog

Blumchen and Friend

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