Well, I'm back from beautiful Lebanon, PA! This morning it was 5 degrees below zero here, BRRRRRRR!!!!! All the rabbits are still in the house, nobody is going back out in that after being relatively warm since Friday!
I had a good weekend, I sold two does and a buck, got good comments on my junior's bodies but not their coats, but I knew that, none of them were really in show condition. The bucks had had to be shorn because they sprayed each other, and had grown back the mandatory 2" of wool for showing, but that's really not enough to place well. The does had chewed wool off of each other, and were very uneven. And of course JG's Stinker had soiled himself again. I got most of the stain off but he still looked very ivory next to the pristinely white rabbits. I am going to keep him, his body is very nice and solid and his density is exceptional. I got some good advice on how to deal with his spraying from Karin and Marilyn, so hopefully I'll be able to get him clean and keep him that way, until he grows out of this stage.
I picked up my newest doe, Louisa, who is exactly 8 months old and weighs 9 pounds so far, I am confident she'll make it to 10. She is a descendent of my beloved Billy, and also Dumpling, and her sire is a GC belonging to the Baileys, so she has an awesome combination of genetics behind her and is the perfect addition to the gene pool. She likely is the last rabbit I will be buying, as I want to start line breeding and developing a distinct line of Jan's Giants. I might make an exception for a potentially BIG German, tho'.
I also won a pretty little Satin Angora doe bred by Under the Dark Star Rabbitry in the UARC raffle. Her pedigree says lilac, but she is a chocolate seal or chocolate something, her eyes are much too brown, and her coat color too rich to be lilac. Anyway, I have always wanted a chocolate satin for wool, now I have one. :)
The most rewarding part of the weekend for me was the number of people who hugged me, thanked me for being the newsletter editor, and said they understood why I resigned, and were sorry it came to that. I was truly surprised by some of them, as I either did not know their position on all the stuff that has been going on, or I assumed they were on the "other side". It was so rewarding to find out how many people read this blog, understand where I am coming from, and agree! I had some long conversations with several people about the direction the NARBC has been going, and we all have many common concerns. Foremost among the concerns were issues of honesty regarding sanctions and finances. Many folks just don't get a warm, fuzzy feeling that things are being done according to the rules and not according to who has the most influence. And I'm going to leave it at that, because I don't wish to tell other peoples' stories. But I do think more people need to come forward and tell their stories publicly, and bring them up before the Board, and keep bugging them until something is done, or we vote people in who will listen to us and do as we ask.
That's all for now, as I have bunnies to deliver.