The fall slump is officially upon us. It's easy to sell bunnies in the spring, and throughout summer, but as soon as that first cool day comes along (mid 60's), everyone decides it's time to thin out their herd and the market is suddenly flooded with cheap rabbits of all kinds (except of course the French Lops and Flemish Giants we would love to snag for cheap). All the buyers seem to dry up at the same time.
In a perfect world, I would love to have a big barn where I could use a stall or two and just set up a couple colonies to let the bunnies do their own thing. I always thought that would be funner for them to have more space, while still having the security of a roof and walls and predator protection. Maybe someday.
Like the bunny market, the housing market here seems to dry up with the cold weather too. While I was getting notices from the real estate agent once or twice a week before on new places coming on the market or prices changing - I haven't heard a peep since we saw that last house, many of the houses I was watching have disappeared (pulled from the market, not sold), and nothing new matching our criteria has come up. I think it's pretty official that the house search is going to be put on hiatus now until spring.
The vehicle is also unofficially a loss. I had hoped it was something we could simply repair or replace, but one of the engine mounts (or something like that) was destroyed, and it could cost upwards of $500 to fix/repair the problem. Since our wonderful van has brought so many family trips and memories, it'ss got a lot of mileage, and it's been through a lot. Tony is concerned that if we spend $500 to fix it now, it may only limp through for a few months before something else will go out. He just wants to go get a new vehicle. A local dealership has some used mini vans available right now, so we may take a peek tomorrow if we find time. We've got to get something figured out because my brother needs the truck we've been borrowing as he starts his new job Friday.
Please check back tomorrow to see photos of the five new arrivals on the Rabbits page. I know Coleson, Beatrice, and Bertram will be coming back. I'm not sure what breeds or genders the other two will be. I'm always up for a surprise though.