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Cold Antler Farm (+ Giveaway!!!)

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I have long been an avid practitioner of delayed gratification. For what feels like, well, always, when considering adding something new to my life, be it a pair of shoes, a new coat, or something really simple, like a new bar of soap, I hem and haw and take an unduly long time to finally commit to the new purchase. It’s not that I haven’t made up my mind. I definitely know I want whatever is in question. It’s just taking the leap to moving it from something I pine for to something I have actually acquired can be a long, drawn out process.

My penchant for delaying the inevitable can also sometimes extend to the cinematic and literary domains. If there’s a film I am absolutely certain I wish to view, or a t.v. show that’s clearly got “Ashley” written all over it, I can take forevvvvvvvvvver to finally head to the theater or settle into the couch and flip on the remote. Who knows why. The answer for that isn’t for me to determine. It’s simply a trait about myself that I know, and have long known, and truly, sincerely appreciate that others can tolerate and even embrace (Glenn, I’m looking at you).

When it’s a book in question that has attracted my attention, I am so very torn. A wordsmith myself, when I encounter text that deeply resonates with me, I want to consume it whole, in one sitting, while simultaneously wanting/allowing/wishing for it to take months to turn over the final page. Jenna Woginrich’s newest book, Cold Antler Farm (also the name of her homesteading blog), tore me into competing camps. A chronicle of a year in her life, closely tethered to the Earth and to the seasons as it is, is luminously and humorously penned. It is captivating and heart-wrenching and candid-my literary holy trinity. As such, I had a hard time finishing it, and said as much in my back-of-the-book-jacket review.

In Cold Antler Farm, Jenna relays her story, as a small scale homesteader in Washington County, New York. It’s also the story, though, of countless generations before her. Of those whose lives were measured in hours of sunlight and stores of food in the root cellar, of calve births and harvest moons. It taps into a time both wholly new to many in the modern world and yet timeless and ancient. It is lovely and stirring and poignant and I kept closing it up, so as to draw out its splendor for yet another day.

Today is Jenna’s birthday. Tomorrow is mine. As such, we are both Cancerians, as well as, with this new book of hers, Roost “sisters.” We’re two of a kind, she and I. If we lived a bit closer, I have no doubt we would swallow cider frequently (we’d make it together in autumn, of course, just like she shares in her book), and carve pumpkins on one another’s porches, and let our dogs chase each other, and cheer on each other’s successes and mourn each other’s challenges and travails. As it is, we do that digitally.

Today, let’s celebrate Jenna. It’s her day, after all. How about a giveaway? Roost has generously offered to give a copy of Cold Antler Farm to one small measure reader. I promise, you’ll equally not want to put it down and find any excuse to do so, to draw out its tale. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below about your favorite season, or month of the year. For me, it’s October and all of autumn. The fact that my sweet Huxley was born both in my most beloved month and during my favorite season endures him to me all that more.

I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding July 17th, midnight EST. Please leave a means of contacting you in your reply, should you be the winner (email addresses are visible only to me). Even if you don’t win, do check out Jenna’s book. It’s one for the ages, truly. Happy birthday, soul sister!

133 Responses to Cold Antler Farm (+ Giveaway!!!)

  • Schirin says:

    Sounds like a fantastic summer read… Thank you!

  • Tia Adams says:

    Autumn has been my favorite for as long as I can recall. Nothing better than a pulling on a sweater, socks and strolling through crisp leaves and smelling the autumn air.

  • Christine says:

    Happy Birthday Jenna! Happy Birthday Ashley! I hope you both enjoy a long weekend full of all your favorite things! :)

    * I love Jenna’s writings – thanks for such a lovely giveaway! I would have to say that I’m an early summer lover. Something about those long, warm evenings just makes me smile.

  • Liene says:

    Happy birthday, to both of you ladies!!!

    I’m a late-summer, early autumn gal – must be something about the harvest!

  • Holly says:

    My favorite time of year is late September/early October – harvest time! The abundance makes me giddy.

  • Sharon H. says:

    Sounds like a great book to read anytime of the year! I love the fall, it is so romantic time of the year!

  • Karen says:

    I have read Jenna’s previous books and in short…I love them.
    They are a joy to read.

  • Michelle says:

    Happy Birthday to you both! My favorite season is winter! Fires and lots of snow!

  • erin leigh says:

    Late September early October. Crisp air, falling leaves. Even though fall means another winter is on its way I long for it all summer

  • Carla says:

    A fellow cancer here. I have a hard time really believing in these things but so much of what you write about could describe me so perhaps it really is in the stars. And so I imagine that I would also love to read this beautiful book. Happy Birthday to both of you!

  • Amanda D says:

    It’s hard to pick just one season. Both fall and spring are my favorite. Spring for an earth awakening and fall for its beautiful colors and cooler weather after a warm summer.

  • Carla says:

    Oops. And I forgot. My favorite season is summer. The long days are my ultimate happy-makers.

  • Sally says:

    Happy Birthday, Ashley! Fall is my favorite season, and October is my favorite month. My mother and I sing a song every first of October – I always knew it as “the October song,” but apparently it has a name (as I just looked up): October’s Bright Blue Weather. Here are the lyrics if you’re interested: http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/fall/kids-poems-rhymes/octobers-bright-blue-weather.html

    Have a great weekend!

  • Kaela says:

    Happy birthday to both of you lovely ladies! I, too, am a Fall lover: as it happens, my birthday is in late September, my husband’s is three days after mine, and our wedding anniversary is Oct 3rd. Plenty of reasons to celebrate!

  • Janice says:

    Definitely the fall/September. I like the variety of temperatures, the brisk and warm, and seeing the world change entirely.

  • Dawn says:

    My birthday is in November so I have always loved Fall. Growing up in the South, it is just the time when you are craving a respite from the heat and humidity and welcoming all the fresh, crisp air back. Love Jenna’s story and have followed her for a long time. She is truly inspirational. Thanks, Ashley!

  • beth says:

    I love summer. Love the heat. Love the long days. Love the foods of summer. Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like a wonderful book!

  • Laurie Dimino says:

    For sure, Fall is my favorite time of year! I love the crisp air, beautiful colors, eating roasted corn, and drinking warm apple cider!
    I am an avid Jenna “fan” and have read all of her other books, in fact “Made From Scratch” was one of my first reads as I dove into homesteading and self sufficiency!
    Thank you for offering such a great giveaway, and here’s wishing you you both a Very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

  • jen says:

    If I lived somewhere a little less humid, summer would definitely be my favorite season…alas, here I am in the Southeast so Autumn is my happy place! Cool, crisp mornings and nights sandwich daylight hours that warm up enough to not need a coat but still be comfy in jeans and a cardigan!
    Happy Birthday to you both!
    Looking forward to reading this book, whether I win the giveaway or not. I’m homesteading vicariously through y’all! :)

  • Sarah M says:

    Mine used to be October and Fall back when I lived in the Midwest–but out here in the Pacific Northwest I think early Summer–June. Sunshine, fair weather, and beaches! It’s lovely.
    Also, I already read Jenna’s book and really enjoyed it! If I won I have the perfect friend in mine to gift it, too.

  • Meg says:

    So many autumn lovers…well, sign me up too! Cool air, clear skies, bountiful harvests – the stuff of dreams! With thanks,
    M

  • Alicia says:

    October is also my favorite month! My birthday is in October and my son was just born this past October. There’s something about the air in October, such a lovely time of year to take it all in.

  • Erin says:

    Late-summer is my favorite time of year. It matches with my constitution in Traditional Chinese Medicine and I love all the hours of sunlight, the harvest, the weather and the feeling of new possibilities for the next growth season.

  • Melanie J says:

    Ah, so unoriginal…i’m an autumn gal too! Grew up in CT, where the hills exploded in color and Halloween costumes got covered with jackets cuz of the cold. Thanks for the opportunity, Ashley!

  • Signe says:

    Picking just one is difficult. August in Iowa, when the bounty of tomatoes is overwhelming and the heat and humidity makes time slow down for a few weeks. Looking forward to the great read!

  • Erin Sipes says:

    I’m always torn between spring and autumn. One is a cool reprieve and the other a warm thaw.

  • Anja says:

    I love Jenna’s books and would love a chance to win a copy of this

  • Kris says:

    This sounds like such an interesting book. I’d love to win. Happy birthdays to you both!!

  • Anya says:

    Happy birthday to both of you– mine is just a few days away. :) I read Jenna’s first book and am looking forward to reading this one. Favorite season– autumn. The cooler days, shorter nights, the holidays approaching, the coziness, the seasonal foods. Perfect. :)

  • Jillian Wolf says:

    I love the long days of summer, the hours I have in the woods to study plants, forage for mushrooms and romp and play with my dogs. Spring is so full of new growth and the excitement of beginning a new season in the garden. In winter I most love the snow, the magic of its cover and, exploring a new world with dogs whose noses are covered with it, and coming in out of it to curl up by the fire. Autumn, though, must be my favorite. While I’m active with putting up food and getting out into the woods to absolutely glory in the color, there’s something very peaceful that comes over me then runs through me. In the woods, I can hear the quiet. Time to rest.

  • Hmm – it’s very hard to pick a favourite season. I guess what I love is that there are seasons. I love when summer sun turns golden brown in autumn, I love winter evenings curled up with a book by the fire, I love watching new life awakening as spring comes in and welcome the warm rays of sun as summer comes round again.

  • Hausfrau says:

    Glad Jenna has a new book out. Autumn is definitely my favorite season.

    Happy birthday!

  • Janet says:

    I would love to win this new book! Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Birthday to both of you :)

  • Barbara Bretherick says:

    Autumn. Campfires. Crisp. Cool. Color.

  • chandra says:

    Fall is my very favorite season. I love the way the air smells crisp and the colors of the leaves on the trees. My favorite clothes to wear are jeans and sweaters and I have so much more energy in the cooler weather.

  • Mary Ann says:

    For me it is Fall which calls to my heart. Gold and orange and red in the trees while I ride my trusty boy, partner in all things trail and experience that partnership few know. The colors of the landscape, the smell of the musty leaves, Scoot’s neck and mane while I brush his sorrel coat, it all speaks to me of time meant to be.

  • Jen H says:

    This would be a lovely read! ~My favorite season is fall…the crisp air made for sweater wearing and cider drinking speaks to my soul~

  • Hillary says:

    The beginning of Autumn is my favorite season… While many things are wrapping up in the garden, and I’m putting up the last of the tomatoes, it’s the start of a new school year for my littles and I begin the first of many Christmas knitting projects. Weather is perfect, and apple picking is great!

  • Melinda dyer Martin says:

    Sounds like a lovely read. Maybe I would save it for the autumn with a cup of tea and pumpkin bread. There’s delayed gratification!

  • psmflowerlady/tammy says:

    Pick me! Pick me!! Please (of course). I’ve enjoyed her blog for a while now and would love the book! Winter.

  • amanda says:

    oh Ashley, I am right there with you~ fall, for sure, is my most beloved season. something about that crisp air and apples and cinnamon scented loveliness, that blue blue sky and the cool mornings and nights. perfect.

  • Carrie Rock says:

    I also love fall, the harvest, the canning, the smell of spice and woodsmoke in the air, the feeling of restlessness within me as primitive migration urges start to stir.
    And another part of me loves June, the promise of a garden, jars of honey, blueberry pies, picnics and fairs.
    Oh, and then there is winter…vanilla mint smell of ice and snow, warm flannel blankets by the fire…..
    oh I love them all!
    carilou3@yahoo.com

  • Julie says:

    Spring is my season. I’ve so enjoyed Jenna’s other books and love her recent Taproot article. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Happy Birthday to you both!

  • Kasey says:

    Fall is my favorite time of year because the mosquitoes are fewer, the sun burns less, each and every meal is permitted to contain sweet potatoes, and the breeze in the air sounds like crinkled leaves.

  • Laura says:

    I love the temperatures of fall but there’s so much about summer that draws me in. I love working in the garden and helping others with theirs. I love the sense of accomplishment after picking a bucket of beans, tomatoes, cukes or any other item from the garden. I love sitting down to a meal and knowing that the items on your plate were grown in your backyard…or a friends : ) And when the garden really gets going, the canning ensues, preserving the goods for year round use. Summer is certainly a busy time around here, but so rewarding!

    After a day in the library, I came across Jenna’s book Made From Scratch. I could’ve read it over and over! It made me aware that homesteading was making a come back and open the door for me to seek out other titles on the subject. Which led me to your Homemade Living series : ) I would absolutely love my own copy of Cold Antler Farm!

  • Kathryn says:

    It’s spring for me. Late April through to early June, before the sun starts to glare and when everything still feels fresh and new. At least that’s what spring looks like in the temperate areas where I’ve lived (Washington State and Southern England).
    I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this book (win or no win). It sounds like a wonderful pairing for another memoir I enjoyed earlier this year: ‘The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love’ by Kristin Kimball.

  • Dana says:

    If I don’t win this giveaway I am purchasing this book as an inspirational piece for me and my boyfriend. We constantly have the conversation of what to do with our lives and it always comes down to a farm with our two aussie/collie mixes herding livestock and us with our hands deep in the soil. But we are always stopped short from this dream because we aren’t sure how to achieve our goal, having never been farmers before. I care for a small garden, but it is so different (I could believe) then sustaining yourself and creating a homestead.

    I still have hope though that one day we can start to live deliberately and make a homestead for ourselves and our family.

    Now to answer your giveaway question: January is probably my favorite month. It is a month of beginnings, hope, and calm. The holidays have finished and there is often snow. It is the perfect month to get back to your roots and focus on yourself and your family’s needs and prepare for news seasons and growth.

  • Donna says:

    Fall is DEF my fav time of year! The crisp cool mornings, the need for sweaters, and the smell of all day soups cooking on the stove…it’s a veritable smorgasbord of multi-sensors delights! Even if I dont win, this book has been added to my myst read list! Thanks for sharing!

  • I love Spring! the rebirth of Mother Earth and especially the greening up shows that life continues.

    Have you read Barbara Kingsolver’s book,, Animal, Vegetable,Miracle? I truly enjoyed it! http://www.kingsolver.com/books/

  • Tiffany says:

    I prefer winter (Florida winter, that is). Best time of the year in this state!

  • Carrie says:

    November for me. It’s the beginning of a series of holidays that somewhat revolve around food and celebration.

  • Rachael H. says:

    I also adore the autumn. I’m loving the unseasonably cool summer we’re having and daydreaming about sweaters already.

  • sarah rodriguez says:

    i love reading both your blogs and books too! cant wait to tear into your new ones!

  • Michelle says:

    I love Jenna’s books!

  • I love Jenna’s blog–I can’t remember if I found it because of you, or found you because of her! Either way I win :)
    MY favorite season is also autumn, but I like it more when I’m up north and not so far down here in Texas, because then there’s more leaves. I’d love a chance at Jenna’s book, but if I don’t win, you can bet I’ll be buying this one too!

  • Kim Vance says:

    Autumn is always welcome after long, hot, steamy summers. The book sounds so interesting, I have read her blog for quite a while. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Happy Birthday to you both! The contest ends on my Mom’s Birthday, so many July birthdays! I love autumn and my favorite month is November. Living in SoCal I do not experience the seasons and often it is 90 degrees on Thanksgiving but none-the-less the warmth of family and food drives my love for this season and month.

  • Karina says:

    Looks like a great read. Thank you

  • JamieK says:

    I’m an Autumn girl

  • Laura G. says:

    I have read each of her books and then sent them on to my sisters to pass to each other. It is hard to put her books down once you start them.

  • Kristen G says:

    My favorite season is autumn, Being from New England, it’s kinda mandatory! Pumpkins, squash, apples, crisp, cool breezes….sigh.

  • Vickie LeBlanc says:

    I love in Eastern Canada so we have four strong seasons. My favorite though is the Fall. I love everything about it even if it means extreme cold temps that comes afterwards. Bonne Fête Jenna.

  • Trisha says:

    Spring. It has that energizing feeling of new life. It’s the smells and excitement as we look out our windows and prowl the earth, searching for signs of rebirth. Nothing beats spring, not even the warm heat and fresh garden bounty of summer.

  • erika says:

    The older I get, the more I learn to appreciate the small gifts that each season has to offer and I am truly grateful for that perspective. But when asked to pick, it is hands down the cold, sunny days of autumn that welcome warm beverages and sweaters and reading good books on the couch after we’ve put our gardens to bed.

  • ~JackieVB says:

    Autumn is my favorite hands down. Especially after a hot humid summer here in Virginia Beach! Thanks for offering the giveaway :)

  • Tara Lehner says:

    When I lived back East, fall was by far my favorite time of the year… the crispness of the air, the changes of color, everything just (ironically) seemed more alive to me in fall than in summer. One last push towards life as our surroundings prepared for a winter rest. Now that I am in the high desert in Southern California, summer is my favorite. Our mornings are crisp and cool 50s-60s perfect for working in the orchard, gardens and with the animals. The afternoons can reach a scorching 115, forcing a few hours of siesta or inside creative time, something that could so easily fall by the wayside with long days and so much to do outside. As the temp drops to 80 and then even lower, we re-emerge from our house to continue to work outside, grill dinner and take in an amazing sunset.

    Jenna’s book looks captivating and I would love to pour over it and share it with our guests as we, here, continue to build our homestead. I can be reached at taralehner(at)outlook(dot)com. Thank you for this chance to win!

  • Courtney says:

    I just discovered her in Taproot magazine. Her advice to surround yourself with the life you wish to have is fabulous. I can’t wait to read her book.

  • molly says:

    My favorite month is September. The first cool nights of fall always delight me!

  • Shelly says:

    Autumn for me as well!! Its more than a season…its a feeling. My favorite! Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  • Dewise Bailey says:

    Autumn is definitely my favorite season. The air in SC finally cools down. The beauty of the season calls me outside for long walks and visits with the neighbors.

  • Mckee Cox says:

    I have been religiously following and reading Jenna’s blog since day one! She was half of the reason for my incurable barn heart disease!! And fall, is my favorite season, October is my favorite month, I am a cold weather, frost loving, sweater wearing, boot fanatic !! I love gloomy, October days, with the leaves crunching under my boots, and pumpkins on the porches, and chilly nights by the fire, anticipating the first mountain snowfall!! And October here in the Asheville area, is perfect, but I cherish my childhood fall days growing up in Marshall, NC!!

  • Steph says:

    Fall, hands down is my favorite time of year. October is my favorite as well. The gorgeous color of the leaves, the crisp days and a wedding anniversary all make this my favorite. Love all of Jenna’s books so far, I’m sure this one will not disappoint!

  • Liz S. says:

    Each part of the year appeals to me, but I have to say I love fall best. Things slow down in the garden and the bugs die back, which makes being outside more pleasant. Looks like a great read and am happy to have a chance to win!

  • Sarah C says:

    Would LOVE to read this!

  • Mary Jane Michels says:

    October is my favorite month. My husband and I were married on October 1, football season is in full swing and the month ends on a candy corn sugar high…what’s not to love?!

  • My favourite month has to be May, where everything starts to come alive after a long, cold, dark winter. Where finally the garden is ready for us!

  • Marvelous! October is also mine – hands down. It’s the beginning of the end of summer in Dallas and it spells sweet relief for my family and for my garden and animals!

  • Carolyn says:

    Autumn always feels like magic.

  • erin says:

    Oooo… I’d love to read this book! My favourite season is winter. I love the coziness of it – being bundled up inside by a fire while a snowstorm blows outside – and I love the sparkle and magic of a fresh snowfall!

  • Adelle Ferreira says:

    Ooh, I’ve been eyeballing this one for weeks. Would love to read this!

  • Heidi says:

    Definitely fall. Spring is lovely, but fall is cozy, and I enjoy anticipating the holidays almost more than celebrating them. Sounds like a great read!

  • Kat says:

    I’m glad to hear about this book, I didn’t know it was out! Thanks for the chance to win it.

    Autumn is my favorite season, even if it’s a wet one in the NW. It’s the return of school, my and my sisters birthday, Day of the Dead, and Thanksgiving! I get to wear all my handknits! The best.

  • Karen P says:

    Spring, with the earliest chartreuse leaves appearing and the thrill of seeing the first tips of crocus poking out of the ground. I love Jenna’s writing, and yours , happy Birthday to you both!

  • Beautiful write up of the book- and thanks for a new blog to check out too!
    I know I’d enjoy reading this one as much as you did- thank you for a chance to enter!

  • Kate says:

    I live one county south of Jenna, in beautiful upstate NY, and autumn is my favorite season. The air is crisp, the sky is blue and the garden is getting ready to go to bed. It gives me time to look back on nature’s bounty and enjoy the life I live.

  • Melinda Taylor Kelly says:

    I really do not have a favorite season. Each is special to me for different reasons. In the fall you have the leaves changing colors, gathering up the end of the harvest. Winter is a time to peace and staying closer to home. Spring is a time to work the soul and planting time. Also a time when the first shoots arrive. Summer is a time for spending alot of time outside, going to the beach and just relaxing and enjoying.

  • Corbett says:

    Pick me! Looks like a great book!

  • yvonne says:

    I know about Jenna and her farm from Bedlam Farm blog by Jon Katz. I would love to win this book! Thanks for giving all of us an opportunity to win.

  • Karen says:

    Looks like a wonderful read! The endless possibility of Spring inspires me!

  • Beth says:

    Fall is my favorite season. The scent. The air. The dance of leaves. It’s all perfection.

  • Jenna says:

    I love autumn, it’s my favorite time because of all the mulled cider and cool weather. Happy birthday to yall :)

    • jen riley says:

      What a beautiful book to inspire a new way of living! I so enjoy your blog and use it for my daily reminder to be present and enjoy the world around me. Thanks for posting!

  • Kat says:

    Happy Birthday Ashley! I too, share a trait of delayed gratification. What’s up with that? I”m beginning to embrace it. This past year, my favorite season was ‘sugaring’ here in VT. Lovely days.

  • Carol in NC says:

    Happy Birthday ladies! I’ve been reading Jenna’s blog for a while now and haven’t picked up a copy of her new book yet. Thank you for a chance to win one. I must say that I love everything about fall!

  • Elin says:

    I love fall and winter. Even though I live in the mountains in Pennsylvania and it can be bitterly cold, I love the change of the seasons and those are my favorite baking seasons too. I have a cinnamon obsession!

  • Anne says:

    This book looks inspiring. I’ll have to track it down if I don’t get lucky and win! My favorite season is spring, the season of new beginnings…but as my children grow older, I like summer more and more because it means I get to spend more time with them in a less hurried manner.

  • What a sweet thing you’re sharing about yourself!

    My favourite month ist November. Maybe because I’m a november girl. I love fall, I love love rain. I love thanksgiving and the other traditions we celebrate this month. I mean I do love winter moths and how yould I not embrace fall. And those years since I call myself a mother, yes, mother of a summer girl, I more and more get the hang of summer, not the heat, but all that comes with the summer months. In my heart though, november love, always.

    Thanks.

  • I Wilkerson says:

    My favorite season is spring because I like the long days. BTW, if you haven’t read The Dirty Life yet, I recommend that…

  • Mel B says:

    Ha! This is so funny — I am in the middle of writing a post about your recipe for Sonkers, and wanted to link my article to your blog, and poof! You are talking about the author who’s book I’m reading — “Barnheart”, which I am THOROUGHLY enjoying, as it feels like I’m reading my own heart :) So yes, please, put enter me in the the draw. Funny how it’s all connected, like one big homesteading circle :)

  • Love Jenna’s blog! Just from what I have read there ( the good and bad) her story is such a inspiration. This book is also on the cancers wish list for my bday! I have a favorite part of each season but being a mama to many living in nc fall it the best . Time to slow down, knit more, and enjoy the gifts from a summer garden.

  • chantelle says:

    October for sure. Up here in the Canadian Rockies October has warm days and chilly nights…and the last glorious burst of produce at local farmers markets.

  • Lauren says:

    I can see myself curled up reading his with my favorite cup of tea.

  • a/k/a Nadine says:

    High summer. So basically right now. July. I love the heat, the sunshine, the green, the soft air on bare skin. Everything that is not winter.

  • Emily B says:

    Spring & fall are my most favorite seasons, not too hot and not too cold.

  • Mary says:

    As a person who gravitates to warmth, light and ritual, summers camped out by a body of water bathed in sunlight were my cup of tea growing up in the Piedmont. But now, as a mother and WNC transplant, autumn has my heart. It is our attempt at cultivating personal warmth and light in the midst of cold and fog that I love. The sensory exerpiences of crackling fires, thick sweaters, soft blankets, warm mugs of sweet drink, comfort food and full bellies, bustling gatherings and festivities, twinkling strands of lights, cuddles and embraces, I could go on and on.

  • Rhonda says:

    I love all of the seasons. I really do. I love the change that each new season brings and the promises too. Happy birthday fellow Cancerian.

  • Teresa R says:

    Happy Birthday to both of you. I love Autumn and Winter; I enjoy the leaves changing color and the cold bite of wind in winter

  • KJ says:

    I have been meaning to read this book…

  • Rhonda says:

    Happy Birthday to both of you girls! I love, love, love fall. I don’t want it to come too fast though!

  • Tracey says:

    I love autumn! Happy birthday to you both!

  • Ashley says:

    I have a hard time choosing between autumn and spring. Both are great times of the year for camping! Oh, and Happy Birthday!

  • Brook Coffee says:

    As we are in the depths of the worst drought in california history, my favorite season is rainy season, known to others as winter. Our garden is hurting. the redwoods are patient. the frogs are silent. I am hopeful. saving seeds for the first drops that fall from the sky. we will all have drops coming from our eyes as well.
    I appreciate Jenna’s honesty in the hardships that aren’t always picture perfect!
    thanks for the opportunity

  • Alicia-Marie says:

    Hands down, my favorite month is October – cool, crisp evenings; fresh apples; blue skies; nature moving inward. It is the time of the storyteller. Love it!!!

  • Monica says:

    Summer. It’s hot and muggy, yes, but I love it and all the fun summery things there are to do – berry picking, swimming at the lake, harvesting veggies from my garden, sipping cold drinks, etc

  • Dana Nagle says:

    Late Summer: bittersweet

  • Lindsay BL says:

    I would love to read Jenna’s book!

  • Courtney says:

    I’m back and forth between spring and fall as my favorite season, but I’d have to go with spring since the transition to warmth and bloom is so exciting. Thanks for doing the giveaway, the book sounds great!

  • Ashley Thompson says:

    October is my month!! Oh the great joys await us, cool temps, pumpkin pie, canning! Can’t wait

  • JD says:

    The book sounds wonderful. I’ll read it even if I don’t win it.
    As to favorite seasons — like many, I love Fall. Here in Florida, it is that brief time of late Fall, mid to late November, when the sticky heat finally truly abates, and fresh breezes move the changing tree leaves against a sapphire sky. In Kentucky, when I was growing up, it was earlier Fall, late September through October, when my grandfather’s maples turned into trees of flame, the mornings were cool enough for a light jacket, the afternoons were warm enough for short sleeves, and I skipped to school with the pleasant scent of the fallen leaves rising up to accompany me. How I miss those golden days!

  • This book has been on my list to read! Thanks for offering this giveaway, would love to win a copy!

  • Tammy Allen says:

    I would love to win Jenna’s book. I check in on her blog periodically and have her first book. She is awesome.

  • jules says:

    Fall is my favorite time of year, followed closely by Spring. Summers here are so HOT, that any break we can get is absolutely savored. I’d love to win this book. I admire Jenna so.

  • Maureen says:

    I love Fall–it always makes me feel so energetic after the hot and humid summer months.

  • Kacey says:

    Believe it or not, I *just* finished reading Barnheart, and loved it! I’d love to read Cold Antler Farm too! My favorite month is probably September. I love when the days just start getting crisp. It’s perfect. :)

  • amber myers says:

    Fall-hands down! Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Linda M says:

    Spring is my favorite season. The beautiful flowering trees and shrubs and the “re-greening” of all the earth is so invigorating. It feels like the rebirth of the giant slumbering earth.

  • Wendy says:

    Autumn!
    “I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”
    Anne of Green Gables

  • Isabelle says:

    I do read her blog. She is an inspiration to me. I would love to win her book. Thank you for the chance to win.

  • Terry Lillie says:

    Hope both of you had wonderful birthdays! I am an October gal too. The color, the cool weather, beginning of fires, and layered clothing (don’t get me started)…hahahaha. It will be here soon. The book looks awesome!!

  • Krystal says:

    I’m falling more and more in love with November (my birth month) and have always loved the full, heavy, heady air of August. As for the seasons, well, what I love most is that they change so dramatically here. I adore them all. And I’ve taken workshops with Jenna- she’s a hoot!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I have followed and enjoyed Jenna’s blog for a long time.
    My favourite season is that bittersweet time between summer and autumn, warm days and cool sweater evenings. Is it a coincidence my kids were born August and October?