Foiled by Two Photos

I had big plans for the bunnies.

They were moving outside.

I have spent months working on a pen inside the bunny yard.

There are now two barriers between them and danger.

It has fence, hardware cloth, mesh,

plexi glass, polyethylene and metal.

(Shower curtains will be replaced by metal when Mr. Flower has time to help.)

There are boxes, tunnels and a hutch.

They even have market lights on a timer!

It is quite elaborate and a bit messy. (Sorry neighbors)

But it was all for naught.

My plans have been foiled by two photos from the neighbors’ critter cam.

The first is of three raccoons. I was aware of one, but now feel outnumbered.

MOULTRIE DIGITAL GAME CAMERA

The second is the hind end of a rather large coyote.

MOULTRIE DIGITAL GAME CAMERA

Years ago one tore down some fence and left a dirty paw print on the window screen.

THUS, those two messy bunnies will continue to come inside at night.

We can’t have them partying with these wild ones.

Mama needs her sleep.

Flow

 

 

The Green Patch

I made a trip to the green patch today.

img_4288

I was happy to be snipping in the sunshine.

I got a basket full.

img_4290

Not enough to cook up a mess.

They aren’t for me.

They are for the bunnies, of course.

img_4296

There is nothing more yummy to a bunny tummy than fresh greens.

See that smile?

img_4311

FLOWER

Throwing Snow

While most folks are shoveling sidewalks and driveways,

the Flower is diligently digging snow off her deck.

Why would I make a path to nowhere?

The bunnies, of course.

Their yard in under the deck. They have not been out for days.

They dislike snow, but more than that, they hate to be dripped on.

Before they can leave the comforts of their bunny room in the basement,

the snow must be removed.

Melting will not do, because melting means dripping.

It’s been a tough week inside for the bunnies.

Barley seems depressed.

It could be indigestion. He ate some bristles off the broom while my back was turned.

Charlotte is bored. She has been throwing the hay pan in protest.

They have been keeping busy inside. But they need to get back outside.

That’s why I shoveled a path to the deck railing.

So I could throw snow over it to the ground below.

It’s all about the bunnies here.

If you don’t believe me, ask Mr. Flower.  He’ll tell you.

FLOWER

 

 

Barley’s Bottom

I promised Barley I would not share photos of his bare bottom.

It was not pretty.  He seemed ashamed and hid in his box more than usual.

It all started on a trip to the mountains.

Barley urinated in his crate and had a wet bottom when we arrived.

It tried to clean his fluffy rear with wash clothes and wipes.

Bunnies hate to be wet, so we both ended up soaked and I got bitten twice.

Barley has never bitten me before, so I knew this was not going to end well.

The fur on his cute,  little rear end was soon matted and dirty and clumped into locks.

It was time to visit our specialty vet.

This woman is amazing. Anybody that can hold a giant rabbit with one hand and shave his bottom with the other is my hero.

I must add that if this had been Charlotte, the attack rabbit scene from Monty Python would have been reenacted.   She is a beast!

We came home with an antibiotic, an anti-inflammatory and sulfa cream to slather on his bare rear.

Yes folks, Barley had diaper rash.

Charlotte had to be isolated during this period, because she would have licked off the cream.

I am happy to report that the crisis has passed and his bottom is back to its former cuteness.

All’s well that ends well.

FLOWER/ BUNNY MAMA

Parsley in Protective Custody

My parsley plant started disappearing again.

Last time this happened, I found a little striped Black Swallowtail caterpillar munching on it.

IMG_1279

After a few days it crawled up on the Passion vine, changed shape,

IMG_1292

formed a chrysalis, and disappeared.

IMG_1417

This time though, I could not find the culprit.

Each day the plant got smaller and smaller.

Ah Ha!  I finally caught the bandit in action.

No Black Swallowtail this go-round.

It was a black New Zealand Lop rabbit, Charlotte.

IMG_4664

The plant has been moved out of reach of Miss Munchie.

IMG_4905

She was out there searching for her snack this morning.

IMG_4936

Whew! These rabbits keep me hopping.

FLOWER

Bugs and Bunnies

I am surrounded by cuteness.

Most people think bunnies are cute,

IMG_2586
Charlotte and Barley. My New Zealand/Lop rabbits.

but I think bugs are also cute.

IMG_2565
Baby Mantis on Eucomis

I think it is precious that something so tiny is busy doing its job in the garden.

IMG_2567

The bunnies, however, do not seem the least bit concerned

IMG_2583

with doing anything productive.

IMG_2572

I guess when you are that cute, you don’t need to concern yourself with a purpose.

IMG_2588

I guess their cuteness is their purpose.

I wish I were that cute!

FLOWER/Bunny Stalker

Evidence of a Stalker

While searching through my many files for a certain photo,

I noticed a disturbing trend.

Someone has been using my camera to take hundreds of photos of a certain two individuals.

There are pictures of them eating, lounging, cuddling and even using the toilet.

What was even more disturbing is that there is an inordinate number of closeups of their backsides.

Whoever is doing this is obviously obsessed with these two and has a booty fetish.

I am looking into the issue and gathering evidence.

I am pretty sure I know who the perpetrator is, but I won’t divulge her identity.

Bunny Mommy

If you think it’s difficult to get a Christmas photo with children in it,

you need to try it with bunnies.

img_8117

Barley took to the hat without complaint.

img_8115

He also likes to be held, so this part of the photo-shoot went easily.

img_8114

Then there was Charlotte.

img_8118

The first photos had to be redone, because I left the photo card in the computer.

The repeat performance was even more lively than the first.

img_8121

She bit her hat and then climbed me like a tree.

img_8124

No blood was shed, so I consider this a success.

These two are such fun.

They are a lot of work, but worth every bit, or should I say bite?

img_8111

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

FLOWER/Bunny Mommy