Saturday, 24 June 2017

A Soft Little Rexit?

I decided some time ago that I did not want any more bunnies. My biggest problem is vets, it seems like a recipe for disaster that I need to drive an hour away to see mine and if an emergency happens when my vet isn't available there is a chance an out-of-hours or stand-in vet will kill my dearest baby through lack of knowledge or understanding. I've seen it happen too many times and I think I've had enough stress over this to cover a lifetime.

But I am weak. I love my bunnies and if I came across a poor bunny in a shelter that I fell for (over and above the feeling I have that I want to adopt them all anyway) I know I'd struggle to resist taking them home. Now I don't really volunteer for the RRR I am less likely to get to know one of those special rabbits with strong characters, the ones that dig their way into your heart and build a connection with you that you can't walk away from. So I think I'm safe from that. Then the only weak spot I have left is that I always wanted to one day have a straight-eared giant or a mini-rex in my family. Fortunately, neither of those breeds pops up in rescue very often, so if I'm lucky I can continue to resist.

STOP GLARING AT ME, MEADOW, I SAID I AM RESISTING!!!!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Those Ears!

This photo from my trip yesterday is for Shadowydreamer.

"I can hear you talking about me you know."

I am not at all surprised.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

In Need of No More

I popped over to Animals in Need today in preparation for possibly doing my summer photo project there.

If it goes ahead, it won't be my first project outside the RRR. My photo project last summer was for rabbit expert and author Twigs Way, taking photos of her many rabbits and garden. In that project I was trying out different types of shots with rabbits I hadn't met before, it was a fun challenge and I was pleased with the results. I've even heard rumour that at least one of the photos may have made it into Twig's latest book.

Then my winter project was for the rabbity Facebook page Fluffy Little Five, where I was practising indoor photography. This was mostly trying out the things I'd learned about lighting from some evening classes I'd attended. Again, I think it worked out pretty well, they seemed fairly happy with the results and many of the photos were used on their page.

For this latest project, I wanted to do something for another rescue, but maybe not just bunnies this time (though AIN do have a bunny section). So that's where I was today, scoping it out. And if Anouska asks, I absolutely DID NOT have my eye on any more bunnies I might like to bring home, absolutely not...

"Really? Cos you told us..."

Shush, jumbo adorable bunny! Shush!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The 85

I've been looking through Flickr for inspiration a lot this year, which has the added bonus that you can often see the equipment and settings people use to capture great images. In doing so I have become a little bit obsessed with portraits taken with 85mm (fixed focal length) lenses. Sure, mostly on Flickr they are of people or cats, but I've been itching to try it out with bunnies. At 85mm with a shallow depth of field, you can get some quite dreamy separation of subject from surroundings.

Hmmm...I think Anouska might be taking the 'dreamy' bit a little too literally as she looks half asleep! Oh hang on...

Yup. There goes the other half.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Lay Down Noushy

It is way too hot for Anouska right now, she seems to be really struggling with temperatures above 25 degrees centigrade, so we tend to take advantage of the cooler mornings and get them outside before the sun hits the garden. Their levels of activity vary from day to day, but I generally consider it time for us all to go back inside when Anouska lays down for a final clean before her morning nap.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Unwelcome Watcher

Sometimes they seem to appreciate me being in the garden looking out for them, protecting them from squawky birds and passing cats, but mostly if they're outside they be all like...

"Sorry, WHOSE garden playtime is this?"

Friday, 16 June 2017

The Dumb Waiter

"That's weird. 'Cos it LOOKS like you've come back WITHOUT the carrotinis on ice I asked for, but that obviously CAN'T be true..."

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Not Here

"Did I mumble? Did I stutter? No. Clear and clean as a classical clarinet, I said 'Nothing to see here'. Now pay attention and move along."

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Feets Away!

I think some of my little friends, evicted by the demolition works, have moved into the nearby woods to live with their squirrelly chums. They've become a bit tetchy about the whole business, photos of them usually end up like this one, more of a "spot the bunny" (and squirrels) game than a proper photo.

Hint: You're looking for the underside of the back feets and a tail disappearing towards the trees.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

The Loops

[Scene: A quiet house with chewed furniture. A handsome agouti bunny is glaring sternly at a stoopid human.]
MrB: Where is my treat?
BHV: I just gave it to you, you didn't touch it.
MrB: That wasn't a treat. It tasted of peas.
BHV: Well I'm sorry you didn't...wait - did you say 'peas' or...?
MrB: Not a treat. I want the loopy treat you usually give me at this time.
BHV: We're out. You ate them all. The shop I get those from is 25 miles away, you don't expect me to drive 50 miles just to go get treats that taste very slightly nicer than the treats we have at home now, do you?
MrB: ...
BHV: Well, do you?!
MrB: ...
BHV: I'll get my car keys. [sigh]

(True story)

Monday, 5 June 2017

Still For Now

Just as I have figured out a schedule to bump into the wild rabbits that nom on this grass, the whole area is about to be closed off and that building behind demolished. I guess I won't be seeing them for much longer, I just hope they find a new place to hang out and that their burrow is far enough away from the building that it isn't destroyed.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Light and Shade

What can I say, one likes sitting in the sun spots (in this case, one she found in the spare room), one does not.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Sprat

Yesterday, 16th May 2017, at around 4pm, we had to make the very difficult decision to put Sprat to sleep. I adored him, even though he lived at the Rescue he felt like part of my family. I am absolutely devastated, my heart just keeps breaking over and over.

The photo above is the last one I took of him when I visited him on Saturday 6th May.

The Rescue asked me to write a post about him on their blog, since I had fostered him twice and spent so much time with him. You can read more about him in that post, more on this blog and even more in all his posts over on Big Ears, Tiny Tales.

Binky free, Sprat.

Friday, 12 May 2017

For Delivery

"Where you figuring on posting me somewhere in this? Only I thought it might need more air holes."

"And I like to take REALLY deep breaths."

Thursday, 11 May 2017

2017 #122

What the...???!!! How is it Thursday already??!! I've completely forgotten to blog all week! How did that happen??!!

"I guess we should just be grateful you don't forget to make us dinner!"

I have a feeling I'd be reminded pretty sharpish if that happened...

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Sprat Like That

Sprat actually was pretty pleased to see me yesterday, perhaps with Bugsy still being a little sedate after her ear surgery and heavy-duty pain meds he was short of someone to talk to. I say "talk", he mostly just sat and nommed treats as I poked them into his mouf.

"Dis da treat tub?"

"OK, three more of the brown ones and then I want one of the little carrot shaped ones."

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Friday, 5 May 2017

2017 #120

Speaking of evil death-glares...

This one was about me limiting the amount of 'nana he could have. Sorry, MrB.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

2017 #119

I don't know what's worse, the direct disapproval I get from MrB from cleaning his tummy or the evil death-glare I get from Anouska after.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

2017 #118

B: Is he being arty or does he not know he's not pointing that directly at us?
A: Patience MrB, patience. When he goes to put it in the intehwebs we'll know. We'll know from the loud swearing.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

2017 #117

"Do you have any spare 'nana? Only, Anouska wants me to lick her head and I figure it would make it taste better."

Saturday, 29 April 2017

2017 #114

BHV: Come on Sprat, three visits in the same month, that's got to be worth a cuddle!
Sprat: That depends - did you bring treats I like this time?
BHV: How about these? [drops pile of treats under Sprat's nose]
Sprat: These? Pah! These interest me not! Be gone!
BHV: [walks away downhearted]
Sprat: Ooo look, Bugsy, a mysterious pile of treats I just discovered all on my own!

[...nom nom nom...]

Friday, 28 April 2017

2017 #113

2017 #112

What do you think? Is now a good time to put the vacuum cleaner round?

"...zzz..."

Maybe not. And I can't even have a nap myself because I've got to keep a look out for the bunny treat delivery driver. [sigh]

Thursday, 27 April 2017

2017 #111

"Is that a bruise? Did Anouska throw something at your head again?"

2017 #110

"Oh there you are. I thought I was going to need to start throwing stuff around to get your attention."

Really Anouska? Exactly when did me actually being here stop you doing that?!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

2017 #106

I mowed a few strips through the long, nommable grass for bunnies to race about. They did for about 2 seconds. Then they spotted me, 'the medicine giver', and turned immediately grumpy.

"Is he still following us?"

"GO! AWAY!"

I'm not sure I've ever experienced such prolonged disapproval from my own bunnies before. It's turning into a long month.