Sunday, 13 August 2017

Old Friends

I dropped in on Bugsy yesterday as I heard she wasn't well. She really didn't look good when I arrived, but I think maybe she had only just had her poking and ear cleaning and wasn't ready to forgive humans yet. So I went to hang out with crazy little Ruben for a bit (I love Ruben!), when I came back she had cheered up considerably.

"Time for a game. In this one, we see how many of those carrot-shaped treats I can convince you to give me individually before you give up and just leave me the tub."

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Unusually Eating

Usually if I'm looking at him he is glaring back at me but not today - I got a photo of him actually eating grass!!!!!

Yes, that's his front teefs you can see chomping away!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Irregular Activity

I've pretty much given up on trying to get regular photos of my two for this blog. They're just so not into it, probably less so than ever before, it takes a lot of treats to persuade them to do anything I want them to.

Plus, if we're honest, their fluffy little waistlines could do without more treats...

"Did you just call us fat?"

Erm...well...if the chubby moniker fits... Oh no. I hope Little Miss Foot-Chomper didn't just hear me say that!

[...lick..lick..lick...]

Phew! Distracted! Think I got away with that.

"Don't think that just because my fur is more important than you that your slippers won't be on the receiving end of a very unfortunate accident later. Or that you won't be in them at the time."

Uh oh.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Look But Don't Touch

"So that's the sound you make when you're hovering, shall we find out what sound you make when somebun chomps your feet?"

To be fair Anouska, I'm pretty sure we both already know what that sounds like, thanks to you!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Fair Share

"Quick question - we've done our bit for today, so when are YOU going to chip in and eat YOUR share of this grass?"

Erm...

Sunday, 30 July 2017

About To Binky

"Are you watching? 'Cos this next lap is going to be the fastest and bounciest you have ever seen..."

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Snuggles and Treats

After the sad passing of Sprat and Torvill this year at the RRR, their former partners have found each other. They have a lot in common and seem to get on about as well as two bunnies can, which is great news. Of course, that does mean double-adorability-snack-muggings...

"We wouldn't want you to needlessly carry that heavy tub of treats around all afternoon...and lucky for you we have a solution!"

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Strawberry-Filled Banana Donut

Anouska is on pain pills this week to see if it helps her move better. The vet suggested syringing them into her mouth mixed with mushy food, but my attempts at that failed dramatically

Now, she loves fruit, especially bananas and strawberries. So for the last few days I have been pushing the pills into a small piece of banana and medicating her by stealth - she thinks she's just getting extra treats. It was all working out well until today when I tried to mix things up and use strawberry - for some reason, "not banana" was worth some thumping and grumping.

After several unsuccessful attempts to persuade her it was something tasty, I resorted to digging the now half-dissolved tablet out of the strawberry, scooping out a piece of the banana and slotting the strawberry/medicine mix in. So she ended up with something resembling a banana donut with strawberry centre. It worked well, she scoffed it immediately, but I'm dreading tomorrow - I fully expect her to reject her morning medicated banana until I put the strawberry filling in it again.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Friday, 14 July 2017

Sound of Snacks

"Anouska, shush, stop nomming grass for a second... Did you hear the treat bag?!"

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Napwatch

"Sooooooo...not under the chairs. Well is there a place in the house I CAN take a nap without you trying to photograph it?"

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Back To The 50s

I never really got on with really shallow depth of field when I first got my 50mm lens, but I've been having so much fun with it recently at 85mm I though I'd give it another go.

The main difference between the two is you need to stand closer for a similarly framed shot with the 50mm (obviously). I get the impression MrB has some feedback he wishes to share with me over that aspect.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Re-Melted

The awful hot weather is back, it's so frustrating, the bunnies hate it. Once again, Anouska has melted into the carpet.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Sun Smooched

"Right, that's me all vitamin D'ed up. Can we go back in the house and see how many vitamins I can absorb from the TV?"

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Behind Bars

Oh Anouska, you look like you have something to ask me?

" 'tis true I ponder. What crime hast thy magnificent sun committed upon thee that thou shalt seek to confine it behind bars?"

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.K. Actually it's more like "What dost thy bunnies do with their butts and teeth that thou shalt protect the windowsill from them?"

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Humans Suck

"I'm gonna use my special bunny psychic powers to deduce that...you've come to vacuum?"

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."