Oh, I Love The Summer!
I live in the UK, so yes, as soon as the sun shines, we Brits get very, very over excited. (Though it doesn’t usually take long before we hear the inevitable complaint, ‘I like it hot, but not this hot’!) We are not really good with the heat for more than a couple of days, hehe!
I love summer, especially a summer with the sun which is rare here. I don’t want to sound trite, I know there are some crazy, unthinkably awful things happening in our world right now, but, when the sun smiles, things are somehow so much better don’t you think?
Spending time in our own outside spaces, for example, if we are lucky enough to have them. Our garden is small and wild, but we love it and we love being out in it. And, it feels like it comes alive in the summer. We have the teensiest little stream leading to the smallest pond at the bottom. Frozen and full of mud for most of the year, suddenly makes itself home to tadpoles and toads and some of the weirdest looking water-dwelling creatures you can imagine. Our dog, Harvey, is fascinated but I am sure they will do his tummy no good should he be left to play in the water as he would like!
This year, we decided to section off a part of the garden for our ever-expanding bunny population. There used to be more rabbits living and playing in here, but after losing our lovely Lily and then one almighty barny a few months ago, we had to break up the remaining foursome, and now we have two separated pairs. One pair ‘The Power Couple’ in here and the other, ‘The Cutie Pies’ still live with us indoors.
The Power Couple
‘Teemo and Kanga’
Teemo was our first adopted bun. His first owners ran out of patience with his amorous ways, and so we brought him home and smothered him with love (as well as giving him the snip!) Actually, our daughter brought him home to smother him with love which, at the time, was a bit of a shock for her dad and me. Luckily it didn’t take us long to fall for his adorable sweetness. Well, look at that face, how could you not?!
Kanga came to us with her sister, Lily (shown in the picture with Teemo above), after they became ill and then abandoned. The first few weeks were a struggle to get them back to full health, but they were fighters and got stronger with time. Lily, however, was always very timid and quiet and lived with us for only two years before we lost her a few months ago due to a variety of health issues that we think lead back to this tough start in life. Kanga, on the other hand, is a bruiser of a bunny. She is like a little ball of furry muscle and is rarely still or not eating! If we were ever to enter a bun into a Bunny Olympics, she would absolutely be the one to bring us home the gold.
Together this pair is a perfect Yin and Yang. Quiet and affectionate vs hyperactive and playful. Such a gorgeous but ‘unmesswithable’ couple.
The Cutie Pies
‘Ninja and Tarka’
Ninja (official name Twitch, due to his insatiable appetite for ‘binkies’*) was our second adoptee after Teemo. He literally was the black rabbit. Nobody wanted him and so was given over to be adopted. Those by-passers losses were definitely our families gain. He is the most loving but feisty little thing. Hence, his nickname. We call him the Ninja on account of his feats of espionage and ability to get up to no good without ever being seen! Watching him play brings us so much laughter.
Tarka is the newest addition to the clan and is our little, pampered princess. She is the most loving and snuggly of them all. She jumps up onto my knee and makes herself comfy, licking my nose whenever she feels she is not getting enough of my attention. She is the sweetest, cuddliest little bun you could wish for.
These two are the cuties of the clan. Ninja tries his utmost to show off and impress Princess Tarka (and she loves it, though she would never let him know that!)
*Binkie – when a rabbit jumps and twists with pure joy! Makes your heart leap to see x
Look After Your Buns
On a serious note, it is essential to keep a close eye on your bunnies (or indeed any fur baby) in this heat. Bunnies, are prey animals and are adept at covering any signs of illness, so they show no weakness to predators. Here is an excellent article on taking care of bunnies during the warm weather and what to do it you suspect your bun is suffering heat stroke.
Happening This Week
Alexi Era Gallery is about to open their new exhibition in Eugene, Oregan.
‘Flora and Fauna’ opens 6th July 2018 and here is a sneaky peek of my piece which I can show you in more detail next week.
Flora and Fauna Runs: July 6-30, 2018
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Writing has been slow. Not through lack of motivation but more down to life getting in the way. This is being rectified and all I can say is Edith is about to get herself in a whole heap of trouble <3
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Lots of Big-Eyed Love,