Friday, 22 May 2015

In the Good Ol' Summertime

This is the first week of summer vacation for all of us, and we are enjoying it!  We got a summer bunny on Saturday.  We have friends whose parents live near a rabbit farm, and for $20, the guy will let you take home a bunny a then return it at the end of the summer.  What a deal!  All the fun, none of the commitment.  So, we have a summer bunny.  I built a hutch for her so she could live outside.  It's a little rustic, but I figured it would do the job.  The netting on the outside was taller than the hutch, and that first night I just bent it down, leaving only a two by 10 inch opening at the top of the cage.  I was awakened at 2:30 a.m. that morning by Nathan, who had turned on the light and was getting dressed.  I asked him what was going on, and he said he'd heard a noise outside, and had looked out the window to see a vulture standing on the top of the cage.  He made a noise and the vulture flew away.  But oh, no, the bunny!  We raced outside only to discover an empty hutch.  I felt so bad -- we had had the bunny for less than a day and the next morning I would have to tell our children it got carried away by a vulture.  So sad.  But then, I peeked way back into the little, upside down plastic bin that I had cut a small door into and put inside the hutch, and in the back, cowering, was the bunny.  Thank goodness, she was alive and unhurt!  I determined that I would have to put a real lid on that hutch the very next day, which I did.  It's not pretty, but I must say, I'm kind of proud of it.  I just hope it will hold against the vultures!  The bunny's name has become Bunster, although today we decided on her official name.  Here it is:

The bunny has kept Eden and Z (but mostly Eden) happily occupied for hours at a time since we got her.  As you can see from this video, anything that she thinks is better than watching TV must be something pretty great!

We also have two tadpoles.  Peter has back legs and Lucy has none.

And we've been getting beautiful birds on the deck!

Yesterday we went to the zoo and Z enjoyed taunting the goose family there.  But he got as good as he gave!

And today the kids played in the creek for over two hours and looked like this when they came out.  Good times!