Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Bunnies

Here is Malcolm, the Browncoat, and his dear friend, Inara. They were a pair at the animal shelter, waiting for a new home. Now they live with us at the Bird House.

Do you spy Lady Betty, our farm matriarch?

In the beginning the bunnies lived in the barn, corralled by a small gate. They're "litter-box trained," which is sort of nice, but not entirely foolproof, so I am happy the chicken run, or Camp Whoop-Up, is complete. Maria and I spruced up the rabbit hutch, and added a fresh coat of paint. Now they live in the hutch, secure in the run. And regularly, we bring them out onto the lawn for bouncing, hopping, and other bunny pleasures.

This is the first focused, in good light, facing photograph I've taken of Inara. She is shy. Very shy. Inara likes to hang back in the shadows, slip behind her friend. They lean on each other.

Everyone seems to be settling in quite nicely at Camp Whoop-Up. There is running water, shade, security, and the constant company of chickens, goats, and bunnies. We even had a giant grasshopper come by. (Hmmmm... haven't seen him lately. I did warn him about curious hens.) Most thankfully, we are loving the peace of mind the new installation provides us. The other night, when the coyotes came calling, my anxiety was brief, fleeting... the run, with it's covered roof, and 1" by 1/2" hardware cloth is one sturdy fortress. Inara and Malcolm may be timid and mild bunnies, but we hope they will soon realize they are home, loved, and safe.


Paula said...

Oh, those photos remind me of the bunny my daughter had when she was younger. I would love to have them now for the grands but not sure I am comfortable picking them up! Isn't that terrible? I should probably work on getting over that! I think these have found a good home. :) ~ Paula@weehimsicals

Rachy said...

Such lovely bunnies!!!

I love Lady Betty, getting in on the picture! :D

PamKittyMorning said...

Oh I love rabbits. I have Binnie and she's so sweet. Ok sometimes not so sweet. She lives indoors with us, but sadly in a cage as my terriers are a little too interested in her. But she rules the roost with the thump of her foot and can send them running for cover. She likes to sit on my lap and hang out. Lovely pet.

ArtyZen said...

The best news - adopted bunnies and a coyote-proof home for all your lovely animals. What sweeties these bunnies are.

judy in ky said...

I love how you are making a safe home for them. It must be a good feeling to be able to sleep at night.

Anonymous said...

Inara is darling. Somehow, I don't think I've ever seen an all-black bunny before. So pleased these friends have found a safe haven with you.

judy in ky said...

I ordered "My Nepenthe" after I saw it in your blog the other day. It's a wonderful book! I've always been a Nepenthe fan too.