While my camera is on sabbatical,I have been using my mobile to take some short videos and posting them on Flickr.
I shot this one a few nights ago and my O+S OS friend Johanna kindly expressed a interest in how we came about to have them.
So Johanna,this ones for you!(I have ALWAYS wanted to say that)!
We have pets,we don't have a lot of up to the minute toys and games,but pets,once you have one,what's a few more?
Unfortunately,we have not had much luck with guinea pigs or rabbits. Jed strongly suspects the mixy and caleasey(sp)? viruses that have been released to combat the feral rabbit problem.
We have had some dear little guinea pigs,a favourite was Aurora,who would sit up and beg prettily for a grape. Such a sweet creature was she,my mother offered to mind her when we went to the beach for a fortnight. Not only feeding her,but changing her paper AND giving her a daily brush and cuddle.
My siblings were convinced dementia had set in(my mother is quite elderly and does not like animals),but Aurora was so appealing,she softened the hardest heart.
|Aurora the Guinea Pig|
A very dear friend has Flop Ear rabbits. They are the cutest things,white and soft and fluffy.
Two years back,she asked whether the twins could have one each for a pet. Jed said 'No' and was adamant! No mice-no rabbits!
Well, the twins worked on him and in due course a cage was made and said bunnies were in situ.
All went well for 6 months or so and then we went out one morning to a cold,stiff little Mopsy. The girls were very upset,but on a farm animals frequently die,so they dealt with it quite well.
In this time we had had several Guinea pigs who did terribly well-and then dropped dead!
The animal graveyard was filling up and Jed was kept busy making crosses. We did have some creative funerals,including one when we were a bit presumptuous burying the loved one and the chocolate box did a little jump in the air.
But I digress ....
Finally Flopsy succumbed,being held through his final moments by his loving(and brave)owner.
''Thats it'' said Jed ''No more rabbits''.
We were vermin-free for about a month,when the same rabbit owning friend rang me in desperation,could I take two tiny bunnies,she had no room,they would be donged on the head.
You know,the usual emotional black mail spiel!
I told her if she could convince Jed,we could take them.
''Do they look like Flopsy and Mopsy''?I inquired. She replied that they were terribly cute and that she must dash to catch Jed on his mobile.
Husband came home that night with a box with several layers of tape wrapped around it. When I quizzed him about it,he replied that she was very worried they would get loose.
You can imagine,dear readers,his reaction when upon opening the box,to find not two little balls of white fluff but two straggly,very young feral rabbits!
I will not pollute your delicate ears with his comments verbatim,but he was straight on the phone to my friend who strangely was not available all evening.
Off course,it was love at first sight and Gracey and Elly are here to stay!
That was 12 months ago,Jed refuses to purchase rabbit food,they live on house hold scraps and appear to be disgustingly healthy.
And they are the friendliest rabbits we have owned!
(just don't mention that to Jed)