I had one of those Sundays where you crawl out of bed 2 hours later than you would normally, feed the bunnies and then go back to bed. It's a rare thing, which makes it all the more surprising that I wasn't woken up before then by the thundering din of stereophonic stair-gate rattling.
Sunday, 30 November 2014
Saturday, 29 November 2014
Friday, 28 November 2014
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Today I will be remembering my dear Elvis, who died two years ago on this date, his life taken by a tumour hidden deep in his tummy and not diagnosed until it was too late.
Elvis, you were a wonderful, handsome boy and good companion to my beloved Jemima. It brought me so much joy to see you enjoying your life, running, digging and watching the world go by from your favourite spot. Oh how you loved that spot! No matter how good or bad my day was, looking out the window and seeing you sat there sunning yourself always made me feel happier.
I wonder how much of your personality was shaped by your previous life and your days surviving as a stray. You were always so happy doing your own thing, playing and chomping grass in the garden, but never a great fan of humans.
I miss you, my big orange boy. Like so many of my rabbit friends, you died far too young, I wish your life could have been a longer, happier and less painful one than it was. I hope you have found peace. You will always have a place in my heart.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Monday, 24 November 2014
It feels like we've had so many choccy loppy bunnies that I can't keep track of who is who (without checking with Caroline or their records anyway). I'm pretty sure Guylian and Lindor are brothers from one of the litters, or at least related. Even apart from their shape and colour, they just seem so similar somehow...
Sunday, 23 November 2014
The Rabbit Residence Rescue Calendar 2015 is now available to order.
The calendar features 12 of our favourite photographs of RRR residents from the last year, some pics you may recognise if you follow our various pages and some we kept back just for the calendar. We hope everyone will love it as much as we do! And of course all profits go to supporting the Rescue, so why wouldn't you want to buy one??!!
For those interested, more information on ordering and payment can be obtained by emailing the main rescue address (see image). To avoid disappointment, please contact us asap as we have a limited supply and they usually sell out fairly quickly.
NOTE: Postage rates listed above are for UK postage only, based on weight, overseas rates are likely to be higher. Whisky does not appear in this years calendar. I haven't told him yet.
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Friday, 21 November 2014
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Sorry my little friend, but (a) you missed that, it was last week, (b) the money goes to help improve children's lives, not fill your tummy with carrots and (c) wrong Pudsey!
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Monday, 17 November 2014
Good news guys, we found you a nice new home!
You don't need to look so surprised Tennessee, you are so adorable, of course someone wanted you to join their family!
Don't worry Roscoe, your new mum is our good friend Esther, she will no doubt spoil you rotten with all your favourite treats!
Sunday, 16 November 2014
I hate days like today. I don't like to disturb the bunnies during their naptime, they won't thank me for it, but some days they have an annoying habit of sleeping right through the only dry bits of the day.
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
I am a behind sorting out my weekly batches of photo's so things are getting a bit random here on the blog as I jump back and forth between current pics and ones from September/October. Sure, most readers probably haven't noticed me moving around in time with my posts, but I bet a few of the volunteers have been thinking "Hang on, xxxx hasn't been in that aviary for weeks!". Well, what with the consistently rainy weather, I don't reckon anyone is going to think the older of these pics coming up are recent so I thought I'd better 'fess up and avoid confusion.
So on we go. The names are the same, but the times have been changed to protect the innocent.
That's the spirit Burrito, embrace the theory of trans-temporal nommage!
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Monday, 10 November 2014
Sunday, 9 November 2014
Rhianna went back to the Rescue yesterday having spent four weeks in a cage in Whisky's room. She stayed on after we'd given up on her bonding with Whisky to finish a course of Panacur, but part of me hoped in the extra time he might learn to like and trust Rhianna more. Sadly he didn't show any signs of that, so back she went. The good news for her is that she might already have her next date lined up at the Rescue. The good news for Whisky that he has his bachelor pad back!
OK Whisky, I'll take that hint (and my camera) out of your room. [sigh]
Saturday, 8 November 2014
Friday, 7 November 2014
Thursday, 6 November 2014
Every now and again one of the team asks me to make them a poster for an event or whatever. This fills me with dread for two reasons:
- I suck at doing "on demand" photo's.
- I suck at doing posters.
My photography is somewhat opportunistic. I go chat with some bunnies, they hang out, they do some stuff, I take a picture of whatever they do. Sometimes they don't want to do anything and I don't take a picture. My contribution to what goes in the pictures is deciding which bunnies to chat to, I let them decide on where to stand, the poses they strike and what have you.
Then there's the poster part. Having no graphic design skills, training or in fact any sort of clue in this area, I really don't know what I'm doing when it comes to making posters. Sure, I used to do simple posters for my band back in the '90s, but in the '90s excessive clip-art use was considered perfectly acceptable. Especially if all your text and backgrounds had a gaudy gradient fill to make them look "professional".
[Note to self - if feeling brave, insert old band poster here. No? OK, fair enough, probably for the best.]
But unfortunately we don't live in the '90s anymore and pretty much everyone over the age of seven who has used it has a better grasp of Photoshop than me.
So guess how enthusiastic I was when Cat asked me to knock up a poster showing a bunny next to appropriate portion sizes of their daily feed?! "Some chance THAT'S gonna work out!" I thought to myself (and "Of course I can!" I said to Cat).
With no real idea how I was going to do the thing, I sought the help of my good friend Sushi. Having lived in my house for many months during 2012 he trusts me enough to just go along with the unusual activities of a staged photo-shoot. On top of which, he knows me well enough that he will quickly tell me if I'm annoying him in any way, often through the medium of educational nips and stern looks. But things went pretty well, the end result was a reasonably looking picture for the purpose, so I knocked it up into a simple poster which Cat was able to use.
When they saw the poster, a number of people were surprised at how I'd managed to get the picture - how on earth had I convinced a bunny to sit calmly surrounded by an assortment of snacks while his picture was taken? So I figured this might make for a simple photo tip. And here it is.
When staging a shot of bunnies, there is one skill you need over and above all others: Patience.
Because that perfect moment you see in the picture is just that - a moment. All you need to capture it is the patience to sit through all the chaotic ones that preceded it calmly waiting for it to arrive. (And because we love our bunnies, to always put their needs first, spot when they've had enough, be prepared to let them be and do something else instead.)
Well anyway, it's a pretty basic and obvious tip. Sushi didn't seem to understand where I wanted him to stand, or which way to face, or any of the other instructions I tried to give him, but he is a good sport and didn't mind hanging out with me while we figured it out. After setting up the props, the whole thing took about 10 minutes of Sushi's time with the shot I wanted happening right at the end. Below are some of the less perfect moments leading up to it - as you can see, they don't quite work as an illustration of how much to feed your bunny as much as they demonstrate how bunnies just like to do their own thing!
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Monday, 3 November 2014
A litter of 4 Beveren babies arrived at the Rescue some weeks back, but I have struggled to get a single picture of them. Bold as they are at breakfast, if I returned with a camera they would all hide. That is, until this week. However, I can't help feeling that they were still determined to make it difficult for me to get a picture.
Sunday, 2 November 2014
Whisky has had problems his whole life. Periods without some form of daily medication and/or cleaning have been rare. As a result he is very accustomed to be handled and behaves well, give or take the odd head-butt if he thinks you are doing something wrong. It is also rare now for me to get the sort of cold shoulder afterwards like I would expect from most other bunnies.
His current regime is eye drops with a quick face wiping in the morning, a face bath and more drops in the evening. Recently I have started giving him a pinch of tasty (but probably slightly un-healthy) muesli mix afterwards as a reward for being good, which I suspect is what has prompted him to come running now when it's time for his drops!