Saturday, November 23, 2013

Rabbit Update- Winter (and Summer) Housing

Mischievous 'Archie'

The rabbits are happily nested in their winter home, inside an old chicken shed/milk shed we used to milk our goats in when we had them.  It's a tight fit, but it works, and I'm so glad there is less chance of my having to thaw frozen water bottles and put up weather breakers! 

There are four rabbits now, two New Zealands and two mixed-breed, and I am in need of a new female New Zealander.  'Rowena' is past her prime now, and though she makes wonderful nests, nothing happens.  I think she's ready to retire.

One of the mixed-breeds, 'Douglas', is quite the wild one.  His previous owners let him run around their backyard, because he absolutely hated being in a cage.  However he would still grab a hold of the kids' pant-legs and not let go.  Not such a good pet!  When I brought him home, he toned down a little, but still ran around like a crazy thing whenever I came into the shed.  So about a week ago, I decided to see how he'd do on his own on the shed floor-- with a puppy and a chicken!  At first I wasn't so sure he would survive, as the puppy (who's name is 'Wolfie' by the way...) liked to grab a hold of him and hold on for dear life while the rabbit tried to get away.  Not such a good idea.

I didn't want to be responsible for the rabbit's demise, so I put him back into his cage and instead let him out into the shed only when I was in there feeding.  This way I could train the puppy to leave him alone.  It worked!  After a while Wolfie lost interest in trying to eat Douglas, and Douglas is happily rooting around and exploring his new home.  He and the puppy are actually friends.  They run up to the door when I come down in the morning, Douglas looking for his grain, Wolfie anticipating his morning inspection of the rest of the farm.

And Douglas has found another friend.  His eating companion is the chicken (who happens to be from the same previous owner), who discreetly pecks at the oats while Douglas chows down.  It's a perfect match! 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

An Autumn Walk

Autumn in Texas is often a fleeting thought, and one does well to enjoy it while it lasts.  This year it is exceptionally beautiful, and I gaze daily with untiring eagerness on all the gorgeous coloring of the trees as I drive to and from work!

The colors were beckoning to me, and the air was so crisp and clean, that at last I couldn't resist a walk out on our land-- which is only about 13 acres but just big enough to get some good exercise.  I knew that if I didn't make time for it, the perfect weather and Autumn colors would soon be past.  Mom, Faith and Abi joined me, as well as Faith's new little puppy, Wolfie, who was only too glad to go for a walk!  He is a sweetie and loved posing for pictures. :-)

Abigail, 14

Moi :)
We were just in time for sunset and enjoyed an awesome show before heading back.  By then it was quite nippy and we were glad to get back by the fireside and have chili for dinner.  God's blessings never end, but we have to take the time to enjoy them!  That is my challenge to you-- get out and enjoy God's creation. :-)

"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork." Psalm 19:1