Our property has a hill rising up behind the house. The backside of the hill is probably the warmest spot here as the sun hits it at a nice angle. This is where Xander has made his dig site.
This spoon ain't cutting it, I want a trowel!
Worf helping to dig.
At first he was just excavating rocks but now he likes to bring his cars and a bucket of water up to play with in the dirt. It gets pretty dirty but he sure has fun.
Washing the cars.
Putting more dirt on the cars.
Mud on his face.
We had several wonderfully sunny days last week and we spent the mornings up there. Xander digging and playing with his cars while our dogs, Poppy Seed, McCoy, and new pup Worf raced around him.
I want to build a comfy storage bench up there. A nice under the seat cubby to keep some digging toys, balls for the dogs, and a comfy cushion. That way I’d only have to make one trip carrying our snacks and his bucket of water versus the multiple trips with toys, camp chairs, etc…
Have I mentioned that Worf is a chewer?
Do you have any special places in your yard?
I’ve been trying to get some good photos of the rabbits but so many of my shots are just blurs, those bunnies are quick!
This is Bill. He is the most skittish of the rabbits.
Bill and Margene's butt.
Bill has black circles anround his eyes and nose, polka dots...
and a stripe down his back.
Nicki sometimes will let you pet her but she’s still pretty skittish.
Nicki about to take off and zoom around the room.
I'm not sure what this coloring is called in rabbits, she's calico or brindle, the camera doesn't capture how pretty her coat is.
And last is Margene. She is by far the friendliest and will come over to be petted, not just by me but Xander too (and he is in no way quiet or calm). A very brave and friendly rabbit.
Margene checking out rocking dog, all the rabbits like to set him rocking.
Trying to reach the hay. I love it when they stand on their hind legs like this.
They’re doing well and we’re having fun with them but I cannot wait until they are out of the house. Messy, messy creatures! We try to let them out to run around once a day. They really enjoy zipping around and it reinforces the need to build them a bunny tractor so they can have time out of their cage.
The bunny Grand Prix.
Last Sunday we went to the feed store for chicken supplies (this was before the dog attack) and we came home with chicken bedding, food, corn, and rabbit pellets, a bale of alfalfa, and three rascally rabbits! A buck, Bill, and two does, Nicki and Margene (and for anyone who gets the names we call the wild rabbit in our yard Barb).
We’re hoping to get a hutch built for them soon but for now they are spending time with us in the house. Did you know that rabbits can squeeze through the wires on a dog crate?Â We didn’t but we quickly found out, now it is wrapped in chicken wire.
Sadly this is the best photo I have of them. We’ll have to do a photo shoot when Ryan is home.
Bill is white with black spots and a stripe, Nicki is sort of calico/brindle, and Margene is black.
They all seem pretty friendly and they have been amazingly tolerant of Xander’s enthusiasm. He shows them toys, draws them pictures, and of course hollers at them. Since we’ve been asked numerous times, these 3 rabbits are pets but we will be breeding them and their offspring will be “meat”.
Xander and Daddy
So tiny back then
Must you take more pictures?
The sweatshirt cord fascination started way back then!
Xander loves to play with Ryan’s sweatshirt ties. I didn’t realize he’d been doing it for so long. This picture is from March when I was in St. Peter’s for surgery.
So that Poppy Seed and McCoy don’t feel left out…
I do not look silly!
What?! Isn't this the Princess chair?
Yesterday Poppy Seed, McCoy, Xander, and I took a stroll up our hill to the orchard. The grass needs to be cut back and the trees pruned. Not sure if we’re even going to keep the trees. We have to read more about them. The trees are covered with lichen and that makes me think they aren’t very healthy. The fruit is all small and bug infested. Of course a good pruning and some organic matter might fix all that, don’t really know.
The Xander Bear
Xander under an apple tree checking things out. There was a big garter snake under the tree but it slithered away before I could get a photo of it.
Checking out the view.
Hey, this grass stuff tickles!
Some of the fruit trees. We have apple, cherry, and pear trees. No cherries right now.
Little red apples.
Fuzzy branches, just doesn't seem healthy to me.
Did I mention the grapes? We have a ton of them!
The dogs really love exploring the place. I’m so glad they finally have a yard to run around in.
The grass is taller than Poppy Seed!
Some is even taller than McCoy!
McCoy covered in seeds, much better than being covered in yellow jackets!