Our rabbits have free run of our secure back garden and it is a delight to see how their freedom allows them to run, jump, chase and play in a way that no rabbit enclosed in a hutch can do. It does mean that our garden has few flowering plants below 18", but it is worth it to see the rabbits enjoying a wonderful life. We overcome the flower problem with hanging baskets, window boxes and (very) tall planters! Here are our current rabbits:
Fudge joined us out of the blue. We weren't particularly looking for another rabbit to join the others, but we just happened to spot her cute face on one of our regular trips to the pet shop. Her name evolved over a couple of days, starting as Sundae (as she was bought on a Sunday) this grew to Fudge Sundae because of her colourings, before we eventually shortened it to simply Fudge. She has settled in with the other rabbits perfectly, and she loves to chase around the garden when not munching all day on the grass or other food we provide. This photo was taken 1st August 2008 at nearly two months old. She is now the oldest of our rabbits and has taken up the top female role in her own quiet but efficient way. She keeps herself immaculately clean even when the weather makes the garden a mess.
Buzz should never have been. We already had a balanced match of male/female rabbits and didn't need another male really. However once we saw him we both immediately took a shine to him. On finding out he was male, we actually walked away. But came back, and even walked away a second time, before he eventually got under our skins and home he came with us in September 2013. He has the most wonderful temperament and is a great addition to our rabbit family.
Huey, Dewey, and Louie
Three tiny baby hedgehogs were found abandoned in a cardboard box in Doncaster in summer 2016. The lady that found them is a friend of my mother and when mum heard the story, she contacted us knowing we had cared for hedgehogs before (Chaz &Dave). We took on the challenge and despite warning we would probably loose at least one; if not all; patients and experimentation found a food they would take and we could feed through syringes. They thrived and grew and and soon went onto solid food. When we introduced one of the hedgehog houses they all immediately took to it and soon they were big and strong enough to go outside, where they continued to grow through the summer and autumn months. Despite the original odds all three make it to hibernation and as of now; March 2017; the first sightings of the awakening hogs have been seen. Our plan is to feed them up to a good weight ready for release. We have a great place in mind and will be contacting local hedgehog rescue centres to see if they have any females to release alongside out three boys. We will keep you informed.
We also have a small collection of tropical fish in a medium sized aquarium which adds a relaxing feeling to the kitchen and orangery areas as well as a nice evening glow to those spaces. It is adorable to see all fish come to the front of the tank every morning following our every move. They get so excited as the tub of food appears and flap their tails fins just like an excited dog wagging its tail.
Sadly gone, but fondly remembered:
Winky | Spud | Dutch | Gizzmo | Millie | Boris | Hermann | Lottie | Gandalf | Paphos | Domino | Cinders | Millie
Back in nature
Chaz & Dave (Visually impaired hedgehogs) who escaped during garden landscaping work in 2013.