I’m putting my finishing touches on my first contribution to the Gnowfglins blog post. The teaser…title is “Foraging to know and love where you live”.
I will link when it’s up.
It’s been raining like crazy. About a month or so ago, one of the local farmers said that from what he had found when looking at weather patterns we were going to be in for a year like we had a few back, where it rained for days, sunny for a day, then rain for days. That was the year that blight took all our tomatoes, early in the season. It was horrible. There were other crops greatly effected. A local farm lost all their squash that year when the field flooded. Well, that man knows his stuff, because we feel like we are turning into the Pacific North EAST around here!
Yesterday we had a break in the weather long enough for me to go out and snap some pics for the post about foraging. While I was doing this, I looked over and snapped a quick shot of our yard rabbit…
Yard rabbit…what is a yard rabbit? It’s an escapee! So a few years ago, when we first started raising rabbits, my friend had an escapee, and decided she liked having a happy little rabbit hopping about the yard, so made no attempt to catch her. I told her that was a poor choice, because it wasn’t a wild rabbit and would surely be eaten by a predator. I was wrong. That rabbit lived a year outside, happily, through winter and everything. She had places to hide, in the farm, and she was FAST! All was well with the yard rabbit, until a boy got loose. Knowing the yard rabbit was pregnant, the decision was made to catch her. That finally happened and she’s been a fabulous breeding doe ever since.
Despite the happy ending, I had no desire to have a yard rabbit. Until one got loose over here, and as my husband so aptly pointed out, rabbits get faster, exponentially, every moment they are out of the cage. So this little one is impossible to catch. We have tried a hav-a-heart trap, not interested. So for now, I have a yard rabbit. I really like having one, honestly, I see why my friend enjoyed it. The happy little rabbit lives in what would be my garden, if I was having a garden this year. Stays close enough to the house that it seems to be avoiding predators, and despite eating all the strawberries before the girls can eat them, things are going well with our yard rabbit.