I have had my stud name approved ‘Pepperhill Plushes’. I have obtained some seed stock from a plush lop breeder who has been in the rabbit stud game for a number of years – Daffodil rabbit stud. And am now developing three lines of plush lops.
Currently I have two litters of 7 week old plush lop kittens, and have picked 3 to keep based on feedback from experienced rabbit exhibitors. The next show is on 4th March in Goulburn, unfortunately cant make it – hopefully the Corrimal shows.
The composting is going well and I should have my first batch soon! The bamboo is loving all of the bits cleaned out of the hutches.
We found an abandoned lamb earlier in the season so figured that it would be a good opportunity to further
break in train Shadow as a livestock guardian. Ghost could help show him the ropes. We had a bit of a shaky start as they both wanted to be inside with me, but….
In the end Shadow started getting the hang of it. He still has a bit of growing to do though – and has not left the naughty puppy stage.
Breaking in the new kitchen as the weather starts growing colder seemed like a good idea on this bleak May day. There is nothing like a fresh slow cooked lamb and vegetable soup with freshly baked herb bread to help ward off the chill. It took 6 1/2 hours all up including cooking time (well they don’t call it a slow cooker for nothing), 30 minutes prep, 6 hours for the soup in the slow cooker, 2 1/2 hours for the bread to bake. This was a test to see if I can throw everything together before work and have dinner waiting for me when I arrive home.
Success! Now I just have to put the soup in pyrex dishes for lunches next week….. I love my slow cooker and bread maker.
Pepperhill Plushes Ginger is another of the kits I kept from the boxing day litters. His parents are the opal butterfly Daffodil Madame Butterfly and Daffodil Agouti Annikan, brother to Midnight. Currently 14 weeks he is an inquisitive and fearless bunny who enjoys wresting with Shadow. He is currently staying with his sister while I wait to get him his own spaces.
Pepperhill Plushes Midnight is another of the kits I kept from the boxing day litters. His parents are the opal butterfly Daffodil Madame Butterfly and Daffodil Agouti Annikan. Currently 14 weeks he is not shy about letting you know he wants food. Does not even wait for you to put it in her bowl – jumps straight into the feed bucket, just like his mum.
Remember those aloes I saved out of the garden in February, two of the best have been promoted to cheering me up – by greening the bathroom! The pots don’t exactly match – but then again, I am no interior decorator / designer. I am just happy if I can keep the plants alive and somewhat green.
My addiction to green things does not just stop at two though… I picked up an awesome stand at IKEA on the weekend – my first ever visit. The succulents that I saved from the garden in February have found a new home. There are a few empty spots – but I will hopefully fill them up as my gardening skills improve (I have been known to accidentally kill Devil’s Ivy – not sure how). I definitely need to get advice on those peace lilies. Check out my indoor plant stand below.
I am also wondering if my room mates will notice the greening of the kitchen? They don’t get indoor plants – or why I might enjoy them. Maybe they will be more appreciative of some green in winter. The lucky bamboo definitely needs some training…. In the meantime, I will keep the indoor green creep, slowly so that they also become part of the furniture.
Pepperhill Plushes Pudding (3P) is one of the kits I kept from the two litters we had on boxing day. Her parents are choc otter Daffodil Bacci and sooty fawn Daffodil Major. Currently 9 weeks old, she likes to sleep behind my computer while I am blogging. She only sleeps after checking all the places I may have hidden treats.
Pudding from all angles
Our farm now has two Maremma pups to look after the cows, sheep and bunnies. Shadow is a lot bigger than Ghost was at the same age. But then again Sparky was a big pup and now he is an example of a petite German Shepherd.
When Shadow first came home even the baby bunnies terrified him – and the cows, they had him climbing onto my shoulder. Then again, Ghost was the same with the cows at that age. Ghost still makes me drive the car into the yard to pick her up rather than walking past the cows.
I am currently in the middle of crate training him for ease of transportation and will introduce him to the animals slowly. His previous owners assured me that he has been raised around sheep, chickens and cows….. so should be good.
Below is a picture of Ghost at the same age.