Friday, May 24, 2013

Young 'uns

I remember when you were no bigger than a dandelion ...
 
 
This little munch has been living under/behind my shed.  He was eating dandelions on the lawn while we ate supper tonight.  It reminded me of a story of my youth, which I then told my daughter. 
 
When I was young my dad was putting in a new fence along our property line (oh! just that fence brings back another memory, but you'll just have to remind me to tell you of the "horse & buggy" story another time).  We found a nest of baby rabbits right in the fence line and we had to move it.  I don't know why my dad didn't just say to move the rabbits a little ways off and leave them alone, but we collected them all and put them in a bushel basket.  That night we took the basket down to the barn and put it in the stall with the two goats, beside the stall with the horse.
 
In the morning we ran down to the barn to check out our basket of rabbits, only to discover they had all hopped out of the basket in the night!  We thought they had all escaped under the barn door, and into the woods.  However, while we sadly mucked out the horse's stall, we discovered that two of the rabbits had hopped into the horse's stall and our dear old Scamp had laid down on top of them.  Flattened to about 1/4 ". 
 
It happened so long ago that it's quite permissible to laugh about it now.
 
Enjoy your weekend!
 
Wendy

28 comments:

  1. Actually, that is really funny but it makes me cringe a bit! When I was seven or eight, my brothers and I spent the night in our tent. We thought it would be so cool to bring in the momma cat and her new kittens and in the middle of the night, I ended up sleeping on one of the new kittens and I didn't flatten it but the poor thing didn't make it either. It was just awful!! We learned to be a lot more careful with our babies.

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    1. Now THAT is sad ... poor little kitten :(

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  2. Rather devastating for children to see, but rather humourous years later.

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    1. We weren't particularly sheltered from these things, so it didn't bother us too much.

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  3. I love that picture of that little guy!!! You have some of the best childhood stories!! Those poor little guys! But that is part of nature! How did you handle it as a little one??? Can't wait to hear your horse and buggy story!! Have a wonderful weekend friend!

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    1. That cute little guy is wreaking havoc in my garden!! We were tough kids and although it wasn't the happiest ending, we weren't too heartbroken.

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  4. Sharp intake of breath followed by incredulous laughter......what a shock that would've been.
    Who would've thought eh?
    Look forward to the horse and buggy story Wendy......

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    1. Silly rabbits :[ I have to find some old photos to accompany that horse/buggy story, but it's a good one ;)

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  5. Oh my you must have been devastated at the time, but so good to smile about it now, such is life!! That little one is so cute :)

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    1. My mom was probably glad they all escaped (or were squashed) as she was in constant battle with rabbits and deer in the garden.

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  6. Oh! I was just thinking what a beautiful memory and then - naughty Scamp! Jane x

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    1. It's a good memory none-the-less (Scamp was an innocent in this whole episode).

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  7. Poor things! What a way to go! :) x

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    1. ... wouldn't even know what hit them ;)

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  8. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment; I'm now following you as well. I think when you grow up with life on a farm, you can accept these things a little better. We used to visit my great grandfather's farm regularly and his way of dealing with all the excess kittens from the barn was to drown them inside an old feed bag. I stood and watched it one time, cruel yes, but necessary and the method used back then.
    Judith

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    1. Hi Judith and thanks for following! I always hated that method for dealing with kittens, but you're right it was the method used back then. My grandfather used to pour oil down groundhog holes and set them on fire! Horrendous! But he had crops to protect and it was a sure way to finish off the competition. BTW, after reading about lavender on your blog I've purchased two tiny plants and put them in today! Fingers crossed they do well.

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  9. ~ Awww bless them...I bet you cried! I would have done....Always been a soft one, me...Have a jolly rest of week, Wendy! Love Maria x

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    1. No, didn't cry much back then ... didn't become an emotional wreck until midlife ;) I hope you have a great week too Maria!

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  10. Oh, poor things!! So good you can laugh about it now.

    The photo is supercute, Wendy :)
    Have a lovely week.

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    1. It has become rather funny over the years. Enjoy your week Hilde (lots of gardening got done this weekend, so I could use a break!).

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  11. Love your reminiscing Wendy, but poor little bunnies!

    Love Claire xx

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    1. Hi Clair, I'm glad you enjoyed that sad little tale ;)

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  12. Cute little bunny in the pic :)

    But poor flattened bunnies, says the woman who once flattened a mouse with a coal scuttle!

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    1. Oh Annie!! But hey, as a kid I once killed a mouse with a large rock ... he was eating the oats and we did set a trap, but he was caught in the trap, so I finished him with a rock. I couldn't do it now. We may have skeletons in our closets, but they're tiny ;)

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  13. Those poor bunnies, however your 'shed bunny' is proving to be quite useful on the dandelion front. I've just stumbled across your blog and I am also a September person with teenagers...aren't they fun??! From your newest follower. Chel x

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    1. Hi Chel, and thanks for following :) Lil' bunny has also been enjoying some fancy clover I bought too (I know, who BUYS clover?!), I've put some wire round it now.

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  14. Oh Wendy, I thought that story was going somewhere completely different, with different types of animals peaceful sharing a stall. How horrible. ;)

    Your bunny is a cutie though. :)

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    1. Believe me even I thought the story was going to end differently all those years ago!!

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