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Monday, 6 February 2017

A Gig and Bunny Things!

Hello everyone! I hope that you have all had a good few weeks!

Things have been relatively quiet here which I am quite happy with to be honest! Work in my retail job is  ticking along but is rather quiet and mundane at the moment, and so far the dawn of a new month doesn't seem to have cheered the weather up much as you can see below! Due to this I have quite enjoyed hibernating and pottering about at home when I have had the chance!


There has been a little activity here and there though!

A couple of weekends back we spent a lovely evening visiting one of my childhood friends and his wife in their lovely new home along with a few other friends. They cooked a lovely meal for us and it was great to have a catch up with them all, as it had been a fair while since we had all been free to meet up.

On the same day an opportunity also came up for me to go to a gig at the O2 London the following day, as one of my Download friends had a spare ticket going. It was a bit spontaneous, but it was for a couple of bands that we had seen at Download Festival before and that I rather liked. I had considered getting tickets at the time but didn't get around to it so I thought why not I don't do things like that very often, plus I didn't have work the next day either! Anyway I am soo glad that I went as we had an amazing time! The supporting act that I didn't know well were good, the next band was fab, and the main act were amazing! The crowd were also a lovely bunch as were the security team. Getting back after was a bit of a nightmare as the train timetables had changed from the morning meaning that there were no trains for me to get home until the following morning, but we had half expected this being that it was a Sunday and with the way that Southern rail trains are at the moment! So I ended up crashing at my friends for the night and she dropped me off the next morning. My hubby would have picked me up from hers but it was about was about 1:00am by the time that we got back, plus it was also extremely foggy and icy! So much so that when she dropped me off the next day it was still foggy and icy come 11:00am!

Below you can see a few pics from the night.


Last weekend was then spent with me going down to see my Nan with my mum on the sat as I had the day off, and my hubby went to take one of his nephews to his first football match along with his stepdad and one of his brothers.

Sunday was then a chilled one as the weather was pretty wet and horrible so I decided to spend the afternoon sketching little Florrie, which I really enjoyed doing as it has been a fair few years since I drew anything life like. Below you can see the result, which I am pretty happy with considering that I am rather out of practice.


This weekend just gone was just filled with me working on sat, before having a girls night out to catch-up with best friend who has just got back from her honeymoon. Needless to say after partying until the early hours of Sunday morning, yesterday was a quiet pj day filled with chick flicks.

On the Florrie front the little monkey is just that, but we wouldn't change her! She is still more often than not being difficult to get out of the hutch and def knows her own mind as one minute she won't come out and the next she will, so things are on her terms in that department at the moment the little madam! As I mentioned in my last post though she loves coming to say hello and be stroked, and has a right old time binkying and being very playful on "her" sofa once she is out. My cushions now have more holes in before, as does the throw that has now officially been adopted by her. She has also established "her" seat on the sofa which so happens to be where my hubby sits, so if he is not there she will be straight there and if he moves she will be straight there too! She has also grown back her fluffy bum which is all tufty, plus is now weighing in at 1.5kg! To be honest though that isn't really surprising being that when I went back to where we got her from the other day for hay supplies I saw that they still had one of her sisters there and she is now huge! They had also changed the sign from "Netherland Dwarfs" to "Netherland Dwarf Mixed Breeds", as she too is clearly not a Netherland Dwarf!

Florrie has also decided that there is something that she hates more that the hoover too, which randomly is me doing my workout DVD! I did it for the first time since having her the other day and she spent the whole hour stamping her feet! I thought that it may have been where I was jumping about as she is more than used to having music on and it doesn't bother her at all, so I tried covering one half of her hutch up so that she could shelter more but it didn't make any difference until I turned it off! Today she was much better with it, but we still got a few stamps! Strange bunny! The only other time we have stamps, squeaks or grunts are when she is having a tantrum about me not giving her food stick quick enough rather than her being scared!

Below you can see Florrie with her sister just before we got her below left, and just how big her sister is now right and below!


We do love our little bunny though as you may have gathered, so much so that I found myself waking up in a panic the other night as I thought that we had left her out. I woke my hubby up in the process and even when he told me that we hadn't I still had to check in my half asleep state! What am I turning into! I feel like more of a parent now that I did when I had Milly & Molly, which I think is due to her being a single bunny and a house bunny. Talking of which madam had her first vaccinations this afternoon! I was a little apprehensive about taking her as I didn't know how she would react, or whether she would have any side effects being that she had never been to the vets before. I also have never had a bunny vaccinated before as it wasn't really about a much when I had my last bunnies, and you had to have ten people wanting it in the area at a time to have it done then as it's a live vaccine.

She was however pretty well behaved! I took her in her cardboard box that she came is I thought that it would be easier to get her out from than a carrier. She was understandably pretty scared when we got there and was covering in the corner, but a bit of dandelion mix bought her out of her shell. Once out of the box she had a full check over and was weighed before having her vaccine. She kept trying to climb up off of the table onto me for safety, and at one point jumped so high that she nearly jumped over my shoulder. But when it came to having the actual vaccine she was soo good and didn't even flinch!

Since being home she seems to have settled down very quickly and has been munching and letting me stroke her still, so I think that I am forgiven! I will keep an eye on her, but hopefully she won't have any side effects!

Below you can see a few pics of our little monkey from the last few weeks.


 Me cheeky! Never!

 Like butter wouldn't melt
 Playful Bun!

 Sleepy Bun!

Claiming "her" seat!

 
Bunny Yoga!

In other bunny related news I have a few new bunny related items that I have added to my collection in the last few weeks or so. Firstly a rather lovely bunny cushion, which my mum treated me to on a trip to one of our local garden centres the other week. You can see it below, plus I hasten to add that this one will be staying away from Florriekins!



Then secondly I was so very excited to have my rose gold and dusty pink Olivia Burton bunny watch turn up on Friday, which I have been on the waiting list for months! I have to say that I am not a big watch fan and haven't worn a watch since I was about twelve, but I just couldn't resist this one when I saw it. It's soo gorgeous as you can see below and even nicer in the flesh!



Also in Bobby related news I have also sketched out a new design which should be finished and ready to show you by my next post!

I hope that you all had a fab weekend, and thanks as always for visiting!  x 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Christmas, New Year and A Florrie Update!

Hello everyone! I know that it is a bit late now but I hope that you all had a very Happy Christmas, New Year, and that you have all had a good start to 2017 so far!

We had a lovely one, but it did go oh so very quickly! Especially since as I mentioned in my last post I only had Christmas Day and Boxing Day off, so it meant that I had a lot to fit into the space of a few days!

Christmas Day was spent at my parents along with the hubby, my sister her boyfriend and our Nan. It was a lovely chilled out day as our Christmas's generally are which involved stocking opening, a lovely Christmas roast cooked by my mum which was followed by more present opening, watching the Queen's speech and chilling out for the evening to watch TV. Whereas Boxing Day was by comparison was pretty hectic as we spent it with the hubby's mum, step-dad, three brothers and their wives and partners, his sister and her fiance, two of his step-brothers, our three nephews and niece, his Nan and step-Nan plus Ralphy the dog in Croydon! Again it was a lovely day spent catching-up with family and his mum put on a lovely spread as always with soo much food! We did however have fun getting there and nearly didn't make it at all due to the way that Southern trains at the moment!

I have never liked the idea of driving to Croydon (even though I have had a license since I was 18) due to the all of the hustle and bustle and motorway driving, plus the hubby has only been driving for a year and isn't too keen either so as I say we normally take the train up there. On Boxing Day however we generally drive to my hubby's work and walk to the nearest station from there, as we often can't get trains there and back from our local station. So this year we did the same as we always do having checked that there were no rail strikes and that the trains were running. However on getting to the station after 20mins of lugging the Christmas presents to the station we found that trains were being cancelled all over the place and that it would be another good hour before we could get one there, and who knows if we would have been able to get back again! We were also running pretty late at this point as it was, since being that were both pretty knackered we ended up lying in and sorting out Florrie for longer than we probably should have done! So at this point the hubby was ready to go home and just chill, but it wasn't fair on him for us not to see his family over Christmas so I said that I would bite the bullet and drive there even though I really didn't want too! So after another 20min walk back to the car with all the presents and after an hour drive later, which went much smoother than I thought it would we arrived at his mums.

Below you can see a few pics from our Christmas.

The table all laid for Christmas dinner at my parents and their Christmas tree 

  My yummy Christmas dinner with a starter of smoked salmon and cream cheese on Bellini's, with a cucumber garnish and lemon for seasoning, a main of turkey with stuffing veggies, gravy and pigs in blankets, and a dessert of "Chocolate Bomb" with cream. 


The rather festive destruction that was left in my parents front room after we had opened all of our presents, Mum with her cuddly "Buster" from the John Lewis Christmas ad that I got her, and leftover turkey in sandwiches along with stuffing that was eaten along with my new favourite Christmas drink M&S Egg Nog Cream a few days after the festivities!


The bunnified clothes and goodies that I received for Christmas.

The day after Boxing Day the hubby went for Christmas celebrations around his Dad's and his partner, again along with all of his brothers and sister, nephews, niece, and their partners. Unfortunately I couldn't make due to work, but I did manage to catch-up with them after briefly!

Since then things have just been pretty hectic as I have been rushed off of my feet at work over the last week few weeks, and having worked all of last weekend too I have been pretty knackered. This meant that I seemed to brew brewing some sort of sore throat and coughing lurgy, which thankfully didn't really turn into anything in the end! It was due to be honest though as most other people at work have been ill recently, plus the hubby was struck down with something just before New Year too. Which usually tends to happen when he has a break from work.

We did however have a lovely New Year which, was spent with my best friend and her husband and another couple of friends who have all moved slightly out of town now. So with us all wanting to drink we decided to get a hotel room, start off at one of theirs and then make our way out to a black tie function that we had got tickets for at their local rock bar. We all had a fab time and it was nice to go somewhere different for a change as well as get all dressed up, especially since I have barely been out with my best friend since her wedding back in October!

On the Florrie front the little monkey continues to be a little pickle, and is still growing well! I weighed her on New Year's Day and she was weighing in at 1.3kg and again yesterday and she is now 1.4kg the little fatty! So I think that it is safe to say that she is going to be more Lionhead size than Netherland Dwarf, as she is now over the weight that a Netherland Dwarf should be. As I said in my last post she is long rather than chubby, but she is starting to fill out a little now. She is also less fluffy that she was having now shed her baby coat, meaning that her fur is now much shorter from her bum to her shoulders, where it then goes a bit longer and fluffier toward her head. She still has her fluffy tufts on her head although maybe not quite as much as before and she has now lost her fluffy bum! I'm not sure how much more she will shed her fur or grow, but I am hoping at now just over 4 and a half months that she is nearly fully grown otherwise she will outgrow her hutch!

Below you can see the size comparison of the first photo that I took of her when we got home, and one that I took a week or so ago!
The little madams nails are also getting pretty sharp but as of yet they are not long enough to cut so I have inevitably ended up with scratches mainly on my chest, where she likes to scrabble when I first get her out and get in her comfortable position of bum up towards my neck and her head down on my chest. On that point coming out is something that she is not to keen on at the moment as she is starting to get to know her own mind! She loves coming up to you for strokes whilst in the hutch and she loves being out and climbing on and being stroked by us when she is out, plus she's not too bad being held once she is out. But when it comes to getting her out she has taken more often than not to doing a reversing act when I go to get her out, which usually leads to her having to be coaxed out with a food stick once this starts.

She also enjoyed her first Christmas and opening the jingle ball that we got her along with the pet friendly Christmas cracker! I do have a video of it that I am trying to get onto my Bobby Bunny and Friends Instagram page along with her doing a little dance to the Christmas no.1, but as of yet I seem to be struggling to get them to upload! She has also continued her love affair with chewing as little bunnies generally do and has now taken to knocking over and chewing on her hay cart, so much so that I have now had to turn one of its wheels the other way where it has been chewed so much otherwise it wouldn't stand up!

On a related note we had slight bunny dramas the other day when it came to taking the decorations down on the twelfth night, as when I went to take down the Christmas jumper garland that I had hanging across the front room the drawing pin flew out and went straight into Florrie's hutch! Cue panic from me as I couldn't find the thing anywhere, which meant that she had to be fished out again after having just been out and the hubby and I had to set about dismantling the hutch and fully cleaning her out at gone 11:30pm just because we couldn't risk her coming to harm on it!

The little monkey is such a character and makes us laugh so much and we melt every time we look at her cute little face, even if she is being a pickle! I still can't believe how quickly she has grown and I don't really feel like I got that many pictures of her as a baby, but in reality I have loads! Below you can see just a small selection of the many pics that I have taken of her in order from when we got her seven weeks ago to now.


So that pretty much round ups up most things that I have been going on here on and since Christmas!

In terms of this week we had a bit of a snow storm that started here about 6pm on Thursday evening. It was pretty heavy at the time and settled even though it had been raining all day! I was just leaving work as it started and met my hubby on the way back. I love snow so was rather like an excited child, but by the time that we had made the 10-15min walk home we were drenched and I looked like a panda from where my mascara had run!

But by a few hour later it had stopped leaving us with a small covering of snow, but overnight it froze meaning that the roads and pavements were like an ice rink by the morning. Luckily I didn't have work the next day, but I took the hubby to work early meaning that it was pretty slippy out there until we got to the main roads. But then come the afternoon it was all gone as if it never happened!

Below you can see a few pics of the snow that we did get. Like I say it wasn't a lot, but enough to get me excited as it was our first snowfall in two years!

 The snow just after it started as I left work.
  The view from our window by the time we returned home.

If you had snow I hope that you all stayed safe and kept warm. I also hope that you are all having a good weekend too! Being that I worked all of last weekend off I have had this one off so it has been lovely to just chill with the hubby this weekend after a pretty hectic fer weeks! I was also fortunate enough to end up with Friday and Monday off too, so I have now ended up with a four day break and hope to get plenty done over the next few days!

Thanks as always for visiting! x 

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas Gatherings & A Florrie Update!

Wow I'm not quite sure where the past few weeks have gone since I last blogged, but it seems to have passed us by like a whirlwind and we now find ourselves at Christmas already!

I hope that you are all now well and truly in the Christmasy spirit and that you are all prepared for the festivities that are very nearly upon us! I am all sorted now having done my wrapping yesterday as I knew that I had a full days work today which I finished late this afternoon, so I am now in my Christmas jim jams and slippers ready to chillout for the evening.

Below you can see the before and after of my wrapping efforts which took me many hours yesterday evening! But having my first Christmas movies of the year "Santa Clause Movie" one and two playing in the background did help!

However I would really love to have a proper Christmas break like my hubby gets one day, as having worked in retail since I was 16 I haven't had one in years! I don't think that that it's going to happen anytime soon though! But could be worse as I do at least have Christmas Day and Boxing Day off, and I very much looking forward to spending time with our families over Christmas, even though like I said it does seem to have crept up very suddenly!

I tend to find these days that I get into Christmas quite early on and then it all seems to tail off a bit and seems ages away, but then suddenly it seems to appear from nowhere! So until yesterday I hadn't had the chance to watch any Christmas films or anything, as we had been so busy throughout most of December!

Firstly we had our nephews birthday back in the first weekend of December where we joined a lot of my hubby's side of the family around his brothers house for a big celebratory gathering and meal, which was lovely if not a little hectic! This was then followed the day after by my work Christmas meal which was very scrummy, and also my first festive meal of the year!

You can see that yummy meal below!


The following weekend I had the birthday's of both my best friend and another two close friends, for which we met up around one of the girls houses where she cooked us a gorgeous meal before we spent the rest of the evening playing games and chatting until the early hours of the morning, which was lovely as we don't get much of a chance to all meet up like that regularly. Then on the day after this we then had our annual family meal with my dads side of the family, which again was lovely as it gave us all a chance to catch-up and get into the festive spirit.

By this point it was mid December and I would have liked to have had our tree up and decorated by this time so that we could have chance to properly enjoy it, but with us being so busy it sort of didn't end up happening. Instead I ended up going to buy a tree with the hubby one evening, which then proceeded to sit in our front room naked for a good week before I finally got a chance to decorate it!

Below you can see the results of when I finally got around to decorating both the tree, the room, and even our bunny and her hutch!


This weekend just gone was another busy one as being that I had a rare sat off of work I went up to see my Nan with my mum on what was a very foggy day! From ours to us getting over the South Downs there was very bad visibility, as you can see below!


However once we got the other side it was a lot clearer and by the time that we got to my Nan's the sun was even out! It's amazing how different the weather can be from one side of the downs to the other! Anyway once at my Nan's we all went into Chichester where we spent a lovely day browsing the shops and getting our last few prezzies, as well as having breakfast in our favorite cafe. By the end of the trip I think that we were all well and truly in the festive spirit which worked out well being that I has drinks with the work girls that night, which was then followed by our annual secret Santa meal around the hubby's sister the following day with all of his siblings.

So that pretty much brings you up to date with a rather hectic few weeks!

We have also had some lovely sunsets over the last few weeks even though the weather has been relatively unsettled with it not being able to decide whether it wants to rain, be mild, or freezing cold. But thankfully apart from some pretty blustery weather we didn't really get hit by storm Barbara that has swept across the north of the UK over the past few days! I hope that none of you got affected too badly by it either if you are in that part of the country!

Below you can see a lovely sunset that I captured a few weeks back both looking down our local high street and then overlooking the town from the top of the town car park.



On the Florrie front she had continued to settle in well and is such a little character! If any of you follow me on my Bobby Bunny and Friends Instagram you may have seen the video that I put up a couple of weeks back of her racing around the sofa!

She still continues to love the sofa now and has got even faster running up, down, and all around it. She has also grown so much in the month that we have had her that I have had to move her water bottle up three rungs! She can now also jump from the bottom of the sofa to the top without having to use us as a platform even though she still does! She loves to jump about more than sit still for cuddles, but she will still jump on us and say hello for a stroke, even though she is now too big to be able to nestle her bum in my neck anymore. She is also very well trained and very rarely pee's when she is out, instead starting to scratch at her cover on the sofa to let us know when she needs to go!

She also seems to love bells and music which tend to send her into a bit of a playful frenzy when out, but most of all she loves her food and chewing everything so I have to watch her carefully when she is out to make sure that she is not getting hold of anything that she shouldn't!

She likes to chew the wooden buttons on my cushions, the daydo rail, my pajamas and anything edible withing her hutch. She has chewed the tops off of her carrot toy meaning that she now struggles to pull the wooden carrots out of it, she has chewed her ladder, and has pretty much destroyed her sea grass hidey hole. However she prefers to lick rather than chew the sofa, my hubby's pajamas and her little fluffy outdoor bed that she sits in on the arm of our sofa.

Below you can see the trail of destruction that our little monkey has left so far!


She has now also been introduced to fresh greens on top of her hay and pellets which she loves, plus dried dandelion leaves which she loves so much that I had to wrestle the packet of from her the other day after she got hold of it. She also has a rabbit food stick which we feed to her sparingly. I say this, but we keep it onto top of the hutch or at least we did until she figured out that she was tall enough to reach the roof and try and eat it through the bars, to which she and proceeded knock it off the top of the hutch in the process where it smashed all over the floor. At this point I then got another out for her the following day and put the packet underneath the stick on top of the hutch, but the little monkey pulled the packet through the bars and chucked it down her ladder so that she could get to it. So at this point we decided that we could no longer keep the stick on top of the hutch and moved in out of her way. That was until I fed it to her the other day and decided that I would put it out of reach at the back of her hay rack on the outside of her hutch, which was fine until my hubby did the same thing and we then went for an evening out with friends. On our return I asked him where he had put the stick and he said back in the back of the hay rack but I couldn't see it. I then delved into the hay rack and realised that our clever little monkey had realised that it was there, and being that she couldn't reach it she proceeded to pull enough hay out of the rack that it then fell against the bars so that she could eat it or should I say devour it! The funniest thing is that she had been up at the bars when we got home acting half starved as she hadn't had her pellets so I had given her more food, which then got taken out as soon as I realised what she had done! Thankfully it didn't seem to upset her stomach, but needless to say she wasn't allowed anymore food stick for the rest of the week after that! So yes like I say she is definitely a little character!

Below you can see a photo that I took of her just as she realised that she could reach it!


Oh and she also sleeps in a number strange and comical positions too as you can see below!


My hubby thinks that she is crazy, and has spent quite a lot of time at home with her recently as he has had a lot of holiday from work that needed to be used up before the end of the year. Which has meant that he's had the time to go and buy her yet more toys! Proof that he is a big softie really and loves her as much as I do!


I also get up an hour early before work to let her out now which wears her out for most of the day, before then getting her out for another hour or so once I am home. We are also looking at getting her a run to attach to her hutch now that she is getting bigger too.

When I say that she has grown she really has and isn't really a baby anymore! I would say that size wise she is probably heading more towards the size of a Lionhead than a Netherland Dwarf, which I thought when we got her may be the case! However I didn't think that she would grow quite so quickly! I think because she was 12 weeks when we got her rather then the 9 that Mill and Moll were that she would grow just a bit more, but in the first week and a half she had a massive growth spurt going from 800gms to just under 1.1kg! I was a bit concerned at this point that I was over feeding her but it turned out that I wasn't and her weight has leveled now. But even though she had grown all over she is still quite a ling skinny bunny. Anyway as you can tell, now a month in we are very much smitten with her and I already have hundreds of photos and videos of her which I will share with you in my next post! But for now I will stop rabbiting on about her before I bore you all if I haven't already!
 
Anyway I hope that you all have the most amazing happy and healthy Christmas wherever you are and whatever you are doing! x