History was made at the Holt Press Home today when our children got pet rabbits! I was about to say they got their first ever pets but Sophie did have a brief flirtation with a budgerigar a few years ago until a friend who was looking after it while we were away let it escape. I'm not a big animals person, I've always preferred to eat them rather than play with them so it's no surprise we didn't have many pets as kids. There was the ill fated Wattsie, a little black puppy which got on a train one morning at Bayswater and was let off two stations later and never seen again! I've heard there are lots of benefits to kids having pets but I've heard some horror stories of $1000 vet bills to fix cats that died anyway and the extra expense of dog/cat food, sterilisation and vet bills and of course the waste product have always put me off.
In this instance however I was left out of the loop, Sophie came home one day last week and said "I bought a rabbit today!" My immediate response of course was, "Great, does it come with a recipe book?" which reminds me of a joke that was popular back in the 70's, "Watership Down, Read the Book, See the Movie, Eat the Pie"! which in turn leads to one of my Dad's favourite sayings, "To make rabbit pie, first catch your rabbit".
Culinary considerations aside, the newest members of the family have been named Starsky (and Hutch, you know, rabbit hutch? Yeah, lame I know but Sport Boy likes it) and Stew! Again with the food! Not sure of the origin, or the spelling, but I'm sticking to the pot version.
They are dwarf rabbits apparently, and rumoured to both be female, which is probably a very good thing given the reputation rabbits enjoy. They are in their hutch in the backyard and the only risk to their well being is that Sport Boy will kill them with kindness, he's very keen to hold them, watch them, pat them, carry them and generally hang out with them.
I admit they are quite cute, but I'm planning on not becoming too attached to them, they are only two steps removed from the freezer on a bad day!
In case any of my home based children should read this blog, don't worry, I'm only being serious!!
Sophie has been going great guns since she returned home, working full time at the corner store, and tonight she started a second job, working for her old boss at a new little restaurant he's started at the Broadwater Food Hall, he rang her up especially to see if she wanted to work for him again which is a great compliment.In fact, she started tonight!
Two jobs! Wonders never cease, what next! The return of the Heir! It's being seriously mooted for early 2007!
In fact, he and his siter have been chatting online and making plans for an overseas adventure, travelling together next year! Now that's exciting!
I've been spruiking the Summer Camp idea in the States for a few years so I'll be giving that another push.
I was on roster at Art Geo this afternoon, it was quiet and I didn't sell anything, mine or anyone else's, but I did hang one of my framed paintings so I'm optimistic about it selling, I really like it and it's drawn a few compliments at home so hopefully someone out there in the public will agree.
After I finished Carolyn and I (and Sport Boy) went down to the cafe at Abbey Beach Resort for coffee and cake cortesy of a gift voucher Carolyn received from the school as a thanks for the volunteer work she does. I enjoyed a very rich chocolate mousse, as dod Sport Boy, while Carolyn had a latte and sticky date pudding.
It was very pleasant, the weather is warming up a little, Summer is not too far away and the beauty of Busselton is once again flowering. Before long we'll be watching sunsets and walking on the beach again.
This evening Carolyn and Jordy have gone to see a movie, Sophie's still at work and Sport Boy and I are at home on a lazy Sunday evening, I'm blogging and dubbing old video tapes onto DVD's. I haven't heard from SB for a little while, it won't surprise me if I find him asleep on the sofa when I go out there in a minute.