Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Ash and my Birthday

Photos Copyright: Maggie May

You can see that Ash is getting tamer as he now lets other people pick him up and stays still for longer. He has brown eyes but the camera caught his retina and made it look red.
Some people asked why we picked his name.
My daughter and I liked it. My grandsons inform me that the name Ash is the second most popular character in Pokemon and also the bunny must have been born around the time of the volcanic ash and the air problems. So it is a mixture of all those reasons really. Mainly because we liked the name.

I bought a large run for him to exercise in. I used some Birthday money. It was a one off thing putting him straight onto the carpet. I have plastic to go over it now. I learned quickly that I needed to do that.

Ash is enjoying that box and is supposed to use his blue toilet tray that you see in this picture for wees.
I think he is having a bit of a laugh as he uses that for sleeping in. I did put soiled sawdust in there from his cage, just like the book suggested. I reckon Ash needs to read the book!

I expect you remember on my Birthday last month, Harry and I were both quite ill and I never did get to write about it.
Sam bought me an alto recorder but then I went and cut my little finger and I still can't press onto the notes with that finger. I did want to learn and it is one of my *to do* things before I die. However not in the same room as Ash as he is totally freaked out by high pitched squeaky noises.
Lucky that we have a large house.

I also received lovely things for the garden and in the picture below you will see that I had a total surprise of a pretty mobile that my friend/neighbour made for me out of glass and lead.
I have had several wild birds commit suicide by flying into that window, so I do put butterfly stickers against the glass to try and stop them doing this. The mobile is just perfect for that purpose, as well as looking very pretty.
So you will see that I did very well indeed, apart from being too ill to celebrate the actual day or even week.


Suburbia said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

What a lovely rabbit :)

Pretty birthday gifts too, I would like to be able to make stained glass things!

RNSANE said...

Well, I'm glad that you are going to help save these kamikaze birds!!! I wonder if your rabbit will reach 25 pounds like mine did!
He lived nearly five years, then escaped his pen one day and our our dog caught him! Very sad ending.

VioletSky said...

Your Ash is a lovely colour.
And the glass mobile is a wonderful addition to your bird scaring decor.

slommler said...

Maggie...Ash is beautiful! And I am glad that he will let you snuggle him now.
And that birthday mobile is gorgeous! You did get some beautiful things for your birthday.
Loved the mushrooms.

Twain12 said...

Happy belated birthday ♥
Ash is gorgeous and i love your garden decorations

Anonymous said...

Ash is sooooo cute. I'd love one but I'm not sure that the cockatoo would like it :0)

Akelamalu said...

Ash is beautiful!

I love all the pretty garden things and adore the glass mobile. I have lots of crystals and glass mobiles hanging in all my windows. Don't they make beautiful rainbows on the walls when the sun shines? :)

Mickle in NZ said...

I thonk you might find that Ash can be "toilet trained". He is a little sweetie.

Si happy for you that you can now enjoy your birthday treasures. The mobile is so beautiful.

The only bird our family cat ( obsessively territorial to allm 4 legged beings) ever "caught" was a wee sparrow that stunned itself on a window.

Do have a special birthday celebration now, Michelle and Zebbycat, xxxx and purrrrumbling from us

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Can't remember if I wished you a Happy Birthday...sooooo, Happy Belated Birthday, dearest Maggie!

Ash is extremely beautiful...I'm sure he's won every heart! And I like the name Ash as well.

I really love the look of your garden, too. The mobile is gorgeous and fits in perfectly!

You sound so happy. I'm thrilled. Sending you much love, Janine XO

Nora said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Maggy. I suppose you can consider Ash to be one of your birthday presents too, can't you? He's your birthday rabbit. He sure is cute. I'd love to hold the little guy. I'm glad he finds interest in the things you give him to play with.

The glass mobile is very pretty and it was nice of your friend to make it for you. Good for the birds too, to know they shouldn't fly in that direction. I love the mushrooms in your flower pot.


Teacher's Pet said...

Ash is indeed a snuggle bunny...
I'm glad you posted a photo of him; he makes me smile....and I know that he makes you very happy.
Hugs and warmest smiles to you, Maggie.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

A colleague at work had his pet rebbit sleep on his chest every night when he too dozed in his recliner. They make great house pets so no doubt you will get lots of love from Ash. just what you need after such a harrowing time. Your next birthday will be a belter!

Hilary said...

Aww, Ash is just adorable. I love that face. That mobile is such a thoughtful gift for you and for the birds. You're a good friend to nature.:)

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

A belated Happy Birthday from me too Maggie - its never too late to celebrate anyway. Your little bundle looks very sweet and I love his name. A x

The Girl from Cherry Blossom Street said...

A bunny! How perfect is that little bunny!
I've always wanted one.
Belated happy birthday dear Maggie May :-)

(I love bunnies and ponies!)

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Sounds like you are now able to enjoy your birthday, even if it's a little belated! Beautiful bunny! And I love all the prettiness in your garden. I really, really want to get my yard looking good. My allergies make it a bit difficult.

Wendy said...

Oh I just love your whimsical garden! Lucky you to receive such nice gifts, especially after feeling so ill. It's time to celebrate! I hope you and hubby have fully recovered.

Happy Birthday! I think little Ash is just the sweetest bunny.

I've always wanted to learn to play the flute - well not always, but just these last few years, so I can relate to you wanting to learn the recorder.

Rose said...

A belated Happy Birthday, Maggie! I love the mobile; what a pretty way to discourage the birds from flying into the window.

Ash is such a cutie! You were smart to buy him a run so he could get some exercise. When we had Daughter's rabbit, he lived in such a tiny cage I would let him out for some time each day, and he had the run of the house. Big mistake! I used to describe the way he ran about as "hop hop poop hop poop poop...":) Supposedly, rabbits can be littered trained, but we never succeeded; hope you have better luck.

Brian Miller said...

glad you had a great birthday...been a while since i played the recorder, dont think i remember much...maybe hot crossed could read the book to Ash...just a suggestion. smiles.

Ayak said...

He really is a gorgeous rabbit...and the name suits him.

chaniagirl said...

Thank you for finally showing us Ash and sharing some of the special things about your birthday with us. I can't remember if I wished you well, so let me wish you abundant blessings now for a truly abundant year.

p.s. Love the mobile.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Just here to have another look at that cutie!! And to give you my love, Janine XO

Eddie Bluelights said...

Lovely chap isn't he? I did think about the volcanic Ash. Must be telephathy.
He seems a very friendly chap/ Love eddie

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hey Maggie, YOU really DID score on your birthday with some lovely gifts :-)

And your bunny is so soft looking. And speaking of bunnies-- YOu can enter a photo of him in Jill's scavenger's hint here-- We're having a fun time finding things and a rabbit is on the list!


lakeviewer said...

Happy Birthday, Maggie. Yes, you did very well with hand-made gifts like a stained glass mobile we are all now envious of. And a rabbit to love for a long time! Yeahaa.

She Writes said...

Happy Birthday. That little Ash is adorable.

Dimple said...

Hi Maggie,
I am glad to have caught up with your last three posts, my husband and I were fishing last weekend and I got behind with a lot of things. But it was a fun way to fall behind!

It sounds like you had a good birthday, and Ash looks like a wonderful pet. He's very handsome!
I like your rasta hat, too!


Joey said...

I love the rabbit, and I hope your birthday was wonderful.

Your photographs were just beautiful... lovely plants and stained glass.

Take care of you....

TechnoBabe said...

Hi, I have been meaning to come and read your blog and now I will read it regularly. What a darling bunny for a pet. We raised rabbits when I was quite young but they were all white. Your Ash is a beautiful color. How old is he?

SandyCarlson said...

He grows in the light of your love. Beautiful. Happy birthday!

Bernie said...

So sorry I missed you birthday, I hope you are feeling much better Maggie.
I love your little rabbit, Ash is a cute name as well.
Stay well my friend.....:-) Hugs

MarmiteToasty said...

cripes - HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES dear you..... I love the little toadstool thingies in the pots and the bunny, well... everyone loves a bunny....