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Rabbit Run [May. 30th, 2013|09:45 am]
Tony Grist
Matthew cobbled together a run for the rabbits. My mother, who pays him £12 an hour, got fractious about how long it was taking. We had a conversation that went a bit like this...

My mother (peevishly): Are you going to see what Matthew is doing?

Me (standing my ground)): No, I'm cooking lunch.

My Mother: But he's spending all this time making a run for your rabbits when he should be cutting my grass. Don't you think you should check?

Me (angry now but trying not to show it):  No.  I'm not going to go and harass him. I don't do that sort of thing. Besides it's raining. He won't be cutting the grass anyway.

At which point- before things could get really unpleasant- we heard the lawn-mower starting up.

The completed run is a splendid piece of improvisation, assembled from oddments of wood and wire and corrugated iron. It'll stop the rabbits from wandering and give them access to a large area of grass, but we won't be able to let them use it unless we're standing guard against predators. Yesterday we saw a fox on the front lawn exiting through the shrubbery with a  baby wild rabbit in its jaws. Also, Matthew tells us, West Kent has a growing population of buzzards.

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2013-05-30 02:33 pm (UTC)
When idahoswede lived down in Kent and I'd visit, I saw more foxes in her neighbourhood than I'd ever seen in the wild.

You 'll have to have a barrel of patience to live with your mum...but that's the way of things.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-05-30 04:33 pm (UTC)
40 years ago I fled north to get away from my parents and their values and routines- and now I'm back. As the song says, you can run, but you can't hide...
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[User Picture]From: charliemc
2013-05-30 03:51 pm (UTC)
I admire that you managed to stay 'cool' under the circumstances. (smile) I might have lost it, personally...

The run sounds wonderful!

Foxes and buzzards! Oh my!

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-05-30 04:35 pm (UTC)
I came very close to exploding. I hate it when I do. I always feel so stupid afterwards.
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[User Picture]From: basefinder
2013-05-31 03:10 am (UTC)
Good karma to you for keeping your cool. I imagine it wasn't easy. I love my dad, but we only visit for a day at a time!

I never realized protecting rabbits, while allowing them an enjoyable life, was so much effort. (Of course, here in Denver there are no stray cats -- but plenty of coyotes.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-05-31 08:07 am (UTC)
Parents continue to think they're in charge even when they've declined into child-like dependence. It doesn't make for an easy ride.
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