Sweetie, English Butterfly Bunny & Tour Guide

Sweetie, English Butterfly Bunny & Tour Guide
Hi and welcome to "Fairy Castle Farm" I hope you enjoy your stay! I should introduce myself, my name is Sweetie and I am a resident of Fairy Castle Farm. Well it's not actually a farm, but a suburban home in the southern suburbs of South Australia. I am a rare Old English Spot Bunny, and absolutely love life here with all my family and some good friends too... let me take you on a tour ....

Fairy Castle Farm : Global Visitors


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I am back ! Fit, healthy and full of life .... well it is spring!

Good day everybun, it is with great pleasure I announce it is I, Sweetie, here to update today's blog!
Firstly I would like to give my daddy bun, Angel a big whisker tickle and lots of nose bumps to let him know how much I love him and thank him for staying with me while I recovered....  (kisses Angel)
(above) Angel saying his bunny prayers for me to get better.
Next, please accept my most sincere thanks and gratitude to all my wonderful friends out there in the big wide world. Your messages of love, caring and encouragement were all passed onto me and I thank you very much.  They also made Yollie feel humbled to know so many wonderful people care.
Below is a video of me, with Mummy-bun (Teegee lying near the fence) and Daddy (with his bot-bot facing the camera) *rolls eyes*.  As you can see I am fit and well once more! 

Now I would like to post two photos of pretty things I got to see while in with my Yollie and Little Princess and (please don't tell ANYTONE, my absolute favourite human) ....Stewart.  
 (above) A Peace Lilly
 (Above) A rowing Ant!!!!  this just made me giggle and giggle.  My Yollie was not impressed that I kept trying to sneak this fella into the bathroom. I only wanted to see if he would really row in the bath?...  I  have not given up on my little ant friend yet!

 And this gorgeous specimen of a rose, I got to see (and nibble) while My Yollie took a stroll with me in the front garden....  It is an Old World Rose and it has a candy stripe. It smells sooooo good ;o)
And finally, I have a question.  Do you want to know what a sleeping bunny looks like?  
No? Go on, I know you want to....
Well here it is.
 Ah, I hear you proclaim,
"But, Sweetie, he is awake!" 
Well, that is not quite true.  An interesting fact of some prey animals is that we can sleep with our eyes open!  It is true.  Look at the clip again and you will notice Patches' nose stop 'twitching' ....  
 Ok, so when his nose is not twitching, you will also notice his eyes relax, hey presto! 
Sleeping bunny.  
Good isn't it.  So it is probably not a good idea to play a game of 'stare' with a relaxed and sleepy bunny. You won't win.

That is all from me, have a buntastic week and remember.......
Don't be shy to say Hi!
Sweetie xoxoxox

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sweetie had us all worried!

Hi, it's Angel here. I'm taking over tonight!

My little girl is recovering from yesterday's ordeal, so I would like to take up the laptop so as to speak.....

I just want to share with everyone, how important it is to act quickly when your bunny seems out of sorts.

Yesterday, when Sweetie fell ill quite suddenly and unexpectedly, Yollie really did not have a lot to go on.

 The only thing that triggered alarm bells was that Sweetie did not come running out to greet her like usual.

 This one act made Yollie investigate further. 

It is when the slightest of signs are ignored that it can result in huge complications later. 

Sweetie was fine on Wednesday, you all saw this in her last post. Bright eyed and bushy tailed. She even featured in a short clip (Yollie didn't previously post it, here it is).

So as you can see - nothing really out of the ordinary there. Her usual alert, cheeky self...
The following morning however, it was quite a different story....
I'll tell you all about it.
Every morning Sweetie is usually right behind Patches, bulldozing chooks out of her path to get to Yollie for their morning cuddles and chat.... 
  Not yesterday morning however.
She stayed firmly tucked in her burrow... no amount of coaxing could get her to come out. Yollie was instantly worried.  Leaving Sweetie some thistles and carrot leaves she had to go and take Princess to school.  Yollie returned in a flash, hoping Sweetie would have come out and eaten her favourite treats.  Alas, she had not.  Yollie was beside herself now, with worry.

Not knowing what else to do, Yollie sang Sweetie's favourite song to her. Thankfully this did make her come out. Yollie took one look at my little kit and knew at once she was poorly.
Fearing the worst she rushed her inside - after a full body check and nothing obvious presenting itself, (She was free of wounds, immobility or obvious skeletal tenderness).  At this time all that was apparent was that Sweetie would not take food or water.  Yollie guessed gastric upset.  Sweetie flinched when light pressure was applied to her tummy, Yollie continued to monitor her, lightly massaging her tummy, encouraging her to eat and syringe feeding her water to flush her system.  

After 3hours had passed and Sweetie had not used the litter tray, Yollie was quite sure it was gastric.  She gave her pain medication and 2 &1/2 mls of apple and blackcurrant puree.  1hour later....  Sweetie (with much effort and strain and whimpering) passed the most awful, long and dry poop any of us had ever witnessed! 

So it seems her pooper tube was all blocked up.  Due to moulting and ingesting excess fur from all the grooming we bunnys do.

The next morning, a bright eyed and bushy tailed Sweetie once again!  And a red eyed, sleep deprived exhausted Yollie!
It is so important to act fast with us little bunnies.  This story has a happy ending, over a relatively short time line.  
That's not to say that Sweetie is completely out of the woods, but she is pooping normally and eagerly eating and drinking all her usual foods, so all signs are positive again.
We hope anyone reading this, understands how important it is to really understand and connect with your bunny. 
We will certainly tell you if something is wrong. Even though we don't have words or infact many sounds at all for that matter, it does not mean we won't let you know how we are feeling....  

So long as you are there to listen that is.
Take care and farewell from Angel Bun xoxoxox

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Baby chooks enter the Jurassic ....Princess' Piano recital and cute bunnies of course!

Happy Spring time every-bun....

Sweetie here,

welcome new followers and we hope you enjoy your stay....
Firstly I would like to share my little Princess playing the grand piano at her piano recital.....

She did bun-tastically and her family were so proud of her.  A flawless performance, brava!
On to the progress of our baby chicks, do you remember when they hatched?  Here they are;
Now, everybun my daddy Angel has a question.
 "Is it just me, or do you also think these little fluff balls, evolve temporarily into dinosaurs????"
Lets have a look....
 "what do you think, Patches?"
 "Yep, pretty dinosaury to me!"
 It's not just their look, but it's the expressions and mannerisms too....

 They really do go through such a process, to finally become a regal Hen or Cock....
 Wilbur our dear barnevelder rooster ;o)
"bless you!"

 " Bless-you again, Chester do you have hay-fever? well it's no wonder with all the blooms - what do you think it could be???"
Something in the Veggie patch?
 Peppino in bloom?
 No?  Not sure which it is....
 Let me ask my little fishy friend here,

 Perhaps it's the Lavender? (Can you see the bee collecting the pollen?)
 Or the roses?
 We give up!  Who knows what makes you sneeze????

Well, that is it from us, we hope you have a wonderful week and bunny,fishy and Kitty kisses to all our friends ;o)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Spring has Sprung!

Sweetie here, howdy to all my friends and welcome new members.... Old and New, Close and Far!  Welcome also to first time Global visitors and frequent travellers alike.  I hope everyone has been keeping well, and thanks for all your wonderful comments.  Come, grab a cuppa and make your escape. Join our little world, if only for a brief stay.

Hi every-bun, It's Angel here, sorry Sweetie - you can have the blog back in a moment... I just wanted to share a very old picture with you.  It has a  funny story that goes with it....

Do you want to see?  Ok, look below........

Oh, "Poor Chester" I hear you say?  Well read on.....
Here is the story.  Our Little princess was two when this photo was taken, long before I was ever born. Yollie was on the telephone, Little princess was on the case! It took her highness less than 2 minutes to make Chester 'bootiful' as she later insisted was all that she was doing  .... However, it took her mummy over 15 scary minutes and countless scratches to take the clips out again! I think he liked being 'bootiful' what do you think?
 I also would like to answer the regularly asked question of .... "Is Holly one of the 101 Dalmatians?"

Well, yes! Holly is one of them. In fact she is number '12' ......
 Do you see it?  It is made up of her "dot's" and Holly has always had it.  It sits up on her shoulder and we think it is very special. (As does she!)

'Ok Sweetie, I'm done, you can have the blog back now'...
Thanks, Daddy-bun.
Well that was interesting, I never knew about those pictures.
On to other news.
Well, it has been very exciting here at Fairy Castle Farm.  The baby chicks are starting to grow their real feathers and taking in the world.
 They are just so adventurous 
I can't help but stop and stare.

Much to their dismay, I am not the only one that stares!!
Oh the attitude!  At such a young age and it already shows!

Next, On to the SPRING FLOWERS .......
The flowers here at the moment are out of this world.
These are the Gaillardia and they are actually from last spring, the plant never died and they have gone crazy with blooms this year.  The back ground is actually the real sky not a back drop! Amazing and so beautiful I think.

If you want to know more about these amazing blooms, see here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaillardia
I especially love how beautiful the jasmine smells, even if I can't eat it (toxic) ;o(

And ...... my Yollie finally got a picture of the elusive "fishes"
 I do use the term 'fishes' loosely, as she only captured a photo of ONE (1) fish! There are at least 20 in the pond (and breeding).  My Yollie has not given up on the perfect picture, just yet, watch this space.

So thanks for stopping by, have a bun-tastic week every one.

Sweetie signing off xoxoxoxox