Category Archives: Miscellaneous Goings On

Happy Spring!

Not that we pay all that much attention to seasons, but spring is a good time of year.  More sunshine = more happiness!

Hillside Farm bunny hutches April 2017
Hillside Farm bunny hutches April 2017

It almost looks like they have lights in their hutch now.  Some new neighbors moved into the deserted house next door and they’ve been cleaning and clearing.  They’ve thinned the mock orange hedge behind the bunny hutch so now light comes through.   The bunnies should have more ventilation and a better view now.

CMU block garden dug into hillside
New really raised bed garden

It being springtime and all, it seems a good time to set up a new garden area.  I’ve found raised bed gardens to be really productive.  Not only is it a smaller area to water and fertilize, but harvesting is much easier when you don’t have to fuss around at ground level.

The wire bunny cage is in there being used as a screen to screen out rocks and roots and such from the soil that was dug out of there to make room for the new garden.   The soil was dug out of the area and weed mat was spread across the bottom and sides of the raised bed.  Makes it ever to much easier to maintain when there’s not weeds moving in from the bottom and sides later.  The new garden area will be the area inside the black liner.  It’s roughly eight and a half by four and a half feet so it’s a pretty small garden, but with enough water and fertilizer, it can grow quite a bit.

The other good thing about these particular raised beds is that they are also terracing the hillside.   We are ‘Hillside Farm’ after all, one would expect some hillside in there somewhere and the gardens are going in pretty much the steepest part of the yard.  This is just the backyard ‘farm’, we did used to have a real farm on a hillside, but the bunnies were the only productive thing on the leased farm land so we gave up the farmland lease and now are backyard bunny micro-farmers.  Much closer to home and easier to take care of and no tractors necessary, although I do miss the backhoe.  Anyway, enough of history and now back to the new garden.

The front of the garden is four layers of bricks.  Each layer is 8″ tall, so that’s 32″ in front.  A lovely height to pick lettuce, don’t you think?  The back of the garden will be one layer high, all of 8″.  Considering the garden is only about three and a half concrete blocks deep, it rises two feet in four and a half feet.  Guess I should put some steps along the sides going up.  There may be another raised garden bed on the hillside behind it.  Either that or a short retaining wall of some sort.  Not sure what the overall rise is up to that mac nut tree, maybe thirty foot rise?

the start of a raised bed garden dug into the side of a hill as a terrace
New Garden April 2017

That’s as high as the front wall of the new garden will be and you can’t see from the photo, but it’s halfway full of soil.  The big pile in the picture is actually behind the new garden.  The new bunny hutch will eventually be up the hill under that dark tree up there.  That’s a macadamia nut tree and makes nice dense shade.  We’ve got a road to up there on the other side of the property and will be building a house up there at some point, but all of this is eventual sorts of stuff.

If the rain would stop today, then more work could be done on the garden, but it may be several days before more gardening gets done.  Fortunately, we don’t have much deadline on when to plant around here.

Early morning excavators

DSCN9223Well, it may not actually have been that much ‘early morning’ but it’s later in the year and the sun gets up later so I do, too.  Around 8:30 this morning, though, there was a diesel burring sound near to the front bedroom.  Not a loud diesel noise, a nice quiet burrrrr.  Well, that wasn’t too bad until there was a back up beeper.  Ick!   So with the annoying sound of back up beepers before morning coffee, I awoke.

 

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Dec. 12, 2016

This is three and a half hours of Mark & Excavator.  There used to be a hillside covered with trees and brush where the boys are standing.

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This is the view from the other direction.  There’s still thirty or forty feet of uncleared area behind and the excavator is near the front.  It’s rather a bit of a hillside, but hey, we’re Hillside Farm, after all.  Although, this wasn’t the hillside we started on, the original hillside was rather a bit bigger.  But, even though we’ve gone townside & residential, we’re still sticking to our Hillside roots.

A grapefruit tree and a macadamia nut tree were found, along with a lot of jacaranda, although the jacaranda are not going to be able to stay.  I would have liked one for the back yard, but they’re pretty much where we have to put the house.  Residential lots are pretty small and with only a third of an acre, there’s not much leeway on where things can go.

The bunnies can live up under the macadamia nut tree, though.  Eventually, it will take awhile before they have to move, probably a year or two.  The new hutches are movable, though, not like last move where we had to rebuild from the beginning.  I’ll draw in the place for the bunny hutches when drawing up the new house.  Not sure what that’s gonna look like just yet.  Once Mark gets done with the excavation, it will probably be easier to see how it should go.

We’re hoping for a lot of baby bunnies this upcoming January.  There have been six girls who have or are visiting Joey & Phineus.  Sydney has come down mountain for a Christmas vacation, although we don’t know if he’s going to visit with any girls over his vacation or not.  With six possible litters, if they all happened and if each one had six babies, that would be thirty new baby bunnies!  I’m not expecting more than one or maybe two litters of four to maybe six babies each, but with bunnies, you never know.

Let’s see, who met up with whom?  There’s only two of the bucks who met up with girls.  Phineus Phogge, our newest young buck met up with Suzie, Myste and Sirocco.

Since three of them have ‘atmospheric’ names, they were all born earlier this year.  This is the year of names that have something to do with weather or atmospheric conditions.  Joey and Suzie were from the year before where the bunnies were named after famous people, although I’m the one who gets to choose who is famous or not.  Joey is named for a friend on Maui who does some background acting in Hawaii 5-0 and other movies so he’s a famous movie star – at least, the bunnies think so but they don’t watch much TV.  Suzie is named after the Suzie who wrote ‘The Nervous New Owners Guide to Angora Rabbits’, a very famous person indeed!  Well, at least, if you’re an angora bunny.  Next year we may name them after textures or soft things.  Fluffy, Squooshie, Silky, Crimpy, Charmin; hmm, maybe we won’t.  Well, some sort of name theme will pop up, no doubt.

Other than Phineus, the other buck who met up with girl bunnies is Joey.  He’s a Ruby Eyed White with really nice shoulders and a cocky attitude.  An angora with an attitude somewhat reminds me of an angry butterfly, but it’s hard to be a tough guy when you’re soft and fluffy.  Joey met up with Cocoa Puff, Ginger & Sandy Storm.

We are hoping for more than one or two litters, but we will have to see how things go.  Sometimes the litters don’t show up in the late summer and early winter.

 

 

 

Waiting for the photographer

Hula Bunny Yarn
Hula Bunny Yarn

It’s a rainy day, so of course that’s when the magazine photographer is supposed to show up to take pictures of bunnies and things.  Sigh!

There is an article being worked on about fiber critters in Hawaii or some such, not quite sure what their exact topic is, but the journalist visited the bunnies last week.  It was, of course, a gorgeous sunny day but she didn’t have her photographer with her that day.  Ooops!  So, he’s supposed to visit today and see the bunnies and it is a miserable wet rainy day.

Guess they will have to be inside bunnies instead of out in the sunshine bunnies.

We gathered up some of the yarns and things from Vera’s Treasures so the photographer can see them since it seems like it’s gonna be an inside kinda day.

Hillside Gayle
Hillside Gayle

Baby Gayle got weighed and came in at one pound nine ounces at three weeks old.  Gayle is a singleton and is the only one in her litter so she’s getting what would be enough food to feed up to ten baby bunnies.  When she’s fully adult, she will be just over five pounds, so to be a pound and three quarters at three weeks old seems pretty plump to me!  I’ve not closely tracked weights of baby buns though, to know by how much more plump she may be over a ‘normal’ weight at this age.

I think baby Gayle is a girl bunny, though, so she will get to stay here if she is female.  We need more buns to make the ‘Moonlit Dance’ color of Hula Bunny yarn.

Well, soon as the rain slows down, I’ll go out and feed the herd and set up the nest boxes for the possible three litters we may be having later this week.  Not sure if the photographer is gonna want to visit bunnies in the rain or not.

Staggering Around

Website developers we aren’t but we’re working on it anyway.  Hopefully this new site will become better than the free site on Google Sites, but this is the very beginning so it’s still pretty rough.

I’ll try putting some pictures in this post:

9 day old bunny
9 day old bunny

That is Hillside Joey & Hirata’s Cocoa Puff’s new black baby bunny.  She/he is about nine days old now and since it’s a litter of one, this baby bunny has been very well fed.  He’s huge and fat!  

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This is some red gladious blooming by the bunny hutch.  Flowers like living next to the bunny hutches.  Even though it’s November, it’s blooming.  I dunno why now, but who’s complaining?

Hula Bunny Socks

Hula Bunny Socks

When we’re not thrashing around trying to figure out how to make a website, there’s knitting therapy.  Whew!  Thank goodness for fuzzy yarn and fast needles.  This is a pair of socks sitting on the Merino fleece which is being prepped to be sent to the mill to be made into the next batch of Hula Bunny yarn.  

Guess I should put this new post away and go do that, huh?