Yesterday started out as a good day. My female rabbit, Ginger, started to get ready to give birth to her litter of bunnies. I know she was ready as she had pulled out her fur to make a nest for her little ones. I added some straw to help with additional building material in endeavour. I then left her to it and went about my day, busy to the extent that I actually forgot to check on her till 7pm, when I was about to go to a friend’s house where we meet every week or so to discuss preparedness and to watch a permaculture DVD. I went out and I found that 6 bunnies were born, yet they were all dead. I don’t know what killed them, or how they died. I was so disappointed!
It was a bit of a cold day, a bit of a change from the last few weeks of warmth, and it did rain a lot on the late morning. Still, I don’t know why they died. When things like this happen you really question the value of the work you put in to the property and the worth of the whole plan.
Another problem occurred during the night. I have a strand of electric wire around my garden bed, to prevent any nocturnal guests from taking a walk amongst my plants and trees. I failed to turn it on and it seems that a Possum climbed into by garden, broke at least 8 branches of several trees, ate all the leaves off the bottom of a couple of trees, and finally ate the one Plum which I had grown. I had nurtured this one Plum for months, it was only days away from being ready to eat. I am so annoyed at this turn of events, losing a litter of bunnies and my only plum.
I have taken the broken branches and potted them into a large garden pot, in the hope that they will grow roots and I can replant them. I have never had any success with this method (although Kitty does, she just throws the branches in a jar of water, she doesn’t change the water, and two months later she has roots growing from the branch).
On a positive note, I posted a new Instructable a couple of days ago… I forgot to mention it here. It is on repairing Wooden Framed windows. I broke a window while I was cutting some grass on my lawnmower (a stone shot out and broke the window). I took the opportunity to create an Instructable on how to repair this.