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    • Blue Moon
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      Happy May Day to all binky bunnies and their hoomans

      poppy sterling Apollo

      i have a softball game today and Saturday and a cattle show on Friday through Sunday

       


    • joea64
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      Happy May Day all!

      Fernando, Bindi, Sterling, Poppy, Apollo, all other WHITE RABBITS WHITE RABBITS WHITE RABBITS! (Plus all other buns’ white parts too, so nobody gets left out!)

      Upcoming: Panda and Fernando’s semiannual wellness checkup this Saturday morning. Which means another adventure in getting two recalcitrant, and nimble, little rabbits into their carrier. I was able to make things a lot simpler last time by making sure they were both in the X-pen, closing the condo door, and then chivvying them inside the carrier, though I ended up having to pick up Panda and deposit her inside alongside her boy, who kept trying to get out.


    • Hazel
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      Oscar Oscar Oscar! And Sterling! An all the other white(ish) buns! 

      The hubby got t-boned by a drunk driver the other night. Luckily he is fine, but the truck doesn’t look so nice anymore. Still seems to work fine, looks like the damage is just cosmetic. It’s an old crappy truck though, not sure yet what the insurance company is gonna want to do about it.

      So who’s getting pumped for the World Cup?? Probably just me, again. 

      joea64: Good luck with the vet trip!


    • Bam
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      Bindi and Sterling, forever loved and never forgotten <3

      Bianca, Fernando, Peanut, Poppy, Ailis, Chewie, Podge, Olaf, Oscar and Wick’s nose and paw and all other white or partially white buns, for example Olivia.

      Hazel: World Cup, is that hockey? Thank goodness your hubby is fine!

      Joea: it’s always a pure joy to get buns into their carrier. I swear they feel it in the air before you’ve even brought out the carrier.

      Blue Moon: many vibes both for softball games and cattle show =)


    • LBJ10
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      Bindi Bindi Bindi!!!! May is for you!


    • LBJ10
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      Hazel (from April’s thread) – Snakes definitely respond to touch. I have had more luck with them than other reptiles. This particular snake didn’t seem to like anyone really. But he did tolerate people he was familiar with. My technique seemed to calm him down and he would allow me to pick him up. He really was all show and I think that may have been part of the problem (aside from being difficult to handle). People who were not familiar with him were intimidated by his puffing and hissing, but I never let it stop me. Never once did he bite me.


    • Dface
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      Tried introducing puppy to rabbits earlier, he’s a pretty cool dog and he’s never chased the cat or the hens so I thought I’d try get it into him that the rabbits are also there to be ignored. He was disinterested in them for the most part, til Yumi went Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog on him and lunged boxed and bit him.
      Can’t say I saw that coming…!
      Everyone warns you to watch the dog around the rabbits…think we might have a reverse scenario!
      ?


    • LBJ10
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      Oh no, poor pup! LOL My dog was pretty old when the buns came around. She still wanted to play with them and seemed upset when they really had no interest in her.


    • Heaven
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      Hey everyone, I’m back after a hiatus! In between quitting my job, applying for new ones & moving house all at the same time haha. It’s good to be back <3

      Interesting to read about pups + buns, my boyfriend is desperate for a dog but we weren’t sure how it would get along with Sam, or we’d ever be able to trust them alone together…maybe I don’t need to worry after all?!


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      Same as LBJ….. LOL!


    • Azerane
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      White rabbit, white rabbit, white rabbit. I’m being lazy this month

      Jasiri kitty and I just got back from the vet. I’d been noticing a little bit of mucous discharge from her lady parts lately. I had a chat with the breeder yesterday who told me it’s definitely not normal so off to the vet we went. She has a bacterial infection that requires antibiotics.
      Things I learned:
      -Jasiri has a great set of lungs. She howled every moment spent in the car.
      -She’s even more wiggly than I thought. Even their nurse best at dosing medicine could not get it in her mouth.
      -She’s still a cool, confident cat. In between being manhandled she strolled around the consult room like she owned the place and rolled around on the floor.
      Vet said tablets or liquid are the most effective for that sort of infection but because she couldn’t be dosed we’ve had to try the long-term injection and hope for the best. If in 10 days that has failed, we have to go back and get tablets or liquid form. Wish us luck!


    • Heaven
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      Good luck Azerane & Jasiri! Crossing our paws for you <3


    • LBJ10
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      JustHenry – That’s one of the best things about BB. Bunny owners coming together to help each other. Not everyone has the same level of knowledge or experience and that’s OK. We all contribute in our own way.


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      I am happy to report that Leopold is healthy as a horse and Wooly doesn’t have an active infection. I am a bit worried about Wooly though. I’ll have to post a thread about it to get some ideas.

      In other news… Leopold was an absolute terror at the vet’s office.


    • LBJ10
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      Welcome back Heaven! I was wondering where you disappeared to.

      Azerane – I hope the antibiotic shot works. I don’t think it’s easy to medicate any cat. Almost like medicating some bunnies. LOL


    • Dface
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      LBJ10-None of my pets know how to behave in a vets office, Yumi once made a holy show of me, throwing a syringe of the table, then biting the vet for putting her on the floor

      Az-We had a Tom cat that the vets broke a needle on trying to stitch his face! He was also wiggly as a worm… they really arent about the vet life! Hopefully she feels better because it sounds like medicating her will be a losing battle!


    • Heaven
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      Thanks LBJ!

      Haha yeah, Sam despises the vet too. I think it’s more about being up on the table though xD as soon as you put him down on the floor and let him hop about for a bit, he relaxes a LOT.


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      Don’t get me wrong she was well behaved at the vet clinic, she’s simply just wriggly. She’s always been a wriggle bum and I expect she always will be, lol. She’s just a wiggly wormy kitty

      Apart from the car ride and the waiting room, she enjoyed the vet. She loved exploring the consult room, and getting petted and cuddled and she even played a bit while we were waiting for the swab to be examined. She just didn’t want anyone putting anything in her mouth, haha.


    • Vienna Blue in France
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      Ooo yes Jess is a wiggly wriggly wormy kitty too!!! Cali absolutely not, but Jess is the cat equivalent of liquid mercury !!


    • Ellie from The Netherlands
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      Hope that Jasiri will get well soon!

      Hahaha, those poor vets… One of Bas’ former roommates used to be a vet assistant. He developed a deep respect for rabbit teeth during his time there. They had reinforced gloves to handle the really feisty ones, and some bit straight through!

      I’m taking a little break from my rehabilitation therapy. There’s always a sudden relapse when you are in such a programme, and it started last week with severe nerve and muscle pains. My doctor gave me new pain meds and the physio put me on a small break to recover.
      In the meantime I’ve been working on my biggest costume project thus far, and I finished it today! Bas will definitely have one of the best costumes at the LARP this weekend
      Didn’t want to foul up this thread so I posted them here: https://binkybunny.com/FORUM/tabid/54/aft/148744/afpg/2/Default.aspx


    • Bam
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      There simply can’t be a LARPer with a better costume. I’m so amazed by your work, Ellie. It seems like you needed a break from the rehab therapy, from what I’ve understood you’ve been at it very hard for quite some time now.

      Bam has never been a fan of going to the vet, but it’s different now when we’re going to a bunny specialist clinic. When I took him for his jabs in October he sat in his carrier on the vet’s table and munched on fresh grass like he was in his own home.


    • LBJ10
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      I’m happy to report that Leopold did not bite anyone. He was just difficult to handle. Plus he was OBSESSED with the blanket in the carrier. I’ve never seen a bun literally wear themselves out digging at a blanket meant to line the bottom of a carrier before. He was to the point he was panting. o_O He had poor Wooly smashed up against the side too. I guess that’s just his way of handling the stress? Wooly is usually pretty quiet at the vet. I’m sure he gets stressed, but he doesn’t act out.


    • Dface
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      Aww poor Wooly

      Yumi has started this new habit of sitting on Peep on the way to the vet, so I arrive with a double decker bunny. He seems relativley okay with this arrangement


    • Heaven
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      Trying to burrow his way out LBJ! Hahah


    • Ellie from The Netherlands
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      @bam: Thank you ^_^ It’s been great practicing new sewing techniques again. And yes, my body needed a break. There’s always a relapse to be expected somewhere in such a programme, and now it’s here. We’ve been at it for several weeks now, pushing the limits and exercising 7 times a week. Hopefully we can pick it up within the next week.

      @LBJ: Aww, Wooly must be like: “Get this maniac away from me!”. Glad though that Leopold didn’t lash out.

      @Dface: haha, that was the funniest thing I’ve read this week Bonded bunny-ship isn’t always happy bliss it seems.


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      Posted By bam on 5/01/2018 3:30 PM

      Hazel: World Cup, is that hockey?

      bam, NOOO! It’s the soccer World Cup. The most important sporting event, ever!  It starts next month.

      Mosby is the worst when going to the vet. He’ll be super quiet for a while, and then suddenly let out this ear shattering yowl. I swear he tries to make me wreck the car just so he doesn’t have to go to the vet. 

      Ellie: I hope the break does you good. You’ve been working hard! 


    • Bam
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      Hazel, I’m embarrassed now, I ought to have known it’s the soccer World Cup. It really is the most important sporting event ever and only every 4th year. I was thinking hockey because that’s always in May (I think).


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      I hope Woolie is feeling better.

      Ellie the costume is amazing, a labour of love. How long did it take you?

      I’ve finally gotten back to Doctor Who again. I’ve not seen the new seasons and I started them some time ago but took a break recently. I’ve only just finished David Tennant’s run as The Doctor. How heartbreaking that ending was, the realisation of how. Now I’m just starting with Matt Smith, it’s hard to get used to a new Doctor, especially as David Tennant was amazing, but Matt Smith is growing on me.


    • Heaven
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      Ahh Azerane this is the season with Karen Gillan as Amy Pond! Massive hair envy <3 I've been considering dyeing mine copper for a while now (I'm natural brunette, currently blonde).


    • Ellie from The Netherlands
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      Thank you Hazel ^_^

      And thank you Azerane It took me 2,5 months to complete, although that was at a leisurely pace. The cross-stitched piece took about 35 hours of work which was by far the biggest piece. Could I have worked on costumes full-time I could have finished it in 2 weeks, but at the moment my illness only allows me to put in 2 hours at a time. Detailed work like cross-stitching or hand stitching is very hard on my neck and shoulders because you have to lift up your arms all the time. I do stretching exercises frequently and I often change what I’m doing.

      We’re Doctor Who fans as well. David Tennant is my personal favourite because he plays such a scatterbrained quirky Doctor ^_^ Our biggest problem is with the change in companions. Rose was pretty good, Martha was more competent but not very likeable, and Donna is way too emotional for us.


    • Azerane
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      Heaven, yes it is. It is a gorgeous colour, I’ve never dyed my hair but i certainly understand the hair envy

      Ellie, I can’t believe that little piece of cross stitch took so long! But it was well worth the effort.

      I’m not sure yet which Doctor is my favourite, the first of the new seasons I watched was the final season with Peter Capaldi and I thought he was amazing but I didn’t have any current comparisons so I’m very interested to get to his seasons. I struggle with the companions too at times. I liked Rose but got bored of her, I’m not sure I was a big Martha fan either since I took a break during her companionship. Donna was a nice change of pace but very dramatic and emotional as you said. I am enjoying the greater depth to the story line as the seasons progress as opposed to the first couple of seasons where everything was still being set up and introduced. It’s hard to stop watching when each episode leaves more questions for the next.


    • LBJ10
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      Azerane – You will like Matt Smith. He was one of my favorites. He is the young Doctor. Amy is probably my favorite companion.

      Ellie – I’m quite impressed with your costume handiwork. I don’t think I could make anything that well. I made a costume for a Halloween event one year and I tried to do the least amount of sewing as possible. LOL

      Wooly is doing good. At least as good as he has been, anyway. I just can’t get over how cute he was at the vet. After the vet was finished with him, he was sitting on the table. I had my arm around him to make sure he didn’t get any ideas about flying off the table. He sat there for a minute like that, then he decided he wanted me to hold him. He put his paws up on me, so I lifted him up so he could sit with his feet on my chest and look over my shoulder. He cuddled with me the rest of the time we were there. Of course, as soon as we got home, he remembered he was mad at me. LOL


    • Ellie from The Netherlands
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      Many people will say: “I don’t think I could ever do that.”, but please don’t be discouraged if you want to learn how to sew. Sewing is a hobby which requires a lot of practice, mucking up your work completely, taking out all the seams again and learning from the experience One of the best ways to practice is to buy a cheap fabric or take an old bed sheet, and just start experimenting with it. Even after years of sewing I still muck things up regularly when I’m teaching myself new techniques, and that always teaches me more than any instruction video.

      I’m surprised Breintje isn’t a lop by now from all the swearing I’ve been doing over the last couple of weeks. When I finished the doublet I wanted to sew the button holes. My machines has a wonderful automatic function for it, which works great as long as the fabric isn’t too uneven or too bulky. Turns out the red fabric had many changes in texture (all the subtle flowers worked into the fabric). The machine didn’t know how to handle that and completely butchered it. I had to do a lot of recovery work and had to sew all 15 button holes by hand with the blanket stitch That was quite an unpleasant delay, but it turned out okay in the end.

      @LBJ: Awww, it’s too adorable when our big heroes become little babies at the vet. *Please hold me! The things they’re doing to me!!!* Breintje is quite dramatic about it and he often wants to hide in my vest on the way back home. I zipper him in completely so that he’s nice and snug, and we tie a shawl tightly around my waist so he gets some extra butt support. His head pokes out through my collar, constantly giving me small licks in my neck. Must be quite an odd sight, biking around with 3 bulges in the front your vest


    • Heaven
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      Aw, I wish Sam would do that Ellie! He’s becoming increasingly wary of the pet carrier (I’d love to teach him “op reis!”) – he went to the vet this morning & was very compliant, but clearly hating it the whole way.

      Has got a little eye infection though poor thing, so he’s having eye drops twice a day. I found the best way is to bribe him with a crunchy piece of vegetable and sneak the drops in while he’s munching. I made the mistake of storing the drops in the same drawer as his treats though, so when I went to get them he got super excited, started periscoping & running in circles so there was no way I was able to administer the drops then, hahah.


    • Ellie from The Netherlands
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      Hahaha, that’s a very recognisable mistake. And when you’ve got a crazy bunny on your hands it’s impossible to get him calm again.
      If Sam is wary of the carrier you could make him more comfortable with it by using it as a hidey hole for him. We’ve put the carrier in a corner and put some hay into it. Breintje occasionally uses it as a place to lounge, and he often sits there for a short while if I need to do a small chore without his “supervision”. He doesn’t mind the carrier nowadays and will quickly hop in whenever I lure him in with a treat. We just have to be mindful to put him in first and put on our coats later. If we have been busy packing bags and getting dressed he knows something is up.


    • Heaven
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      So smart! I’d tried leaving the carrier out in the room but he still never went in there. The vet suggested yesterday we try removing the door which is a genius idea! Then it really could be a hidey hole rather than having this black metal swinging gate in front of it haha. Good point about the shoes and coats as well, Sam’s wise to that because I usually feed him just before I leave for work in the morning , so if I get my shoes on any other time he starts getting excited thinking there’s pellets coming ;p


    • Ellie from The Netherlands
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      Oh isn’t he just the cleverest? ^_^ Bunnies like Sam always continue to surprise me with their pattern recognition intelligence.


    • Hazel
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      bam: It’s okay, I forgive you.  I know I’m probably the only Binkybunnyer who cares about it anyway.

      LBJ: I’m glad Wooly is doing well! Your snake story made me think about getting a snake again. I almost talked myself into getting a Rainbow Boa a couple of times. He was to be called Longines. 

      JustHenry: I tried to send you a pm, but it looks like it didn’t work.  Don’t feel like you shouldn’t post just because you haven’t been around for a while, we’ll all be happy to hear from you! 


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      Hazel – I would like a snake again. But what I really want is a turtle.


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      Hey Hazel, sorry NO ‘pm’ from you or Kate (is all ok with Kate? It’s not like her to not reply – I’m worried!!!). Has anyone checked on her?


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      Ellie I’ve really missed you!! I would always read through the chats just to read your stories, always something funny or informative! I’m sorry to hear that you’ve hit a wall, but I know that you can do this…you’re such a badass!! I’ve had quite a lot going on lately but I still lurk around BB from time to time and I’m glad to see you back!


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      Thank you for the motivation BunNoob ^_^


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      Posted By LBJ10 on 5/07/2018 9:33 PM

      Hazel – I would like a snake again. But what I really want is a turtle.

      Noooo!!  Get a Beardie.  Beardies Rock.


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      Haha Bladesmith! I thought about another lizard. I just really, really miss the turtles. They all have such quirky little personalities.


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      JustHenry – I’m sure everyone had a blast at the wedding. That’s really funny about the kilt!


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      Snakes are fascinating creatures, I used to volunteer in a small wildlife center which had a children’s python called Houdini (for good reason). I remember one school we hosted, I was holding Houdini and she was relaxed, moving casually around my arms etc as I let the children touch her etc. At one point all of a sudden she just got really tense and I felt her squeezing at my hands and I just knew she’d had enough so we put her away.

      Apollo and Luna had grooming sessions today. I gave both a thorough brushing and a nail trim. Nails were a little overdue but nothing serious. I also spent some time this evening making some toys for our parrot Dory. She recently destroyed most of them and I keep pieces from broken toys to make new ones with so did that this evening.

      For those curious about Jasiri’s infection, the long term antibiotic shot seems to have done the trick, it’s been a week and the discharge seemed to go away after just a couple of days and has stayed away so far. Another couple of days and I’d say we’re in the clear


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      Posted By JustHenry on 5/08/2018 7:09 AM

       Sadly I don’t really have a relationship with anyone on BB anymore, which I am sure you heard about, ha ha! How kind of you to still embrace me – thank YOU! 

      (is all ok with Kate? It’s not like her to not reply – I’m worried!!!). Has anyone checked on her? 

      Hey JustHenry – Just wanted to welcome you back again. From reading some your posts, (in April chat), it looks like you may feel slightly unwelcome due something that happened in past here and/or on FB.    I haven’t “heard” of anything, but even if someone knows whatever it is you are referring to, the forum morphs and changes and even renews in so many ways as members and topics come and go, things fade and new great things can happen.  Just the way of forums.  All is well.

      Regarding JerseyGirl — Your question regarding JerseyGirl was brought to my attention and we didn’t want you or anyone to think JerseyGirl just mysteriously disappeared. At this time, she is on bereavement leave. Out of respect for her privacy I cannot say more than that.  I will let her discuss when and if she chooses.  But we are keeping her in our thoughts, prayers and sending loving vibes her way.   


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      Just Henry – you always have a fan in me.


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      @Hazel, I want a turtle too! I actually just bought a 30gallon tank over last weekend. I set it up for fish though, but I wish I had thought of turtles! It’d be too much work and wasted money to change it now. It’s still cycling so I won’t have fish in it for another week or two, but here it is. I’ve planted it pretty heavily, since planted tanks are usually able to control the water parameters better with the help of live plants.


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      Also, Ophelia was not thrilled about this! LOL. The first few days of it being here, she would go over to it cautiously and attempt to sniff it, then get spooked and run behind the couch and thump XD She’s settling in with it now, and now hops past it without looking so afraid of it. She’s such a spazz


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      @Az: happy to hear she’s doing better

      @BunNoob: lol, that’s so typical of rabbits. English-speaking countries would use the word “scaredycat”, we say “scaredyhare”.


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      We say scaredy hare here too, Ellie

      BunNoob, it’s so pretty even without fish in it!

      JustHenry, many, many hugs! We’ve almost Australian weather here now, it’s 30 degrees in the room I’m sleeping in even with the windows open. (Bam is in a cooler room downstairs, we’re visiting with my mum).


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      Scaredy-hare??!!!! LMAO


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      Bun Noob the tank looks amazing! What sort of fish are you getting?

      Thanks Ellie


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      I like scaredy hare XD Gonna be using that one.

      I’m thinking of doing two german blue rams as my “centerpiece” fish. I just love their pattern, it’s beautiful! They are a cichlid, but they are peaceful and can do well in a community tank.

      And then I’ll probably do a school of cherry barbs:

      and a school of neon tetras:

      I’ll probably also add some shrimp and snails.


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      Posted By BB on 5/09/2018 2:09 PM 

      Hey JustHenry – Just wanted to welcome you back again. From reading some your posts, (in April chat), it looks like you may feel slightly unwelcome due something that happened in past here and/or on FB.    I haven’t “heard” of anything, but even if someone knows whatever it is you are referring to, the forum morphs and changes and even renews in so many ways as members and topics come and go, things fade and new great things can happen.  Just the way of forums.  All is well.

      Hi BB and thank you for the welcome – BIG smile! I have struggled to sign into BB with AndHenry and thought ‘JustHenry’ would be a giveaway, ha ha ha…. I wanted to make it clear it was ‘ME’ for the long standing members to know it was me and decide if they wanted to interact. There is a history that I no longer engage in or have any interest in, but I am being respectful that some may and I am giving them the opportunity to avoid me. 

      I promise you, I came back to BB to find out how to comfort and see my bunny through his loss and try to help him through his grief. I will not deny I had a sticky at the chat thread. I didn’t mean to, I just ended up there. Maybe I needed some grief comfort myself by coming back to what was famillar to me? This will be my last post, so please removed my profile and delete everything pertaining to me and my bunny. Ta! (Ta means thank you).

      Regarding JerseyGirl — Your question regarding JerseyGirl was brought to my attention and we didn’t want you or anyone to think JerseyGirl just mysteriously disappeared. At this time, she is on bereavement leave. Out of respect for her privacy I cannot say more than that.  I will let her discuss when and if she chooses.  But we are keeping her in our thoughts, prayers and sending loving vibes her way.   

      I can’t be a such a bad person when I knew ‘something’ was wrong with Kate after all the years I was away. I was genuinely worried – you may think I don’t know some people, but I do – I know those I deeply care about. I remember everything. I did not mean to alarm anyone, and I am truly sorry I bought it to an attention. But I just knew something was wrong and I had to ask. 

      For whatever has happened, please tell Kate I am sick in my tummy for her. Literally! I’m more worried than ever and I’m sending my love to her. I’m just a couple of States away if she ever needs me physically…. xo

      Edit to ADD – I had to laugh at myself again…. I still got it wrong – I tried so hard to post my reply ‘properly’, DOH! But I’m sure you will make sense of it. Super SORRY!!! 


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      Posted By BrunosMama on 5/09/2018 8:57 PM

      Just Henry – you always have a fan in me.

      Ummmmmm……. You are and will always be my coolest music chick BM! 


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      Posted By bam on 5/10/2018 4:11 PM

      JustHenry, many, many hugs! We’ve almost Australian weather here now, it’s 30 degrees in the room I’m sleeping in even with the windows open. (Bam is in a cooler room downstairs, we’re visiting with my mum).

      You are gonna hate me bam…. I’m bloody freezing, ha ha haha ha! Damn Winter! In Summer, as soon as it hits 30 here, the AC gets switched on – no one goes out for a swim cause it’s tooooo HOT! Lol!!!! Silly hey. Gotta laugh. 

      Please say HI to your mum – back when we very first met (if you remember???) we talked about ‘our’ mum’s….  Nothing makes me happier than thinking about that.

      Ok… I think I got my last post through. Can you let BB know I’m ok to have my JustHenry BB account closed now. 

      Ta (thank you) bam. xoxo


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      Wow, those fish are so mesmerising! I always love aquariums in restaurants or other people’s homes, but I’m afraid I’d stare at it all day if I had one Pretty colours and it moves…

      Hehehe, how do I know when Bas has been spilling his tea again? Breintje is licking the floor underneath the dining table… We always joke that Bas enjoys some drops of tea with his sugar. Glad that Breintje is so helpful to clean it up ^_^


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      I’ve been ridiculously busy the last couple of days. I feel like I’ve fallen behind in the chat thread.

      JustHenry – I just wanted to echo what the others were saying above. You are always welcome on BB, even if it’s just to chat. There are still people here who remember you. Everyone always has such nice things to say about you too. I always love hearing about Henry and his antics. Plus things are just more fun when you’re around.

      OMG, scaredy hare! I love it!

      Azerane – I’ve always loved snakes. They definitely have more personality than most people think.

      BunNoob – Oh wow, fishies! Your tank looks great so far. I can’t wait to see what you end up with when you actually start picking out fish.


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      Nice choices of fish BunNoob, I can’t wait to see it once it’s cycled and you’ve added them all in I bet your can’t either. I’d love an aquarium but they are a lot of work.


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      Says she with 2 buns, a cat, a parrot and another cat on the way…..!!!!! Hahaha.


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      Hi new and old members! Its been a while since I’ve been on! Been leading up to a total shoulder replacement for 9 months now and it should finally happen on June 7. Was scheduled for May 3 but got postponed due to a laser hair removal fiasco — 2nd degree burns! I can joke about it now that my armpits aren’t on fire, but it was not pretty for the first couple of weeks! Ugh, only me!

      Moshi had ear abscess surgery on Apr 12 and is doing well. Not much stops that bunny! He look pretty pitiful with 1/3 of his head shaved but his fur is coming back in patches now. The surgery was planned for a total ear canal ablation but the vet took a more conservative approach once she got in there and saw the whole picture. Praying the resulting procedure took care of it.

      Marlee and Kieko are doing well. Little diva has been taking good care of her Moshi and Kieko has been doing her best to torment the M&Ms as usual.

      So sorry I missed AndHenry or JustHenry being on……she will always be my heart bunny friend and I miss her and MY bunny Henry dearly. Hoppy Gotcha Day Henry….


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      Oh Vienna, hush you. lol. But if you don’t sweep up the bunny hay it just sits there on the floor looking messy, it isn’t necessarily dirty. If you don’t clean a fish tank, all the fish die There’s a bit more pressure, lol. The bunnies don’t die just because I’m too lazy to sweep, hahaha!

      I got excited. The vet for Jasiri said 7-10 days for the antibiotic shot to know for sure that it had worked. From day 5 I stopped seeing mucous and continued to not see any through until day 10. Perfect. Today is day 11, there is mucous again We’re going to have to go back to the vet tomorrow for a different antibiotic. The worst part is going to be giving it to her. I was hoping to avoid this. Hopefully my poor kitty is better soon, even though she doesn’t act sick at all.


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      Hi JR! Nice to see you again! We love hearing about the M&Ms and Kieko. I do remember something about Moshi’s ear, so glad to hear it has gone well so far. Do you have any recent pictures? Also, your shoulder – ouch!

      I guess today is Henry’s gotcha day, isn’t it? I hope JustHenry sees this! Happy Gotcha Day to Henry!

      Azerane – Aww, poor Jasiri. Yeah, medicating a kitty is no picnic.


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      Hi JR!!!!!!! I’ve missed you! Glad your bunnies are doing well! I have to admit, your laser hair removal story is quite amusing! But the big question is……did it work? Did the hair grow back?

      Happy bunmom and humanmom day!


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      LBJ, not sure how to upload pics anymore!

      BM, looks like I may be stuck with like 10 remaining hairs forever! Not risking it again! At least with all the burn ointments all goopy under my arms, I don’t stink in this hateful heat! Just hoping all is healed before my new surgery date.


    • LBJ10
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      JR – You have to use the reply button, not the quick reply.


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      Hi JackRabbit!!!! I’m sorry about the laser failure, I hope the shoulder replacement will be a lot more successful! Also, fingers crossed for Mochi’s ear surgery to have done the trick. As LBJ says, you need to use the reply button or write a post and then use the edit button to get the form where you can upload attachments =)

      Henry’s Gotcha Day! Oh, I remember now, he was a Mother’s Day gift!!! Kiss him if you see this, JustHenry!


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      I can breathe at last. Jasiri hasn’t eaten all day (it’s almost 6pm) and I can finally hear her chewing on some food. I couldn’t decide if it was because it was a new batch of food, or if she’s actually feeling ill this time. We’re off to the vet in about 15 minutes, so at least I can say she’s eating.

      JackRabbit if I forget, best wishes with your surgery. And how terrible about the laser burns, I hope you are recovering well from that. As well as Moshi from his surgery


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      (((((Jasiri))))) Good to hear she’s eating =)


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      And JR is MY ‘sister’ from another Mother AND Father! HUH???  LOL!


    • JackRabbit
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      JustHenry, I think it may have been that we hijacked the chat thread with our antics?!


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      BUT we included ‘everyone’! We embraced and encouraged every BBer – we made every ONE feel welcome. And more importantly, I got to know previous BBer’s and I simply adore them, I have never had so much FUN! 


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      I can not remember her name….. but her bunny’s name is Larry! Ummmm, COOL as! 


    • JackRabbit
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      Yes, we were definitely “equal opportunity”, even if we did require everyone to pick a team! Or was that LBJ……?


    • LBJ10
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      Teams are only for naming.


    • JackRabbit
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      ……says the “Bunny Name Master”….


    • JackRabbit
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      Speaking of names…….has anyone done a thread on bun names with “pants”, “bloomers”, etc, lately?


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      Hi guys! I hope you’re all well

      Feel like I’ve been really out of the loop with this forum for a few weeks now!
      Garf got neutered yesterday and seems to be recovering really well! Our vets are rabbit specialists which is fab and G has a check up 2 days after (so tomorrow) and then 10 days after to make sure the wound isn’t infected and he’s not losing too much weight etc!


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      No recent threads about pants, no

      I’m glad to hear that Garfy is recovering well from his op, I hope he continues to do so

      At the vet Jasiri actually got another injection of antibiotic rather than switching to a pill. The vet said because it had worked, just wore off too early, that a second shot should do the trick. She’s hardly eaten again today, it’s very odd.


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      You know JR, you could start one. ;p


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      OMG, JustHenry! JackRabbit! Hi! It’s been so long!! How are you guys??

      Dance is now officially done for the season, which will be a lot less things going on at the moment, before the summer business kicks in haha

      I was at a tiny home run pet store the other day, and they had some rescue bunnies and bunnies from local people who couldn’t take care of them anymore, up for adoption. I was SOOOO close to adopting one, but then I decided to just think on it and left. Finnegan is doing well. He still isn’t the friendliest boy, but all in due time. I am also going to Petco to buy some pellets tonight.

      One thing that kinda frustrated/offended me, was my friend. So I kinda jokingly mentioned about the rabbits and how Finnegan ‘needed a friend’ and my (human) friend was all like “Low-key judging. Moxie didn’t get a friend *cough* *favorite?* and you guys already have a LOT of animals.”

      Ummmmm?? All of our animals are fully vetted and taken care of, loved to pieces and live in a safe and clean enviornment, and we regularly do things like run 5ks and go on hikes etc.? Just because we can support more animals than you, no need to be a snob. And don’t EVER tell me that I don’t love Moxie as much as I love Finn, because Moxie was a single bun. -.-
      It just really annoyed me. As a stress relief, I bought a bunch of pet toys.


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      Moxie, maybe your friend is just a little bit jealous of you because you have so many animals and care for them so well? Of course you didn’t love Moxie less than Finnegan. That’s just absurd.


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      Moxie – you know your bunnies well to know if they need companions. Moxie seemed well adjusted to you and your room whereas Finn seems still kinda jittery. Sometimes shy rabbits blossom with a bunny friend to give them confidence. Do what’s best for Finn, your friend will get over it.


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      Ditto what BM said


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      I agree with BM as well!

      By the way JR, you have now “met” my most recently named rabbit.


    • Sirius&Luna
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      Hi everyone,

      What have I missed? Back from my two week holiday in California. What a beautiful state. So jealous of you Californian BBers! I saw blue whales, humpbacks, dolphins, bears… Incredible. And now I’m back at work

      Good news is all bunnies were fine while we were away, and they did actually seem happy to have us back I think pets are the only thing that makes the end of a holiday bearable.

      Hope everyone is well!


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      I usually don’t want to come home either, but I’m always happy to see my boys.


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      Coming home crook holidays would be terrible without pets!

      I came down sick a couple of days ago so I’ve just been moping around the house. Too unwell to go to work or do much of anything, but not so unwell to sleep all day so I’m just bored, lol. This morning Jasiri was sprawled across my chest when I woke up. It was really sweet ?


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      It has just gone midday, and a massive fox has just run through next doors garden, all five bunnies and Latte are out. Thankfully its gone without coming into our garden, but seriously, a fox in the middle of the day? Worried how safe they are out there, those runs are more designed to keep birds and cats off than a fox I would think?


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      Yikes, that’s super scary GJ! I’d look into some better fences. From what I’ve heard foxes are rapidly adapting to human life. They have also been seen in London, scavenging a rich diet from our leavings.


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      Scary animals foxes when we have bunnies!

      I was getting my driveway done and the builders laid sand and that evening I looked out and there was two adult foxes and a whole litter of baby foxes jumping in the sand!

      My bunnies were luckily safe and secure and we live in a housed area here in Scotland. All my outdoor equipment is fox proof but I still try to keep an eye on them and have a camera on them when they are in the garden.


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      One of my childhood bunnies was snatched on a sunny afternoon in London from the garden, while there were multiple people in the garden. London foxes aren’t scared of anything.

      I can’t imagine a city fox would be determined enough to get into a run though GJ, since they’re used to eating easy things – Poor Pip was just free roaming the garden. Still, definitely scary and something to keep a close eye on!


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      We have six foot fences, I’ve seen a fox clear them with ease a few years ago bunnies are in for the day…


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      JR, BM: Welcome back! Lots of old BB’ers are returning!  Good luck with the surgery, JR!

      LBJ, BunNoob: I would love a turtle too, they’re great! If only they didn’t all have salmonella…  If I ever get one, I will call him/her Haggis, after the wrinkly old witch from Pumpkin Head.  I guess I should stop coming up with names for pets I’ll most likely never have…  BunNoob, love your fish tank! Please post pictures when you have all the fish in there! 

      Azerane: Sorry to hear about Jasiri’s infection. Poor girl. Lily just got over a UTI a month ago, her first round of antibiotics didn’t do the trick either, the second time around it worked. Hoping Jasiri will have the same result. 

      Also, nobody try to name Azerane’s new kitten. His name will be Todd, and that’s that.


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      All this talk about turtles….I’m actually turtle sitting this week. For a little guy named DC. Not usual for us to have a critter without fur here lol. We’re also catsitting his sister Charolette.


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      Hazel – Never got sick from caring for a turtle. Then again, I didn’t make a habit of licking them. LOL ;p

      BM – Aww, cute! What kind of turtle?


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      @GTL: How is Garfy holding up? Recovering well I hope?

      Whew, yesterday was such a tiring day, but I did leave one hell of a first impression. I had the rare opportunity to meet a business expert. My unemployment counsellor arranged that for me, so I had to make the most of it. I’m making plans for starting my own LARP (&Cosplay) atelier. We three had a conversation yesterday, so she started out with: “So, what would you like to talk about today?”. I opened my bag, gave them both a copy of my business plan, and took out my tablet with a powerpoint presentation for my portfolio. A moment of silence passed with two pairs of eyes going *blink, blink*… Then my counsellor burst out laughing: “Yup, that’s how I know her! Always prepared and way ahead.”

      We didn’t have much time, so we went through some basics and I got to show the slides with my best costumes. They were totally blown away by the detailing of the costumes. It turned out that the business expert lady is a huge fan of old-fashioned looking bags. She kept looking at the brown canvas backpack which I made for Bas. It has decorative blanket stitching all around the edges, and she could really see herself using one as a bicycle bag. She said that my products are real must-have items, even if you only put them on display in your house. That was super great to hear, and I hope the customers will think the same ^_^

      The next appointment is in July. They agree with me that I should wait with the actual start until Bas and I move in together next year. With our budget we’ll be able to rent a bigger house with an extra room for an atelier. I can’t invite customers here in my tiny messy apartment, and with my health I’m going to need an at-home atelier. But hey, that means more prep time, and there’s lenty to do if you want to start your own business ^_^


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      Foxes easily survive in even the most urban environments. They are extremely adaptable which is what makes them so successful. It’s easy to admire them for it and they are beautiful animals, but of course it is scary if you are a small pet owner whose pets live outdoors at least some of the time.

      Salmonella (from turtles or otherwise) Is really only an issue without good hygiene practices. Our kitty is raw fed and hubby was concerned about that but apart from cleaning up around her bowl, it’s not an issue because of their saliva. So I still kiss her face and paws etc and I haven’t died yet, lol. I mean you can get salmonella for almost anything after all (just look at the lettuce recall). What I’m saying is, get a turtle if you want one

      Ellie that sounds amazing, congrats on a successful meeting and being so prepared. I hope it all falls into place and goes to plan for you. What is an atelier?


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      An atelier is an artist’s workspace which has been specially designed to the needs of the artist’s craft. Painters need good light, sculptors need a special floor and people who work with textiles need large tables. Artists also sell items directly from their ateliers or receive customers there. Don’t know if there’s an English word for it.

      I hope to open an atelier where I can have fitting sessions with customers, so privacy is important. There also has to be space for a large table. I often end up asking friends if they can cut out fabric on the floor because our dinner table is too small.


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      *awkwardly stumbles in*

      Did I spot an Elfia/Castlefest goer?

      Cool that you’re getting an atelier, Ellie! I’d love one myself (not an actual sell stuff one, but just one to work in and showcase my work). I used to sew too, but now I just draw. both traditionally and digitally. I’d love to learn painting as well, but I have no idea what I’d do with all the canvasses I would finish, as I have nowhere to put them now. My next house is definetly getting an extra room for crafty stuff.


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      Haha, I definitely like those events, but my health doesn’t allow for travelling anymore. So I hope that many people will wear my costumes to the 2020 editions!

      Friends of mine started a LARP club at our uni some years ago, and I often helped with sewing costumes. But when our costume maker left, we had nobody to step in. In the land of the blind… So I started out with a lot of learning by doing, and after 4 years I can say that I can make some pretty decent stuff. I’ve been sewing, knitting and embroidering since I was 5 or 6, but had no real experience in costuming until recently. LARP clothing also isn’t something you’d learn at sewing classes, so I’m self-taught with help from the internet and special clothing history books.

      I’m really curious about your drawings. We have an arts and crafts topic here in the lounge. Feel free to post your art!


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      I think artists just have studios in the US? I knew what Ellie was referring to though.

      Ellie – That’s really cool. Do they offer assistance for people in your situation wanting to start up their own business?

      We have foxes EVERYWHERE here. There is a couple in the park in our neighborhood, but they make their rounds in the neighborhood. I was leaving one morning and one came trotting around the side of the house with something in its mouth. I couldn’t tell what it was though. It isn’t unusual to seem them during the day this time of year because they have hungry kits to feed. Most here are not afraid of people and will wander through backyards even when people are present.There are some people who freak out, but the overall consensus has been to leave them be. People should not leave animals outside unattended though. The only thing that’s annoying is when they are looking for mates. They are so noisy and sound like something that’s dying. I actually went outside and yelled at one across the street last year because we were trying to sleep. LOL

      Azerane – Yes, you can get it from virtually anywhere. When keeping certain animals, it really is just a matter of hygiene. That’s probably why turtles, particularly water turtles, don’t make good pets for small children. Older children that know not to put their hands in their mouth after handling a turtle seem to do OK. With box turtles, we never had any issues with kids petting them where I worked. We kept bottles of hand sanitizer handy and that was about it. We typically did not feed them hamburger or chicken though.


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      Yes, that could be the word in US English! Atelier is more continental. Thanks for the translation ^_^ We use the word studio for a large open living space and for film studio. The name atelier is more common for the craftsy folk.

      They do have assistance for people with disabilities who want to become self-employed. But budget cuts are looming everywhere as usual, so I’m really happy I could get the private advice. Normally they help people in larger groups or through online courses. My atelier is a niche business so I’d appreciate any help I can get.

      Also: men of the world, take note! This may save your marriage some day!


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      @Ellie, oh I’m sorry! :C I’m sure everyone and their mother that has a costume from you will go there, it’s the place to be! Should be good word of mouth advertising for you as well from the people wearing it. Wow that’s neat that you’ve had that hobby for so long! I’ve done sewing only for like a year, but I still have the basic fingerspitzengefühl for DIYing which I still thank myself every day; it’s such a handy skill to have!

      Don’t expect too much from my art; when I was still a student I ran a small business with drawing on comission. Most of my customers were online, but I also had some in real life. On my uni I would make folders, PhD thesis covers and drawings for articles to be published as well (for the journal Science, the clostest I’ll ever get to that journal, hah! Especially now that I left the world of natural sciences). Uh, anyway what I meant to say is that l’m very mediocre if you compare me to the average DeviantArt artist. :’) Actually, I’m quite horrific when it comes to drawing humans, haha. I mostly draw horses.

      @LBJ10 Oh wow! We don’t have them here at all, we only have sea guls, pigeons, jackdaws and other people’s cats here.


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      Hehe, don’t be sorry. Most regulars on the forum already know about my health. I skipped the last editions anyway because of overcrowding. Love the concept of a Fantasy fair, but it’s often so crowded nowadays that you could walk over people’s heads. Maybe Elfia should look for a larger location than Haarzuilen Castle, or make the lanes larger to prevent overcrowding. I just wish that I could have been there that one event when Terry Pratchett was signing books! Their guests and bands can get really interesting!

      BTW I am glad that it’s becoming more accepted to go in costume. At the early events (which were a lot cheaper) there were bored local youths coming over just to make fun of people there. First time I was there we were dressed as a World of Warcraft party, I was dressed as a rogue in leather armour. Some youths started to make inappropriate jokes: “Je hebt een leren broek, dan heb je vast ook leren pijpen!” Har har har… Sorry, it’s hard to translate that one, as many words in Dutch have multiple meanings. The word “leren” can be translated as both “made out of leather” and “have learned to”. The word “pijpen” can mean “pant legs”, “pipes” and *ahem* “something you do with your mouth”. Really funny when people laugh at your costume which you’ve been working on for half a year… So I suppose the type of crowd got a lot better when the ticket prices went up. The costumes are so good nowadays that photos are being published on the national news channels.

      Yes, it’s so convenient to be able to make or repair items in the house! It saves so much money if you can do a bit of repair or alterations on your own clothes or furniture. And it’s a really fun skill if you like interior decoration or giving personalised gifts. When Bas’ grandma moved to a care home she had to get rid of her double bed, so I shortened her favourite coverlet. From the cut-offs I made a pillowcase, and decorated it with a simple modern art-style figure with some bias tape. You’d think I had painted her ceiling like the Sistine chapel, judging by her reaction. She was totally over the moon

      About your art: everyone is their own worst critic I’m often embarrassed if I have to show someone my older work. They may think that it looks good, but I can’t help but seeing awkward finishings and all those little flaws. Oh gods, why did I ever make necklines like that without sewing facings??? Because I’ve learned
      Really curious about your stuff, we have a lot of craftsy folks here who love to see eachother’s work.


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      Hey guys… sorry to barge in Can’t read much of the forum, stuff won’t load… Just wanting to say we’re still both alive


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      Hi Muchelle!!!!


    • Ellie from The Netherlands
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      Hello ^_^ The forum’s been a bit buggy of late indeed.


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      Hi Muchelle ???


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      We seem to have something of a love triangle developing
      Jenny and Mini can often be found, bunloafed, side by side, with just the bars of the run between them, Snickers sometimes ignores this, sometime takes a mouthful of Jennys fur and chases her away…


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      Ellie my mum taught me to sew when I was little and I used to enjoy doing cross stich, however it’s something that i grew out of and unfortunately it’s a bit of a lost skill for me. My creative energy went into drawing for about 12 years though unfortunately I’ve fallen out of that a bit too, though I still sketch from time to time. I wish I was more creative now. That’s the problem with phones and things, I’ll admit I find it hard to get away from technology and get into being productive creatively. I miss making things. I need to be better with my time.

      Have been sick since last Wednesday. Some sort of weird flu that’s happened in two stages. Yesterday I felt almost 100% better apart from an irritated throat only to wake up this morning with it migrated to my lungs and no voice. I’m ready to be better.


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      GJ. A threesome ?? How lovely Jenny has found comfort in Mini.

      Az. (((((( you poor thing – get well soon ))))))

      Muchelle . *wave*


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      @Ellie Ah yes, Elfia gets bigger and bigger every year. I must say this year it was very pleasant; not empty but not as crowded as previous years! I also notice a lot of people leaning towards Castlefest more and more because that one is “cosier”. I used to not be a fan of that one but since last year I’m really into Castlefest as well.

      Jeez, what a rude joke that was! Honestly, the people in costumes are a bit like celebs there, haha! Constantly stopped for pictures and interacted with (or if you’re me, you’ll be stepping on their dresses/costumes all the time >.< ). I do remember the days media such as POWnews was there to look at all the "gekkies". And yes, the costumes seem to get better every year. It's also fun to see the trends based on the movies coming out. You used to see so many pirates and Mad Hatters and now there's a ton of vikings!

      Ah cool that you can make gifts for people! My fingerspitzengefühl is not good enough to make proper gifts, besides making drawing christmas cards but I was very proud sewing a button back onto my jacket or adjusting my fleece blanket to suit the top of the bunny pen. :’D

      Yes I suppose artists are indeed their own worst critic, but if people are going “that’s a weird llama” at your deer you know there’s something wrong, hah! I’ve enjoyed reading through the art topic, maybe I’ll post some stuff there as well.

      @Gina.Jenny, ahh! Nice that they at least have some form of company that way. C:


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      Won’t be a bonded threesome, at least not any time soon, as Snickers and Jenny hate each other, but Mini’s company does seem to give Jenny some comfort.

      Came down this morning to find this…

      looks awfully like a nest, I just hope jenny isn’t going to go through a false pregnancy as a result of her ‘crush’ on Mini 


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      @Daisy. Do it! Post some art stuff!

      @Vienna thank you. I finally went to the doc today. I’ve got a secondary infection from the initial cold/flu so I now have some nice antibiotics to combat that which should help.

      @Gina that’s funny, Jenny has a crush on Mini. Ahhh bun love <3


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      @G.J: Glad to hear that Jenny gets a bit of comfort from Mini. About the nest: rabbits can do some pretty odd things when they’re grieving. I suppose it’s a confusing time for her. Does she pull fur to line her “nest”?

      @Azerane: that sounds like a nasty flu Get well soon!
      I saw your work in the arts&crafts topic and I’m amazed! Hopefully you can find the time to get some hours away from phones and everything. It’s very relaxing to be off the grid at times. Maybe you could plan a certain afternoon or evening and tell people what you’re taking a short break to relax. People are so used to instant responses nowadays. My dad can go pretty crazy too: he’ll be super worried if I don’t answer the phone for a day, even if I was just out doing some shopping and having a nap afterwards.

      @Daisy: It’s really fun to see that fan activities, comic cons and renaissance fairs are becoming more mainstream The costumes are amazing and it’s great to see that people have so much fun making them. I’ll open my atelier to cosplayers as well, so they can work on their projects together.
      I hope that LARP will follow that pattern too, because LARP still has that “look at those crazies!”-image. There are many people I know who’d rather have it known if they were swingers than if they do LARP. The odd thing is: during Carnaval people don’t seem to mind if the neighbour is lying in the gutter dressed as a sexy Mickey Mouse with vomit on his ears. But if your neighbour is a LARP’er…oh dear…best keep the kids away!

      Sorry to hear that some people criticise your work, I hope that it won’t stop you from trying and enjoying your hobby. Mastering an art or craft takes a lot of time, some people have calculated that it’ll cost you about 10000 hours to master a skill, whether it’s music, art or a language. And even if you totally ruin a piece, practice is practice! Actually, some of the best lessons I got were from things I messed up completely


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      Thanks Ellie It’s not so much that I can’t get time away from my phone or computer, it’s that I find it hard to pull myself away. Something I never used to have trouble with. That’s one of the things I love about camping is being off the grid. It can be so relaxing. I had been thinking about scheduling hobby time for myself, then I’m more likely to stick to it and do it.

      Unfortunately there’s critics everywhere. I don’t mind some friendly constructive criticism but it’s especially hard when you’re starting out or even good, just not REALLY good and there’s always people who still say your work looks bad. I know in some cases yes in hindsight I did do a bad job, but there’s nicer ways of saying it. Most of my really old work I just laugh at when I see now. Part of getting better as an artist/ creator is not just being better at it, but also being better able to see what you’ve done wrong and knowing what to do to fix it. I saw a documentary some time ago about a famous Australian bird artist and there was a scene with a painting of a chicken that he was just finishing up,  it looked amazing.  But he stepped back from it,  said he didn’t like it and explained why, then proceeded to get some paint thinner and scrub away at the painting to remove the chicken. I couldn’t believe it but he knew he could do better and when he’d re painted the chicken he was right,  it looked so much better.


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      Haha, looking back on your starter projects is embarrassing indeed! I’m mostly self-taught in costume sewing, so I didn’t know certain techniques until I came across them for a project.
      I never knew about facings until I researched a way to make a keyhole neckline. Then I found out that you’re supposed to use facings on other necklines as well. I usually made small cuts around the neckline and folded them back in. No wonder they always looked puckered, uneven and took a lot of work. With facings I can do it in a fifth of the time while it looks so much better. Better late than never I suppose…


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      Today was a bad day at work. I’m not sure if I can take much more of this.


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      Sorry to hear that LBJ, I hope it gets better soon. Hang in there


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      Today was a bad day at work. I’m not sure if I can take much more of this.

      Sorry to hear that LBJ
      If it helps I kinda know the feeling. Ive been 6 months in my job (which is such a short time frame) and its been an awful few weeks. Management changed and there was a huge change of how things are being done and the whole office is really feeling negative with lots of people leaving.
      We’ve a really strict NDA in our work as well until launch and it means that I cant even talk to my family about a lot of it.
      Plus the night shift work is a killer, and no weekends off…and unsocial hours. I feel like its starting to take a toll on my health.

      Is it weird that the main stress is that I cant keep my rabbits in a routine? (Priorities!)

      On the up side it was Peeps gotcha day on Wednesday- a whole year with the little cloud bunny !
      Yumi’s 2nd gotcha day was in April…which for the second year in a row I managed to forget…No wonder she’s such an angry teddy…I am a bad bun parent…
      I was hoping to mark the anniversary with a donation to the sanctuary that I got Peep from (but am struggling to organise it for this month) Hopefully I’ll get to do it in the coming weeks!


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      Dface – Well, at least you have your priorities straight! LOL Yeah, it sucks when management (or something big) changes. It can cause a lot of upheaval.

      Everyone is just stretched too thin… to the point where we are all irritable and getting on each other’s nerves. It causes me to have a lot of anxiety. But, I suppose, what else is new? The real kicker was finding out what someone actually thinks of me. That kinda hurt. But like I said, everyone is a bit high strung at the moment.


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      Happy Gotcha day Peep! Don’t worry, I sometimes forget those dates too I missed Dory’s date this year. It was earlier this month.

      LBJ, I know how you feel about being stretched too thin at work. I work as part of a 4 person team, for the past 5 weeks we’ve been a 2 person team since one person moved to another store and the other has been on paternity leave from the same time. On top of that, my coworker has been on her own for the past week as I’ve been home sick. It’s been pretty tiring. At least next week our coworker returns from paternity leave and hopefully next month we’ll get a replacement for the other one we lost. We tend to just buckle down, do what we can and acknowledge that we can’t get everything done and try not to stress about it too much. It’s not always easy though.


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      Sorry to hear that LBJ It can get pretty nasty if there’s a negative spiral at work. Competent management should see this happening and address the situation with all haste. One thing you really can’t have in a workplace is colleagues being hurtful towards eachother.

      @DFace: That’s a bad situation I can understand that some projects need an NDA, but it’s hard to go through something as difficult as this while not being able to vent. Is there a possibility to transfer to another project?
      Also, happy Gotcha day to your little fluff!

      @Azerane: that must be very difficult, knowing that you have to let certain tasks lie. Hoping that the situation will improve soon!


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      @Above people struggeling with their work: I think it’s a really easy thing to creep in. Accumulating more and more stress, responsibilities and changes that seem good to management but are in practice very bad. Rather than just getting dragged along the stream, it may be very beneficial to swim to the side, hold on to a rock and start screaming for a boat. I’ve been doing the work that is normally done by 2 people alone past year and I’m now in the process of screaming for a boat, haha.

      @Breintje, oh god yes. I still have some very old drawings that I cringe at. Actually, I like to redraw an old drawing every few years to see my improvement. I’ve a few of those “old” and “new” drawings side by side somewhere, it’s very fun to see the progress you normally don’t notice. Maybe I’ll share those in the art topic. I’ll need to check whether they’re not too cringe-y, haha.


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      Wow Az. How much paternity leave does someone get ??? 5 weeks ?


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      Yes Ellie it can be tough but you learn to just prioritise and tell people plainly, bad luck we didn’t get time.

      Vienna, yes it’s 5 weeks, which is great for him and his family, but not for us, lol.

      I took Jasiri back to the vet for the third time today. Unfortunately because I’m an overly worried kitty mum I brought her back just a bit too early. The second antibiotic shot hasn’t worked so the vet wants to do a culture swab to determine what we should try next. Because I brought her back 2 days shy of 2 weeks the antibiotic won’t have completely left her system yet so we have to go back on Wednesday when it will definitely be out of her system to have the swab taken. Then this time next week we will hopefully have a more appropriate antibiotic. I just want my little kitty to be all well, it’s starting to stress me out.


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      Azerane – We have the same number of people that we have always had. The problem is that we are being asked to do a lot more stuff that what we have time for.

      OMG, it’s so ridiculously hot. We had no spring.


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      Yes! I think my bunnies are cuddled up against a frozen water bottle. I already ordered two ice pods for the poor things, I hope those come in tomorrow. Other than melting bunnies I’m loving the weather being 27 degrees Celcius here, makes me feel like I’m on vacation! Probably going to regret it when I go horse back riding this evening and turn into a smelly puddle of sweat but oh well such is life, haha.


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      The annoying thing is that when it’s hot it’s also very humid here. When we were on vacation in France it was 35 degrees C, and it felt quite nice to me. But when it hits 27 in NL it’s like being in the tropics. You can’t lose your heat because your sweat can’t evaporate.It IS pretty good for my rheumatism though, my muscles are quite loose

      Luckily my house is facing northeast and I only have some direct sunlight early in the morning. It’s 25 in the house now after a week of heat. I just wish I could air out the place properly at night when it’s cooler. We had to unplug our ventilation system because neighbours down the hall are massive potheads. If I turn it on the whole place will smell like pot within minutes, and I’m easily nauseous because of my meds   Draft stoppers, blocking all vents, nothing works except turning off the ventilation system completely. Hopefully we won’t be living here anymore next summer, because Bas is nearly done with his masters’ degree.

      Breintje is being a total sillybuns. He won’t accept any cold objects next to him. He’ll be angry if I put down anything cold and he’ll just drag it out of the way or he’ll lay in another spot. Almost like he’s trying to say: “What are you bothering me for? Can’t you see I’m very busy being bloody hot?”. *Sigh*


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      Hi all!!

      I’m excited because since I am officially done with high school I am going to be much more active now, I’m trying to find a job but for now I have a lot of spare time on my hands, I always check the forums but never usually have the time to write posts, that is changing now!! The temperature here in Michigan has been outrageous, thank goodness for AC, today it is 98 degrees F, my boys are sure happy to be inside in the cool air, feel bad for all the wild buns I’ve seen running around but I’m sure they’re used to it! Anyway, hope you’re all well, and looking forward to posting more often, may do a re-intro since I never really had an official one!


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      Congradulations on Olliebun! Enjoy the free time while you have it

      Ellie-Tell me about it. Peep, the cloud rabbit, WILL. NOT. STAND for cold things near him. He’s like hyperventilating, I’m putting water on his ears, ice in their drinking water, giving frozen treats, putting cold tiles down + ice packs just so he wont overheat-meanwhile he is sprawled out tooth purring, following the sunbeam around the room …
      -_-
      At least Yumi has sense and lies in the shade


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      We’ve had a little breakthrough here: he finally has accepted a small fan. He seems to hate large temperature differences. I remembered that I have a small spaceheater which also has a weak fan function. It’s too weak as a proper fan for humans, but I put it on the floor near his hiding box and his favourite napping spot underneath the coffee table. The first couple of hours he just hid in his box away from the scary loud monster, but after a while he came out and actually flopped in front of it. Finally!
      The pic is a bit dark because I had all the curtains closed.



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      I feel awful. I’ve been sick two weeks (flu followed by sinus infection). I thought I was getting better at the beginning of this week but have had another relapse overnight so here’s to week three!

      It makes me feel like a terrible bunny mum because their cage hasn’t been cleaned in probably a month. I still do their litter tray daily so it’s really just hay mess everywhere, lots of fur and a few stay poops, but I still feel bad. At first I hadn’t done it because of my sprained knee ligament, then I got the flu and now here we are a month later.


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      omg the forum’s loading again! Was the server issue fixed? D:


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      Yikes, that’s a nasty one Az! Get well soon!
      It feels pretty bad if you have too little energy to do everything you wanted. Still, thumbs up that you do the litter box everyday! When your energy is very low because of an illness it helps to focus on the things that you did manage to do that day. It sounds weird, but if you compliment yourself on the tasks you have done, it’ll be a massive mood booster. A positive mood helps with the healing process and with alleviating symptoms.

      Accepting that you’re ill (for now) and that you only have limited energy (for now) is a difficult step which many people who are ill struggle with. It requires that you let go of the idea of “normally I could do this and that…”. Because quite frankly: your “normal” has changed (for now). If you are able to re-think that into “today I managed to do this, despite that I felt so tired! Well done me!”, it’ll greatly reduce your stress levels. It sounds odd, but it’s about celebrating everything you still can do, even if it’s just getting dressed and hobbling to the sofa to hug a bunny. Hope this helps and you won’t need to use this strategy for a long time!

      Maybe you can ask someone to do those heavier tasks now that recovery is taking longer than you expected.

      @Muchelle: yay, I’m also very happy that it’s back! Needed my bunny fix!


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      My youngest is 19 today I feel old …


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      Muchelle, yes Some little fixes had to be done internally. There may be some more downtime in about a month because there are plans for a whole site update then, but there will be some warning for that downtime before it happens

      Thanks Ellie, that is a good way of looking at it I’m on some different antibiotics now so I’m really hoping they help. It’s moved into my lungs now so I’d hate for it to really take a hold and end up with pneumonia. I’ve only spent 3 days at work in the last 2 and 1/2 weeks

      GJ. Congrats Don’t feel old, that’s exciting. Goodness 19 feels like it was yesterday, but it definitely wasn’t, lol.


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      At least he didnt have an exam on his birthday this year, though he had one the day before and has one today, on the day after (2nd year at uni). Last year, I think he had an exam on his 18th, which is a really awful way to celebrate


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      @G.J: haha, time flies, doesn’t it? Congrats on his birthday ^_^

      @Az: hoping that it’ll clear up before it becomes pneumonia. It’s my standard way of going through a nasty flu as well, like it’s falling down through your system: first a runny nose, swollen throat, bronchitis… The doc saw it happen all the time and has prescribed me an inhaler with just a simple bronchodilating medication, but it works great to cough up all the nasty stuff before it settles. I’m always glad that I can prevent having to use AB’s, nasty stuff…

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