Despite the dry weather, everything is growing on the farm but a bit slower than would be the case if we had more rain. The newly sown grass seed is starting to grow and the peas and barley sown earlier is thriving. However, we have noticed increasing numbers of rabbits feasting on the lush new barley shoots.
I had thought about a swift resolution to the problem…as well as providing the material for a nice rabbit pie. But I have been busy, and just had not got round to it when, one lovely evening shortly before sunset, my wife called me to say that there were six or seven rabbits playing together in the barley field and I really must do something about it.
She called again to say that they were jumping about playfully and rolling over each other. Now rabbits don’t usually do that. I reached for my binoculars and, on closer examination, found that the animals in question were in fact a vixen and her cubs enjoying some twilight play. It was an amazing sight to see these often fierce predators gambolling about so playfully.
And what is more, all the rabbits had disappeared…