Wester Avenue critters – salute to A. A. Milne

“Hallo, Rabbit,” he said, “is that you?”

“Let’s pretend it isn’t,” said Rabbit, “and see what happens.”                        — A. A. Milne

The snow, deep as it is, has a lovely crust that invites bunnies to eat my ornamental shrubbery in the late winter sunshine. The bunnies in question seem to have multiplied suddenly, putting tracks everywhere and making the dogs dream of successful pursuit. Alas the crust is not that sturdy, so bunnies have the current advantage.

“It’s your fault, Eeyore. You’ve never been to see any of us. You just stay here in this one corner of the Forest waiting for the others to come to you. Why don’t you go to THEM sometimes?”
A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

I’ve been wanting to catch a photo of the horses in  their before breakfast fake fighting dance, however, instead they offer me silly over the shoulder looks from the sunshine corner.

You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.        —A. A. Milne

These three mourning doves communed on the top of the bird feeder for a while this morning. Happily sitting and warily watching. If you look closely at the last photo you’ll be able to see the flared tail of one of the doves taking off (interestingly it disappears in the photo, somehow erasing itself).

I have a great appreciation of A. A. Milne’s Pooh stories, do you? Do you have a favorite saying or character?


About jeaninerenzoni

Camera toting, dog trainer, cat trainer, horse trainer, flower gardener, book reader, always finding something new to be interested in and research. My newest undertaking is my new pup and all the training that goes with raising him. I must get back to painting watercolors in my art room. Finished and looking for new ones in the library's DVD collection. About me ... Dog trainer for over 40 years, multiple obedience titles on many dogs, showed in conformation, ran a grooming shop, trained lots of people and dogs. Also have a BS Nutrition, CRD, CTM, AKC CGC evaluator, was NAHQ, was licensed in life/health insurance, long-term care consultant for 25+ years, Covey facilitator, team trainer, project manager, R+ trainer for people, etc ... you could say I believe in qualifications variety.
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5 Responses to Wester Avenue critters – salute to A. A. Milne

  1. Love your photos of the rabbit.

    • Thanks, the cute and irritating thing chewed one of my young cherry trees…the snow is so high that the bunny was above the protective trunk cover…now I know why Rabbit was such a grump, Milne had probably dealt with chewing bunnies and was projecting his own voice. Oh yeah, its snowing again!

      • I saw rabbit tracks in my garden (in the snow) this morning, but no bunnies are safe around my two kitties! I recommend a pair of kittties for an eco-friendly fix for rabbits (a la Beatrix Potter) but one of my cute little girls sharpens her claws on my young crabapple tree, so . . . .

      • Recently a feral cat seemed to have moved into my hay coverall and did take care of the bunnies down there. So far it seems a bit hesitant to come up by the house and…bird feeder. I love Beatrix Potter stories too. Yes each solution does have a down side.

      • I think those cats that come to you fending for themselves and hesitant to approach the house are the best kind for keeping pests away!

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