I hope those who celebrate had Joyous Easter and Passover observances.
Ours was very relaxed and enjoyable~ though I didn't have a chance to capture much of it in photos so I thought I would share some bunny sitings from around the house and property instead; some from Easters past, and some from this year.
I've loved rabbits since I was a little girl, perhaps because I was born in the year of the Rabbit (Hare), according to the Chinese calendar.
We've had several kinds of rabbits as pets through the years (their waste is excellent fertilizer for the flower garden) and I've also collected things with a rabbit theme for a very long time.
Deb Canham is a former UK police officer, turned soft sculpture artist, specializing in handmade mohair, fully articulated (jointed) miniatures ~
I began collecting her orginal works in the 1980's. Beginning with her earliest teddy bears, then other animals and creatures as she expanded the line. Here I've posed the little rabbit with a dime so you can get an idea of the scale of her little works of art.
There are all kinds of knock-offs since she introduced her line,
but her works, especially her early pieces remain my all-time favorites.
The next rabbit is a modern day replica of a NETSUKE ~
I have a couple of authentic, ancient netsukes which were my mothers'; I would be happy to share in an upcoming post.
Although this one is not centuries old as my mothers are,
I fell in love with the look of him...
... and the charming detail when you turn him over!
A tiny handmade mohair pull-toy.
I also like to collect vintage Beatrice Potter figurines;
most of mine are old Beswick, from a fine UK ebay vendor.
I've shared some in the past, and will save the remainder of the collection for another time.
Another Deb Canham handmade mohair bunny ~
This one is Peter Rabbit, he is about 3-inches tall.
If you look carefully you can see the tiny metal Peter Rabbit charm on his neck ribbon. He likes to stay in this old apothocary jar on the shelf in the Garden room ~
I bring him out to sit on a table near fresh cut flowers throughout the year.
(This time on a vintage hankie.)
And good old (glazed terra cotta) Mr. Rabbit, whom you've probably met before, if you've been reading my blog for a while.
He's been with me for years, and shows up all around the house and sometimes in the garden.
Antique doorstop, and vintage painted metal rabbit with basket~
Probably planning their escape!
Yet another metal bunny with his basket...
This one is hiding in the grape hyacinth, beneath a young fig tree:
cement Rabbit Planter, the cabbage holds small annuals.
From the Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit children's garden:
They hide all over the place ~ as you can see.
And a few more of the vintage-look decorations~
This Easter card from my son was enclosed with his gift. The rose is a dried Cecil Brunner, from the old climber which still grows at our family home in California.
This rose has very special meaning to me, because it has intertwined in my family's history. My grandfather brought slips from his garden in Oregon, when he moved back to San Francisco in the 1920's and planted in his garden.
When my parent bought their home in the 1940's he brought slips from his plant, and planted two in my parents garden. He did the same for all of my aunts and uncles in the SF Bay Area ~ so you can probably see why I consider it our FAMILY ROSE. :) It's been around lots longer than me!
I love that my son "gets" the meaning of this rose. It speaks love to me!
More wood bunnies with Camellias from the Camellia garden (the same area where we had brunch last week for Tablescape Thursday!)
I hope you've enjoyed this little tour of the bunnies ~
I MISS visiting your marvelous blogs and hope to be back within a day or two.
Have a lovely week everyone!