Friday, December 2, 2011

Lucy Lands in Utah - USA!!!

After long waiting on our part, we were thrilled when Lucy flew our way, courtesy of the gracious Linda in South Africa. Charming as ever, little Lucy made herself right at home. (She is seated on my over-stuffed maroon living room chair, watching as I write this.)

In the process of her travels, she has gathered images of the lives she has visited. Thus we have tried to show her a typical bit of this place. And I think she's enjoyed her time with us, as much as anyone can when her shorts are in a perenneal knot—or, at least a series of interlocking ones.

It was a quiet visit. We didn't do much jetting around town, or driving into the city - it's been too busy and cold for much of that kind of thing. So what follows is a very domestic, quiet visit.


Here is Lucy, fresh off the packet from South Africa. First order of business, introducing her to a gang of appropriate and kind friends. The pup was born here, but the Fox is from just outside of London, so he's a world traveler, too.


She actually got here just in time for the great American feast of Thanksgiving. Plenty of browns and oranges and turkey iconery. And another new friend who is more Easter or Christmas-like than Thanksgiving like. Still - it was like they were meant for each other. Thanksgiving is a huge family celebration here, a gathering warm and wonderful, and Lucy fit right in.


We wanted her to have the whole cultural experience, and so involved her with pie making. In the back is a pecan pie sans crust (because M can't eat wheat), and in the front, a big mound of apple pie that should have been baked a little lower in the oven.


Lucy was not at all critical, but I could just tell she was thinking that -


The next day, we started putting away the Autumn things. The leaves have been down for weeks, and it's cold enough outside to be counted winter. So we are setting up for Christmas. Here is Lucy, sitting on one of the huge traditional mounds of Lights That Mysteriously No Longer Work. After many hours of getting out the lights and hanging them from the house roof, the windows - all over, we always have several of these mounds left over. If I could figure out how to fix the dang things, I would. The sun was strong that day, but it was still a little chill outside. I think it did Lucy good to sit in it on the nice, warm hearth.


I showed her the rest of the place. She lighted in the place that is the heart of my own private industry. I think she felt at home there. She was very polite and didn't show any of that borderline wildness she had in other places. I think she is very good at fitting in wherever she finds herself.


A couple of days later, we took her around to meet the big boys. When you introduce anyone to a herd, it's always best to start with the alpha, and Dustin is unquestionably that. You know, it really is amazing that we spend so much time with really, really big beasts like this. And that little yarn Lucy can criss-cross the globe, literally touching people who would love to get a chance to embrace her own creator. Some of this place - dust, tiny bits of DNA and plants and smells - she will take them all back home, so far away from here. The planet is at once too big and just small enough.


She meets my Zion.


And Aunt Sophie. Not Hickory, though. He's too young and silly and shy.


Here she is taking a poll. Or sitting on one. Dustin's. She is smirking, can you tell? How long can somebody stay an alpha with a rabbit on his head?


And then took a little ride on Zi. Please pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Gathering horse dust to take home to mama. Zion is very smooth-gated for the most part. And, of course, Lucy knows her horses.


Here she is, taking the ride I take every day - back and forth from the barn. This is from - heading east toward the mountains. She is very small. The mountains are HUGE. She looks a little bit tired, doesn't she?


She took a moment in the yard by herself (the dogs were inside). But when G found her here, he was alarmed.


He insisted that he keep hold of her if she was going to get this close to that much water. "You have NO IDEA how fast that river is," he chided. Okay, maybe smirking does count as a little wild.


They had a serious talk. But no worries - they got along quite well. It was an amazing visit from someone who has been much farther away from my home than I have ever been. And an honor that we were trusted with her safety and comfort. (The dogs were very respectful)


All in all, Lucy made some fast friends. And isn't that the point?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lucy Rabbit Visits South Africa!

It has been lovely having Lucy visit us here at Natural Suburbia in South Africa! She sat in the veggie garden with us the day we planted all of our heirloom veggie seeds. It was a special day, our seeds are all growing now and our garden will soon be brimming with produce:)

Lucy also sat on top of the bread bin in the kitchen and and kept me company when I made our first batch of Spring Mulberry jam.

We have loved having Lucy visit, her passport has been signed and stamped from South Africa and she is on her way to the United States to visit with lovely Kristen. I have added a few treasures for you Kristen, I didn't take photos as I wanted them to be a surprise:)

Thank you so much Rachel, you sent us some beautiful books, I really appreciate your kindness:)

Have a wonderful trip Lucy!
Linda and Family

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lucy Departs Australia Soil...

Lucy's next adventure is overseas and we realised we had to apply for a passport. You know how these things take time, so Lucy has been filling her days hanging out with Lulu and Minkey. Here she is sharing her beautiful quilt made by Shay of Quilting in my Pyjamas with her friends. They love telling Lucy stories and of course she's all ears!!

Her passport was soon ready. Apparently celebrity rabbits are allowed to have special colourful passports
It's officially stamped and dated...

Lucy and I checked she had all she needed for her journey. A sturdy backpack, a shawl and beanie for cool days, a magic carrot that no matter how much she nibbles on it it'll grow back in a flash. A very handy travel snack.

I packed some books for her to read on the flight.

We figured that's all she needed until she gets to her next visit with Linda at Natural Suburbia blog. Pop over and have a look at Linda's patterns for knitted flowers and vegetables and critters. Oh my golly!! Lucy is going to feel right at home!!

Safe travels Lucy, We look forward to hearing all about your next adventure!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lucy Visits Sydney and The Blue mountains

The lovely Lucy arrived at my house in the Blue Mountains last week. I heard a little knock on my door and there she was with her little bag, her lucky carrot and her beautiful quilt.

Lucy came with me to work on the train to Sydney. We chatted about her travels so far. She hasn't made it overseas yet but she's seen more of Australia than I have! Brisbane, The Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth... and now Sydney!! The view of the Harbour Bridge greeted us at Circular Quay Station where we got off.

A hop, skip and a jump and we arrived at the flower shop in time for a busy day at work.
Lucy helped me set up the shop. I like her taste in flowers, her favourites were these red Banksia Coccinea.
She also liked the forest of Cymbidium Orchids!
This native Gymea Lily is a like a giant triffid compared to little Lucy.

She may be small but she has a big heart!!

She made some friends...
But also had fun entertaining herself

We didn't forget the Opera House!!

The next day I got to show off where I live. The beautiful Blue Mountains! From city shop flowers to wild, free range bush flowers.
That's not a rabbit hole Lucy!
Breath taking scenery from Govett's Leap near Blackheath. This view amazes me every time!
And a beautiful clear, sunny, spring day!!
Besides sight seeing Lucy and I have had a fun time, talking about quilts, eating cupcakes, reading peoples blogs. It's been lovely spending time getting to know Lucy but I know she has places to go and people to meet. She's excited about her next bit of travel where she finally gets to leave Australia and head for strange far away lands...


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Lucy's Perth Visit

Lucy had a fantastic stay in Perth.  She came to school and met Mr Bunny (our class mascot), went on an excursion and visited the Swan Valley.  Lots of excitement!

 Reading a book with Mr Bunny in preparation for our excursion to AQWA.

Fishing in our class boat
 Rex Hunt styles!

 A ride on a turtle

Scuba diving with the fishies

 A bus ride to AQWA with my Kindy kids.

Looking at the coral

 And bravely checking out a shark.

 In the Swan Valley at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory

And back at home with a mystery bag of goodies!

Lucy has just arrived at Rachael's place so I'm sure she will have many more adventures to share with you soon!