Thursday, March 07, 2013


Lately no one has commented on the rabbit or rabbits that hop through our back yard at night. I have written about them before. At first the kids really had to work at convincing me that we had rabbits. Now I'm a little obsessed with them - well, Easter is coming.

I think a lot about fictional rabbits. The white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, who is always worried about being late, often comes to mind. Chase a white rabbit and god knows where you will end up.

My husband reminded me of the Bunnicula series - several novels for young people about a vampire rabbit that sucks the juice out of vegetables. I love the title of one of the books - "The Celery Stalks at Midnight."

Then there is the slightly more adult - Roger Rabbit - the main character from a fantasy comedy film that my eldest watched all the time.

Going back further there was Harvey the invisible rabbit, who has obviously made a come back because he's on FB and Twitter.

shadow puppet - rabbit

The Easter bunny has been around since 1682. He is linked to Spring/Easter as a fertility symbol along with the ubiquitous egg. Did you know that female rabbits can be impregnated with a second litter while still carrying the first!!!

If you carry a rabbit's foot for good luck, make sure it is:

  • First, not any foot from a rabbit will do: it is the left hind foot of a rabbit that is useful as a charm.
  • Second, not any left hind foot of a rabbit will do; the rabbit must have been shot or otherwise captured in a cemetery.
  • Third, at least according to some sources, not any left hind foot of a rabbit shot in a cemetery will do: the phase of the moon is also important. Some authorities say that the rabbit must be taken in the full moon, while others hold instead that the rabbit must be taken in the new moon. Some sources say instead that the rabbit must be taken on a Friday, or a rainy Friday, or Friday the 13th. Some sources say that the rabbit should be shot with a silver bullet, while others say that the foot must be cut off while the rabbit is still alive.

This should put anyone off a rabbit's foot as a talisman - it's barbaric! I'll stick with saying "White Rabbits" the first thing in the morning on the first day of the months with an "r" in them. It is supposed to bring good luck! - Good luck if I can remember to do that :)

Stranger shadow puppet - rabbits

This post was the result of a conversation at dinner about planting a garden with rabbits about. I said that we might be OK because our last name wasn't McGregor. Our youngest (20 years old) didn't understand. Now I have to live with the guilt that I had never read him Beatrix Potter when he was little.

Time maybe to plant that garden!!

From Wikipedia - here are more fictional bunnies than you ever want to know. I need another blog to cover Bugs Bunny, Br'er Rabbit, Watership Down, The Velveteen Rabbit, Uncle Wiggly, Max and Ruby, Oswald, Thumper, and more......for anyone who didn't think that rabbits were prolific!!

The pictures - after spending two days looking for anything in the house or at the office that remotely resembled a rabbit, I had to resort to what was at hand literally. Fortunately it just takes one hand to create a shadow puppet of a rabbit - the other hand held the camera!!!

Have a great day and always remember some bunny loves you!!


  1. I had a rabbit for a pet some years ago. He was the softest bunny I ever had. None of the toy ones held a candle. I also used to give my daughter a rabbit every year for Easter. Now that we live 4 hours apart, it's harder to do. Thanks for a good rabbit tale.

  2. Well, I agree that the rabbit's foot is a barbaric talisman, and, unless you are killing that poor bunny yourself under all the proper rules and regulations, you can bet that it's not good luck at all! Great information about rabbits and all the wonderful books about rabbits. The Velveteen Rabbit is one of my favorites. Although, it often made me cry.

  3. I'm old enough to recall that a dead rabbit was the best indicator- it meant a baby would be on its way...

  4. This made me think of Harvey the six foot rabbit. He was in one of those great old movies.

  5. I had a rabbit when I was younger. After a few weeks my grandmother killed it and, unbeknownst to me, we ate it.
    I haven't eaten rabbits ever since. Thanks for reminding me that they are magic creatures.