Sunday, 20 December 2009

Carol singers

Last night, I answered a knock on the burrow door. There was Naughty Kitten and his friends, singing carols.



Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, 3 December 2009

A big jug of custard

I made a big jug of custard to go with the pudding that Clarissa made yesterday.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Christmas pudding

Clarissa has been busy in the kitchen making Christmas pudding!


Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Dancing in the snow

This morning, we opened the first door on our Advent calendar. And we found a rabbit dancing in the snow!

Saturday, 7 November 2009

My new camera

I have a new camera. I've never had a camera before. The first thing I decided to do with it was take a lovely picture of Clarissa. I thought you might be interested in some of the things that I learnt.

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1. Ask before you take a photo.

right-way-up
2. Hold the camera the right way up.

center
3. Get the subject near the centre of the picture.

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4. Make sure that everyone is facing the right way.

smile
5. Make sure that everyone is smiling.

too-far-away
6. Get in close to the subject.

too-close
7. Not that close.

hold-straight
8. Hold the camera level.

paw-in-front
9. Don't put your paw over the lens.

too-dark
10. Check the exposure.

too-light
11. Check the exposure. Again.

blur
12. Focus.

dont-wobble
13. Keep still.

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14. Don't cut off the top of their ears.

too-high
15. Too high!

too-low
16. Too low!

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17. Make sure that Nigel Floppyears doesn't get in the way. Or anyone else.

Now you're all ready to take the photo.
Press the button, and --

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18. Make sure that everyone hasn't walked off 'cos they're bored.


I'm going back to my pencils.

Monday, 2 November 2009

The Great American Rabbit


We're so proud! Our friend Badge the Badger has made this lovely set of four pinback button badges celebrating The Great American Rabbit, with drawings by me, Bob Tail Rabbit.

  • Uncle Sam Rabbit says America Needs Rabbits!

  • The Statue of Liberty fits her long ears under her crown.

  • The cowboy rabbit burrows westwards.

  • And a rabbit proudly salutes the Stars and Stripes.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

rabbit 100

"Well done," said Clarissa. "Ninety-nine rabbits. You just have to do one more, and we'll be ready for Great Aunt Dahlia's one hundredth birthday party this afternoon."

"One more?" I cried. "No! I'm exhausted from all this rabbiting. I'm so tired, I can't lift my pencil any more... Are you sure she's one hundred? Could she be only ninety-nine?"

"She's definitely one hundred. You have to draw one more rabbit."

"It's no good, I can't go on." I banged my head against my desk. "She'll just have to make do with ninety-nine rabbits. I feel terrible."

I was sad and disappointed that I had failed to reach my target. I wrapped up the present that we'd got for Great Aunt Dahlia, and we hopped over to her burrow.

The party had already started. All of Great Aunt Dahlia's friends were there. "We got you this," I said, handing her the box.

rabbit 100

"Thank you ever so much," said Great Aunt Dahlia. "I wonder what it is."

"Open it carefully!"

"Look everyone! Look what Bob Tail Rabbit brought me -- "

A big bunch of flowers

"-- the biggest bunch of flowers in the world!"

...


Late that evening, Clarissa and I stumbled home, tired but happy after the excitement of the party.

"Well done, Bob Tail Rabbit," said Clarissa as she made the cocoa. "You made it after all. I knew you could do it."

"Made it? No, I failed. I only drew ninety-nine rabbits."

"Oh, you silly Bob Tail Rabbit, look up there! You drew yourself carrying Great Aunt Dahlia's present! You drew one hundred rabbits... And then one to spare!"

"I did? I did! You're right! Good night, Clarissa!"

"Sleep well, Bob Tail Rabbit."

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

rabbits 96 to 99

Almost there!

96 wears a badge.
97 thinks we can't see him.
98 makes wishes come true.
99 eats... a 99.

Monday, 19 October 2009

rabbits 91 to 95

Look, more rabbits!

91 is shy.
92 is late.
93 stands very still.
94 has a nice cup of tea.
95 is -- hang on, that's not a rabbit! That's a naughty kitten in a very bad disguise!

Sunday, 18 October 2009

rabbits 86 to 90

The rabbits are here again!

86 leans over the wall.
87 sits on the wall.
88 bakes a cake.
89 and 90 will make you feel better.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

rabbits 81 to 85

Yes, there are more rabbits!

81 and 82 skip and jump together.
83 and 84 celebrate with champagne.
85 is a pirate on the high seas.

Friday, 16 October 2009

rabbits 76 to 80

Here they are again.

76 is just here.
77 is a magic rabbit.
78 is happy.
79 dropped his number.
80 paints a picture.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

rabbits 71 to 75

Nearly there!

71 looks so debonair.
72 and 74 bounce 73 up in the air.
75 says the next one's over there.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

rabbits 66 to 70

Hello again!

66 is proud to be here.
67 reads the latest news.
68 is in charge of everything.
69 and 70 are dancing the night away!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

rabbits 61 to 65

They're back!


61 sits up high.
62 popped out of his hole.
63 writes a poem.
64 est un lapin fran├žais.
65 sings a song!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

rabbits 56 to 60

Still more rabbits!

56 is -- where is 56?
57 and 58 have got mixed up.
59 is knitting a scarf.
60 is all dressed up and ready to go.

Ah -- there is 56!

Friday, 2 October 2009

rabbits 51 to 55

These rabbits have all travelled a long way to get here.

51 skated across the ice to see us.
52 is checking his map.
53 sailed the seven seas.
54 was hoping for somewhere with more sunshine.
And 55 came in a box!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

rabbits 46 to 50

A half-century of rabbits.


46 wears a very big badge.
47 and 48 have just arrived in their new car.
49 won a rosette for "Best Bunny".
50 has brought us a flower from his garden.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

rabbits 41 to 45

Rabbits fly!

These rabbits are reaching for the stars...

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

rabbits 36 to 40

And more and more and more rabbits.


36 is -- hey, 36, we're over here!
37 is ready for bed.
38 is flying the flag.
39 -- oops, I think he got knocked over by the flag.
40 has won a medal.

Monday, 28 September 2009

rabbits 31 to 35

And now for some more rabbits.

31 is just standing around.
32 is just sitting down.
But 33 and 34 and 35 want to play cricket -- Howzat rabbits!

Sunday, 27 September 2009

rabbits 26 to 30

Yet more rabbits!


26, 27 and 28 have come as a trio.
29 doesn't know which way is up.
And I think 30 is scoring 29 for "artistic interpretation".

Saturday, 26 September 2009

rabbits 21 to 25

Look! More rabbits!
21 is so happy to be here!
22 and 23 give each other a big hug.
24 is a very good rabbit.
25 is a very bad rabbit!

Friday, 25 September 2009

rabbits 16 to 20

More rabbits!



16 and 17 are getting ready to watch television.
18 is Postie Rabbit, bringing a birthday card.
19 doesn't want to catch a cold.
20 has his nose in a book. He looks a bit worried about what he's reading!

Thursday, 24 September 2009

rabbits 11 to 15

Day three, and another five rabbits appear!

11 and 12 are going to sing a song for us.
13 isn't quite sure which way to look.
14 is standing on a box so that he doesn't miss anything.
And 15 is sitting down, 'cos he's a bit tired.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

rabbits 6 to 10

Today, I drew five more rabbits, numbers six to ten!


6 and 7 are holding hands...Ahhh!
8 is making sure we don't miss him.
9 and 10 are playing football... but I think they're on different teams.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

An infinite number of rabbits...

"Great Aunt Dahlia says she can't remember what happened next," I told Clarissa.

"I expect another slice of carrot cake will jog her memory."

"I think she's just getting old and forgetful," I said, worried that the carrot cake was already disappearing too fast. "How old do you think she is?"

"Well, I just happen to know it's her birthday next week. She'll be one hundred years old."

"One hundred!" I said. "Gosh, I can't imagine being that old. That's like, like infinite."

"Oh no," said Clarissa. "One hundred is nowhere near infinite."

"What's the difference?"

"Well, the difference is you could draw one hundred rabbits, but you could never draw an infinite number of rabbits".

That gave me an idea. "I'm going to draw one hundred rabbits for Great Aunt Dahlia, one for each year that we're celebrating." I hopped off to the studio to draw.




"But that's only five rabbits," said Clarissa.

"Come back tomorrow..."


Related posts:
rabbits 6 to 10
rabbits 11 to 15
rabbits 16 to 20
rabbits 21 to 25
rabbits 26 to 30
rabbits 31 to 35
rabbits 36 to 40
rabbits 41 to 45
rabbits 46 to 50
rabbits 50 to 55
rabbits 56 to 60
rabbits 61 to 65
rabbits 66 to 70
rabbits 71 to 75
rabbits 76 to 80
rabbits 81 to 85
rabbits 86 to 90
rabbits 91 to 95
rabbits 96 to 99
rabbit 100

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Under the sea

I begged Great Aunt Dahlia to tell me the next part in the story of how Grandma Lily met Grandfather Scutter. "So Grandma drifted out to sea, and was caught in a storm -- Did she survive?"

"Well, of course, she survived, you silly Bob Tail Rabbit," said Great Aunt Dahlia. "If she hadn't survived, you would never have been born, and I'd be sitting here talking to that empty plate."

"The storm tossed Lily out of the punt, and she fell into the cold water. Further and further she fell, until she reached almost to the bottom of the ocean."


"Lily swam around looking at the fish and the shells and the rocks. She told me she even saw a merbunny."


"Then in the distance, she saw a hollow rock -- a cave -- and in the darkness, she could see something glittering."


"Cautiously, she swam into the cave, and do you know what she found?"

"No; what?"

"Treasure, that's what she found. An enormous treasure chest overflowing with the most beautiful golden carrots that you can imagine."


"Oh my! Did Grandma take the treasure, and become rich, and live happily ever after?"

"Well, Bob Tail Rabbit, life isn't as simple as that. Oh dear, all this talk about carrots has made me hungry again. Now, didn't I mention something about an empty plate?"

"I'll get you another slice of cake..."

Thursday, 9 July 2009

What happened next

You might remember that Great Aunt Dahlia was telling me the story of how Grandmother Lily met Grandfather.

"Go on," I said, passing her another slice of carrot cake. "Grandmother Lily was drifting on the river in a punt all alone. What happened next?"

Great Aunt Dahlia brushed the crumbs from her whiskers. "Well, Lily tried to call for help. She shouted and waved, but a little rabbit in a little punt is a very small thing indeed, and no one noticed her."


"'Oh my, oh my! Whatever shall I do?' she cried to herself. By now, she was quite cold and hungry, and shaky with fear. So she pulled the picnic blanket over her, and lay down to rest.


The punt drifted on down the river. Suddenly, Lily woke with a start, and looked all round. There was nothing but the cold water below and dark clouds above. 'Oh my, oh my, I've drifted out to sea.'


'Bless my whiskers, there's a storm heading this way!'

And before she could do anything, the wind blew a great wave across the sea and snatched up the punt. Lily clung onto the side as they were tossed into the air, and --"


"Yes -- go on, Great Aunt Dahlia. What happened next?" I cried.

"Just a moment, young Bob Tail Rabbit. I think I could manage another slice of that carrot cake, and then I'll tell you."

Look out for the next episode, coming soon.