Friday, 15 May 2009

Catchin' up, semi-orphan bunnies and tea with rain

I am back! What... you didn't know I have been away?? Well, I admit that I didn't have time to let you know I was away, work is busy and work demands these days that I pack my suitcase and go where I must go to raise the profile of dynamic pressure distribution measurement systems in the UK. Unfortunately, this meant that Miss Eve and Neville had to put up with the "basic bunny maintenance program" of Mr D - there's food a plenty, and there's a bit of fuss, but nowhere near what I usually provide (especially fuss) when I am here.

First thing first, here come a few bunny pictures:
this is Neville and the much seeked piece of pear...
and Miss Eve is wondering why isn't she getting more banana??
Neville got full with pellets and now it's time for a nap...
and some grooming provided by Miss Eve.

You'll be curious to know whether the buns gave me the cold shoulder when I returned home after having been away almost a week - in fact, they didn't do the happy ear flicking and semi-bink, but they came over to present themselves to be petted, so all in all it's success :)

After all the stress I am in need of some calm and quiet - the haikus from Diana and the Spots are just perfect, and although I cannot add anything from my pen, as I cannot do poetry, I would like to add something that was on today's calendar page:

The iris pond has flowered
Before the old temple;
I sell tea this evening
By the water’s edge.
It is steeped in the cups
With the moon and stars;
Drink and wake forever
From your worldly sleep.
-Baisao


I had never heard of this poet before - he was
a poet, Zen Buddhist priest, renowned thinker, and seller of tea - as well as being a bit of an eccentric. Known to carry large wicker baskets filled with tea utensils through the streets and surrounding hills of Japan's old capital, Baisao set up shop wherever he ended up and brewed tea for those who came to enjoy the scenery with him. Establishing a quiet, simple life, Baisao spent his final years composing poetry, brewing tea, and teaching Zen, and in the process becoming a well-loved figure.

It is a mild rainy spring day today. Let me brew a cup of green tea. And Happy Friday to everybun!

11 comments:

Annette F. Tait said...

Good to see that you were allowed to pat them both!

I like the poem (and the Spots peom too) - time to put the kettle on!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

I just read about Basio last night in the tea book I got for my birthday. He never had a fixed rate for his tea, just whatever people thought they could afford. His way of tea was very free, just throwing leaves into boiled water, as opposed to the very strict ritualized tea ceremonies very popular at the time.
Thanks for the pics it is always nice to see our UK friends.
And fun to find myself in your post LOL :~)

Sam, Willow ,Samantha and Tabitha said...

welcome back - i frogged the shawl - all those beads aarrgghhh. I am ging to try it without the beads

bunnygirl said...

Welcome back! I know the bunnies were happy to see you.

I'm rather charmed by the idea of just wandering about, enjoying life, and setting up shop for a few hours wherever and whenever the mood hits. Sounds like a good life.

divakitty said...

There is never enough banana ~Fiona Bun

PJ said...

It looks like you had a great home coming and thank you for the bunny photos and the poem. It is very elegant and beautifully done in its simplicity. I love Diana's poem as well.

Rabbits' Guy said...

I suspect Neville and Miss Eve love hearing all about dynamic pressure distribution measurement systems and the traveling raising of awareness of them ....


... along with a good pear or banana!

Ah a traveling tea salesman ... a fine life. Seema like a truck called Jewel Tea used to come through our neighborhood many many yeara ago ...

Crafty Green Poet said...

what lovely photos, glad they didn't cold shoulder you when you came home...

RoadBunner said...

Welcome home! Love the grooming picture!

furrybutts said...

Welcome back! Hope you had a great time raising the profile of dynamic pressure distribution measurement systems (I'm not sure I know what that means, lol!).

Glad the buns aren't giving you grieve for travelling without them. Treats are the best way to a bun's heart :p

The Fluffy Tribe said...

what cute bunny pictures you have ~The Fluffy Tribe