Schipper’s beer is a tiny brewery based in my neck of the woods. The brewer is a local photographer with a passion for food and beer. Schippers have delightful branding including this armed and dapper magician for Schipper’s Herr X Vienna Lager. A complex but elegant lager with subtle cherry and raisin aromas. 80’s music nerds will be interested to note that Herr X is the B-side of Ultravox’s Vienna. Illustrations by Paul Densem at Teaspoon Films and design by Gunroom. You can see more work by Gunroom and Paul Densem here and here. Find out more about Schipper’s Beer on their Facebook page. All images property of Schipper’s Beer.
Tofu the bunny runs to the back door most mornings, eager to be let out and greet the sunshine. We receive a lot of sun on our deck so if it is a bright day, Tofu might flop over for an early morning nap. I have seen him asleep on the deck a thousand times and it still pleases me how content he looks. Another Tuesday, another photo of the rabbit basking in the sunshine. Doesn’t he look positively blissed out?
The Koala and I share a backpack. The Kathmandu backpack came free with my first student bank account, which means it has given a good 12 years of service. It has travelled with me to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Borneo, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. Probably due to the countless beach missions, one zipper is calcified. I’m in no rush, but I’ve been on the lookout for a new backpack. Too bad this bag from ASOS is out of stock.
A very lovely packaging design by South African design student Minette Wasserman for a very lovely white hot chocolate. See her other student work over on her Behance page here.
We have a single plastic chair in our backyard. Tofu knows where to sit.
Every time I see a rabbit that looks like Tofu, something weird happens to my ticker. I want to squeal and cry at the same time. It plays tricks with my heart. From Wiki “In fiction and folklore, a doppelgänger is a paranormal double of a living person. A doppelgänger is often perceived as a sinister form of bilocation and is regarded by some to be a harbinger of bad luck. In some traditions, a doppelgänger seen by a person’s relative or friend portends illness or danger while seeing one’s own doppelgänger is said to be an omen of death.” Here is a collection photos I have seen on the internet of Tofu bunny lookalikes.
Loving these bunny place card holders from BHLDN. Stoneware with magnets to hold cards in place, white with gold feet. $28 for a set of 6. While you are there, check out their Rabbit Rabbit Cake Topper. A bit steep for $158…which was what we spent on our entire wedding cake with cupcakes!
We gained an hour over the weekend and now there is less daylight when I come home from work. Tofu the bunny came inside all on his own shortly after this photoshoot. I suppose he figured it was getting late. What difference does daylight savings make to a blind rabbit?
The Forgotten Rabbit logo re-design by Jorgen Grotdal via Behance. Jorgen is a 17 year old logo designer based in Norway. Retro, vintage, hipster logos galore, he is a bit of a one trick pony, but he does the one trick very well. See this and more of his works on his website jorgengrotdal.com
I’ve often been described as cute. Being cute means you can get away with things, though it also means that people expect you to be patient. Well, not anymore! Not with this shirt on. Also available as a cushion or various prints. Get them from Human here, here or here.
The Koala plays Street Fighter and he has been trying to teach Tofu how to play. Tofu mostly just mashes the buttons, but boy does he have a good game face.
Tofu the bunny has been more active. We thought that he didn’t jump up onto the couch and bed because he was getting old, but after surgery, he has been jumping up onto the couch. On Friday we returned to the vet for a follow-up visit. They were pleased with his progress. One vet thought she recognised a picture of Tofu on the internet. She showed me the picture of this bok choy monster and yep, that’s him. The team at Lynfield Vets practice rabbit sorcery. They do amazing work and we are comforted by the fact there are always other rabbits in the waiting room when we visit. Want to see more bunny shaming? See here.
The rabbit knows how to relax.
I can relate to this print. Get one for yourself from Human.
It has been 1 week since Tofu’s surgery to remove a bladder stone. Tofu has 7 stitches in his belly and until he is healed, he has lots of towels instead of hay. We’re also keeping him inside for now to limit his movement and chances of anything poking into his tender belly. It is a little extra laundry but no biggie. Tofu is getting plenty of snuggles and is eating well. He is currently on 3 meds a day: Deprim – antibiotic Metacam – pain and inflammation Temgesic – a strong opioid for pain relief Tofu says thank you to all your well wishes.
On Tuesday, Tofu the bunny had surgery to remove a large bladder stone and yesterday the vet gave him the all clear to come home. Tofu wasn’t eating at the vet’s but if he was feeling depressed, going home might be good for him. If he didn’t eat during the night he would have to go back to the vet today. At first we kept him in his indoor hutch to restrict movement so he didn’t injure or bother his stitches but he had other ideas. He was stressed about being locked up and frantically looked for the way out, so we freed him. After inspecting his area a couple of times (to make sure it was just how he left it), he proceeded to spend most of the evening eating. He needed a little bit of encouragement but last night he ate: 1 grape 1 large bok choy 2 coriander plants 1/4 cup of pellets a few bits of hay Not bad for a rabbit who wasn’t eating! He wasn’t eating much this morning …
I’ve blogged about husband and wife duo Kozyndan (made up of Kozy and Dan) way back in 2009 but more recently they created a piece called Vegans: Manatees ‘n Bunnies. The Koala has been referred to as a sea cow on more than one occasion so this piece is really special to me. It boggles my mind that this has been done before. It’s quite a niche. View this and more over on their Behance page here. p.s. Tofu is undergoing surgery today. Please keep us in your thoughts.
For those that do not follow Bunny Eats Design on Facebook, here is an update on our heart-wrenching week. On Monday, we took Tofu to the vet. He stayed a few days while they ran tests. X-rays showed a marble-sized bladder stone which must be removed via surgery. The stone would be causing him pain and must be removed as soon as possible. Infection Because he also has a bladder infection, the infection must be cleared before they can operate. As you can imagine, infections and surgery are not friends. Weight loss While Tofu has always been a little overweight, he has lost 200 grams since the last time he was weight. For a rabbit, that’s quite a large weight loss. Glaucoma The vet was also concerned about one of his eyes. While Tofu already has cataracts in both eyes and cannot see, he may be developing glaucoma in his left eye. If this happens, the eye must be removed. This will be further costs further down the track. Decisions The tests, x-rays, surgery, meds …
Tofu hasn’t been well over the last few days. He was great for a few months but over the last weekend he became messy in the undercarriage and looked very uncomfortable. In September he had his bladder flushed and a course of meds. A bottom shaved helped keep things in check too. Since then, things have looked pretty good until the end of last week. Not only had we switched to the vet recommended pellets but we’ve cut portions severely over the last 5 months. In the last week or so he has eaten only a handful of pellets as we’re trying to encourage hay and fresh greens instead. He will not eat hay if a full pellet bowl awaits him. His appetite has been pretty normal and he has been drinking water. He still enjoys around 10 hours a day roaming free in the backyard and snuggles with us in the evenings (and some mornings). On Sunday, he even jumped up onto the couch for a snuggle which is quite a feat for a sick, blind …
It might be Monday over here in New Zealand, but elsewhere there are people are celebrating Super Bowl Sunday. Here are some bowls that I think are pretty super. Have a great Super Bowl Sunday. It happens to be Groundhog Day. So get ready to do it all again 🙂