I have realized there is something very comforting about being home after a visit away. It is nice to see close family again and to be in familiar places. It’s nice to get up in the middle of the night and, without even turning on the lights, find your way through the dark to the bathroom, knowing to avoid the edge of the sock basket and the corner of the table.
I don’t want to write much, but I did want to share our house with you. It’s a nice house, a bit bigger than where we lived during the winter (but then, our family’s a bit bigger too). But still not big enough for a dog, Wren says. We’ll get there someday. I know we will. Wren is not quite as stubborn as me. More patient, yes. But not nearly as stubborn.
My favorite part of the house is our bench. Wren calls it the gathering area. We all sit around it to do things like tell stories and play games. Sometimes, Wren reads to us all. Right now, we’re reading Watership Down. I don’t know if she stopped while I was away or not. I like hearing about Fiver and Hazel (rabbit-Hazel, not my friend-Hazel) and Bigwig. Some parts of the story are a little scary, but that makes it more fun. The bench is also where we sometimes work with the computer.
Another favorite area is our kitchen stove, though that’s more favorited in the winter, when it’s cool, and less favorited during the summer, when it’s hot. During summer, we try not to burn it much at all, and usually we eat things fresh from the garden. But it’s always useful to be able to make a nice cup of tea. Or boil some eggs. Or corn. Mmm. I love fresh corn on the cob. Soon, the corn will be ready to pick…
There are other places to the house too, like the sitting corner (where I surprised Juniper with the violin) and the art corner. Those are places we all go to do things like think or read on our own or do art of some sort. Not great art, like Pip does, but little art like sketches and simple paintings. Sometimes, I’ll take the easel and paints outside to work in the sunlight or to paint a flower or something. But that’s not easy if it’s raining. (by the way, I realized after taking these pictures that you can see a corner of the sock basket too…Wren must have folded the socks, though, because I can’t see them poking their way out. That means I’m safe until next laundry day!)
The last thing to share is our bedroom. Right now, it only has one bed, and we all cozy up in it, but we’re trying to see if we can’t get something like bunk beds. That would make more room for all of us each night. Meikiko kicks in her sleep, and Juniper gets as hot as a furnace. But it’s nice being all together. The monsters don’t seem so scary then. And, while I like Watership Down, some of those bunnies sure seem a bit like monsters. I wouldn’t want to run into a General Woundwort myself!
You see the pink elephant pillows? When Wren heard that I’d made some for Pip and Smidge, she got busy straight away to make some for us, too. They’re really soft. I feel bad that the ones I made my friends wern’t so nice, but Wren says that she’s sure Pip and Smidge like them a lot. Sometimes, things that aren’t so perfect are more than perfect because they’re made with love. She has a good point. The art that Pip helped me make probably isn’t going to win any awards, but I love it a whole bunch.
Anyhow, that’s our house for now. We want to add things like an actual dining room, and a second bedroom, and maybe a whole room for doing art (rather than just a corner), but that’s where we live for right now. It’s cozy. And happy. And home. As neat and beautiful as Snip’s breadbox house was, it was Somewhere Else. I’m glad to be home.
Wren’s calling us all to the bench. She’s going to read some more about the rabbits before we go to bed. I’ll catch up with you all later!