update 2013-10-11

Sorry for the long hiatus, everyone. Life got super busy (not that it isn’t now, but still).

Draft #3 of the houseplans are finished, and I think it’s all good this time. We’ll go over them with a fine-toothed comb and make sure, but I think we’re good. Of course, that still means we have two weeks or slightly less to find a builder and get the bank on board, or we’ll be trying to start building in December when all the builders in WA seem to take 2 months off. At any rate, it’ll be soon.

I’ve started university again, doing a Postgrad Diploma of Science in Dryland Agriculture at Curtin. It’s basically the first year of a Masters by coursework; at the end I can choose to extend it into a full Masters degree. I’m only doing 1 unit this semester (four units is the full time load) because of time constraints with work. Apparently postgrad students in agriculture aren’t expected to have dayjobs 🙁 so the lectures and tutorials and labs are spaced out across the week, different times, different days, and no evening or online class options. Still,, it’s interesting, and it will (hopefully) give me a bit of legitimacy when talking to farmers and policy-makers.

We bought our first rabbit, a little 3 month old opal (blue agouti) British Giant doe named Tsuki in honour of the Chinese moon-rabbit. She’s a little flightly (because rabbit) but brave and curious, and so far healthy in spite of our overall lack of experience with rabbits. I’m taking her to the vet next week to get her vaccinations,a nd I might ask the vet a few general rabbit questions at the same time and check that we’re doing it right.

We have a little boy bunny, too – bought but not yet collected. We’ll be getting him tomorrow. He’s only 6 weeks old now, but apparently the mother weaned her litter at 4 weeks and had mastitis as well, so I’m going to assume he’ll be fine. Hope, at least. I know you’re not meant to adopt baby rabbits until they’re at least 8 weeks old, but if mama rabbit thinks they’re done at 4 weeks, what can you do? Anyway, he’s a silver (I think chinchilla) Flemish Giant. He doesn’t have a name yet, but we’ll come up with something.

Other than that, life continues apace. I’ll keep you posted 🙂