The Care Package

The Care Package   When he delivered Rabbit’s mail that evening, Squirrel also brought the unexpected news that a human was sleeping in the meadow. Given the telltale box of tissues — and the fact that the Gardener’s wife was both wrapped in a blanket and napping...

The Sick-day Nap

The Sick-day Nap   Looking out through the cottage windows, the Gardener’s wife spied a gloriously sunny day, the garden full of dappled shade courtesy of several newly leafed-out trees. She longed to be outside, free of her blanket and her box of tissues, rid of...

The Herbs

The Herbs   It was the time of year when the Gardener and his wife started lining up terra-cotta pots on the porch railings and filling them, two to four each week, with tiny, fragrant plants: basil, mint, oregano, rosemary, several varieties of sage, and even a...

The Resourceful Mr. Owl

The Resourceful Mr. Owl   As the school year wound down, Mr. Owl had an increasingly difficult time convincing his students to focus on their lessons.   Although each school day only lasted from mid-morning until early afternoon, with a lunch break in the...

The Quiet Evening

The Quiet Evening   After spending most of the day indoors doing her spring cleaning, Rabbit stood outside — listening to crickets, sniffing the clear spring air, feeling the not-quite-warmth of the almost-setting sun on her fur, and watching dogwood petals drift...

The Brisk Day

The Brisk Day   Rabbit got up early and, feeling invigorated by the crisp, bright morning, decided to close the tea shop and tackle her spring cleaning.   After breakfast, she opened the windows and the door to air out her burrow, and then she washed all the...