i primi passi

I primi passi” means “first steps” in Italian,
and here is one of our 11-day old bunnies taking his:

“Courage is an accumulation of small steps.”
–George Konrad

Meanwhile, his brothers and sisters snooze the day away.

“I’ll get up when I’m good and ready.”*


Whatever it takes, my friends. Whatever it takes.

Buon weekend!

*The original version read “Wake me in time for dinner,” but I realized (through the help of commenters) that it sounded like I was referring to these cuties as dinner. Well, truth be told, someday they will be in all likelihood (sorry for those offended, but it’s the way of life around here)–but that’s certainly not what I was thinking about when I posted the photos!


[tags]rabbits, bunnies, conigli, coniglietti[/tags]


51 Beans of Wisdom to “i primi passi”
  1. Texas Espresso

    Oh my gosh those are SO CUTE. I don’t want to think about bunnies/dinner in the same thought =( I know I know, I am completely a city girl but they’re so cute! hehe

  2. JennieBoo


    I LOVE your babies!

    Can I have one?

  3. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    okay, I am a big sucker for pictures of cute bunnies, kittens and elephants.

    have a great weekend.

  4. Karina

    AWWW…I want one!!!! Too cute!

  5. sognatrice

    TX, aren’t they just adorable? I wasn’t even thinking about the double meaning in the sense that someday, these poor little ones…oh I can’t bear to think about it either. Re-reading what I wrote now seems so heartless! I just meant to wake me in time *tonight* for dinner–and we’re only having vegetables, I swear! And I only meant that we all need to do what it takes to make us happy. Sheesh πŸ˜‰

    Jennie, if you can arrange for transport, you’re welcome to whichever you like πŸ™‚

    NYC, these are some cute bunnies, aren’t they? Btw, P was the cameraman.

  6. Judith in Umbria

    E’ dificile a guardali e pensare di pranzo,

  7. sognatrice

    Judith, I wasn’t! I swear! That does it. I’m editing.

  8. KC

    Those are the cutest little bunnies! The one on the right in the last picture is my favorite. He looks so sweet.

  9. Paolo

    You are definitely loading up on the cute pics this week, aren’t ya?

    Still waiting on the Picasa page… πŸ˜‰

    Also – Camilleri? Sono veramente gelosissimo!! I can read a little but it’s like being a little kid and hearing the adults laugh at jokes you can’t… quite… get. Hmf.

  10. sognatrice

    KC, that’s my favorite too! All curled up, and well, I’d say I just want to eat him, but then we’ll get started on that whole thing again πŸ˜‰

    Paolo, I can’t help I’m surrounded by such cuteness! And with the Picasa, geez, you sure you weren’t a woman in your past life with all this nagging? On Camilleri, one of my students gave me this book. She had done a book review for me as an assignment, and when she saw how curious I was about it, she brought it in and gave it to me. It’s awesome, I tell you–I love how there’s Sicilian sprinkled throughout. A real work-out indeed πŸ™‚

  11. Antonino Condorelli

    Wellcome to Antonino’s Restaurant:
    Todays Menu!

    Bunnies and olives…

    How to prepare:
    Kill the Rabbit.
    Put in 4 or 5 tablespoons of olive oil in a casserole with onion, salt, green olives,and chili pepper.
    Let the onion become brown and put the rabbit in, preferably break into small pieces. Let the rabbit fry lightly, then cover with red wine.
    When the wine is evaporated you’ll have a delicious rabbit with a delicate sauce.
    Enjoy your lunch!!!

  12. sognatrice

    Antonino, you’re horrible…e grazie mille πŸ˜‰ FYI, I’ve posted the way we usually prepare our rabbit here; P’s mom does another version, but neither of us have made it with olives. Yet. Yum!!!

  13. Antonino Condorelli

    Yes, maybe I’m horrible but rabbit is very good and this evening I’ll eat the rabbit with olives. The posted recipe isn’t really complete. If you want I’ll translate it and send the original recipe. I’ve seen you’ve a great scort of rabbit and I’ve a lot of recipes if you want I’ll send it to you…
    But the question is:
    Do you have the courage to kill them?
    May I have the P’s mom recipe?

  14. Paolo

    eheheh… ‘Tonino, per quanto riguarda “kill the rabbit,” devi guardare questo se non l’hai mai visto.

    i kept hearing “kill the Wab-bit, kill the WAB-BIT” in my head after reading your comment…

  15. sognatrice

    Antonino, only joking about being horrible, of course, as rabbit is a common dinner in my house too. Do pass along the entire recipe if you find time–Italian is fine. I don’t actually have P’s mom’s recipe, but I do know she uses a lot of peperoncino because man is it spicy! Delicious too! From what my taste buds say, I’m guessing it’s olive oil, garlic, white wine vinegar, peperoncino and salt, but she has yet to share it. We often use the oily juice then with pasta, and it’s so good!

    Anyway, no, I most certainly do not do the dirty work. I’m not that Calabrianified just yet πŸ˜‰

  16. sognatrice

    Paolo, that’s funny because I’m always thinking “we’re gonna have woast wabbit,” or “wabbit stew!!!!”

  17. Paolo

    You have my sympathy (seriously) that you’re not in an environment where goofy pop-culture references like that are understood.

    P with Elmer Fudd might be like me with Camilleri – I get the humour intellectually, but I don’t get the belly laugh my letteratura teacher got.

    Still and all, I am prepared to seem humourless if I can just live in a culture where they have caffΓ¨ corretto…

  18. Antonino Condorelli

    I love Bugs bunny cartoons and Tom and Jerry too. Fantastic!!!

    Sognatrice, I met 2 americans in Catanzaro, you and Cherrye, and both like to eat. I think you and P, Cherrye and Peppe, me and my wife need to have a dinner one of this days.
    I will find the time to copy the recipe.

  19. Delina

    I’m a big rabbit fan – NOT for dinner of course.

    Will they really all be for dinner? :((

  20. sognatrice

    Paolo, I’m sensing that maybe you like your coffee, I don’t know, correct or something. And yes, so much of my humor is lost on P, although he finds me hilariously funny in ways I never would’ve imagined. That doesn’t sound really flattering, but I’ll take it.

    Antonino, una buona idea! No rush on the recipe as, ahem, we have a few weeks until we’ll be having rabbit.

    Delina, not all of them, no. Depending on how many females there are, some will be spared as they become mommies. The males, though, well….

  21. Paolo

    I meant, of course, caffè calabrese

  22. sognatrice

    Paolo, non lo sapevo! The Calabrese just *never* stop giving to the world, I tell you πŸ˜‰

  23. goodthomas

    This post, these comments . . . I am giggling to myself now, way across the miles.

    Thank you for the smiles, good Sognatice.

  24. Ally Bean

    Great photos. Inspired quotes. I’m feeling most inspired to be courageous and sleep in tomorrow.

  25. Frances

    Oh I am soooo in love with those little guys.
    Can’t wait to see update photos.
    Waving at you from New York,

  26. Wanderlust Scarlett


    Those are wonderful little fluffy darlings. What a big smile you’ve given me.
    Thank you.

    Dinner… WHAT?! So glad you changed the title!

    Scarlett & V.

  27. Mallow

    Holy crap – I don’t think I have EVER seen anything that cute in my life.

  28. sognatrice

    gt, good to here you’re smiling πŸ™‚

    Ally, I was feeling much the same this morning, so that’s exactly what I did.

    Frances, updates will certainly be provided!

    Scarlett, it was an innocent quote about how lazy I am, but it turned into something sinister–it’s better this way, I agree πŸ˜‰

    Mallow, you just made me think of Frank from “Everybody Loves Raymond” and I’m smiling too πŸ™‚

  29. somepinkflowers

    when i see bunnies
    i think of Thumper,
    Bambi’s sidekick and long time friend…

    forget about me grabbing a fork
    for that one…

    will stick with insalata caprese,
    i think…


  30. Karen Cole

    I am sooo jealous of your life right now!!!
    Cute bunnies, incredible food, italian vistas…..

    Well, I guess I’ll go clean my studio now.

  31. Michelle/midnightbunny

    Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!! How cute. Bunnies! πŸ™‚ You know I love them. I was going to hop over and comment right away on the Luna post, and then I saw the little bunny. Absolutely adorable. Of course Luna is absolutely adorable as well, so I really do need to get over to the other post. I just wanted to say how wonderful these rabbit pics are too. πŸ™‚

    *bunny hugs* always …

  32. Erin

    What cute little guys!

  33. Britt-Arnhild

    Oh, they are so cute…..

    Songatrice, I might have asked you before, but…..where in Italy are you?

  34. sognatrice

    SPF, mmm, insalata caprese!!!!

    Karen, if it makes you feel any better, I cleaned my bathrooms this morning πŸ™

    Michelle, these were some bunny lover photos if I ever saw any–glad you enjoyed πŸ™‚

    Erin, aren’t they though? Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

    B-A, I’m in Calabria on the Ionian Sea…kind of the ball of the foot πŸ˜‰

  35. Cherrye

    That is funny. The first thing I thought of when I saw those pics was…DINNER!

    Well, not for me, cause I dont eat rabbit…but some people I know do.

  36. Judith in Umbria

    Protest, protest and then the recipes pour in and you ask for cookery details. I knew it. I knew it. You look so sweet, but inside there is hard and greedy heart…
    Lamb anyone?

  37. sognatrice

    Cherrye, oh you’d eat it if P or Antonino prepared it, I’m sure. We’d take it off the bone for you and everything!

  38. sognatrice

    Judith, is “baaaaah!” the wrong response? I’ve never made lamb….

  39. The Other Girl

    But … it’s DUCK SEASON! (Oh, now I’m thinking of baby ducks. Being an omnivore is a heartless business.)

  40. Joy T.

    Well these little one’s are about the cutest things I’ve seen in a long while! Love them!

  41. bella

    My daughter enjoyed these pictures. We have a pet rabbit that drives me nuts, but she’s a very big source of joy for Angie.

  42. seventh sister

    Tell them not to go near Mr. McGregor’s garden.

  43. sognatrice

    TheOG, lucky for you, P wants to get ducks now too! We’re going to have a full-fledged farm before we know it…and I’m going to have all kinds of Looney Tunes references running through my mind ALL THE TIME and have no one to appreciate them (in person). We already have roosters you know, so I’m always thinking about the chickenhawk and Foghorn Leghorn: “Well, I’ll be, well IIIII’ll be!”

    Joy, glad you like them. Too precious when they’re sleeping!

    Bella, oh I’m so happy that Angie enjoyed them–I hope she didn’t catch all the dinner commentary though πŸ™

    Seventh Sister, good point, although they’re already on borrowed time around here too….

  44. Figs Olives Wine

    What sweetie pies! oooo, rabbit pie….

  45. Elizabeth

    Bunnies are wonderful pets….our “Lenny” is having his 3rd birthday in July and we still love having him around….hmmmmm I will have to do an entry with a photo…

  46. sognatrice

    Figs, I’ve never had wabbit pie. Sorry, can’t stop the Looney Tunes thing!

    Elizabeth, I’m trying to convince P to let me keep just one of them at the house with us, but it’s not going well. We have one small one, she’s of a smaller breed than the rest because someone gave her to us, and P named her Rosina. How could we possibly eat something called Rosina???

  47. Becca

    I absolutely LOVE the little one taking his first steps. The color of his fur is beautiful. We had a nest of bunnies burrowed in the ground last year and every day I would check on them to see how they had grown. It was something to look forward to in the mornings.

  48. sognatrice

    Becca, it’s definitely fun to watch them grow. Now all of ours are up and about, seeing and everything πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting!

  49. Gina

    OH MY GOD! SOOOO CUTE! So so sweet!

  50. it's me, Val

    Oh my gosh, that is the sweetest thing I’ve seen in a long long time!! Precious!!!

  51. sognatrice

    Gina, Val, glad you caught the photos before Meaniebuckets took them away! They’re back now, though, for all the world to see πŸ™‚

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