East Albury grandfather builds backyard Easter bunny home

GIVEN his hectic schedule, it’s nice to know the Easter bunny now has somewhere comfy to rest in East Albury.

BIG SURPRISE: East Albury's Diana and Ken Ashley have been entertaining their visiting grandchildren Thomas, 18 months, and Jasmine, 3, with the Easter bunny home Mr Ashley built in the backyard. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

BIG SURPRISE: East Albury's Diana and Ken Ashley have been entertaining their visiting grandchildren Thomas, 18 months, and Jasmine, 3, with the Easter bunny home Mr Ashley built in the backyard. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

A two-storey cardboard house made the holiday weekend even more special for visiting Melbourne youngsters, Jasmine, 3, and Thomas, 18 months.

Their grandfather Ken Ashley created the cubby house in his Downside Street backyard, taping boxes together and decorating them with acrylic paint. The children have enjoyed crawling in and out of the hutch while Rocket the cat also thinks it’s a good spot for a nap. 

“Along here, this is the door for the adults so they can get them out,” Mr Ashley explained.

The Easter bunny left some eggs in his new home and nibbled the carrot offered as a snack as well.

Jasmine and Thomas’ parents, Caroline Lavoie and William Ashley, also had not known about the backyard addition beforehand.

“It was all covered up and made to look like, I don’t know, a pile of rubbish or something, so we wouldn’t go near it,” William said. “Then the big reveal – they just loved it.”