Through the years cows come and go at our place and I try to not get emotionally attached knowing that someday they will be gone. This especially holds true with the babies. I try to live by the theory to “just enjoy them while they are here with us”… Of course many of the mama cows live a long life here and I usually end up loving all of them. Occasionally there will be a special cow that I absolutely fall in love with and no matter how hard I try my heart skips a beat and it is a done deal. Last month this happened to me. This winter we ended up with several babies whose moms died while giving birth and a few moms who refused to feed their babies. Our neighbor brought in some milk cows from auction to feed these little ones. After finishing up their mama duties one of the milk cows ended up at our place to graze for the winter. In all my years of growing up on a ranch then having this farm I have never ever been around milk cows. Well, this Guernsey milk cow just stole my heart and I never want her to leave! I have named her Mabel. We arranged for her to live at our place and I am a happy camper! She has been bred so when the girls all give birth if there are any troubles Mabel will be able to be a surrogate mom and feed any calf whose mom cannot feed them. For now she is living the good life at our place. This week she may be noticing that I call her Mabel so think she will know her name soon. She is the sweetest thing. She is a little timid, but warming up to us every day.
So here is to Mabel my new best friend! “Be still my heart” – I have fallen head over heels for this sweet animal.
This is a face to love, right?
We have a huge crop of Indian Blankets at the farm this year and ya"ll know they are my favorites. Yesterday I spent hours taking photos and simply soaking up the beauty. I was walking in a pasture and found this little beauty growing around some rocks. She was just a little different than most of our Indian Blankets. Our Indian Blankets have less yellow and more orange. She was the gem of the … [Read More...]
Well, April is nearly over and my rush to take hundreds of wildflower photos simply never happened this year. In fact, I never made it to the country roads to even look around to see where they were blooming the best. We have had so much rain this April which is good, but it seems between the rain and my calendar I could just never get it together. I did manage a few photos of whatever was around … [Read More...]
This sweet little bull calf was born on Saturday. He had to have some help being delivered so his mom came to barn to deliver. Watched her clean him up, get him on his feet and watched her learn the ropes as a first time mom. It took her a little bit to get the nursing thing down, but once she got the hang of it we had one happy mom and baby. Love happy endings! Mama even allowed me to love on her … [Read More...]
We have lots of new beautiful babies at the farm. This one is especially special. Her mama is sick and unable to feed her. She is now with a new mama who lost her calf. We are crossing fingers for a match made in heaven! Newborn cow babies are so very precious. I get goosebumps when simply looking at each "fresh-born" baby. … [Read More...]
Our Orphan Andy is just the best little donkey. He has a personality as big as the world. I just wish he could speak in human words because he would have so much to impart to us. Our feelings are strong as he lost his lovely mom at 20 days old and we have loved him devotedly. He was bottle fed and raised by a family member who raises goats for the stock show. Then he came home to us and the other … [Read More...]
The "baby" pasture has been very busy this week! I think when I counted yesterday there were around nine or ten new babies. What a happy time here at the farm. The babies give us much joy and I spend lots of time just standing and watching the fun. Nothing cuter than little cow babies to put a smile on ones face and to make the world right. This beautiful baby was born about 4 hours before I … [Read More...]
The farm is a world of winter brown. Our Possumhaw is the only bit of color every winter. It brings joy and the impending hope of spring and we enjoy it immensely. It is the simple things that we really remember and that impact our lives... … [Read More...]
We have a new "visitor" at the farm. His name is "Texas Touch" and actually he has been visiting the girls for about a month. All the girls have been AI (artificially inseminated) so now Texas Touch is visiting just in case the AI did not take with any of the cows. I have been watching him for the last couple of weeks when I have been trimming around the oak trees in the pastures. The cows all … [Read More...]
Goose is looking really adorable in his hunting attire! He belongs to Son #1. He is a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. He is a very sweet and gentle family dog and loves to visit the farm. Those eyes are always talking to you- he is so darn cute! … [Read More...]
It was a lovely weekend at the farm. It has been cold and rainy for much of the last couple of months. That makes it so much NOT fun to enjoy hiking, working and enjoying the animals. Last week I cleaned the farmhouse so I would be ready for the two nice days predicted by the weatherman. Sure enough- we got our warm weather. I cleaned the roads of trash, cleaned up yard of branches and twigs that … [Read More...]