Thursday, July 26, 2012

An Optimistic Move Continued! (2 of 3)


Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
           Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi


As I was explaining yesterday; I headed back across this hay field to check and see how the fence repairs were coming. I could see My Hero had been very busy. Trees that had fallen on the fence are now cut and piled in lengths waiting to be hauled to the woodpile near the house for winter. I could see he had already repaired this downed fence and I wondered where he was now.

I made my way down to the dried up swamp at the bottom of this hay field, and luckily came just in time to help him put a fence pole in so that he could run strands of barbed wire. We usually do not use barbed wire but since there is a major highway back here we have to make sure the cows cannot break out. They will stay away from barbed wire. I balance the post centered in the deep hole while My Hero pushes the soil back around it. It is an easy enough job and I am so glad I had timed my entrance perfectly.


After the post is planted I gave My Hero the water out of my pack and I walked across the dried up swamp bed to check the fence running through the bush. I notice there was a lot of old broken barbed wire and also notice there is certainly a lot of grass growing in this usually unattainable field behind this normally fast flowing water swamp. It is lush and green and the trees are covered with green leaves not like the wilting brown ones in the front bush. Our cows will now be able to get back here to eat it off and I am excited thinking we may just be able to squeeze another week by adding this part of the field. I can’t help but hope that if we could just have two weeks more pasture back here it will make a big difference and maybe it will rain and things will turn around.

I return to tell My Hero about the downed fence wire and he says he will fix it. I hike back to the house to rest before “My” job will begin. My Hero returns to the house in a couple of hours and tells me it is time.

I get my boots on and head back to stand by the pump house, I stand and call “Co… boss” Co… boss” I may be little in stature but I make up for it in my loudness. The cows come running from out of the wilting bone dry bush. I have always called my cows to new fields of green and they have always come running, they trust me. This time was no different. I start to walk slowly back to the very back of the farm with 70 head of cattle following me.


Suddenly they all start running with excitement kicking up dust and just as suddenly stop. They turn around wondering if this was some kind of trick, they could only see dried up pasture and leafless trees as we walk down the lane. I keep walking and calling, “Co….boss” and then after reconsidering they turn back around and continue to follow my voice. I told you they trust me.

 I decide to take a shortcut through the bush and I run, and yes I said run through the bush keeping ahead of them, while they continue down the laneway.  I continue to call while running. I am almost to this field of green grass and optimism. They finally figured out where I was heading and ran through the gated entrance to the field. I am already standing in this field waiting for them. They excitedly run past me and I could actually see them smiling, they have their heads down eating the tasty green grass as fast as they could. I love this. I stand back and watch them walk back and forth checking out every part of this field.


Knowing they are contented I head back to the house after a long day. We will check these girls in the morning and see how they are doing way back here.  (part 3)


Well our part of this plan is now complete, now it just has to rain. Mother Nature you have two weeks.

Later

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36 comments:

  1. Hoping mother nature comes through for you soon...xo

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  2. You give new meaning to the phrase 'running with the bulls' ;-) Hope you get rain soon!!

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  3. It rained here last night...a pretty good rain and it's still drizzling. I hope you got some too.

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  4. I love reading your posts. It is just like I am there observing you. You are an excellent writer. I hope we both get some rain soon.

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  5. I'm so impressed -- you must be in great shape to keep ahead of those cows.

    We got a few raindrops last night but not enough to make much of a difference. Hoping you get some rain soon, dear! xo

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  6. I love your description of the cows following you...just like the Pied Piper! :) That picture of them running is just great...having cows of our own, I can just sense their excitement. If we could see their faces, I'm sure their ears were forward as soon as they realized what was happening! Praying for rain for you!

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  7. Nice picture you show - hope you've mastered your cows.
    Wishing you a good day / good weekend.
    PS! Here in Denmark we had a heatwave this week - sun + almost 30 degrees.
    Hanne Bente

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  8. This makes me happy, I can just imagine how the cows felt.

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  9. This really is quite exciting! Look forward to Part 3.

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  10. It rained here last night, hoping that it got to you and will continue as the weatherman says for the next two days.

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  11. oh this post made me smile, i love how much trust they have in you!

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  12. I remember my Dad calling our cows like that...but he would add "woo-kie" to his call...never could figure out what all that meant!

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  13. I do hope you get that rain soon!

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  14. Always so much work to do...

    And cows? :-) Some of my favorite animals are cows -- they strike me as funny -- but I suppose that's only because I have such limited exposure to them!

    Pearl

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  15. What a wonderful scene that last photo shows!

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  16. We always called cows with Sook. Sook Cow! Sook Sook Cow! Sookie! Sookie! Laurel must be from my neck of the woods! ;)

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  17. Wow! Love hearing and seeing your life style ~ hard work yet so close to nature ~blessed ~ ~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

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  18. Now this is a first for me...calling cows like you would a dog. That is just soooo cool!

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  19. Another cow- whisperer just like Sherry from Fern Valley Appaloosas blog! Cows are such creatures of habit, and I'm sure they would like to have this nice new pasture become part of their habit.

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  20. i love it when my animals are happy - i know you do, too. :)

    the dairy farmer that milked at the place where i grew up always called his holsteins with 'COME boss. COME boss.' :)

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  21. They are like children when they are called. LOL I like how you described them as, "Smiling."

    http://theapels.blogspot.com/2012/07/digging-potatoes.html

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  22. i had to back up and read part one. i hang on to your every word b, you really know how to tell a story!!

    i like your quote today. my favorite is similar "perhaps strength does not reside in having never been broken, but in the courage required to grow strong in the broken places"!!

    i loved your photo's today!!

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  23. At 5:13AM today I was woken by aggressive lightening and thunder! I checked the weather channel and a jet stream was going through and heading
    "way up north".. I sincerely pray it reached you:)
    I sincerely detest the thought of you & The Hero having to take your cows to market because of the heat and conditions that so many Farmers are having to do:(
    On our local news they reported on all the lost corn crops and how food will be rising once again..since everything is made with corn these days..
    Sorry this comment is lengthy but my heart goes out to you and every other farmer..y'all work so hard..and take such a gamble..
    Simply, I praise you for your hard work...
    ~~HUGS~~

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  24. Happy to meet you , my fellow cow whisperer! I love that I can just call my cows and they come in one the run! Your girls seem the same

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  25. Thanks for visiting me today. One of favorite things to do is visit blogs.

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  26. So glad that worked out- hope the cows can grass out for a couple of weeks back there!

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  27. Buttons, this is a sight! I never seen cows running this fast...I love reading about you and your Hero working together. It is so nice to see a couple working towards a common goal.

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  28. So does that make you the head cow? Kidding!!!

    In this case the drought did provide by drying the swamp you now have a few more days of grass.

    The rains will come soon.

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  29. I wish you luck with the rain. It soounds like a good plan. I miss yelling 'Com boss'

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  30. what a happy sight! you've given us a wonderful play by play! "come boss" is tucked away in my childhood memory bank too. ;o)

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  31. Wow! What a cool, busy life!

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  32. This is great that you have found green grass!

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  33. One happy bunch of cows, that's for sure :D)

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  34. if the cows are happy...everyone is happy :)

    i hope it pours there soon...

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  35. oh, forgot to mention...LOVE the pic's!! i can hear them stomping down the dirt road...and see the dust clouds!

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  36. Hey it's raining here right now! I hope you get some of it.
    Loved this post. I think our dog Winston smiles.

    Cindy Bee

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