Friday, July 20, 2012

Just Checking!


We should live for the future,
and yet should find our lives in the fidelities of the present;
the last is the only method of the first.
                    Henry Ward Beecher


Wednesday morning we had a reprieve in the hot humid weather. I decided this was the perfect time to go and see how my cows are holding up in the heat and check out the ponds and the pasture. I check them most days but I must admit this heat has taken a toll and I find I do not go out every day now. There is no need to worry as every day the cows do abandon the rented land they are on and always wander home. I like to think they come to check on us. Every night about supper time I know they will be here just like clock-work. I just look out the window and there they are. I love this. This day I was more interested in seeing what they were eating and drinking and most importantly check fences, a must any time of year but especially when the grass may be greener on the other side. This year I don’t think this is going to be a problem but you never know.

I donned my hat, my sunglasses and my back pack containing water, my jack knife (more on that later) my pen and paper, and my camera of course. Off I go.


We rent the land next door and are very grateful for this, there are usually two ponds full of water here when during other drought years our ponds would be dry, it is a very valuable thing to have spring fed water. I walk down the road and slip under the gate on my back. I walk through the fields that are very poor and dry I am hoping it will be better in and near the bush. I stop at the first pond, it is almost full and I watch the frogs jumping and I can see deer tracks in the mud. I keep going. It is so much cooler today and I am enjoying being outside heading to the trees.


As I walk closer to the bush I can see the grass is doing pretty well in spots but is completely burned off where it is not shaded by the trees. I look at a huge Oak tree that has sheltered our cows for years and I wonder how old it really is. The heat does not seem to have affected this tree yet. It also seems the Timothy and White Clover is very drought resistant, thank goodness. There is food for the cows if they are willing to look for it. It seems where the ground has always been very wet it held up well.

I wander through the other part of the bush it is not doing as well the leaves are scattered on the ground and the leaves still trying to hold on are dried up and ready to fall to the ground also. I can see where the cows have been lying in the bush the ground is dry looking much like a sandy beach. They are very smart it is cool in here.


I find the other pond and experienced a special surprise and show; I will talk more about that on Monday. I head back through the bush. I have not found the cows, they are very good at this hide and seek thing. They will lie in the thickest part of the bush very quiet and you may have walked right past them. All I know is that the fence looks good, they have lots of water for now, and there is some grass in the pasture but we have unfortunately started feeding round bales to make sure they are getting enough to eat.


I head to the house I walk through the gate between the two farms and am overwhelmed with sadness looking at the pasture. It is not a pasture. I walk into the field behind my house and take out my trusty jack knife and cut the twine on the bale of hay that My Hero had dropped the night before.


I know my cows will come out of hiding and visit later in the day and stay close to the house to make sure we are doing alright in this heat. It appears to be a two way street of concern.

 Later 

23 comments:

  1. To get through this oppressive summer has been very difficult for man and beast. Let's hope we catch a long break in the weather for the sake of all of us.

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  2. You have so much variation from summer to winter weather. You seem to be enjoying your warmer/hotter days, my dearest friend. M xoxoxox

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  3. I love that they check up on you! I hope you get rain soon.

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  4. I hope you get a break in the weather soon; we keep getting little teases but nothing of substance.

    Your farm sounds like a little slice of heaven to me, with your human/cow alliance. =)

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  5. They know what side their hay is buttered on lol.

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  6. Glad you were able to get out in a little cooler day. I hope the cows came to check on you!

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  7. It's such a pleasure to read about your walks, looking for your cows, making sure they are OK. I just read a very good article on global warning. If we go on like this, by 2050, the world will be in very serious trouble. I guess for right now one can only pray for a break in this horrible weather.

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  8. it's frighteningly dry in so many places. i feel for all the cows now and for the farmers, having to pay the high cost of keeping them this winter.

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  9. glad you are getting a little break from the heat...those cows are so sweet to check on you :)

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  10. sad to know it is so much like texas was last year. dreadful and dire for so many with livestock or hopeless crop yields.

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  11. It's a good thing you have that pond on the rented land- mine is lower than it was last year, we need rain so bad!

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  12. I like the thought of the cows checking on you all. I enjoyed the walk with you and the pictures.

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  13. I'm so thankful we finally got rain...in fact had to blog about it..Rain, is special! ha ha..Anyway, as always I loved reading about your walk..and it's pleasing to know the cows come home at night where they know they are safe...
    ~~Blessings~~

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  14. You reminded me of when I lived on the farm in Scotland, how much I enjoyed the smell of cows!

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  15. I'm glad you check on the cattle. My parents just found out one of the neighbors lost 7 cows, because the tank wasn't working and nobody checked it. How horrible. It is so strange that we have this drought as last year we had lots of flooding in South Dakota.

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  16. J said if she can come hang out with you and the cows for awhile, she will try to bring some of the rain from Calgary to you lol. They have had a very, very wet spring/summer.

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  17. the weather...the drought...fires & floods...the oppressive heat...oooooh, mother nature has been switching stuff around lately!

    it's a good thing to hear that you have that land next door with spring fed ponds for the cows.

    when i lived a little farther south, i lived across the street from an elderly couple who had COWS! they also had a pasture up the road...and every week i would watch the cows being herded down the road...from one pasture to the other. follow the leader! sometimes one or two would get sidetracked, and MOO their way into my yard...now i wonder if maybe they wanted to play hide and seek!! :)

    have a cool(er) weekend!

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  18. Thanks goodness the ponds are still okay. It's a shame that you have had to start feeding hay already...

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  19. Buttons, I am sorry about the horrible summer you re having. Hot and humid is only a good combination in "50 Shades of Gray."

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  20. Sweet. Those who love look out for each other. Even the cows. Sandra

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  21. Thanks for the information. I gave already, but I plan to give some more at the end of the month. Good to know it could go toward Tomez's treatments, poor thing, he looks so sad. But at least he looks better in the most recent picture. I so wish this horrible summer would be over with.

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  22. I hope rain arrives soon. I'm glad the cattle can find shady places to rest under and that a spring-fed pond assuages their thirst.

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  23. It's good you have enough water. Love how the cows seek out the cooler spots in the bush. They're very caring of you too, with their daily checks ;D)

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