Friday, August 31, 2012

Extra-large Green Please! (Part 2 of 2)

He enjoys much who is thankful for little;
a grateful mind is both a great and a happy mind.
              Thomas Secker


Well after writing yesterday’s post I wanted to see just what was going on back in the hayfield where the wetlands lie. We had left the gate open a few days ago and knew there was grass back there. This hike made me realize just how lazy and spoiled our cows had really become while relying on delivery of those green bales of hay.

I walk down the dusty lane and see those lazy cows lying in the bush not far from where I have been feeding them. They were lounging around in the shade of the bush without a care. They were just too lazy to walk to the back of the farm and look for this field. I was walking and started calling “Co boss… Co boss….” I keep walking not looking back. I eventually turn to see some of those lazy cows had managed to pull themselves up off the comfortable piece of ground they had been enjoying to follow me. Remember I told you a while ago they trust me and know I am more than likely going to show them something wonderful?

After I had walked about 500 feet, I turned to see more of them were following behind. I could see they were all starting to get excited about the prospects of something new and exciting, they start mooing causing the lazy, don’t really want to get up, cows to drag their bodies out of (I wanted to say bed) and follow. Before I know it they were all marching behind me in single file like I am the lead car in a village parade. The mooing by this time was so loud and overwhelming I quit calling and let them talk or yell amongst themselves. I kept walking looking behind occasionally making sure they did not turn around.


I crossed into the bush and headed down the worn cow path, ducking under the cedars, we are getting closer and some of the cows veer off in the other direction (I assume a shortcut), I continued on with most of them still behind. By this time I am moving much quicker and I hear their hooves hitting the ground, I think they have figured out where I am going. I crossed the clearing and ran through the open gate into the land of green. I had about half the herd with me by this point. They danced and pranced into the field and immediately stopped mooing and filled their mouths with lush green grass, not the dried stuff I had been delivering. I watched for a bit while listening to the very loud stampede of hooves coming across the clearing behind me heading for the gate; yes it was the cows that had taken the shortcut. They were mooing and I imagined some were saying I told you to follow Buttons she is always right. They danced into the field and all was quiet as they stuffed their mouths with the delicious morsels of a hayfield they were too lazy to look for. I think to myself this should hold them for a while. No more Extra-large Green deliveries.

I sit on the gate post in the shade and watch their tails wagging; they are happy and so am I. I am smiling and I know they would be too if their mouths were not so full. I think I will sit here a while in the quiet and the shade, I feel a little lazy myself.


This is our Labour Day long weekend and I myself am hoping it will turn out to be my  Non-Labour Day weekend. In any case have fun be safe and see you all on Tuesday.

Later

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29 comments:

  1. I hope they were grateful that you showed them the way. Have a wonderful long weekend, Buttons!

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  2. Glad the cows caught on! Save those bales for winter.

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  3. I love these pictures of your contented cows...that lush green grass is wonderful stuff! Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. I hope your Labor Day involves minimal labor! :-)

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  5. Happy labor day both to you and the cows.

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  6. Lush green pastures for your extended family. Have a lovely weekend. Love your friend M xoxox

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  7. i love the sounds of happily munching animals - horses or cattle. :)

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  8. have a happy non-labor day weekend...you & the happy tail wagging cows!!

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  9. They got to eat and you got a few moments of peace in the bush. Perfect!

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  10. Have a wonderful long weekend, Buttons!

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  11. I can just picture it all. You write wonderfully.

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  12. Cows can be of so silly can't they? I'm glad you took them on a hike. Enjoy your weekend. I'll be home tomorrow and Sunday and starting Labor day with labor at 3 AM... got to be there ready to work at that time not just getting up as I usually am at that hour. Bright side is I'll be home in time for "second breakfast". :)

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  13. Enjoy the long holiday weekend!

    The cows do look happy in the pic.

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  14. Buttons, you have a gift for storytelling :) Whatever you write, I can see it perfectly in my head. I can nearly hear those cows hollering at each other and then munching on some grass. Have a fabulous weekend, and take it easy!

    Hugs,
    Mandi

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  15. I came upon your blog Via Pickles And Petunias blog ! I had a good nose around and I love your blog It really takes me back to the hobby farm I was raised on in Caledon Ontario Canada . You are right I do long to be back into hobby farming .I am in an old farm house in a spacious country village in Southern Ontario and love it ! I am a follower now and will look forward to reading all your posts and taking yet another trip down memory lane ! Have a great day !

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  16. So glad they found the land of the green. I hope they just don't expect that royal escort every day.

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  17. The pied piper. :) Oh, and not working this weekend? Good luck with that. Lol.

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  18. Long holiday weekends are for city folk, you know that!! LOL!!
    I can just see those silly cows tramping along behind you to the new field! :)

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  19. Heh heh. Wish I could have been there to see you lead your bovines down the path to greener pastures. I love hearing how your cows trust you enough to follow you with just a little persuasion.

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  20. I have to agree with ya about cows being lazy! Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

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  21. nancy beat me to calling you the pied piper of cows! ha! your images are great! seeing a contented cow just reminds me of "home." <3

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  22. Hope you have a safe rest of the long weekend!! Although, on a farm, the work never stops...
    They do look so happy in the fresh grass!
    Would you give them fallen apples if you had any?

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  23. I too thought of the Pied Piper when you lead your cows to greener pastures. How cool they just follow you.

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  24. I so enjoy non-labor days;) A wonderful sight....cows munching lazily.
    Nothing quite like it...except maybe ME laying on a beach munching on a picnic myself;)

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  25. Happy, happy cows... they are such curious creatures, I'm not surprised they'd follow you...

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  26. I am really glad the cows are happy again :)

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  27. For me, there is nothing more peaceful than the sound of my animals munching away. Hope you had a good Labor Day!

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