Friday, September 28, 2012

Innocent!

The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades when speaking fails.
           William Shakespeare.


I am sitting here early this morning watching the sunrise bounce off the side of the barn and I smile. I love this window it provides me the beauty and serenity to keep me happy. I look over to the left and see the girls, they certainly look innocent now, slowing walking with their heads down, snatching up bits of grass in their cutting teeth. The other night in the dark was a very different story.

I was at my Mom’s for supper and I left later in the evening, it is getting dark earlier these days so the sun was gone and the darkness was starting to creep in. I pulled out of her driveway and headed home, My Hero close behind. He always pulls out after me which I love because if there are any problems on the road I know he will be there.

I was driving down our nice gravel road and admiring the line of shadows cast on the cedars. Since it had been a long day I was a little tired and all I was thinking of was putting my feet up and sitting with a nice cup of tea. I would get home just before My Hero (I may drive faster), I would put the kettle on and we could both relax and watch some TV unless one or both of us was to fall asleep, this seems to happen a lot, sometimes my tea is there when I wake up.

I was just starting to drive past my neighbour’s barnyard when I see shadows, at first I thought they were white-tailed deer as they are very busy this time of year and there is an apple tree in the barnyard. There sure did seem to be a lot of them so I turned my headlights to face those shadows. Darn this is not what I like to see.


It appears that the girls were not happy with the grass on the one side of the fence so they were now in the barnyard that I must say we were going to let them into this weekend. We were just a little worried about the wire fence being low on the road side and were going to fix it. They apparently did not care and pulled themselves up to the buffet table without an invitation from us. I then started to wonder how they got into the barnyard and worried they may be in the neighbours garden or heaven forbid behind their house peeking in the windows. Oh I wished I had a flashlight. My Dad had I always taught us to carry one for emergencies and this could possibly be one of those, drat. I should have listened.

Just as I started to try to climb the page wire fence (in I must say my nice clean pants), up pulls My Hero, I am so happy he drives slower than I. He hops the fence and disappears into the darkness while I go and check the low wire fence we had been worried about, by the light of my headlights. My Hero seemed to be gone a long time  but I kept myself busy by pulling grape vines away from the wire (they sure are hard to break, gloves would have been nice) and trying to pull this page wire up at least a few more inches to look threatening to those darn cows. I walked around on the roadside and did not see any shadows nor did I hear the neighbours screaming so I assumed all was good. My Hero had gone to open the gate they could not wait to be opened and was still not back. I thought this had to be bad. I continued to make this low wire fence look threatening while all the time talking to Sandy and Mandy and asking why? My Hero shows up and helps make the fence look even more threatening (that is where brute strength comes in to play). Since we were both tired, we finally just crossed our fingers at this point and hoped the long green grass would keep them happy for now then off we went to relax or sleep. I would get up very early in the morning and check again.

Morning comes quickly and I hike over to inspect the damage. They are grazing in the lush green grass with smug looks on their faces and I truly think I heard one giggle. In the day light I could see how they had snapped four cedar rails in half and just walked right through, two panels down from the gate we were going to open this weekend. The page wire fence I had tried to make look threatening seemed to be working and now that I see how long the grass was I will not worry for at least a bit. My Hero will put some wire up tonight after work.


 Darn cows. Yup; they sure do look innocent don’t they? Don’t let them fool you.

Later

46 comments:

  1. hahaha

    I'm SURE they are innocent!

    :)

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  2. They all have that 'who me?' look...I'm not buying it.

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  3. Naughty naughty girls! They sure know how to get their way.

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  4. This is one of the very reasons we no longer have cows. Innocent, uh huh- no way~!

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  5. I think I dread this more than anything...finding cows out in the middle of the night! I'm glad they hadn't gone far, and you didn't have to chase them through the bush!

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  6. Oh dear, the grass is greener on the other side then :)
    But they did make more work for you my dear friend....love M xoxox

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  7. Cows cannot be trusted.

    I've always said so.

    Pearl

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  8. Oh dear, I've never thought of cows as being naughty!!
    I had to laugh at your comment 'you thought you could hear one giggling', now there's a thought - naughty giggling cows :))
    At least all's well that ends well - or something like that.

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  9. Not much will stop them from getting the good stuff they are determined and suborn that's for sure . One year on our farm they were so naughty dad had to put in electric fencing to keep them from wondering ! I love Herefords though especially the calves and miniatures ! Hope they don't try again ! Great post and photos . Have a wonderful weekend !

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  10. They have a much better innocent look than kids, that is for sure!!

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  11. of course they are innocent! just look at those sweet precious faces, how could they be anything but?!

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  12. Yes, the cows really look innocent. The way you describe your everyday life is very special. Some of my followers have published their blog posts journals of their daily lives. Selling them on amazon and as e-books.

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  13. I am glad the cows are all safe. I am sure that was quite a scare for you both.

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  14. I love cattle, but there is NOTHING innocent about them...lol

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  15. Pure innocence. Sigh. Not so, huh?

    Last week a neighbor's pigs got out and were munching in his front yard oblivious to the traffic driving by. Thankfully he was able to herd them back in the pen, all six of them. No small task I'm sure as they looked to weigh at least a hundred pounds each. I wanted to laugh because they were eating so fast. I just know they knew the feast was about to end.

    Thanks for your story. I loved it.

    Diane in North Carolina

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  16. Those sneaky gals with those innocent expressions! Who, us? Nothing to see here, just keep moving. Too funny!

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  17. haha, smart cows!!

    they are cute and look so healthy!!

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  18. Those naughty girls! I'm sure they were giggling!

    I have a friend who along with her husband raise cattle too. Her car was all dented in once, and I asked what had happened. It seems a discontented cow decided to take a break from her calf and jumped the pasture fence, and in her break for freedom encountered my friends car, which was in the way. Cows may be able to jump over the moon-but not Ford Broncos, it seems;)

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  19. LOL They look innocent but they are stubborn creatures aren't they!! Lucky to have you too!

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  20. Lol about you thinking you heard a giggle. I can so relate to this post and the life on a farm. Good thing your hero was close behind to help.

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  21. This is one of my fears: animals breaking through the fences (be it to escape, or to get in, as we have bears in the area). I hope your nice clean pants survived the unexpected excursion!

    Mandi

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  22. Love it - How do you get them to pose for the camera?

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  23. I need to practice that look for when I do something naughty!

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  24. they sure look innocent and cute! who would know!!? lol

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  25. Cows are rascals! I once opened the master bath window, only to see cows munching in the yard!

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  26. it's those eyes, they do it for me everytime!!

    Gill

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  27. Just another example of how the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence.

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  28. I must have to experience how a cow fools me.

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  29. LOL, been there, done that! They found a wobbly post we didn't know about and just leaned on it till it fell. 40 cows, with calves, just mosied into the next door paddock we were going to put them in the following week. Don't you love the "who me?" look?!
    Cheers,
    Robyn

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  30. Cows. They can look so innocent. But just turn your back and they're making pies in your garden.

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  31. i guess things DO look greener on the other side of the fence, eh?

    when i lived farther south of here...the couple across the road had giggling cows too...and they used to find their way out of their pasture during the night. i'd wake sometimes to the mooing and giggling as they tromped their way through my front yard! ha!

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  32. It sure looks like your pastures have improved! Smart cows!

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  33. Living here in the city I have no experiences all with cows. But I sure did love reading your story. You had me smiling.. They do look pretty darn cute in your photos..

    Hugs~

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  34. hahaha look at the one on the left... "I have no idea what you are talking about."

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  35. I guess cows are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. :)) Yep, I could hear one giggle too!

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  36. They look so sweet but you def have their number! Sandra

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  37. Ha! If only you saw the scars and damage they cause when loading them into the back of the truck. We've just had a driver off for 17 weeks with a broken shoulder after being thrown into the air and contacting with the 'catwalk' on top of the crate. Innocent? .... no way! They have brute force behind them. Sue

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  38. Buttons,
    The rascals - they sure do look innocent - But I'd swear they were snickering about their escapade and wondering what to do next:)



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  39. Never trust the Bovine.
    They're devious.

    Almost as bad as sheep.

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  40. "who me?! but you love all of us anyway, right?"

    "...sucker."

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  41. Ahhhh..... it's always the other side of the fence.....!!!
    Miss you buttons!! Will be back to regular blogging and cking my bloggies soon!!
    Rain :)

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  42. Such a good story! Love the photos of the cows. They sure are cute!

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  43. "we were just going for a walk...yah, thats right, a walk to admire the neighbors foliage...."

    gotta love herefords!

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  44. Oh yes, butter wouldn't melt ;D)
    Tricky girls aren't they!!

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