Monday, November 12, 2012

A Critic and Back to Normal!

That sign of old age, extolling the past at the expense of the present.
                                           Sydney Smith.


Standing here looking out my back window watching the glorious sunrise starting to emerge, that sunrise that I am so lucky to have greet me most mornings, and after just returning from outside in the cold and trying to capture pieces of it before it completes its journey through the clouds, I listen to the person on the other end of the phone. My sister P, my biggest supporter (I think) and at the same time my biggest critic is giving me a word of advice. “You are obsessed with that old house people don’t want to hear about it all the time”.  Really, I think to myself, I may have been writing about it a fair bit lately. Huh! I have not had very much to write about so that could possibly be true. I may have a problem with the “obsessed” word though.

Sister P has always told me how she feels and sometimes I take her advice and sometimes I think she is “Full of Malarkey”; today I am not really sure how I feel. She has been working very hard lately and is tired and maybe she is just grumpy or possibly she may be right. Nonetheless I will not be writing anything about that old house for at least a week just to keep her happy. Don’t worry I still love you sis. Back to some of my normal farm things, at least for a while.


The sunrises have been spectacular lately, be it a little too early for me since the time change. I find myself getting up, looking out that window and most mornings grabbing a coat and dashing out in the frosty morn just to experience it. I will never tire of this. I watch the cows grazing. They are still behind the house at least till we unfortunately have to ship a few more then they will be fed back in the bush they love, sheltered and protected from those cold, snowy days that I am sure are coming soon. I know they love the freedom of the bush as much as I do.

I have been a little spoiled lately My Hero has been feeding those cows every night when he gets home from work, leaving me, I suppose, with nothing to write about or do as far as farm work is concerned. I am grateful for that some days but I must admit I have missed it. Since the time change this big dome of darkness has been lowered over our world at 5pm every night, leaving My Hero to carefully maneuver around cows and work in the dark so; I have decided to resume feeding the cows every day at least till the next time change or spring pasture time. He can still have those weekends though.


The cows love seeing me drive through that gate with those two bales of hay. They kick up their back legs and dance around the bale I am trying to divide up, making me concentrate on what I am doing intensely. I open up the bale and spread the hay across the ground so they will all get a nice mix of the variety of grasses inside. Bossy2 the only cow left in our herd with a name looks up at me with those eyes and I know she is thanking me for doing that. She loves those fragrant alfalfa bits, and now does not have to work so hard getting to the middle of the bale to get them. I do believe she is smiling. I know I am smiling watching the beautiful sunsets of late.

I take my camera to capture the sunset before that dome of darkness falls. 


Who said you can’t capture and hold the sun?

Later.

28 comments:

  1. That is a fabulous picture, Buttons! I can just picture your cows kicking up their heels...just like kids in a candy shop! Ours are so anxious for their hay that they actually grab it out of our hands as we're feeding it!

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  2. It's your blog, so I vote you get to write about what you want. Even if you write about that old house 10 times a day ;-)

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  3. i LOVE that last picture!!! like it's holding up the sun...not wanting to set...just yet!

    enjoy your sunrises...smiling cows...your memories, writing & sunsets...i know i do!

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  4. Could it be that Sister is just as upset about the old house coming down as you are and doesn't like to be reminded of it? Maybe? I love that last shot...so beautiful. That would make a great desktop background.

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  5. I love the stories about the old house and am looking forward to hearing more- every old house holds memories and history- good and bad.

    It always surprises me that my 3 bros can remember events totally differently than I do.

    Just keep writing what moves you.

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  6. Beautiful shots B! I have been taking pictures of those same sunrises. I'm with the person above who said it is your blog and you can write what you want. I doubt if your sister really cares if you write about the old house.

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  7. I love reading about the old house. Sisters are wonderful but they don't always know everything, they just think that they do. :-)

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  8. i love that tractor shot! sun on a fork!

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  9. We are family bloggers here and if you want to talk about your house so it be. I do not mine at all. Matter of fact.I am all ears. I am addictive to things barns, bush. I am. We are camera photographers. We are. Then we become like a Chatty dolls.

    I love your first picture a wow!

    I love the reflction of sun on the tractor. My sister was a farmer I may have mentioned before hand. So I love the farmers land and all that goes with it.

    Love ya for who you are and what you say. Don't change you.

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  10. So really,... I want to hear about your old house. It brings back fond memories of my old homestead.

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  11. Lovely photos ! I can just picture you out there with the cows , reminds me of myself back on our farm ! I love your writings and stories so go a head it is your blog , write your heart out about anything . Have a good day !

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  12. Well, I enjoyed hearing about the house and I think you felt better venting about it. I hate the time change; I wish they would leave it alone. It gets dark way too early! You captured some amazing sunsets here. :)

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  13. Personally, I don't agree with your sister as I enjoy reading about your old house. :)

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  14. I love those photos! The light you captured is beautiful. I think as long as you write about what you are passionate about and what is on your heart, everyone will enjoy reading it :) I know I do!

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  15. Boy that sure stirred up alot of comments. Knowing you and P, there was nothing meant by her telling you how she felt. Nobody knows how another person is going to react in any situation and maybe she, like me is a little sad.

    Love You, BA

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  16. sweet B your farmville is magic mine is just a game. my crops can wither, but no animal die. and there are tons of cute prizes if we finish the quests. but I don't have the sunrise and sunset you share here. my room have a magic window but I live in the city. I love reading you, don't mind if you choose to talk about the old house. your sister cares what we might think, it's sweet of her, but we love you the way you are :) xxo

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  17. Everyone handles distress a little differently - I think for writers and artists, in order to capture an important moment of time that may not be all pleasant to think about , we put ourselves outside looking in to capture every fleck of honesty in all of its raw, ugly beauty... no matter how brutal the battle is going on inside our heart...a tough lot we are, yet we must be aware that it can be too much for others.

    youre right. take a rest for your sister's heart, and pick it up again when you know its right to do so. youll know. and we'll be waiting to read, always.((hugs))

    And dang do your cows run to see you when you feed? that would be intimidating ! We have new cow sightings of a cow/calf pair that can RUN. I mean, like WOW i didnt know they could do that!

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  18. Well, at least your sister reads your blog..no one in my family reads mine!
    I say write what you want. Love that last shot!

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  19. Beautiful sunrise and sunset pictures! I can just imagine how the cows hurry to greet you at feeding time! :)

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  20. Wonderful photos! And I wouldn't say "Obsessed"... perhaps "Intrigued" or "Nostalgic" . ;)

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  21. No matter what you write about I love to come and read your words. I really enjoy your style of writing.
    You have a great way of putting your thoughts and feelings into words.
    That last shot of the sun is so cool :))

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  22. That last photo is awesome! Glad you are out feeding again.

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  23. That last picture is stunning!

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  24. I love those two sunrise photos!! How did you get the shape of the house in the first one?

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  25. I could almost smell the fresh hay bales as they fall open in the crisp morning air. Thanks for the reminder of a time in my life when I did those chores. Barn boots, barnyard, cranky cold tractor--as challenging as it all was I still have some good memories of that time.

    Your photo of the sun in the tractor lift is excellent!

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  26. How lovely to be able to see those kind of sunrises and sunsets every day. Reminds me of a quote I heard many years ago - 'A sunrise is God's promise the world should go on, a sunset, his signature.'
    The last shot is terrific!
    I look forward to more posts on the old house. :)

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  27. Such lovely photos. I tend to miss most sunrises, these days and focus instead on the setting sun. Your beautiful pics make me want to head out earlier tomorrow.. if only there wasn't rain in the forecast. ;)

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  28. Buttons, The very things you should write about are the things that are near and dear to your heart. I will never tire of hearing about your precious childhood house:)

    Gorgeous photos!

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