Friday, January 4, 2013

My Strength and That Peaceful Feeling!

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
                                       Aristotle


My Hero has been doing all the feeding this week as he is on vacation which has me on vacation too, I love these two weeks every year a “staycation” where he is not at his day job and I am not doing my normal chores. We have always enjoyed staying home doing nothing or something different, you do not need to go away to get that refreshed feeling; remember the saying “A change is as good as a rest” this is so true. I must admit I have been missing seeing the cows and new calves so I volunteered to go and do the check before the sun falls. My Hero was more than happy to let me do the check so he could watch a little TV, something he never gets to do in his office during those regular work days. I also had an ulterior motive. Win and Win!

I pulled on layers not my usual coveralls, I knew there were no cows having calves we have 20 now and there will be a bit of a gap before the next births, there have been no obvious signs. I grabbed my backpack with water, my Bear bell, phone, extra gloves and a hat, and I tucked my camera safely in my pocket. I know you know what is coming next. I picked up my snowshoes and carried it all to the tractor. My thinking is since I am driving down the long laneway anyways I would be able to hop over the gate after checking the cows and do some serious exploring in the bush after that big snow fall. This would be ideal as I cut half the hard work out, all trees and rocks and no open fields of wind. This is going to be fun, the conditions are perfect.


I drive down the laneway enjoying the view and drove past the cows standing in the cedars and lying on the bedding from the morning feeding, I parked the tractor near the gate which I would have to climb over later and I walked back to check the girls. The little calves were running round and round chasing each other, they would run close to me then veer off to the side and head in the other direction kicking their heels/hooves high in the air. They love this weather just as I do. Oh I love watching them enjoy this new world of snowy beauty. I do the count, all the cows are here, all the calves are here, and that is just what I was hoping for. I walk among the girls talking as I go and checking for signs of impending birth, no signs, perfect, I head to the tractor to get my gear and to climb that metal gate and start the adventure. I am so excited I can hardly wait. I look at the clock in the tractor it is 3 pm, I have a bit of time before the sun goes down.

I throw my snowshoes over the gate and put on my backpack; I climb the gate and slip those snowshoes on. I start walking through the untouched field of snow heading for the trees and bush I love. I have to cross tracks crisscrossing in front of my path, Deer, Coyote and Rabbit oh I love snow. This gives me an idea of what I have been sharing this bush with all year, there is no way I could not see the tracks and identify them I have always loved this.


I looked back to see the tracks I have left behind knowing the Deer will use them to walk on later as the snow is deep and breaking trail can be hard for them and they are opportunists, I am happy to help them. I head into the trees on Gracie’s Lane. Peace is the only word I can think of, a peace that I wish I could bottle up and share with so many people I know who will never experience this.

I head down to the bottom of the ridge this time, under the spot where my rock sits and closer to the pond, it is an easier hike and since this is my first time snowshoeing back here I wanted to keep it a little simple this time. I could see my rock with that Maple tree branch lying on top of it from where I stood and vowed to make it there next time. I am pretty sure I would not have been sitting on that snow covered rock anyway.


I heard a of flock birds cackling and rustling the needles of the old Pine tree above my head shattering this silence, there were so many of them the Pine needles were actually falling all around me landing on the new fallen snow.  I look up quickly and watch them fly away not knowing what they were, all I know is they were brown and noisy. Peace is again restored.

 Oh it is so beautiful back here I cannot help but smile and try not to think of the twinges of pain shooting down my legs from pushing myself maybe a little too far for the first time. I truly wanted to make it to the Sap House; I reluctantly turn around but first stopped to rest under a snow-laden branch that hangs over my head. I pull out my water and take in all the beauty and peace that I am so very lucky to enjoy anytime I want.


 I make my way back to the tractor walking beside my tracks going in the other direction. I noticed every little track and a big hole dug deep into the roots of an old Ash tree, no doubt a Squirrel hiding his stash of nuts. I make it to the gate; I pull off the snowshoes and throw them back over the fence. I stop to take in the beauty of the setting sun and the orange hues of light bouncing off the beautiful white snow.  I climb the gate and throw my gear into the tractor. I look at the clock it is 5 pm I then walk back to visit the cows one more time, before driving down that long laneway home.


Oh how I love my life. I am filled with a peace that will get me through whatever is thrown at me this year. I think as long as I can get back here I know I can face anything. This is truly where I belong.


Later




44 comments:

  1. A beautiful account of your trek, my friend. I am glad you were able to get out in your beautiful bush.

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  2. I'm sure the deer will appreciate that trail you blazed for them.

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  3. It makes me smile to read how much you enjoy your treks each day!

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  4. your woods looks so beautiful! the babies and i went for a walk just two days ago! and it was fun to see all the tracks and for them to guess what they from from.

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  5. It looks so beautiful there! I can just picture the calves running around, kicking up their hooves, having a blast, showing off a bit for you.

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  6. So...so beautiful......

    As are you...............

    And I agree! I adore my two weeks of *nothing* at the end of the year! ;)

    *huggies*
    xoxoxoxox

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  7. I feel blessed to have discovered the peace you talk about. And I do hope you brought your gloves this time, dear Buttons.

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  8. You really grabbed some great shots on this adventure. I wish we would see some sunshine...grey, grey, grey.

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  9. Fantastic post and photos . You described what it is like here in the woods of our valley ! There's nothing in the world like it ! Good for you getting out there despite your legs hurting mine do to when I go on my walks in the woods but the beauty that's there and peacefulness is worth it I think ! Have a good day !

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  10. Finding peace and joy in the simple things -- you are writing the book. :)

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  11. That's the kind of afternoon that refreshes the soul. Beautifully described, and the photos agree with your words. **love it**

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  12. You are inspirational...

    Hugs...
    Auntie M

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  13. Sounds like you had a good day!! Hope you continue to get out there and enjoy the peace of the woods!!

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  14. It sure is a great way to spend a couple of hours on a sunny winter afternoon!

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  15. There's no place like home! Your images are gorgeous, such vibrant blue skies!

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  16. What beauty, buttons! Oh my, I can hear your joy and appreciation in your writing. It is a holy place where you live and honor the animals with your care.

    ((hugs))

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  17. I'm glad to hear that you were able to head out for such a beautiful trek through the snow! Nature has such a calming effect on the mind and soul. Hope you continue to do well, my friend.

    Hugs,
    Mandi

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  18. The peace in your posting today is very comforting. Enjoy your day!

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  19. What a peaceful feeling it is to truly love your live and feel like you are exactly where you belong.

    I would have been in heaven watching the little ones playing and running around! Baby animals touch my heart and fill me with joy.

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  20. beautiful post buttons....you amaze me with your knowledge of nature...i had no idea that the deer use our tracks when it snows! wonderful pictures too :)

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  21. These pictures are simply breathtaking! So enjoyed looking through them~

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  22. Thank you for taking us along with you Buttons! So glad you were able to get out into the bush after your snowfall and the photos you took are just lovely.

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  23. I'm glad you finally are able to put those snowshoes to good use. That was a fun read and I was almost there with you looking for tracks and listening to the sounds of the woods. If this bitter cold ever goes back to Alberta, I'm going to be out on my snowshoes too.

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  24. I'm glad you got to get out and use those snowshoes and thanks for taking us with you! How fun getting to see all the animal tracks in the snow! :)

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  25. What a beautiful story and wonderful afternoon! It's good to be out in nature, doing what you love to do. I really enjoyed the photos and with your words, felt like I was almost with you.

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  26. I love your tracks in the snow.

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  27. Beautiful, serene and wonderful photos! A lovely visit to your woods with you. Yes, a very peaceful place indeed. You are certainly blessed!

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  28. yep. it only takes once..well maybe twice ;) for some people to learn to take off the 'shoes when climbing...

    your photos are soo right on - i can sense the crispness in the air in them!!!

    I love your walks, almost as much as you do xoxox

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  29. Well spoke. I know that feeling. I sure have enjoyed my snowy walks since learing the joys of snow shoes.

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  30. I could feel that sense of peace, and I needed it right now, so thank you! I have never been snowshoeing but I think I would love it!

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  31. Good to read you are enjoying your snow. Lovely photos as well my friend...Hugs M xoxoxox

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  32. Thanks for sharing your hike and the beauty of the brush with us, Miss B!

    “A change is as good as a rest.” I have not heard that, but believe it. I am a homebody; sometimes J thinks I am more of a hermit. I am very content staying home.

    "This is truly where I belong" is a great feeling! I am with you in that I belong at home and on the ranch with my Husband!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  33. Love your share of the snow.

    That I have never had.

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  34. oh Buttons this is just so amazing.

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  35. Oh I do envy your snowshoe walks. Love the idea of a bear bell too. Wonderful photos. The second to last was my favorite.

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  36. Oh I love where you live too, your pictures are really lovely. All that lovely fresh snow and the blue sky. I bet it was crisp and fresh too. :)

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  37. What a sweetie you are giving your Hero a rest, even if you have ulterior motive, it is still a nice thing to do.

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  38. Thank you for letting me experience something virtually which I will never experience in real life.

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  39. what stunning imagery! and i can't help but smile hearing the anticipation in your voice as you make your way through the bush!

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  40. What wonderful snow photos! It is so great that you are able to get so close to nature at your doorstep.

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  41. You truly live on a beautiful piece of country. Such peace! They may be no better feeling then knowing you are exactly where you are supposed to be :)
    Happy New Year

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  42. Now this sounds more like the stroll in the snow I wanted to hear from you. Must have been just a perfect walk with the sunny slowing going down. Thanks for sharing these peaceful time you had.

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