Friday, April 19, 2013

Could you Please?

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion….
The thing to be done swells in importance and complexity in a
direct ratio with the time to be spent.
                             Cyril Northcote Parkinson


I have to tell you I have been a little spoiled since returning from the Big City, My Hero has been doing the feeding and now with Annie not needing me my working days on the farm have been greatly reduced. My Hero never asks me to do very much so when he asked me, on hearing that I would be heading to the bush early Wednesday morning, "Could you please check the fences?" of course I said, no problem.

I dressed warm making sure to wear my Pink Cadillac Boots because I knew there would be splashing and playing in the water involved. I decided I would phone NDF and catch her before she ventured out for her morning walk in the bush and maybe we could go together. As luck would have it I caught her just before she was heading out, I grabbed my water and camera and rushed out to meet her at her door. Solitude in the bush is nice but sometimes it is nice to share with a friend.


I made a point of telling NDF that I had to go and check the back fence on our place. We want to let the cows through the gate to the back of the farm so that they can feel like they are free to eat and graze, keeping them happy and not even think of breaking fence looking for green of any kind. There is not a lot of grass coming up yet because it is too cold but that does not stop them from looking and putting in their day. We continue and will continue to feed hay till near the end of May or in the case of last year’s drought till we run out of hay hopefully near the end of May. So far so good.

After hearing what and where NDF replied “OK, which way should we go?” I  pointed and said that way, which was the complete opposite to where I should probably be walking to check our fence. Since we have not explored that way, meaning our other neighbours since we had went snowshoeing a month ago I had to see it. I love the mix of old growth trees growing over there and was secretly hoping to see that Pileated Woodpecker that I have heard jackhammering all winter over here while touring our bush. I had to go.


We walked through the water, I am so happy NDF shares this child like quality of exploring and traipsing through water, I am pretty sure that is why we get along so well. We made it to the back of a farm two farms over and were resting on a tree stump when NDF says to me “We should go this way and go check your fence” I thought oh yes the fence.... I was too busy exploring and had forgotten that small request from My Hero. It is a good thing I had brought NDF with me. We walked through the swampy area where normally we would hear the Spring Peepers and there was not one peep, I am not sure when our spring will be coming.

We made it back over her fence and I must say I was sorely disappointed I did not even hear that Woodpecker, he must have moved on. We walked along the barbed wire fence to make sure it was all standing while chatting and admiring all that Mother Nature provides us for free.


 We walked up the fence that divides both our farms and met the cows standing along the rail fence. I started calling Annie to show NDF how spoiled she was, well I must have done a good job of weaning her because she did not come running and when she finally meandered up near us she dropped her head and started drinking out of a puddle of water. I guess I have truly been replaced. Watching her drink out of the muddy water while just a few feet away was a nice puddle of clean clear water, and thinking maybe she was not as smart as I thought, I smiled and thought maybe it was just that she preferred the taste of chocolate instead. My job as surrogate Mom was truly over and she was going to do just fine on her own.


We talked to the girls as they looked at us hoping we were going to open the gate and let them over here but this is not where they will be heading first. The back of our farm will be the first pasture they will be enjoying. Oops speaking of the back of our farm that is where I was supposed to check the fence before this weekend.

I look towards my house after being in the bush for over an hour and thought about saying goodbye to NDF and heading back to the back of our farm. I did say goodbye to NDF and watched as she climbed the fence to head to her house and I thought for a moment about heading back to the back of the farm but in the end I climbed our fence and headed to my house.

NDF had asked over and over if we should head South instead of North and I kept saying NO. I cannot blame her for my not completing my easy task. I am pretty sure I will not be fired for this little oversight and in my defense I never think while I am out roaming in the wilderness and My Hero does know that.


Maybe tomorrow I will try again; I still have a couple more days. Poor My Hero he only asked for one thing. Yes maybe tomorrow.

Later


38 comments:

  1. I used to have a horse on a farm with cows etc and I miss just wandering around looking on things! Love your little white cow - so cute! Lovely, sunny photographs too.

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  2. How wonderful to have a friend who shares your joy and wonder at Nature and her beauty! I'm sure your Hero will forgive all.

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  3. When you find a friend that shares the same interests as you.... grab hold of them and hold on....

    Tomorrow is another day and I am sure you will get the fence checked.

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  4. Aw, you'll get it next time!

    Wonder if that woodpecker is busy with babies?

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  5. He'll forgive you. There's always another day. Did you get that wild rain last night?

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  6. oh that little annie is all grown up...you did a fine job with her mom! :)

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  7. I think it would be nice to have a friend nearby to adventure with. :)

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  8. It sounds as though you had a wonderful morning even if you did forget to check the fence. You're very lucky to have a nearby friend to explore with.

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  9. Tomorrow is another day! :) I think too, I'd like to have a friend close by to have adventures with.

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  10. Sounds like a lovely walk . I miss being on a farm and walking the fences and having my horse follow me thinking I grew carrots in my pocket lol !Lovely post and photos ! The weather here is to change cold and possible flurries tomorrow I hope not ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  11. Boy, do I know that feeling - I have one thing to do today, but I still don't get it done...

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  12. It still sounds like a great time, even if you didn't get everything done. Sometimes life just needs to happen!

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  13. I was going to make the same comment Nancy made. It would be so nice to have a friend who enjoyed doing such things. You sound very happy.

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  14. It just means another fun walk is in store for tomorrow!

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  15. Good to see you have had a chance to go bushwhacking with your friend! But don't forget the fence...I'd hate to hear the cows got out...

    Vic303

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  16. oh, you are getting so lax in your duties! :)nice that annie is doing so well! loved the big old tree!

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  17. Your Hero will benefit from your renewal. The fence will wait.

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  18. He'll forgive you--tomorrow is another day! :-) I'm glad you enjoyed exploring with your friend.

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  19. This is a really great post! I enjoyed reading this very much.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  20. You'll get the fence checked B! Don't feel bad! Your Hero knows that, too! I sure wish I was there to traipse through the water with you:)

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  21. B! I saw a pileated woodpecker while sitting at my desk yesterday. I have never seen one before. He was too far away for a photo, but what a hoot to see. : )

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  22. How great, Annie is growing up, the fence will be taken care of, and you don't have to feel guilty. Thank you for your sweet comment on my post. I value your friendship so much too. And what a good writer you are, it is a joy to read about your life.

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  23. Yes, puddles and Cadillac boots belong together. So does using checking fences as an excuse to explore.

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  24. Aww, you've done such a good job with Annie! I bet it was so nice to enjoy the walk with your friend :)

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  25. Walking on the farm, checking fences, being with a friend....what more is there in life?

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  26. partners in crime!! love the purple pants!!

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  27. Now that my husband has retired...he wants, among other things, to go exploring in creeks. He thinks he needs to get some "snake boots". I didn't know there were such things but there are. Snakes can't bite through them. Are you laughing? He is really serious. It gets HOT down here in the summer and they come out and sun themselves. I try to keep a straight face when he says this. I just don't know.

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  28. I think it's so much more fun to do things with a friend. Even if you're not doing what you're supposed to be doing!

    Cindy Bee

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  29. Those pileated woodpeckers are so difficult to find! Sounds like you and your friend had a lovely walk together.

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  30. Not all who wander are lost ... exploring just takes us a little off point lol

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  31. You will be forgiven by your husband.
    Hugs M xoxox

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  32. I can't help but enjoy those beautiful pictures with the regret that I have for so long been a 'city type'. We had to leave the farm when I was 6 because of my mum's ill health. I often wonder if she had been in better health if I'd have one day married a farmer and enjoyed the country life rather than the crowded city. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story. My other half came from the country in the UK and I know how much he misses that type of life.

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  33. Hard to get things done when you are enjoying yourself.

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  34. What an interesting walk and I'm glad that Annie has 'moved on'! You're right....sometimes you like to be on your own but other times a friend is a necessity!!
    We still have animals in as the weather has been so wet last summer and now the winter. The problem is that...because of the weather...we couldn't make enough silage and now that there's no grass we have to buy in.......so even the poor quality is expensive. Yes...the fences are important but I'm sure your hero will live up to his name and forgive your little lapse of memory.......and, after all, you did check on the anmals!! take care my friend. Joan

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  35. Annie is getting so big, you did a good job being her surrogate mom! :)

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  36. I have gotten distracted checking fences at times too. I am sure you will get it done

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  37. Having fun reading your blog! I love your pictures, especially of your sweet cows.

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