Friday, February 21, 2014

Random Tales of Snow and a Thank you!

If you live only for yourself you are always in immediate danger of
being bored to death with
the repetition of your own views and interests.
                                 Walter Beran Wolfe


      You all have heard the stories of the fair amount of snow we have around here. You may or may not know that with it came much beauty, and a little more tolerance than I usually have to pull out to deal with it while working but I still love it for the most part. It is Random 5 Friday with Nancy and I thought I would share some snowy tales.


1-   Do you see the lovely photo with that foggy view and those Bluebird houses and my collection of pretty rocks perched on the fence posts stretching as far as you can see? Beautiful isn’t it? A few minutes later it was lacking one birdhouse and luckily not a fence post when somebody (you probably know who) slipped off the pile of snow where she had created a nice driving path through and over the drifts this last week. You see that morning the snow was melting and the tractor apparently did not want to stay on my path. Trust me it is still beautiful though, you will have to take my word for that I was too busy to get another shot. That differential lock I was telling about last week is getting a great work out. I seem to get myself stuck more often than not his year. You need not mention this to My Hero I am sure he will notice the missing bird house eventually and he will figure it out in time.


2-   I made it back to the bush on Thursday morning with my snowshoes to check on the Deer. The snow is still very deep and I was struggling while sinking about a foot down, I was startled by a loud snap and then movement in front of me, two Deer who on hearing the crunching of my snowshoes ran as fast as they could to avoid having to meet up with me. The Deer tracks where they had ran were deep and more than likely almost up to their poor bellies. It was a beautiful, yet sad sight. I was surprised to notice how healthy they looked; their coats were shiny and they were fat. The Cedar branches are keeping them through this snowy winter. That is wonderful. There are heavy rains predicted so the snow will more than likely disappear or at the very least expose some ground for them to find some hidden grass.


3-    I have been hearing constant pounding like a Jackhammer off in the bush that belongs to my neighbour NDF for the past two winters now and knew it was a Pileated Woodpecker and I have never stopped trying to get a glimpse of him or possibly a photo. Well while back walking through the bush without snowshoes on Tuesday I heard it again. The trees were banging together and cracking while bending in the fierce wind, the bush was very loud but I could still hear that constant hammering echoing through the bush, I am pretty sure he could not hear the crunching of snow underfoot so I thought I would follow the sound. I trudged through the deep over my knees snow and there he was high atop a tree pounding without a care until he seen me. The photo is not the best because he was a quick little fella but I finally have my proof. Never give up on something; it is true in time it will happen. Loved his pretty red hat.


4-   Speaking of hats…..Hats and cows, hats and cows I have to say this hat thing is becoming quite the event every morning when I go to do the chores now. Bossy2 has some competition now for being a model and I have to say it did get kind of nasty when Girl decided she had seen enough and she wanted to wear a hat too. She actually gave Bossy2 a nudge knocking the hat off her head. I proceeded to bend down and get it and Girl just stood there, I placed it on her head. She was smiling and I could hear her say to Bossy2 “You are not the only cow around here you know”. Wow a Spat over a Hat, they sure are getting popular.


5-   My friend Derrick is holding the annual Red Barn Snowshoe Race this weekend where dedicated, determined, amazingly strong athletes will be running a very demanding course through the trees and bush with its unpredictable terrain in the back country proving that there is nothing you cannot do if you believe. I on the other hand will be quite content to be standing or possibly sitting on the sidelines snapping photos of these determined Snowshoe Racers. It is always a pleasure to see this event.

Have a nice weekend; get out in the snow before it is gone. And just because...

 #6- Here is a special note from my best friend since we were five BA. Read about it here.

Just want to say thank you to everyone who offered their good wishes, hugs and support.  Means more to me then words can say.  Please continue to get tested and spread the word about early detection.
 
Love 
B.A.


Later

59 comments:

  1. I am glad to hear that the deer seem to be doing ok and especially that you came upon the woodpecker and were able to get a shot :)

    These cow + hat stories are fun...I wonder if you shall be presenting them with Easter Bonnets this spring ? :)

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  2. We have lots of the smaller woodpeckers around, but I have only seen a Pileated one a couple of times around here.

    The prices I was quoting on my blog are all builders prices and their mark up is crazy stupid, but some things we can't do ourselves and some things only the builder can get hold of the materials, so we are stuck between a rock and a hard place!!

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  3. There's something about animals and hats at your farm! :) First the cows, and now the woodpecker! His red hat sure is striking!

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  4. Super photos, love the toque!! Your birdhouse road adventure could have been told by my auntie Ragna..she'd always say to me if we don't mention this to Uncle Roddy he'll never notice...downed fences, broken fenders, lost sheep and countless other things :-). You've the same delightful spirit as she had...

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  5. I haven't seen a pileated woodpecker this year yet! How cool!

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  6. some how your cow has stolen you hat once again??! that is too cute! i hope you are well today. i see you are all snow. we have lots of melting going on here. & a chance to flooding today. ( :

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  7. That woodpecker is quite nice to see, and I hope you will enjoy the snow shoes race.

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  8. Have never seen a pileated woodpecker either -- how exciting!

    Have a wonderful weekend, B! xo

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  9. A snowshoe race! That looks pretty fun. I'd give it a go :-)

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  10. On early summer mornings I often hear the "carpenter" bird somewhere on our street doing his/her hammering. I've only seen the Downies in our yard.

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  11. I love the picture of the Pileated Woodpecker. One of my favorite birds. Woodpeckers are awesome. And I love the rocks on top of the fence posts :)

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  12. It was beaut that you could capture the woodpecker in the tree - they're elusive creatures all right, but their noise certainly gives them away!
    A lovely post. I had a little chuckle at the missing birdhouse... wonder how long before its noticed ;D)
    Cheers now, and hugs to both you and your dear friend BA :D) xx

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  13. p.s. I've been experimenting, trying to stop my photos being taken by pinterest people without my permission. I like how you have disabled the right-click and I've finally worked found out how via your Copyscape notice. I'd happily give permission, in most circumstances, but would like the courtesy of being asked :D)

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  14. Great snow tales. Despite the length of it this year, there is so much beautiful about the snow. I love your hats and cows!

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  15. Love the photo of the woodpecker. There is one lives near us but I have never been able to get a picture up to now.
    Lynne

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  16. Before we know it the snow will be gone!!
    Right??
    Glad that you are still finding time to enjoy it all :)
    That race looks a fun time-on the sidelines :)
    Have a great weekend!

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  17. You should do the snowshoe race too B! It matters not where you finish, only that you had fun. If you had our weather from this week though, it would be a mud run for the snowshoers, not a snow race! It's been in the 70's here most of the week. Divine!

    And to your friend BA, thank you for the email you sent me. I will keep you in my prayers, and never fear, I am a testing convert!

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  18. I love the quote at the beginning of your post Buttons.
    Have a wonderful blessed weekend. HUGS!!

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  19. Enjoy the snow while it lasts!
    I think you should knit a red hat like the woodpeckers.

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  20. best wishes to the folks in the snowshoe race, they look rather perky. as does the hat model -grin.

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  21. I wouldn't have thought that pink hat would go with her red coat, but it does!!!

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  22. Maybe you should knit a hat for all your cows. I know they will be so proud. I love snow, I love your pictures and I am so glad the deer have food to see them through.

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  23. I loved every one of these snowy tales, especially when we just finished a day in the 90's yesterday.

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  24. cow-in-the-hat... i see it now. :)

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  25. Hey there, gal, be careful out there!!!!!! And that's an order, Soldier! ,-))))

    Oh the wood pecker photo! Worth waiting for...

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  26. Oh cool, a Pileated. I'd be thrilled to see that! I'm glad the girls are sharing the hat!

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  27. How nice to see what goes on around your place, I really think I would love to run like that picture you posted. What fun.
    It looks cold but so pretty, I am so glad you found the woodpecker.
    Have a lovely weekend.

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  28. We have one of those Pilated Woodpeckers hanging around the forest edge of the river here but he doesn't stay in one place long enough for me to take his picture lol . I love the hat and cow story with photos soo cute ! I hope the weather is good for the race and all have a good time . Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

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  29. Love the cows spat over the hat! I admire you for getting out in the snow everyday. I can't do it.
    Have a great weekend and enjoy the snow.

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  30. I have only seen the pileated once and only a glimpse! I so want a photo of one. Be careful out there in the snow, B!

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  31. I'm glad you got to see your woodpecker! He's a pretty one.

    I love the stories of the cows and the hats. Your cows must be fashion conscious! :-)

    You have so much snow--I don't know what we'd do with that much! I got my car stuck at the end of our driveway last week, but the snow was not much compared to yours.

    Have a great weekend, dear B!

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  32. Hahaha - I think you might need to make a few more hats! I love the bright red head on that woodpecker - what a fun find, even if they are very quick. That snowshoe race looks challenging! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  33. You certainly live in very challenging winter circumstances...but the photos are very pretty. I laugh when thinking of you in the pasture putting hats on the cows! :-)
    Visiting fro R5F

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  34. aS LONG AS YOU DONT BRING YOUR TRACTOR TO THE RACE, YOU WILL BE OKAY.

    Cant wait to see the pictures!

    xoxo

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  35. Hats and cows, yay! I'll never get tired of hats on cows :) And I hope some of your snow melts soon so the deer can get something to eat. That's a lot of snow!

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  36. I have a soft spot for cattle, and those are gorgeous! Enjoy the snow. It's only going to be around for 2 more months. :-)

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  37. Ha Ha Spats and hats ~ I am loving the knitted noggin cow series B. !!

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  38. Hello Buttons! A very interesting Random 5! Oops on the birdhouse! Those Pileated Woodpeckers are noisy big birds. We have three that we know of and they are doing a job on the Oaks. One has done a job on one of the feeders. He has re-engineered the hole to his liking.. :) Cows and hats.. love it.. ♥

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  39. I get sooooooooo excited anytime I snap a photo of a bird that stays still long enough for me to get a picture of him. So, let me screammmmmmmm along with you on your woodpecker finding....WAY TO GO!!!!! UG UG UG UG!!!! (fist rotating in the air to urge you on!!) (couple of cartwheels) (wish I could do a couple of cartwheels for real!)

    Love your stylish bovine. To think there is a cattle spat-tle over who gets to wear what....when there are plenty to go around. Tell those heifers to get their stalls in order and stop moooo-in around!!

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  40. You are so lucky to have seen that bird! I absolutely love birds, I love cardinals and bluejays - they are so bright. I need to google that woodpecker now, I think I would like him!

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  41. I don't get the pleated woodpecker here, I sure wish I did, they are beautiful. I do say that about all the birds!! I'm not sure how you are able to walk through knee high snow, but I am happy you do!!

    Stay safe b!! Sending you and your dear friend a nice big hug!!

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  42. Once upon a time I had the chance to snowshoe race...however...I, too, decided to stand back and catch it on film...
    The Pileated is a fast fella but the challenge...love the challenge.
    I'm glad you didn't get hurt sliding off the beaten path. the fence is creative with rock shoulders to lean on.
    Ya gotta love the cows personalities. Lovely hat chat.
    Our snow seems endless this year so I'm truly looking forward to the rains to make all the beauty turn green again...patience prevails.

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  43. Great post and fabulous shots. Love the hat on the cow.

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  44. Like your cows with the knitted hot on :) Hugs M xox

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  45. That is a beautiful photo of the blue birdhouse and fence. I really like photos taken in the mist.

    That is a surprise about the deer being healthy. It's been such a long hard winter. A pleasant surprise.

    What a thrill to finally see that woodpecker and catch him in digital.

    I always smile at your hat cow stories. :-)

    Imagine racing in snowshoes!

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  46. Wow you have had an amazing amount of snow. I understand about the "birdhouse" incident. My lips are sealed. I've done stuff like that before and yep, eventually they notice.
    Good to hear you saw some deer and they were doing well. Animals in the wild seem to handle winter much better than humans. Glad you got to see that wood pecker.
    What a cute thing with the cows and the hat.

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  47. I have recently seen your comments on a couple of blogs I read. As I was saying right on in response I thought I should come over and check you out. I have just moved to five acres which needs resurrecting. So much to do. We won't be farming it, our lives have worked out differently but I will enjoy reading about your adventures.

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  48. Oh, dear, the bluebirds will wonder where their house moved without them! Your secret is safe with us. I can't imagine traipsing through snow above the knees. Glad to hear the deer are staying strong this winter, and nice shot capturing the woodpecker. Walking one morning last spring, I spied two working on a tree along the the path I take. Of course, the camera was home that day!

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  49. I never fail to be amazed at the wonderful life you lead and the great things you see and do. Thank you so much for sharing it all with us. x
    P.S. We don't have woodpeckers here but Phil has spoken of them in England.

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  50. i'm glad to see you go the extra mile to keep your girls warm. and stylish too!

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  51. Beautiful shots! Love your cows.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  52. I love to see woodpeckers. There is always something magical about spotting them.

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  53. Running through all of that snow?! Not for me!!

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  54. Snowshoe race? Dang! Ya'll have all the fun!! I can't get that close, so you did fantastic getting the woodpecker shot. Have a lovely Sunday!!

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  55. Great job getting that darn woodpecker in a photo. I bet that was difficult. I am amazed the cows are so into hats. I wonder if I could get Ella to wear one. Stay warm and don't get stuck.

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  56. I would love to try snow shoeing someday.. Ant that woodpecker shot is awesome. How cool to see him. And you know every time I see your cows in hats it makes me smile. I LOVE that.

    Stay warm my friend.

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  57. Mums the word regarding your fence "incident " .

    Those woodpeckers are amazing aren't they? Beautiful in a dinosaur kind of way, and so colorful . They are fun to watch if it is a tree they're working on.

    I am enjoying your cows and the hat.

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