Monday, June 23, 2014

A Welcome Home Party for me….Oh you shouldn’t have!

Welcome as kindly showers to the long parched earth.
                                           John Dryden


My time away from the farm went a little longer this time, five days which I must admit was wonderful. Anytime I get to spend with my daughters is always the best. Usually this time of year we would be hustling with haying and such things and I would have never travelled away from the farm. Since the ground is wet and the rain keeps falling I took advantage of that and went to play off farm. Oh yes I do love that and need it once in a while.

Early one morning after my returning back to the farm I hopped out of my warm comfy bed about 5:30 my head was still full of the memories of the sounds of the city I had just left, those early morning sounds so different then what I am used to. My hiking shoes would be hitting the pavement while surrounded by that noise of the traffic, banging garbage trucks and birds singing their songs loudly demanding to be heard. I could be seen heading to a coffee shop to sit to dream and to write. I enjoy both conflicting world sounds and make a point to take them in and pay attention. Those sounds of the city can be very soothing to those who live there I am sure and I get that. I rather liked those sounds, the more time I sat in the middle of them the more I noticed it was like music.


This day and now that I was up and after that first cup of coffee I headed downstairs, it was 6 a.m. I donned those Pink Cadillac Boots, a warm sweatshirt, a bug hat (it is that time of year) slung my back pack with my camera, the water and pen and paper that had made the trip back from the city with me, I headed through that door and back into the world I had left behind. I knew the girls would have been missing me and I frankly missed them too. I needed to get back there to see them.

Since the girls are now over at NDF’s farm I hopped over the wet rail fence and through the high stick to my pants grass, it is tick season here now and I have heard they are very plentiful this year, I had sprayed some children’s bug spray on the bottom of my pants hoping that would deter them. There is nothing that was going to stop me from seeing the girls.


The sound of Crows, huge Crows cackled above my head, I am pretty sure they were warning the girls that I was coming. I could hear those Taunting Turkeys having a party off in the bushes their gobble, gobble echoed through the trees so I changed my route and headed in that direction hoping to catch them in action. I searched the tops of the trees and scanned the bushes but they are very clever and kept out of my sight. My camera was ready in hand waiting to catch just one little shot that is what I was hoping for, that is what I am always hoping for, it has become a game between us. Someday I will capture them.

I walked through the cedars, oh that wet musty smell was so very different than the exhaust mixed with the fragrances of abundant flowers that hung over the pavement on the city streets, the sounds here on the farm were so soft not pounding in my head. The birds were singing here also but did not have to sing as loud to be heard. I turned the corner and there stood two stockers, they ran as if I had caught them doing something they should not have been doing, I had no idea why they ran, could they have been waiting for me I wondered.


I followed those two running down the lane then darted through the trees then I walked into a clearing and that is when I heard the sounds of mooing lots of mooing, it appears they had indeed been waiting hoping I would find them. They were shouting to the fluffy white clouds in that clear blue sky that I was back, I knew that very moment that they had missed me. I imagined they were shouting surprise but it could have been singing. Bossy2 rushed over no doubt looking for a hat which I was not carrying, she had her calf with her with those darling big ears. Boosy2 pushed herself close so that I would have to pet her then there was Red and then Girl and before I knew it I had to pet all the girls standing surrounding me. It was a meet and greet of the grandest kind. Oh they really did miss me and I know I missed them.

I spent quite a lot of time with them visiting and catching up on things that went on while I was gone, I shared the stories I had gathered from the city and they stood there hanging on every word. Just as quick as it started I guess my party was over, some of those teenagers started to drift deeper into the trees, those youngin’ s nowadays have always been difficult to entertain with my stories I’m afraid. I bid goodbye and told them I would be back later.


 I walked through the trees hopped another fence, all the time smiling and listening to those darn Taunting Turkeys celebrating back where I had just left continuing on to the house knowing I had truly been missed.


Haying will be starting soon and I have no doubt it is going to get very busy very quickly and the girls know that my time will be limited so that was a very nice surprise. Thanks girls I loved my party, just a small suggestion if you don’t mind …… a cake would have been nice. I like chocolate.

Due to extreme busyness I will be posting Mondays and Fridays for a little while. There are lots of stories sitting and waiting to be read in my archives feel free to poke around. I will be back to normal soon, I hope. Thank you.Hug B


Later

44 comments:

  1. I so enjoyed "reading" you . . . I liked the visit with "the girls!" Happy you were "tick proof!" Not fun to deal with them is it . . . I liked thinking about the differences of city sounds and country sounds . . .
    Have a good week back, I would've made you a chocolate cake had I known . . .

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  2. What a sweet welcome back, your girls must have really missed you. And the turkey makes me smile, I've never heard the gobble gobble of a turkey :)
    I hope the haying goes well. Have a wonderful week!

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  3. That is a lovely party. I love that you still manage to find the good in the city. I, like you, am a country girl at heart and I long for that fresh air and relative peace.

    Those naughty turkeys though! I managed to get a shot (albeit blurry) of a turkey vulture for the first time ever yesterday. I had been trying for a long time and was thrilled! Yet to see a turkey though!

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  4. I think crows often stand guard to warn other creatures that someone is coming as they did with you.
    How wonderful that the girls sang a welcome back song for you. They would have missed you terribly. I am sure they enjoyed your stories of the city and understood every word you told them.
    You will probably catch up with those elusive turkeys before too long and we will see photos of them.
    We will be patient and look forward to Mondays and Fridays for a while.

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  5. Looks like you got a good welcome home. Love the boots!

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  6. Nothing like an early morning walk to visit old friends and take in the sights and sounds of the day....:)

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  7. i was wondering about the girls... :-)

    so sweet that you had a reunion party!

    i'm actually glad to see someone mention ticks. not glad, per say. just that it goes to show that i am not the only one, who "realizes" they are around. :-(

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  8. Welcome back home, Buttons! I am happy the girls decided to come listen to your tales(or is it tails, to them?) of adventure.

    We at last are getting some blessed rain. Many area lakes are down 11' or so.

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  9. Very sweet welcome home, Buttons! The chiggers are awful here, and I have heard the ticks are going to be bad too. I've tried to stay out of the woods, but can't help it every now and then when I am trying to follow the sunset or a bird. Have a great time catching up!

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  10. love those 2 curious calves! and sweet girls to greet you! adorable.

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  11. Welcome back B. I hope you have a good harvest time. It's a very busy season for farmers and I see it all a round our community these days. A great time of the year! Blessings. Pam

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  12. So glad you had a good visit with your daughters, and that the cows were happy to see you come home again!!

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  13. Oh, they missed you! How sweet!

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  14. I'm happy for you. Spending time with those you love is priceless.

    I bet your Hero is happy as well.

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  15. Looks like everyone missed you and your stories. I bet they are glad to be on the farm and not in that noisy city. Glad you are back. MB

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  16. A wonderful welcome home to I must say ! All though you had a nice time in the city and being away from the farm for a bit it sure is good to home with the girls and nature I bet ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  17. Welcome back, happy you had a great time, looking forward to hearing more when you have time.

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  18. dear buttons, do you have the link to Lorraine Renaud's present blog? she commented in my blog, and said she came over from your blog.

    and when i left a comment in her blog, she said in a reply comment to someone else... that she wasn't going to blog there, any more. she gave the name of the blog, she was going to use. but i have not found any way, to find the url, or to access it.

    so I come to you! please and thank you. if she wants readers, that is. i don't want to bug her, if she doesn't.

    tessa~

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  19. You're really in tune with the outdoors. Many people would take your walk and see and hear virtually nothing. You tell a good story as you walk along.

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  20. What a delightful welcome home!! I'm sure they missed you a lot. I hope haying goes well...Jim's in the middle of 2nd cutting right now, and is baling straw this evening. Always busy...that's life on the farm! Stay safe!

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  21. Love all your images especially the 4th and 5th shot, naturally of your cows. Loved reading your post.

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  22. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed yourself. I am sure your farm missed you while you were out but a little me time is needed.

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  23. What a wonderful welcome home, to be greeted by a choir! Of course they missed you, you're their "Momma". (I would have baked you a chocolate cake by the by.)
    I enjoyed reading what you wrote about the 'music' in the city. Years ago, when I was still a child, I read a short story about how everything makes music if you just let yourself hear it... and the older I get, the more I find it to be true.

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  24. What an awesome party with the girls! Glad you're back home, stories in tow, but ready to make hay when the rain stops. (We've had days and days of rain on the prairies, too!)

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  25. I'm sure your city girls were happy to see you and so were your mooing kind. How nice to be loved!!

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  26. Welcome back and don't overdo yourself now you are home :) Hugs M xox

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  27. Ah yes, can't beat moo-sic!
    Very cute photo of the two little hooligans showing you their heels.

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  28. Nice to hear you had a good visit with your girls and a sweet welcome when you came home. :)

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  29. I'm glad you're back, too, and so happy the cows welcomed you back in such a special way. I'm sure the turkeys were pleased to restart their game of hide-and-seek. I thought "pies" were cow's specialty? ;)

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  30. I'm glad you had a nice visit with your girls, and it's always good to have a change of scenery once in a while, too. I love your photos, that first one is really sweet. They missed you!
    Take care and don't work too hard!

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  31. B,

    Being able to visit your kids is so much fun. You get to see them as adults, living, and working on their own.

    Welcome home B!!!

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  32. Of course your girls missed you and they'd obviously been planning your 'Welcome Back' party for a while... shame about the lack of choccie cake though ;D)
    Cheers now xx

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  33. How sweet, they missed you lots. That's clear to see. Thank you for your sweet and loving comments.

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  34. welcome back! there is no place like home! I love to go see my critters as soon as I can when I have been away

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  35. I'm so glad you heard the wild orchestra of the city and still enjoyed it it speaks a lot of your strength, and I don't doubt for a second that your cows and all you have missed you so much, I bet they are extremely happy and of course it will take a couple of days to get everything straightened out....I'm glad you enjoyed it all B.

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  36. Welcome home, B! I'm so glad the girls all huddled around to hear our tales of the Big City.

    Don't push yourself too hard during this busy time, my friend - remember to take care of yourself!

    Hugs!! Mandi

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  37. What a nice reunion, Buttons, both with your dear daughters and also with 'the girls'. I have never had the pleasure of getting to know cows, but they seem to be mostly sweet and friendly (except when guarding a newborn). I love your descriptions of the difference between the sounds of the city and the country. I hope you are 'tick free' and that someday soon you will get that elusive turkey photo. We will all celebrate with you! xo Karen

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  38. Glad to know all is going well. Your writing is sweet, as usual. Sandra

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  39. Grace, you got to the big city, and had a visit with your daughters...that's wonderful. And then to have the girls welcome you back so sweetly...

    Yes cake would have been perfect.

    Jen

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  40. Your babies were so sweet to throw you a welcoming party! I bet they DID miss you. :-) It's wonderful to be able to experience the city and the country and to find music in both.

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  41. there's no place like home...

    and yes there should have been cake!! chocolate is my favorite as well!!

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  42. Lovely photos of beautiful creatures :)

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  43. you have the happiest, luckiest girls! what a welcome!

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