Friday, October 3, 2014

Life Decisions!

The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do
than what we are free not to do.
                        Eric Hoffer


Well the hay is finally done for this year it was quite a long run, I have to say. The second cut was a bit late but we made it before the snow flies. It is now all rolled up into tight little bales and sitting waiting to be picked up.

Our cows are also waiting because now they will get into the “cookie jar” (if I may). They line up at the starting gate waiting for it to spring open so they can bolt through. Patience my dear cows patience, we reassure them the time will come. This will be the last hoorah of green and fresh before only bales of hay will be the diet for months.

They have been reaching through all fences trying to grab whatever green lay beyond, much like my trying to snatch that cookie out of the jar just out of reach high atop a counter when I was a child. I am pretty sure it is the sweet aroma of fresh baled clover and alfalfa that calls them and lingers in their minds. Soon my girls soon……. Hey get your head back in there.


I am sitting here this early morning sipping coffee while admiring those bales waiting in the field. The sun is peaking over the horizon the beginning of another busy day. My six taunting turkeys the ones who call this farm their forever home are standing just a ways down the fence from my cows who want that fence to disappear. I think I can actually see the cows drooling. The fence is keeping them from the cookie jar.
I watch this routine every morning and wonder if this will be an under day. Those poor old turkeys with their biggest decision of the day made every morning without fail. Under or over?


One by one this morning I watch them slide under the rail fence I would say gracefully but imagine well fed overstuffed birds squeezing through a rail that is pretty close to the ground just to get to the reward on the other side. I wonder why they go under the fence at all. It would be so much easier to hop onto the fence everyday instead of every other, which seems to be the routine. Very strange indeed. I guess they need a challenge and need to make decisions for themselves no matter how silly it would seem to prying eyes.  I can understand that need myself. The need to make my own decisions no matter how silly it looks from the outside.


They made it one by one, they make me laugh. Now their heads are down pecking at the ground of freshly cut clover taunting those cows who could not possibly squeeze under or hopefully hop over the fence they are waiting so patiently to get through.

Soon girls soon.


Later

38 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lovely morning. I woke up to cracking Thunder, storms in October...
    have a blessed day!!

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  2. What a great life! I admire your dedication to your farm and reading about the animals' antics. Have a great weekend! Oh, and loved the shot of the cow reaching through the fence to nibble.

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  3. we keep waking up to fog. acorns falling like crazy. loud birdies. apparently the temps this weekend are suppose to go way down in the 40's ... i know that is different than you Canadians. the hubby & i always had trouble when we were there trying to figure out the temps, gas prices. (i think we decided we were paying around $5.00 for gas.) we did finally remember the speed limits ... ha. ha!! ( :

    you enjoy your weekend. have a real ball. ( :

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  4. I'm glad you finished baling hay for this year, Buttons. It's a big job but it means the girls will be well fed all winter. Now maybe you can find a little time to spend in your beloved bush.

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  5. Busy lady! Love your photos ` especially the first one!

    artmusedog and carol ~ A Creative Harbor

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  6. It's good all the bales are now done ready for your winter feed. there was a bush turkey here the other day, heavens know where it came from, the bush I suppose. The River/sea is just about at the door and no bush! Hugs M xox

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  7. It sounds like your cow cookie jar is full and they are waiting for the feast. I think that the quote tThe grass is always greener on the other side of the fence applies here. lol... My husband calls it "Cow mentality"

    Have a great day.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  8. A beautiful sight, to be able to wake up to...

    Happy October,
    Tessa~
    "Here there be musing" blog

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  9. P'raps going under the fence keeps them from getting "too" fat...?
    lol
    it's good to have the hay done, isn't it? I could get one more cutting
    but don't have the people to do it. sigh. that's all right. If I stay here
    this winter, the field will be used for pasture from Dec end to Feb end.

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  10. B,
    Sometimes I wish I knew what was going on in those little brains of our critters. It would be funny to really know what your cows were saying about the grass on the other side of the fence. Good to hear your hay is cut and bundled. Don't work to hard today!!! I love all the pictures and this post.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  11. Have you ever noticed that when it not quite light out and you squint, those bales in the field look like a herd of buffalo. :-) Loved your foggy morning shot.

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  12. glad the haying is done, again.

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  13. Brought the last of our bails off the field yesterday. Garden all in too. Rain for the weekend then cold enough to put the woodstove on. Our cows have been behaving so far, but the chickens keep flying out of the outdoor coop. Cats know something is in the air, as they are confused as to when feed time is.

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  14. I love that morning mist!!!
    And I know too much about the cookie jar - the home puts out fresh goodies several times a day... But tomorow I will be on the bus, heading back to home where there are no fresh baked goodies, sigh... I would fire the cook, but then I would have to do it myself...

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  15. Why is it that the "grass is always greener on the other side of the fence?":-) Have a great day, Buttons!

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  16. I can remember one year our cows wanted the cookie so bad they actually charged the fence and got through lol ! Lovely post and photos ! The weather here is warm sunny and breezy but rain and cooler temps are on the way for the weekend ! Thanks for sharing. Have a good weekend !

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  17. We all love routine, even turkeys and cows it seems!

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  18. Nothing is so sweet is the smell of fresh cut clover. When I was a child, clover was baled up, and put in the hay loft. My brothers and father worked so hard during that time. Our cows wanted that treasure as well.
    Thank you for giving me the memories, smells, and sounds.

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  19. What a beautiful place you have. I just love how pretty it looks in the early morning and how pretty and green it looks.
    What a pretty place to drink coffee in and sit and dream.

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  20. Happy to see that the haying is behind you. Love that photo of the cow through the fence. Great post!

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  21. It cracks me up when the cows see the feed truck coming....licking their lips, buck and kick! Haha! And yeah, I think they do drool!
    The wild turkeys here are so funny! I had to stop and wait for them to cross the road on the way to the barn!! The dogs went crazy!
    All the wild birds, turkey, quail and pheasants had multiple hatches this year!
    Cheri

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  22. ha, the cookie jar :) get some rest, you deserve it!

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  23. I love the pictures today Buttons. Yes, the green grass will soon disappear. I remember your post this spring about the cows going out to pasture for the first time and how they frolicked. Have a nice weekend.

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  24. Evening B. have a great weekend. Rest!

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  25. Grace, what a treat to have the taunting turkeys leave behind such a beautiful feather....it's stunning.

    I have a collection of donated feathers, dove,quail, and the occasional raven, and magpies...they are my treasures.

    Your cows will have to look longingly into their memories of green grass soon...poor babies. Hard to believe that winter is falling....

    Jen

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  26. Yeah for being done baling hay! Safe hay hauling to you and your Hero, Miss B.

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  27. Found myself lingering with a sigh and some ponder here B.
    Nice , nice to ponder ...
    and shot with the bale, the turkey, the l leave and flower drape,
    giving the feeling of you ( and your thoughts) behind it .. brilliant

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  28. I always enjoy your studies of nature, B. Lovely photos--love the one of the fence in the fog. And yay for being finished with the haying!

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  29. I know it's not always an easy life Buttons but it is indeed a beautiful and wonderful life and we city dwellers are envious of those wide, open spaces and the beautiful animals, birds etc that surround you.
    You query why the turkeys squeeze under the fence. Made me think of magpies here in suburbia that walk across the road when they hear a vehicle approaching rather than fly across safely. No knowing what goes on in the minds of some creatures.
    Once again thanks for sharing such a delightful tale. xx

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  30. I always thought a fence was what you took when people insulted you. I'm sure your cowls would agree in this case, that a fence is an offence indeed. Or something.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  31. we've begun to have foggy mornings too, glad your baling is done as I'm sure are the girls, and what a determined beauty in the first shot :-)

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  32. Ooh- they want that green stuff bad!! I noticed the horses have started stretching their necks through the fence and chewing on my yard grass...stretching out the fence which is already in bad shape. Sigh!

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  33. Glad the bulk of the haying is near completion. By the sounds of things, the harvest of hay is of excellent quality. These low temps leaves me wondering if we're sliding right through Autumn and into an early winter.

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  34. Lovely pictures you paint with words.

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  35. I feel sorry for the cows and I don't think turkeys are rational thinkers. Love your stories.

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  36. Silly turkeys! Ahh B, you know Luke and I are saving up for our own slice of country! I want a pony again, mine was like that cow...the grass is always greener on the other side...

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  37. i have a poopload of turkey feathers now - I think they strip naked when no one is looking.

    xxoxo

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