Monday, March 16, 2015

Stylish Suburban Calf Feeders......

A good storyteller is a person who has a good memory
and hopes other people haven’t.
                Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb


There is one thing that you may never get to do while living in the city or the suburbs……..bottle feed a cute little calf named Lucky Lucy. I do know a young teenager, who since she was a little girl, has held the bottles for many orphaned calves around this farm. Some things never change.

I had a call early one Sunday morning from Akira, she was wondering if she could come out and see the new calf. Rumour had it that we were feeding “a Lucy” in the barn. Of course she reads my blog. I quickly said yes and pointed out Lucy ate at noon, so please don’t be late. I turned to inform My Hero that we did not have to feed Lucy; we were having company from the city. He instantly knew who that company was, and we both wondered who she would be bringing with her. I am pretty sure that those of you that understand teenage girls know they never travel alone, that would be the natural order of things.

My Hero and I, began to reminisce about how little Akira used to stand holding a bottle almost as big as she was, standing on the outside of a page wire fence as to not get knocked down. She was wearing a yellow rain coat and a calf was emptying that bottle as quickly as it could. Akira was a natural; she would be smiling ear to ear and giggling. I was looking forward to seeing visitors come to the farm. We have always enjoyed sharing those different farm moments, with those who do not know how it all works.


My sister Tess pulled up with Akira and the expected friend. Well now, I would have thought that Akira knew that feeding calves was a messy job. I had guessed her new friend having never been to a farm probably did not. I could not help but smirk when I saw what they were wearing. Akira had on nice black tights, a funky skirt and shirt and very cool boots and a hat. Raven, her friend, was wearing tights, a very pretty red and black checkered dress and funky shoes. I was impressed at how stylish these girls looked. I guess I should also mention that they had taken the time to make sure their hair looked just right. They were very fashionably dressed for…. let us say….. a shopping trip to the mall. I knew those lovely outfits would not be pretty, once covered with calf drool. Calf drool, sticky milk replacer, and possibly other liquids, I won’t even mention.

Well, we hauled them down to the basement. Every farmer I know is prepared for moments like these. My Hero has many pairs of coveralls, mine would not do. These girls were very tall and could never have worn my coveralls. I had just pulled those two pair of coveralls from the dryer so these girls were lucky, they had no idea that these coveralls would not smell nor look as pretty after this little adventure. Toques were found and boots were found and then they were transformed from “Funky” to well, let us call it “Farmy”. The bottle was filled and My Hero and those now “Farmy” dressed girls walked down the snow covered lane to get to know Lucky Lucy, the orphaned calf.

As soon as the barn door opened Lucy was bawling for her lunch. My Hero opened the gate to the pen where Lucy sleeps and she bolted out. She high tailed it straight for Raven, the girl who had never fed a calf before and did not have the bottle. Akira I could see was a bit disappointed standing there holding the bottle, but happy for her friend. The look on Raven’s face was priceless. Lucy kept circling her, looking for that bottle. To the delight of Raven, Lucy was on her best behaviour. Lucy eventually figured out Akira had the bottle and drained it pretty quickly. All that dressing up all “Farmy” for a special time and it was over in minutes. Lucy did make sure both girls were covered in calf drool and sweet smelling milk replacer. The coveralls were a good thing to have after all.


After some play time with Lucy, meaning lots of hugging, petting and chasing games, Lucy and the “Farmy” girls parted ways. Lucy for her nap, and the girls went with My Hero to check out the other calves and their Moms. Raven and Akira had a great time I could tell that, by the smiles that did not leave their faces for the whole visit.

I just want Raven and Akira to know that they are welcome here anytime. We truly enjoyed showing them what we do. I also would like them to know that there are three feedings a day going on here at the moment. Lucy and now Louie would like to see a different face than mine every day. The coveralls are clean, we are waiting. Give us a call.


Dear Tess: you did not think I could possibly ever forget you, did you? You, knowing and obviously forgetting that attire means everything here on the farm, oh well. Come on over…… You are all hired.  Thanks girls.



Later

34 comments:

  1. It is what is on the inside that counts...perfect example!...:)JP

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  2. I am impressed you provide proper attire to visitors!

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  3. I enjoyed your story very much this morning. As for the calf drool and other liquid, I can vouch for that. I feed many calves and my jacket and pants gets covered pretty fast. Yuck, but it's part of the job but it is never in the job description. lol...

    Our blizzard came yesterday and dumped about 32cm of drifting snow or about 13 inches. So we're back to winter...
    Hugs,
    JB

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  4. cute. I'd love to do that too one day :)

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  5. What fun for the girls . . . for you too!
    Just like teens to arrive "all pretty and beautiful". Happy you made them FARMY!

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  6. Very lucky girls to have such a wonderful experience, Buttons! You are so sweet to welcome them!

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  7. You made their day...their week...they won't forget it, especially Raven, who never fed a calf before! If they want to travel further, send them down here. I have a really stubborn calf that needs convincing that she's too young to be weaned!

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  8. Great to have enthusiastic "fashionwise" helpers from the city.:-) It sounds like Lucy enjoyed the attention from "foreigners.":-) xo Nellie

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  9. so sweet! love that you give them this experience!

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  10. Aw, that's a great experience for these teens, especially Raven who has never had any farm experience. I'm sure they both enjoyed it a lot and will hopefully come back to help out again. Have a great week!

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  11. I agree an experience all city people should experience. I have never fed a calf either.

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  12. This is what urban folk need to get a chance to see and better yet do...take part of real world, honest contact with farm life!

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  13. And a grand and slobbery time was had by all.

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  14. What a delightful tale. I have been hit in the stomach by these exuberant babies. They have lots of power.

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  15. How wonderful that you could suit them up! And how wonderful they wanted the experience!!

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  16. Buttons,

    A great experience :-)
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  17. I bet the girls were wishing they had worn something more appropriate. Feeding calves sounds like a lot of fun.
    Lynne x

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  18. What a fun time for you... and for them! Bet they'll be more appropriately dressed the next time; but isn't it sweet that they wanted to look their best for you.

    I know how to feed calves! They'd probably see me being all tottery and think I'm one of their own, lol.

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  19. What fun. For everyone. I have fed lambs but never a calf. And lambs are NOT gentle where a bottle is involved.
    Another heartwarming post which makes me wish I was there. Thank you.

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  20. Oh, what a cute story, Buttons! Love that you anticipated the teenage girl attire and was well prepared for it! Your quote at the top of the page is very funny - something my favorite news anchor Brian Williams was hoping for........Hope you have a thaw soon - looks cold! xo Karen

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  21. Great story! Love your images and so sweet of you to share your babies with young visitors.

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  22. Wonderful story ! I remember as a kid those days of bottle feeding calves and other farm babies like foals and lambs and even hand raising orphaned chicks , ducks or baby bunnies for the first week of their lives . I love farm life and I do miss it . I am glad the girls were able to get this experience with you and your Hero . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  23. How wonderful that these young ladies had this experience! Nothing like farm life :)

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  24. That used to be my job feeding the calves...it was part of living on a farm that I enjoyed! That and milking...making hay not so much. It is good for Raven to visit a farm it was good of your niece to bring her along:)

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  25. Nothing better than to see kids get a very real farm experience. We used to teach the calves to drink out of a pail. They caught on quickly

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  26. It's pleasing to read you had two lovely ladies to help. Let's hope they can come again....Hugs M xx

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  27. the opportunity of a lifetime, more important than anything you could learn in a classroom!!! i like your quote this morning...i have a friend who always says "don't let the truth get in the way of a good story"!!! that always makes me laugh!!!!!

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  28. What fun! When my kids were little, they loved bottle feeding any orphaned calves that we had during our calving season!

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  29. I wana come and feed a calf!! What fun!! They are adorable (the calves that is)

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  30. What a great experience for them! Who doesn't love bottle babies :)

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  31. Aww, they will never forget this experience!

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  32. what a great experience...and i love lucky lucy!

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  33. I am glad they had a good time. Those bottle babies can be almost ferocious at times. They WANT that bottle.
    MB

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  34. They would have loved the experience even if youn didn't outfit them well, and likely can't wait to come back.

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