Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A little busy here, if you were wondering.

Life’s evening will take its character from the day that preceded it.
                                          Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth

Betty
I am sure most, possibly some, probably one person out there (my best friend since I was five years old BA) is more than likely wondering why Buttons is posting so erratically. Well maybe not, sometimes I inflate my own importance in the life of people I know and love. Is that wrong?

Well for that probably one person, here is my tale.

As soon as my internal alarm clock goes off at a crazy early time in the morning, I bolt, or in some cases roll then shuffle, bleary eyed into the kitchen. I grab a couple of quick coffees and watch the sun come up. The tractor I know is plugged in, or My Hero will hear about it when he gets back home long after sundown. That rarely happens.

The sunrise always gives me the energy I need with its beauty and power and this never ceases to amaze me. With a banana in hand the layering of warmth begins. Then I head out to start that said tractor. Yes it is plugged in and starts right up. The adjusting of the seat, the tuning the radio to a station I like, and then the turning of dials for the blasting of heat begins. I sit and dream for a few minutes, while the frost melts off the windshield. All sorts of things are going on back where our cows are “snuggled all snug in their beds.” I know I borrowed that line, what can I say.

It is calving season. A bit early you may be thinking. Our pampered cows in the bush are snuggled in layers and layers of bedding and surrounded by the protection of a fortress of cedars trees and are doing very well. This is probably due to the countless hours of tending to their needs day and night, by a couple of tired but happy farmers. Ten healthy little calves run around greeting and playing with the new ones, who seem to be coming days apart lately.


I get to watch daily, the miracle of birth and it is a beautiful sight. The Moms know exactly where to go, what to do and how to get those calves out and up fast. Those new little bundles of joy never waste anytime lying around. They bounce up on wobbly legs and head for “udder delight”.

Cows have a routine during birth, and after birth that fascinates me still to this day, even after watching this for thirty years. When a new calf is born, the other mothers rush over to check it out. I liken this to a meet and greet. The saying of hello and to welcome the newest member of the herd is always done. The older calves, some who may only be a few days old make their way over by running, skipping, or walking to see who will be joining their herd. Then after everyone has satisfied their curiosity, it is over. Everyone goes back to doing what they were doing. That more than likely is eating, be that hay or milk, you get the idea.


So if that probably one person is looking for Buttons and wondering what is going on, please know this. She is probably back visiting, playing with the new calves and making sure everyone is happy. She will be back to some kind of normal when the calves decide to let her have some time back.

 It has always been about their needs first and ours second or third. My Hero informed me last night that there are only thirteen more to go. That is not too bad. Then I will be off to visit my own little granddaughter and share all these stories with her.


Later

30 comments:

  1. The miracle of birth never ceases to amaze me! I love the picture of the meet an greet session...such attentive mammas! Give that grand daughter a big hug from her admirer in PA!

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  2. You will probably like this tale of an Albertan politician who recently suggested that if farmers would only let the bull out in the daytime, then cows would calve in daylight hours, making the farmer's life easier. Yep that's what was said!

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  3. Wonderful to know all is as it should be.

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  4. What a great photo of the welcoming committee. It's feels like Spring today and the snow is melting and the snowbanks are all dirty like at springtime. It's 5 °C. today. A great time for calving. I got two new big bull calves born in the last two days.

    Good luck with the calving season.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  5. AWE!! lovely photos . I remember the days of calving very busy tiring days but oh so worth it all ! Yes it is a bit early but nature knows best . Thanks for sharing , hope the others are healthy and do well to ! Have a good week !

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  6. Oh you just keep your nose to that grindstone and fill us in when you can...life is precious!...:)JP

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  7. Another of your busy times, and naming of the calves..
    Have fun..
    Hugs M xoxox

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  8. New calves? Stressful, hard work but very wonderful. I can tell you watch everything.

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  9. Awwwww! The babies! Our weather turned from cold, snowy and icy to beautiful days and 2 babies have hit the ground in the heifers. My nerves get so frazzled this time of year! I'm a nervous mother! Ha! Any day the cows will be popping! 😊
    Cheri

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  10. I've heard about that cow greeting thing before, I think it's wonderful. A bit like friends and family all popping in to the maternity ward for people babies.

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  11. Just love it! I am blessed to live about a mile from a working cattle ranch. Love those cows and the neighbor who cares for them. Just amazing creatures they are. Learning curve aplenty between my somewhat pampered dairy goats and the free range Angus. I will be sure to share your blog with my neighbor.

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  12. What a sweet interesting post! Thanks for sharing this part of your lives.

    FlowerLady

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  13. I love that cows do the meet and greet. It seems so tribal.

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  14. How deeply, sweetly, satisfying. *hugs*

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  15. This was such a fun post to read. I had no idea the cows in the herd did meet-and-greets with newborns.

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  16. You paint such wonderful pictures with your words . . .
    Birthing . . .
    Joyous . . .

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  17. If I had cattle I am certain I would never leave the pasture during calving time. The newborn are a miracle:)

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  18. Absolutely priceless. Your photos are worth so much more than a thousand words, and your story helps us all to share in this miracle, that, as you say, never gets boring or tiresome, even after 30 years. Thank you for sharing your life.

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  19. Such sweet photos of new life. I do wonder about you when you're "gone" for awhile. I'm stuck in the chair today, but now I'm thinking of frosty mornings in the tractor heading out to check on the newborns.

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  20. A day in the life~~ Love it and your wonderful photos. Take care and enjoy every minute!! Blessings. xo

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  21. Your words soothed me today. It is nice to know that this is going on in your life. The photo of the new born one at the 'meet and greet' is so beautiful, it should be a greeting card! Best of luck with the next thirteen!

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  22. I think your cows are the luckiest cows ever. No wonder they are so photogenic! Although (many!) of us do think about you often, we know what you are up to - and your posts are worth the wait!

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  23. Adorable!!
    Enjoy!
    We are waiting on a few ewes right now, to lamb.

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  24. That must be a rewarding time for a farmer especially a softie one like you. Isn't it a bit early for the babies to be be coming?

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  25. Not one to have much experience with farming, I would imagine that the animals must be cared for first!! It is only after they are in good shape that you are able to relax and think about yourself! Enjoy meeting and greeting those calves! -xoNellie

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  26. Wonderful post. Must be so rewarding to see the little ones born and cute to watch when they meet everyone. Great photos!

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  27. Mothers and babies the same anywhere! Lovely post.

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