Sunday, February 21, 2016

Calves wind and work

The best lightening-rod for your protection is your own spine.
                                     Ralph Waldo Emerson   

        

Well it is official; number seventeen was born on Saturday. It was sunny, warm, windy, and perfect. It almost felt like a (I cannot wait for) March day.


At first light, before the chores and the checking of those cows, there was something else, ‘high priority’, if you will. A constant banging, coming from the direction of the barn, from a night of howling winds that, had to be dealt with.

When the sun came up, we could see that it was the window at the very top of the barn. My heart sank, and my legs started to quiver just thinking about what had to be done. I am not a fan of heights, ladders or watching My Hero combining the two.

Well we did know that it was the window, and that was a fact. Was the barn roof intact? This is always something farmers worry about after a night of howling winds. Would those million (?) screws that, My Hero and his brothers have been putting in that old roof over many years make a difference?


My Hero decided that he would not need the tallest ladder that we own, to go up to close the window at the top of the barn. That was music to my ears. My legs stopped quivering. “I will climb up the wooden hay mow ladder.” Oh yes that was not what I would have liked to hear either. There’s that quivering again.  

Standing on the wooden floor of our barn, and looking up to the magnificent roof, built in the 1930’s, I stand in awe. I am always amazed that something so old can keep its beauty, not to forget with a continuing amount of maintenance from its owners. My Hero started climbing that darn old, but still very beautiful, and rarely used wooden hay mow ladder. As he climbed higher, the smell of my own fear mixed with the peppermint rub from a night of aching muscles, filled my nostrils, adding to my anxiety. Each step he took, my fear crept one step higher. He has done this a million times, but it never gets easier for me. I have no idea why he never quivers.


Now at the very top he looks down. His smiles at me, and then pulls the window shut. Simple as that, he begins the long climb down. With every step he came closer to me my anxiety, retreated until the next wind storm. Now it was on to the cows, and those new calves.


There she was, standing on a bedding of hay in the sun. Bossy2 and her little blonde bundle of cuteness, #17 looked up to see us then continued on with the bonding thing.

#17 (I am thinking about the name Tessy), knew right where to go for her first feed, while Bossy2 continued to clean her up. Her tail, her ears and her cute little face all clean, she was beautiful. My imagination went to thoughts of how cute that little blonde head would be with a hat on. Bossy2 as usual let me take photos to share with all of you. Little Tessy (the name fits) seemed to love the camera too.


Well, after the photo shoot we left them to do their thing, and then we went to check the other girls. All the calves were running around, the sun makes all of us happy. It is getting very difficult to count them now. They run, and run and keep their mothers busy. Only seven more calves to go.


Later 

31 comments:

  1. May good fortune and good weather continue.

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  2. Perfect weather for Tessy to come into this weather. Adorable!!!1

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  3. Reads like everything is good in your world.

    Congratulations on the new additions to your human family and beautiful bovine family(s). I imagine it will be a busy knitting season for you.

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  4. Busy days for you with all that calving . . .
    So darn cute . . .
    "Blondie" needs a pink hat???
    The winds were wicked around here Friday/Saturday . . .
    Happy you were all in tack!

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  5. I love that first picture and at least your hero had the chance to use one of his beloved ladders, though I'll bet you were relieved when he came safely back down!

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  6. Oh those heights and ladders scare me too! I'm glad your husband got up and down safely. I sometimes hold the ladder for my husband when he has to climb to the eave of the house although I don't know how much good I am standing at the bottom as I'm not a strong woman at all and if the ladder slid I'd probably jump out of the way! lol Tessy is so sweet and how exciting that you are welcoming so many babies this month already. It has felt like spring here in NB too and we have lost a lot of snow this past week. Outdoor recreation has come to a stop in our area which is a real shame for those who depend on it for a living and for fun. Have a great week! Hugs. Pam

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  7. I watch my partner when he climbs on to our MUCH smaller roof with my heart in my mouth. That worry is an expression of how dear and precious your hero is to you.
    Loved the calf - and Tessa is a beautiful name for a beautiful beast.

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  8. I know what you mean when the wind is fierce and howling I always worry too. I love your calf nursing photo. It always amazes me how they know where to find their first meal.
    I hope the warmer weather will stay for the rest of the new calves to be born.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  9. I don't like seeing Papa here up on the ladders or roves either makes me cringe . Oh my what a sweet calf and yes Tessy fits a name we named one of our old dogs . Our weather here is mild and we have no snow left the temps this weekend were up 13C and sunny like spring it was . Thanks for sharing ,lovely photos . I am glad all the calving is going well and all are healthy ! Have a good week !

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  10. Hooray for warmer weather and the safely closed window! I can't wait to see Tessys hat! :)

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  11. Great description of your anxiety. I think I've heard that somewhere else. At one time I would climb anything. Exposure on mountains didn't bother me. Age has made me much more cautious.

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  12. You are coming down the homestretch. Seven left. Hope the last few come without issues. The older I get the less I enjoy heights. Glad your hubby made it up and down safely.

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  13. Long way up to the roof of the barn there.
    Well 7 more to go - good luck there..
    Hugs M xox

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  14. a blonde calf! And she is just beautiful. Her name, Tessy, fits perfectly.

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  15. We were visiting some friends the other day and their business is in a HUGE pole barn. They called the pole barn company because after a storm they had a small leak. The company claimed that they had to change every screw on the roof as they were defective. The good news is they were under warranty! No charge. I know exactly how you feel about your Hero being on the ladder up high. I hate it when My Shug goes on the roof of our house. I think I'd put a piece of wood across that window so it couldn't open anymore! Bossy had an adorable baby and I think Tessy is a wonderful name. We called my sister Tessy when she was little and she's a blonde! I can tell her a calf was named after her!!!!!

    Cindy Bee

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  16. PS. I miss you and hope to find some time to get caught up on blog reading. With this house getting finished I have to work harder and make more decisions. The kitchen will be finished by Easter!

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  17. Your prose just gets better and better--evoking so many thoughts and describing scenes so well. Your photos tell a story themselves. So glad for Bossy2 and Tessy. They are beautiful!

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  18. Wow, SO MANY calves! They are so cute! I wonder what acrobatics you performed to get that first photo. I love heights so maybe you'll let me climb up that ladder next time I come to visit :)!!

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  19. Just thinking about climbing that ladder makes my hands sweat!
    Awwww, what a cute baby :-)

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  20. number 17 congratulations, such sweet faces as you say-I am not a fan of heights either, and so glad for you that it was simply an open window-

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  21. I also freak when my husband climbs high. He makes it look so easy, but I always am relieved when he touches back down on the ground. Cute calf- best wishes for it to be healthy! Have a good day!

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  22. Heights are not my thing either and my fears for the Pres are always present. I will say though that taking Tai Chi has made me much more confident about climbing and don't know why! Congrats on all the healthy new family members!...:)JP

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  23. Love that last shot. I am afraid of heights.

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  24. We are dealing with one of those horrid banging noises from the last bad wind here. It tore a piece off the roof and part of the end wall....not too bad but we cannot get up there with our ladder and to be honest I insisted Ralph get some help. We are so lucky we live in an Amish community. Now if it can last thru to Saturday! Your barn is so lovely and o is the sweet calf!

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  25. Oooh. I am with you on the height/ladder thing. I would have been a puddle. I just love your photographs - mother and calf are so beautiful! (Beautiful barn, by the way.)

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  26. OK, now we can all breathe again! You are quite the storyteller, and your emotions carry through. Love that little Tessy and can't wait to see her baby bonnet!

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  27. I live outside of Buffalo Ny on a pond. Some of my fondest childhood memories are the summer visits to my cousins dairy farm with my sister. We just love everything about it.. My Grandfather grew up on a small farm and I have my Great-grandmother's diary of farm life.... Michelle

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  28. That looks like a LONG climb up that ladder! Glad that went ok! Such a sweet little newborn calf that is

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