Thursday, September 22, 2016

Autumn takeout

Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness.
                                   John Keats
  
  
         
Bossy2, with that smile, always brings a smile to my face.

Fall, with its record warm temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius, predicted for today, sure knows how to keep us guessing about what lie ahead. Some of us look forward to the cool front that is sneaking in tonight. That temperature will drop to the teens overnight, and stay for a number of days. This will be a shock to some of us and apparently time to dig out the fleece, and the flannel.


The days are shorter now, and it is hard to get everything done that needs to be done around the farm. With the drought still affecting our decisions, and our timeline, we have resorted to cutting our fields, and baling, sometimes just before dusk to feed our cattle.

“This would be easier to harvest, if we owned a chopper or a bale wrapper,” My Hero tells me.


“Maybe next year" I tell him. He continues to keep an eye on those auction listings.

My Hero, baled as the sun went down last night. The grass was green, fragrant, and not at all dry. The old baler, handled it no problem. I, once again, watched from the sidelines. When he almost had a full bale, I called our cows. They were headed to the pastures to look for more green. Takeout was ordered and delivered. They ran, as soon as they heard me call.

“Here Bossy, Red, come on girls.”


 My Hero, pulled through the gate, and dropped a bale on the ground. Then, very excited cows started to run. They remembered that smell. They have always enjoyed takeout, and delivery. There was no need to continue to call, as they surrounded the bale. Three bales were delivered and appreciated. There was no work on their part.

This morning as I sit here, the heavy dew drips from the fence behind the house. The three bales that had been delivered are still there, but no longer perfectly round. They had  picked through them well. I watch, as the cows head for the bush to rest. They know it is going to be another hot day, and they have full bellies. They will be back, no doubt this evening, to finish the leftovers. They have always loved leftovers.



Later.

Joining my friend Theresa @ Good Fences.

25 comments:

  1. Hello, I smiled at Bossys's cute face too. I can just imagine the cows running for their takeout. Gorgeous sky and photos. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

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  2. Very enterprising! We had a lonesome cow in the front yard this morning. Bellowing at 5:30 this morning--just lookin' for a home--just lookin' for a home. Owner finally found him just a Bob was going to herd him in an upper pasture. I felt sad for the lonesome cow.
    MB

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  3. Wonderful post. Sad melancholy and glad all rolled into one! Apparently all happy cows don't come from California.

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  4. This made me think about my pony - he was the only one who wanted to be caught to go into his stable over winter - his haynet meant he didn't need to work to find food! I CAN'T WAIT for this cooler front. I have even heard snow is predicted before remembrance day this year!

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  5. We all love to eat...some of us more than others! Fun photos!

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  6. I don't have any idea what 30 Celsius is. It's been in the 80's and 90's here in the desert. Not bad. We've had a lot of rain and believe it or not, fog.
    You can sure see the signs of fall here though.

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  7. A beautiful vignette.
    I hope you get some relief from the heat - and the dry. Soon.

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  8. You seem to be in the dark but I do love the cow shot.

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  9. I love that "take out and delivery" analogy!! Who doesn't enjoy good leftovers? A mainstay here! Great to "see" you, Buttons! - xo Nellie

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  10. i love your happy cows. i hope you can figure out feeding thru winter.

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  11. I can just picture the cows running for the bales! Sometimes it's like the Pied Piper...they following their leader to the bounty of hay. Love the smell! Still record hot temps here too, but this weekend relief is coming!!

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  12. Your cows seem to know the routine. You treat them well.

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  13. i really enjoy the changing seasons, i don't think i could live in an area that did not have them!!! happy cows, happy life!!!

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  14. Sweet, smiling Bossy Girl! I always love the cows breath after they feed on the sweet cut grass!

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  15. Love Bossy's smile, that is one happy cow for sure.
    I love the idea of take out bales being delivered for the girls, that's such a lovely way to describe the feeding of the herd.

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  16. Cute photos☺ Have a lovely weekend ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  17. This evening I am sitting on the sofa with a soft blanket wrapped around my shoulders. How wonderful to finally transition to cozy weather. The real cold can stay away for now but cozy is good.

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  18. It must be difficult to be a farmer in these uncertain times. Too hot, too dry, too much rain when it finally comes, and so on. But just that face, that Bossy2, must make it all worth it. I so love your cows.

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  19. Fall is such a nice time of year in Ontario. I really like that second photo of the gate and sky. Bonus to your cows, they get to enjoy takeout!

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  20. Bossy sure looks happy about the fresh grass buffet! I hope you've had some cooling weather. It snowed at my house overnight.

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  21. I can't believe you are still getting such hot weather there. It's been in the mid-teens here the past couple days with a cold northwest wind so it really feels like fall and I certainly don't like the cold weather. I'm glad the cows enjoyed their takeout supper.

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  22. Nice post. - I bet there is a lot to do on the farm. I find it hard to fit everything I need to do in a day as well (must be getting old).

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  23. I so enjoy your wonderful stories of farm life. I am living there through you.
    diane @ thoughts&shots

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