Monday, December 12, 2016

Silently it fell.

Where you are is of no moment, but what you are doing there.
It is not the place that ennobles you, but you the place;
and this only by doing that which is great and noble.
                                                   Petrarch


A few weeks ago all our cows wandered into the barnyard. They watched me through the window as I watched them. They were curious as to what My Hero was doing. I always wonder about the constant bang and clang of pounding metal myself. There are always a lot of activities going on in the barnyard. That afternoon he was welding another gate.


As expected the snow fell last night as we slept. First thing this morning I walked to the window to see a beautiful white wonderland. Just like when I was a kid my heart started to dance. The barn roof looked like a huge bowl of vanilla ice cream. Well, I was hungry so that is what I imagined. Even in the semi-darkness, she showed her brilliance. It was a new start for our world now covered completely in a base coat of white.

We did know its visit was imminent, after all, our neighbours to the west were battling its arrival on the roads. Before it came, some preparations needed to be completed around the farm. Most importantly, those cows needed to head to their winter retreat. They do enjoy hanging out around the house to watch us. They also like to be near the road to entertain those who pass by. The time had come.


They followed My Hero back yesterday afternoon. Without hesitation and just like “The Piped Piper” he led and they followed him knowing the destination was where they needed to be. Back to their place, where they can relax among the trees and not worry about the noise of traffic or the cold biting winds from the north. A place where their hay is delivered daily and bedding will make a comfy spot to wait out any storm that comes. For four months this will be their home.


In the spring when the green grass pops through and the whiteness has disappeared they will emerge. Once again, they will entertain the neighbours and the traffic that comes to see what they have been up to all winter.


Later

20 comments:

  1. Your cows know it vacation time for them and they willingly go to a warmer sheltered place. I'm always amazed that their hoofs can stand the cold, just like the little birds around my feeders, they fly around with such delights, even on bitter cold days. They are created that way.

    The snow storm has started this morning and all is white around here. The little birds are all around the feeders in a feeding frenzy.

    Have a great day.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  2. Happy cows, headed off for vacation! I'm sure the snow is beautiful!

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  3. Your stories and cows always make me smile!

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  4. You have such photogenic cows... :)

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  5. Only you can describe the new snow as a bowl of vanilla ice cream and make it sound as luscious and delightful as you do. Fortunate animals to have you as their keepers.

    Stay warm, stay dry, and enjoy the beauty of your world.

    Jen

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  6. So they stay outside, in amongst the trees, fresh hay . . . ALL winter!
    Bet they cuddle up . . .
    I hope you bring them their winter hats with flaps!

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  7. Methinks that it's time for knitted warm cuddly hats, and time to retire the straw hat!

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  8. Stunning image, and a beautiful slice of life.
    Thank you. So much.

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  9. This made me smile. Your hero and Brett are both such hard workers.

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  10. After all the shoveling required today I kinda wish I was a cow.

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  11. It's too bad the squeaky clean white snow wouldn't stay that way. Then I'd want winter all year.

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  12. It's nice that your cows have a summer and a winter home, with such loving care, these must be the happiest, most contented cows on the planet.

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  13. It is so beautiful! I love the silence that a layer of snow creates!

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  14. Love that the cows are safe in their "wintering grounds". The snow is beautiful, as it is here, but a nuisance at the same time keeping things cleaned off.

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  15. Your cows are lovingly taken care of and they know it. I always enjoy your posts, especially about your dear cows.

    Happy winter and Christmas holidays ~ FlowerLady

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  16. Miss B, In the fall our cows are more than ready to come home to their winter pasture. I think you are right, it is a "retreat" for them.
    Stay Warm!

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  17. There is comfort in repetition. It is humbling when you know so many creatures trust in your care.

    Take care and Merry Christmas.

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  18. B,
    I always love the pictures of your cows. They're very inquisitive aren't they.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  19. Love those snow shots Buttons! Looking forward to seeing it all for myself soon.

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  20. Sounds like the cows have a nice winter retreat :)
    Stay warm!

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