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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Sunday

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Sunday.

The weekend is just about over. Are you looking forward to the week ahead? I am. I’m going to spend some time with my daughter, doing some preparations for the big day at the end of November.

I said earlier this week that I’m about to do a ‘cow and calf post’ again soon, and this one is not quite it yet, but still I’m sneaking in some ‘cow and calf’. 🙂

STORM RECEDING OVER THE FARM.

OUR YOUNGEST BABY, BORN YESTERDAY.

 

 

And then, last but by no means least, I have to fulfill a promise I made. Here is a picture of a picture, if you follow my drift… I received this gorgeous drawing from my friend, Mr Bunny Chow, and I promised him I’ll send him a picture of it once it’s framed. So, ta-daaaaaaa….. 🙂

Drawing of Brahman baby by Mr Bunny Chow

It is standing right next to our telephone, so I see it every time I make a call. 🙂

 

Enjoy your evening, and good luck with the week ahead!!!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dusk = Peace

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I take it that what all men are really after is some form of, perhaps only some formula of, peace.  ~James Conrad

THAT VERY PEACEFUL TIME OF DAY – DUSK. 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!!!! 🙂

 

 

 

Rainy day people

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“Rainy day people always seem to know when it’s time to call

Rainy day people don’t talk, they just listen till they’ve heard it all…”

Gordon Lightfoot

(Beautiful song, worth a listen – http://www.songlyrics.com/gordon-lightfoot/rainy-day-people-lyrics/)

We’ve been lucky the last couple of weeks – we’ve had quite a bit of rain. 🙂

There are always predictions – the wind didn’t blow in August, so it’s going to be a dry year; the winter was very cold, so we’ll have lots of rain, etc., but basically you never know what kind of rainy season you’re going to have. Even if it starts off this good, our actual rainy season is later in summer and it might not rain enough then. But I’m all for living in the moment (or at least trying to!), so I’m very happy with the rain we’ve had. Parts of the country have actually had floods, which is unfortunate.

As I’ve told you before, I LOVE rainy weather! I don’t mind if it rains for a week without a break. I find the cosiness of  snuggling up under a blanket with something hot to drink and a book, very appealing. And, like I’ve also mentioned before (probably a few times…), I really don’t like hot weather, so I’m a happy camper at the moment! 🙂

And because I love clouds, and rain, and nature, and trees, I’ve been taking a lot of pictures of clouds gathering before the rain, trees with clouds, the veld with clouds, etc. So I picked one pic for this post. I don’t think it’s the best one, but with so many to choose from, it’s difficult to decide.

Tree before the rain.

 

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Well, not quite, since we hardly ever get snow in South Africa, and much less here, but I think you get what I’m trying to say! 🙂

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I’ve tried not to do cow and calves for a while, but I won’t be able to contain myself much longer, since we’ve had quite a few babies born in the last while – the youngest yesterday morning.  Daisy and Mom are back with all their friends and it was a very happy reunion! So watch out for another Cattle Post!!! 🙂

Come fly away with me…

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I’ve been wanting to take pictures of birds in flight for a loooooooooong, long time.

And I’ve tried.Many times. But they’ve always failed. Without fail. 😉

So, now I’ ve got a new camera, and I thought I’d try again. I’m not too displeased with the results, although they are very far from stunning and perfect. But they are not too bad a start. I think.

But more importantly, what do you think? Honestly?

I saw this heron perched on a man-made hilltop, and thought it might make a nice picture.

Blackheaded Heron checking out the surroundings.

The next moment it took off, and I had some trouble finding it in my view finder again, but eventually I did.

Heron in flight.

Next, I thought I’d give a try at getting some shots of the cows’ constant companions, the Cattle Egret. They feast every day on the ticks that are always around cattle.

Cattle Egret.

And of course, as I got closer, they too took off.

Egret taking off.

Egret in flight.

These were the only pics worth saving and/ showing, but I’ve enjoyed trying, and we’ve got many, many birds around here…  You are warned – lots of bird pictures still to come!

Pleasure

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Human beings need pleasure, the way they need vitamins.  ~Lionel Tiger

How true is that? !!   I cannot imagine a life without any I wish you a wonderful weekend, with all the pleasure you can handle!! 🙂

PS. This post was supposed to happen last night, but somehow the internet  just would not co-operate. 😦 So, a bit late, but I am still hoping that all of you have a great weekend!)

 

Quickies…

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I’ve had a weird few days…

Weird because I was not too busy, but somehow always in running mode. It feels as if I’ve been rushing from place to place for  a couple of days now, but in between rushing, I did have a few (rushed) chances to fit in some quickies… 😉

We had some rain, and everything is growing by the minute and turning green, so the photo opportunities are just popping up everywhere. I would be rushing from one camp on the farm to another, see something interesting, stop, jump out with little Sam* in my hand, leave the car engine running, and pop off a few quick photographs. (What did you think I was talking about?)  Jump back into the car, and rush onward and forward.

I unfortunately did not have time recently to take pics with my new camera. I’m hoping that this will change soon, as I really would love to get to know the big Canon. 🙂

This first picture is of mud drying. Yes, I’m serious! I find that even on our small piece of land, the different soil types create different patterns when drying. Remember my earlier post with similar picture of dried mud? Similar kind of pic, totally different pattern.

Close up of mud hole.

 

This gorgeous little flower  caught my eye as I was locking the gate to the farm. It is really tiny, but I just loved the colour and the absolute perfection of it.

Tiny, tiny blue wild flower.

 

Cloudy start to the day.

*Little Samsung S750

 

 

I’m a Survivor!

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It’s a miracle!!! Yes folks, we think she’s made it!!!! 🙂  I cannot begin to tell you how happy and relieved we are about this calf’s recovery.

Our little Daisy was seen frolicking in the grass this morning, trying to entice the young bulls to play with her. I think she misses her young friends from the main herd. She was constantly seen there with Mathilda, a young contemporary of hers. They were always chasing each other around, or grazing together, even napping together. So, tomorrow morning, we’ll let her and mom go back to their friends, as the little madam is eating and drinking normally again. 🙂  (The vet didn’t think that she’ll survive this terrible sickness, that’s why I think it’s a miracle.)

I’m a Survivor!!!! Daisy and mom, taking some time out yesterday.

Daisy & Mathilda, about 5 days before Daisy got sick.

 

* For those of you interested in knowing more about this dreaded disease (amongst cattle farmers, that is) called heartwater, here is a link with a bit of info   –  http://www.ubisimail.co.za/pdf_files/dec_10/HEARTWATER.pdf