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A few of my favourite things ( also known as ‘happiness’)

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We’ve had a good amount of rain since I’ve chatted to you the last time, and I’m over the moon with the good start to the season! And the calves keep coming! So that keeps me happy too! All round happy, happy… πŸ™‚

It is very simple to keep me happy. I love spending time with my children, which is a very rare occurrence these days. I don’t like heat, so make sure I stay cool. I love it if all goes well with my cattle. (Not so easy in this instance to ‘keep’ me happy, because everybody that farms with livestock, know that stuff happens…) I love a glass of wine to relax. I love visiting with friends, but only so much, then I need to beat a retreat to recover. (People generally take the oomph out of me…) I need alone time. A lot. To read, watch TV, write a blog, knit, or simply stare into space, but I need it like I need oxygen. Very simple.

OH! And it will be in your best interest to never ever let me get really hungry!

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HAPPY PLACE

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Another one of the many new babies – Happiness!

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Happy me

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It’s been a little over a week since I’ve last written, and I am VERY happy to say, I am no longer waiting!!! We’ve had 9 calves born in the last week and a bit!!! πŸ˜€Β  Can you see the smile? From ear to ear…Β  (Sorry, but you are going to have to look at my ‘baby’ pics – I am like a very proud first time mama…)

Another thing I’m not waiting for anymore, is the first spring rain. I am sooooo chuffed that we had some lovely, soaking rain over the last 2 days, and it will make a difference to the grazing in a very short time.

 

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Baby number one

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Babies no. 2 and 3

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Baby no.4 needed a little assistance to be born

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Little sweetie pie

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The little one with the ears

So there you have it – the first six! (Un)fortunately for you, I don’t have pictures yet of the last 3, but just you wait… πŸ˜‰

Waiting…

So, although in time-of-the year terms, it is calving season, (like I mentioned in my previous post), it seems the pregnant ladies have decided it is not yet the right time… 😦

I check on the girls twice a day, and this morning I found two of them having a go at each other, obviously getting as frustrated as I am!!! I know that there is no rushing Mother Nature, but I cannot help myself from getting irritated by the much longer than usual wait. And the heat is not helping…

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Irritated girls head-butting each other this morning.

P.S Β Did you notice how well they are blending in with the winter colours? I cannot wait for the rain to come and the grass to turn green again…

 

Honey… I’m ho-ome!

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Been there, done that, did not get the t-shirt. πŸ™‚

My last post was all about my excitement over my impending visit to my daughter in Canada. Well, I’ve been, and I’m back!

The three weeks flew by, and as I got ready to head home, it felt unrealΒ that my holiday could be over already…

(Why does one always feel torn? Or is it just me? What I mean is – before I left, I was torn because I was going on holiday without my SO*, and after 3 weeks in Canada, I was torn again, this time because I would have loved staying longer to spend more time with my daughter and son-in-law, but I was missing my SO so much, I had to come home… 😦

Anyway…about my trip…

I LOVED IT! πŸ™‚Β  I’ve wanted to see Canada for many years, and now I’ve done it. And may I say, what a beautiful country it is! Of course I haven’t seen the WHOLE country, that would probably ( πŸ˜‰ ) take more than 3 weeks, but what I’ve seen has left me happy and content, because it was all that I expected, and more!

At the top of Sulphur Ridge.

At the top of Sulphur Ridge.

Besides enjoying being with Xan and Stef, and getting to know the area where they live, as well as the city of Edmonton, they spoiled me beyond any expectations, and for that I thank them from the bottom of my heart. They took time off work and drove me around all over the place! I got to go to Drumheller and see the amazing countryside around it, I was fortunate to visit the absolutely fantastic Royal Tyrrell Museum ( dinosaurs) which is well worth a visit, even if you may think you are not really into dinosaurs. And… I got to see and experience The Canadian Rockies!

Oh. My. Word.

Beyond beautiful. The beauty of it often left me speechless, and definitely in awe of the power and wonder of nature. I could go there again, and again, and again, and I will not tire of the awesome beauty. I was fortunate enough to experience these magnificent mountains from a tourist’s perspective, as well as on a more ‘personal’, intimate level, as we drove around and stopped at numerous sites, and walked and climbed to a point where I thought I was not going to make it. But I did (with a little help and encouragement from Xan & Stef!), and I’m glad I persevered. The rewards were such that I hope if I forget everything else in my old age, I will remember that.

So, thanks to my SO, my daughter and Stef, I can tick another couple of boxes on my Bucket List: Canadian Rockies – CHECK. Banff – CHECK. Jasper – CHECK.

I will not ‘check’ Canada just yet, as it is such a vast country, and I feel I need to see a bit more of it before I can say I’ve seen Canada!

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(Next time, I might write a bit about the things I found odd about Canada…)

*SO Significant Other

The Cow post

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Cattle. Cows. Calves.

Oh, and creche!

I love the alliteration there! πŸ™‚ Bulls have no place in this specific post – Adam will have a chance next time.

I’m tempted to say: ‘Halleluya!’, because another beautiful calf was born yesterday morning, which brings the current total to eleven!!! Five heifers, and six bull babies. And a few more to come. I am smiling broadly at the moment. I do realize that something will go wrong again somewhere down the line, but I’m thoroughly enjoying our blessings and good fortune for now.

(I’m disappointed – I was going to post just a short video of the babies, but I can’t unless I buy space?!!!! ) So, not as cute but some pictures of the babes…

The Creche – Six of the babies relaxing with moms.

Babies a couple of weeks ago.

 

 

Yesterday we had to move our cattle to another camp, as they’ve munched off all the grass in the old camp. It was so funny to watch! They jogged through the gate, saw the green, green grass on the other side and dived in! Then after a few minutes, they realized it’s a whole camp of Β new, green grass and they started skipping and jumping and chasing each other around. It was so cool to watch! πŸ™‚

This cow was sick a short while ago, and when she saw the juicy grass, she stuck her head in it, and hardly came up for air! I had to laugh at the way she was just about ‘mowing’ the grass!!! I managed to draw her attention enough for her to lift her head so I could take a picture.

Ooooooh YUM!!!! πŸ™‚

 

πŸ™‚ Β Nearly weekend, friends, hope you’ve got wonderful plans for it!!!! Β πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

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’. πŸ™‚

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….. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

 

Enjoy your evening, and good luck with the week ahead!!!! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.Β  ~James Conrad

THAT VERY PEACEFUL TIME OF DAY – DUSK.Β 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!!!! πŸ™‚