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Honey… I’m ho-ome!

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Been there, done that, did not get the t-shirt. 🙂

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 unreal 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! 🙂  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 ( 😉 ) 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! 🙂 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  new, green grass and they started skipping and jumping and chasing each other around. It was so cool to watch! 🙂

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!!!! 🙂

 

🙂  Nearly weekend, friends, hope you’ve got wonderful plans for it!!!!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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!!!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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