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Skies, cows, hay and my point of view

An appearance of delicacy,and even fragility, is almost as essential to beauty.                         Edmond BurkeThe skies have been so beautiful lately. The dark clouds seem to always open up when there is hay on the ground, especially after it has been raked.  Sunny skies tend to be rare this summer. Both happen to bring with them incredible skies...

Happy Birthday Mom

Assuredly, all nature informs us that man is meant for happiness.                                                         Andrè Gide Yesterday, our dear mother would have turned 89. Every year seems to get easier. Those first ones I must admit were more difficult than I could ever explain. This year, I reflected on the gifts that she left not mourn...

Among the Thistles

Life, we learn too late, is in the living,in the tissue of each day and hour.                                     Stephen Butler LeacockThis morning just as the sun was on her way up, I headed to the bush. This is a place I have not been for quite a while now. I have missed it.I cheated, I drove the tractor down, part way. I then climbed down and headed...

This has been a weird time

The first ingredient in conversation is truth;the next, good sense;the third, good humour;and the fourth, wit.           Sir William TempleDo not let the title scare you off. It has been a weird time but also an enlightening time ever since my internet has been next to non-existent. Also, Mother Nature with her weather around here obviously does not...

Frustrations, over-ruled by smiles

The best thing which we derive from history is the enthusiasm that it raises in us.                                  Johann Wolfgang von GoetheThe days have flown by. We have jumped into the world of hay. I say we jumped but I really should tell you that we stood on the edge for a while. This was when we tried to get up the courage to partake in that...

The sound of morning

You will never “find” time for anything.If you want time you should make it.                                        Charles BuxtonThe soft sound of a moo slips through the window. Then, a jarring sound of what I can only describe as an alley cat squeal slips through with it.The two sounds are so very different but both remind me that I am back at home...

Hay Hopes

Time, like a flurry of wild rain,shall drift across the darkened plane.                       Sir Charles George Douglas RobertsWe had high hopes that the haying season would be upon us in no time. Just when the weather forecast hinted at sunny days ahead, and with only a few scattered showers we did get excited. We started to plan.Well, let me clarify...

All good things

Patience is a passion turned.                               Lyman AbbottI am not a patient person. My mother always used to say “All good things come to those who wait.” She was probably right. The hay around here continues to grow. It is the haying season and I just want to get it cut and baled. It is the season. There are a lot of other things that...

Routine

Keep out of ruts: a rut is somethingIf traveled too much, becomes a ditch.                                              Arthur GuitermanThe sound of a soft steady moo floats through the window. The clock on the dresser reads 5:10. I get up to watch the routine. Every evening our cows come back home to sleep behind the house. I have no idea when they...

Until it was not

Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.                                  George MacDonaldEarly mornings on the farm are quiet until they are not. Yes, the bird's chirp, the blackbirds pick the stones from the shingles in the eves troughs. The occasional scampering of another red squirrel on the roof, these are all normal sounds. Every morning...

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