Tuesday, 8 May 2012

New arrivals.


The first of the summer grazers have arrived. They came yesterday - a dozen or so young British Blue X cattle belonging to our friend and neighbour. These young ladies left their mums in the Autumn and have been inside since, so this is their first foray into the big wide world unaccompanied by mum to keep them safe.

Needless to say they are frisky in the extreme. They fly up and down the pasture, tails in the air and feet thudding in the damp grass. Anybody entering the field invites a careering group who screech to a stop a few yards away and then watch carefully. Turn and face them and say boo and they retreat backwards very quickly.

I for one do not intend to enter the pasture for a few days yet. Tess goes with the farmer and Tip, his sheepdog, and takes absolutely no notice of them whatsoever. This afternoon, when the farmer has his walk, I hope he takes the camera and gets a photograph to add to this blog - in the meantime it is photographless for obvious reasons!

Here comes the photograph. Tip, our sheepdog, is keeping his eye on them in the foreground - and as usual they are going across the pasture like rockets. Hopefully, they'll settle down in a couple of days.

16 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Looking forward to seeing the new young ladies!
Lovely new header.
Loved the post below about the girls quilting.
I must ay, before all our multiple distractions (ie computers) it was much easier to read and concentrate in general!

ArcticFox said...

looking forward to seeing the picture if you manage to get one..... I have bad memories of being stampeded by cows when I was walking the dog a year or two ago.... frightening..... I let the dog go..... and we ran after each other toward the dry stone wall and stile which in my head (whether right or wrong) complete with hardcore walking boots I hurdled..... single leap! Perhaps I didn't..... we will never know now! Not something to take lightly though....

Heather said...

It's lovely to see the animals enjoying their first taste of freedom. Looking forward to a photo or two.

MorningAJ said...

How amazing that they're seeing the sky for the first time.

Gwil W said...

Nice to see them. Yes, they are frisky. Must be the good fodder.

Gerry Snape said...

Pat ...I love the apple blossom on the profile pic. It makes me think of summer and apples to eat straight from the tree. Great post.

Dartford Warbler said...

Wonderful to see the Girls playing and enjoying their new spring meadow! Your grass looks so lush. Perfect for growing cattle.

Pondside said...

One of the many things that I enjoy on your blog is the way that you share the rhythm of the seasons with us. Who knew that the young cattle would be so frisky?!

angryparsnip said...

I am so glad a came back to see if a photo was posted.
I love Tip watching them so intently.
Can you post a bigger photo of Tip ?
Does he stay in the barn or house ?

cheers, parsnip

Hildred and Charles said...

And are you entertaining or are these just casual visitors? They must be fun to watch, but I'm sure you are looking forward to them becoming more decorous.

Your header is lovely, Pat.

Dave King said...

Super post. Brought back a few memories from my wartime sojourn on a farm. Thanks for.

The Weaver of Grass said...

In answer to various queries - these cattle (and others, still to come) come to us every summer. We have plenty of grass to share after we have cut our silage and our neighbours who still farm are always on the lookout for somewhere which provides summer eatage. We no longer farm as we are retired, but we let out our land. Sheep will also arrive soon - these will be this year's lambs with their mothers. You could say that we get all the pleasure of animals with little of the work.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I intend to post a post about Tip, our sheepdog. It is a long time since he featured and he has the most lovely temperament. Thanks for visiting.

Toffeeapple said...

Do you not have standing water in your fields? I hope that the cows won't churn the land too much.

H said...

I love to see young animals working off energy by chasing around in the fields. It looks so carefree :)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I love to see them running!!