Friday, 8 May 2015
A lonely little petunia.....
...in the onion patch!
We still have in-calf cattle in our loose housing. They can smell the grass growing and they are getting restless. A few at a time they are being let out and when that happens they frolic down the pasture like little children (albeit ungainly little children).
But some have to wait in for the freeze-brander to arriver, hopefully this week-end.
In the meantime we have a pedigree Jersey heifer in among the mature in calf Holstein ladies. She is also in calf, but it is her first calf. I wonder if she realises that she is different. She is certainly beautiful, especially around the eyes. And she is very tame.
Whenever the farmer goes to bed them down in the morning, she comes across for him to stroke behind her ears, which he does. But there is a down side to this because when he stops she is inclined to nudge him to do it again - and of course she doesn't know her own strength so a nudge from her is enough to send him sprawling. It hasn't happened yet, but he is very aware of how dangerous it can be in there - thirty or so animals, none of them meaning any harm, but all of them capable of doing him some injury.
Here is her photograph - don't you agree she is a beauty?