Sunday, February 11, 2018

Observations on those winter days

The way to love anything is to realize it could be lost.
                                 Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  
                               
Two very large black ravens fly low and then land. They then skid across the snowy, thin layer of ice covered field which we call our hay field. I watch, and I giggle because I have always believed that they were the cleverest of the birds. Possibly they are just playing. Even the most intelligent or driven of any species could use some fun now and then.


It is a dreary Sunday afternoon and I believe that winter is such a beautiful time of year if you are paying attention. There are many of us who believe it is too long and they cannot wait till spring. I am not one of them when a beauty like we have had lately surrounds me. The forecast calls for another bout of freezing rain. There is a fair amount of snow on the ground already and with last night’s freezing rain it makes it sparkle. It is so beautiful.


Just last week I watched as the hay fields were full of roaming deer that headed in every direction. They would come to the fence and then they stopped. They sailed over it, with little effort. One by one they overcame that which stood in front of what they wanted. It was a beautiful sight to see.


The bush is where the most beauty hides during this winter. I try to find as much time as I can to head out and explore. I went so far as to play hooky from my dynamic stretch class. I know you are probably wondering why a busy farmer would take such a class. Well, I must tell you it balances out the sometimes physical work that I must do. It is also about the social aspects of it with friends. As we age I do believe that combining the social and physical can play a very important part in our well-being.


I usually venture out into the bush after I have fed the cows and have checked the new calves. They are doing well and the calves always find the best places to hang out. I find them in the strangest of places. The newest one loves to climb into the center of a round bale of hay. I find her there in the mornings because I always seem to get up way before she does.


The snow-covered trees and the early morning frost covered anything that was not covered in snow. There is nothing that compares to Mother Nature and her artistry. I walked around like a child filled with wonder and believed it would last forever. The adult in me knew it would disappear as soon as it warmed up. My camera captured as much of the beauty as we could before it was to slip away.


Oh yes, it has now started to rain here. The layer of thin ice on top of the snow is still pretty. The rain makes it glisten even more. If our forecast is true and that freezing rain does come it will be pretty and make for great photos. If it keeps raining we will be in a muck of trouble but a very different beauty will be there in the morning.

Later


24 comments:

  1. I love the photos of the deer jumping over effortlessly and the Winter scenes. I know all too well the importance of socialization, relaxation and play as we integrate them into our lives as we age...I've been doing it for years!...:)JP

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  2. I wish I had of learned that earlier:). Thank you JP. Hug

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  3. Miss Buttons, this new blog is much sharper for the pictures. I like it. It really fits your professional persona. It is liking going to High Def.

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  4. Tried to comment, trying again.
    I have been a bit out of commission lately.
    I will “fire up!”
    Enjoyed your post . . .

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    1. Thank you, Lynne take care of yourself. Hugs B

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  5. Looks like it went through, Yay!

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  6. You have some beautiful pictures of the snow!! And those little calf faces. Love them! I cannot deny the snow's beauty...but I dislike the extra work it makes. Maybe it's the getting old in me! :) I agree with the need for socialization...and exercise at the same time. The older I get the harder it gets to be motivated to exercise, and the encouragement of friends would be helpful.

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    1. Thank you that is a special spot I am so happy it turned out. Hug

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  8. I wondered what had happened to you. Glad to see you back.

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    1. Thank you I was afraid I was going to lose my friends. Glad to see you. HUGs

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  9. Grace, you have the most wonderful positive attitude toward winter in all it's beauty and challenges. I'm bordering on the side of burn out. As I get older, it takes more time to get things done around the farm. My muscles are in good shape but fatigue sets in.

    My dairy calves are all in their individual little pens and the older one are in larger commune pens, socializing and they are so much work to feed and bed twice a day. I have 27 of them.... I admire that you can go explore the bush after you're done checking up on the calves. It all sounds so healthy.
    Nice photos of the things you love.
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Our farming is much easier than it is to be a dairy farmer like you Julia. I have always loved the beauty of winter and I try to not think about the extra work of it.My muscles are weaker but my energy is still high. Hug

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  10. I love seeing snow on my computer and TV screens, but know I couldn't possible cope with that kind of cold. Thank you for the calf photos, they are gorgeous.

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    1. River I am sure you would adapt as I would to your heat....eventually ;)

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  11. Grace girl you took some gorgeous pictures here .. my favorite is the view through the trees and gate .. but the "girls" are so sweet too.
    This has been the snowiest winter in a long time eh ?
    Yup ! I changed your link on my blog list so we are good, and yes some time we have to meet up in Kingston for a coffee chat and see if we are connected !

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    1. Thank you Joy. We shall meet sometime for sure.. Take care.

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  12. Beautiful shots especially of your cows.

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  13. These are beautiful, chilly photos, Grace! I love the frost "fans." It went into the 40's today - our snow started melting and no big storms on the horizon. I think they're all going to you! I actually tied my coat off while on my walk and the sun on my back felt great. Keep warm and stay upright.

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    1. Warm and upright yes I will remember that if you do :)Barb.

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  14. Lovely snow photos and always your cows are beautiful.
    Hugs M xoxox

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  15. What cute little babies! I love this time of year, too. I wish we'd get some of the moisture snow would provide. We are REALLY dry!

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