Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Musings

Well......the calves arrived yesterday and seem to be doing well. Here are a few of them looking a tad suspicious of the woman taking their picture. They should be relieved that I didn't bring my Border Collie with me. We have Angus and what is known locally as, "Black and White Face". This would be a cross between a Hereford and an Angus. A good mix for beef cattle. It has been a little over a year since we had cattle on our farm. We had other business ventures going on last year and allowed our farming to slide a little bit. We are all glad to see our farm being used once again.



After hiking a bit to check on the calves the chiclets decided to climb a tree...one in which we can't seem to identify. So, if any of my readers know what this tree is, we would be most grateful. Here is Toots sitting in it.

And, here it The Deerslayer towards the end of it. I say, "end", due to the fact that it has grown a bit sideways. It also has strange twisty branches. Beautiful, but certainly not typical for our farm.
All of our fruit trees, (plum, pear, peach, and apple), are now in bloom. We are having a bit of a cold snap at the end of this month.....and no let up in sight. I am hoping for no sign of frost.
March seems to be going out like a lion, I do believe.


Wishing everyone a great week.

46 comments:

  1. love the cows...we had a cool front blow in yesterday...it went from the 80's to the 40's....going to be in the 60's this week with a chance of rain...we could definately use the rain..

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  2. Out like a lion here too. But as long it's going out and not staying, I'll live with it. : )

    ~Andrea~

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  3. Not sure if we are having any cattle this year -- time will tell. It's great that you are able to utilize your pasture (and maybe make a little money to boot?)

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. :)

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  4. Great pic of the curious beef! We also have angus/herferd beef:) I think our winter weather has moved in your direction. I'm hoping ours will end {as it's supposed to} by tomorrow! Ready for sunshine:) Have a great evening!

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  5. Even though in danger to repeat meself: "You live in paradise."


    Please have you all a good new week.


    daily athens

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  6. Great pics! I am looking forward to the time we will once again have cattle on our farm, too. We've been without for about a year and it's the first time in a hundred years none have roamed our fields.

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  7. awwwws, cows are my FAV!! Such cute pics, love it!! xoxo LA

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  8. The tree reminds me of the bois d'arc trees here, but I'm not sure you'd have them there. They often grow very weird and gnarly. If it has really yellow wood, it might be...

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  9. I sure hope the weather stays nice for you. It will be quite awhile before we see blossoms up here.

    You have had some fabulous photos in the last few posts. I just caught up. Love those old structures.

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  10. Oh how fun! Those calves look like they posed for the picture!

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  11. What a beautiful blooming tree!!!!

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  12. They look great! The cattle I mean. Well the kids do too. You truly do have a beautiful piece of land.

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  13. I know you were glad to see the cows arrive...It's lots of work, but I love going out to feed the cows and just walking around the farm...Makes for some good living..
    Blessings
    shug

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  14. The cows were probably wondering if California cows get the same about of attention. Happy Cows!

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  15. Reminds me of "Cow watching" on my Aunts porch last year. That is an unusual tree, but don't have any idea what kind. It's finally warming up here and are seeing signs of spring.

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  16. Farmchick -- Oh yes, I hope we don't have frost for the sake of all the fruit trees in bloom. Supposed to warm up soon so maybe you won't get frost -- barbara

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  17. Great pics, such a cool and calm place... Loved the cows and the trees... Very beautiful!
    Have a wonderful week:)

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  18. It's raining again now, March isn't that good bere. I like Deerslayer's tree, it's a good observation perch...

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  19. The cattle are always curious or used to be when I tried to cross a field with a bull in it. Seems like I ran for my life to a lone fence post and crawled up on it. The one memory that I don't like about my cattle days. lol

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  20. cute!



    xoxo from rome
    K.
    http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

    (there's a NEW give-away)

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  21. Nice to see those fruit trees in bloom. Were a way from that here "up north." :)

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  22. Everytime we go past cows here, they just have to stop and stare. If the dogs are with us, they take steps towards them with their horns lowered. Eek. Then, I step a little livlier.

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  23. I love that last shot, and the look at beef cattle. Good luck with your venture, I know I prefer beef that was raised on a small operation (hormone-free).

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  24. Glad you're happy with the new calves. Can't help you with the tree; we also have one that we can't identify and it's just beautiful in the spring.

    We're having a freeze warning for tonight... and just a few days ago, it was in the low 80s!

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  25. Spring is on its way:) Cool tree the way it has grown.

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  26. Love the cows and the tree-climbers!

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  27. Need a picture of a leaf. Then we can all guess the tree species. Heavy bark so it isn't Maple in my estimation. I would guess the base was lost for some reason and a shooter shot up to what is now the tree.

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  28. It has turned cold in Arkansas again!!!
    I hope your trees don't get bitten...the picture is lovely!

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  29. Ask me again about the tree when it has leaves! But then again it may be a sort that we don't have in Scotland.

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  30. Cattle...wonderful! They do look a bit worried though! We were just saying the other day that March was going like a lion here too...but it's supposed to warm up this week...I hope so!Have a great day!!

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  31. Wow! Your farm must be enormous!

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  32. I love seeing the kiddies in the trees. It reminds me of my younger days when that's all I could think about was climbing trees...

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  33. wish i could identify your tree, but i'm not well versed in that category ~ but the shot of the blooming one sure says spring ;-)

    love your new header foto!

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  34. I love cows, I like the way they stare at you. We used to have cows all around us, but our neighbor sold all of his. I like what we call 'oreo cows'. They are black with a white band in the middle of them, I hope the frost don't get your trees, seems that happens around here every spring.

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  35. Love it! Love the idea of having cattle grazing on the farm. Very cool.

    Sending Florida sunshine your way. The warm weather will soon be arriving.

    Velva

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  36. Love those moo cows! I think you are right about "out like a lion", as long as it goes i'm happy. Lucky you, your fruit trees are blooming so pretty. Have a great week!

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  37. Oh your weather looks much more appealing than ours today. Snowed here all day! Much calmer these days, which is nice. Spring is looming and keeping the snow light and fluffy and melts as soon as it hits the ground. Good luck with your herd. Cattle prices are very profitable now!!

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  38. It is definitely going out like a lion, isn't it. Grr!

    So happy your farm has cows on there again. Lil' mooers, I call them.

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  39. Great header, Farmchick ! And if that last shot is an indication of March going out like a lion, I'll take it (back home) any day ! This is the weather we had on April 27 last year - WAY past March !

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  40. Hereford Angus calves are a strong cross bred. We call them "black baldies" and have them on our family farm. You'll see pictures soon from me on them too. But today I have bald eagles in the snow!
    Katie

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  41. Nice to see the livestock. I often try to work out what cows are thinking when I am taking their pictures. It looks like they might be wondering what their fate is while getting to know their owner who is holding something strange ! Nice family pictures.

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  42. Cows are funny, your pic looks like they are in a flying geese formation. Good pic. Don't know about that tree.
    We are having one more cool week this week and some wind but hen it will be done and the heat and bugs will descend upon us!!!

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  43. Gorgeous pictures with the beautiful views and the cute faces!

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  44. Identifying by leaf certainly helps but you can identify by stem & buds to see if they are pinnated or not; bark identification is a help, along with checking the leaf litter on the forest floor - looking for seedheads specifically. Your tree there looks like it comes from a grouping of stems, and has shoots from its base, which is common in Box elder trees ~ acer negundo ~ http://cnre.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=3

    We look at trees all the time in the winter to identify.



    ...not that i own a forestry business or anything lol

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  45. Great images! I love the pink tree!:)
    -Hope you all have a nice weekend!

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