Monday, November 17, 2014

Visiting Shellymac Farm

Can you believe how fast the days go by? Can you believe this weather? Can you believe these cold temperatures so early in the season? We had snow flurries last week...and woke up on Saturday morning to a cold 23 degrees! I need to check on Shelby and Jimmy. They were at the farmer's market again in that 23 degrees! And, if all that isn't enough, we could have thunderstorms later today!

Speaking of Shelby and Jimmy...after our trip to Robbins last week, I spent the night at their house and drove home the following day. Shelby wanted me to see their new calves. So, when they went out early to feed up, I trudged along with them...




I love these fuzzy weeds that grow along their path...



Anyway, as much as I wanted to go in and see the babies up close, my instinct told me to stay just outside the gate and watch. If ever a cow would come running toward me, without a doubt I would panic, scream, and cause a stampede. Being run over by a cow is another fear of mine...





Daddy used to brag on Shelby, that she was not afraid of the devil. He was proud of that fact. Wonder if it had anything to with mama and me being so terribly afraid of everything. Daddy used to tell people that Shelby had read the entire set of encyclopedias. When recently I asked her if that was true, she said, nah. She probably has read the entire set.



The calves were in a group playing.



This one baby had gotten over in the hay ring. Jimmy shooed him out to be sure he wasn't hung in there.

With those cows fed, we walked to the other pasture...The pasture with a bull inside. But wait. We walked past the pig pen. I had to stop and see the little pigs...



So, here we are where the bull lives with a few of his cows. Me, waiting just outside the gate, planning which direction I would run, just in case something unforeseen happened. You never know! Why, our niece Vicki, who we met for lunch while we were in Robbins...was telling us how she had gone out to the pasture with a pan of cut up apples to feed to the cows and when their bull "Jimmy" saw her, he came running and charged at the fence. That bull does not like Vicki, and she loves that bull. Vicki said she gave the apples to the cows and didn't give any to Jimmy for being so bad. :)






The bull was eating alone over to the left. That cow was probably thinking, "and he can just stay alone too"! 

Need to get busy. Here it is Monday. Poppy has gone back to work after another nine day vacation. The TV is shut off and cooling down. Oh, Poppy did see a good size buck late Saturday, right at the edge of dark. As Poppy put it, "I may regret it, but I let him walk". Poppy does have a kind heart. The deer have struggled what with that disease killing off so many of them.

Thank you for visiting.

Love, 
Henny Penny

20 comments:

  1. Awww I love it! Shelby and Jimmy's farm is lovely! I would love to go to the fair with you and Shelby next year. That would be great fun!! I love that you added me and my bull Jimmy in the story.
    Love you

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    1. Hope you can go with us to the fair. For sure we would laugh a lot! Love you!

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  2. We had a gentle bull once upon a time- his name was Wooley Bully..gosh he was so sweet. But always a cautious sort (and a big scaredy cat) I usually stay on the opposite side of the fence!

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    1. My sister says their bull is very gentle. But there is no convincing me when it comes to going inside the fence. :)

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  3. You give Poppy a hug for me for being so kind-hearted. :) Loved the farm photos but no barn cats?

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    1. I told Poppy what you said. :) No barn cats, and I don't understand that either.

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  4. Bull's can be so fickle, I 'm with you....never trust one, too much testosterone ;)
    Your friends have a lovely farm, secluded and out of the hustle and bustle of city life.
    The deer are rutting here, they run out in front of your car without a blink of an eye, one thing on their minds....more testosterone I'm afraid.
    Beautiful pictures of a serene and inviting homestead.
    Stay warm, a dusting of snow here today, we have finally been introduced to WInter methinks !
    ~Jo

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    1. Poppy says the deer are rutting here too. The buck he saw was chasing a doe! :)

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  5. For most animals you have to show who's boss. Like your dog...you're the boss. He does what you tell him.

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    1. I have a hard time convincing anything, animal or human that I am the boss. :)

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  6. I loved the tour of the farm. In the second photo, if you enlarge it, the eyes of the cow looking directly at you over the back of one of its mates, are glowing! I think she had her eye on you and that camera thing you were pointing at her. You still have beautiful fall colors and everything is white here in my world. Below zero temps tonight.

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    1. You are right! Those eyes were right on me! I can't imagine snow already. I still want to work outside! I've got a fence to build! :)

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  7. So nice to see your last few posts and enjoy your photos of the fall weather and hear about the hints of snow on the way. Easy for me to say out here in California, but this is my favorite time of year. Those cattle are beautiful, and your sister and her husband have a great looking farm. So much work to do, every day when the animals depend on you. I need to go outside and sweep up the leaves from a windstorm yesterday before they all blow into the pool. I will be thinking of you and those huge piles you have to deal with around your place! I sure can't complain. Stay cozy, and I'm glad Poppy let the deer pass on by.

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    1. Hey Pam! There is lots of work on a farm. I'm always thought I would enjoy farming. Guess I had better stick to this little hobby farm. The temperature is supposed to drop down into the teens tonight. California sounds mighty nice these days! It is time to start raking all these leaves and complaining about it on my blog! :)

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  8. Your sister could have a donkey!! She lives on a beautiful farm, I enjoyed seeing her animals:)

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    1. Yes, I worry all the time that she is going to get a donkey before I get one. Shelby has always managed to beat me at everything! Everything! :)

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  9. This is the only blog on my list where I can read about chickens and pigs and cows and bulls. It takes me back to my roots.:-)

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    1. Well thank you for keeping me on your list. Your blog is so beautiful and so interesting. Thank you for visiting mine. :)

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  10. I loved seeing the animals, beautiful farm.

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    1. Thank you. I enjoy visiting their farm a lot!

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