Cooling Our Hot Heels

The heat has finally come to the Prairies.


I must be very careful that everyone has plenty of water.


All the pigs will have their wallows topped up each morning.


And I have discovered that if you hose the heels of a cow she will stand quite still.  If you try and hose her back or side off she will go. But Queenie and The Bobby especially will allow me to play water around their ankles and cool them off that way. Cooling off their Heels.


The three baby ewes have found a lovely tree to lie under but I see that they have collected a rash of weed seeds at the same time. Today early i need to go and clean up the weeds around the South side of the rat house paddock.


Mama and Hairy MacLairy will stay in Pat’s paddock under the big Mulberry Trees for this hot spell. Being the elders of the Farmy I will give them the deepest shade.  The cows move twice a day, the Dairy Mistress field at night with the all good tucker and then back to to Daisy’s field in the mid morning for  the Mulberry Tree shade. cooling-our-heels-019

Can you see a little piglet doing his best to break out? This shot is taken from under the Mulberry trees (standing by Mama) , through the cows empty shady spot, through the piglets garden and out to Queenie in the Dairy Mistress paddock.  (The barn is to my right.) When I bring the cows  back through I have to lock up the pigs and open the gates and the cows walk in to their shade.  Then I shut and piglet proof all the gates and let the pigs back out again.



Good morning. The sun will soon rise into a hot hazy still sky. And as we are surrounded in a wall of corn higher than the proverbial elephant’s eye, not a lot of breeze is getting through. I am going to start work even earlier this morning to get everyone settled before the heat builds.  It is 74F (23C) now and will reach 94F  (35C) . The humidity is what affects the animals the most though. We will be at 60% today.  Good for the skin!  And after weeks of perfect cool summer weather you will not hear me complaining.

Have a lovely day.

your friend on the farm, celi


49 Comments on “Cooling Our Hot Heels

  1. Tucker. There’s a phrase I haven’t heard in a very long time!

    Remind me again the gestation of a cow. Are Queenie and Daisy expecting spring or summer calves?

    • Cows are pregnant for 9 months and one week, Daisy should have a March calf and Queenie early April. it will be cold and maybe even snow, however we will not have the terrible flies and stink of calving in the summer. Nor will it be the deeep winter cold of January. Fingers crossed.. c

  2. Suddenly, that old saying about “Cooling your heals” makes sense. 😉
    Have a lovely day, Celi!

  3. I love how many sayings have their origins in farm life, my favourite is “rarer than a hens tooth”. That picture of Sheila made me think of the piglets dad, those herefords sure know how to get down and dirty.

    • Yes, he was certainly a grubby fella!! The saying I don’t understand is Sweating Like Pig, knowing that pigs do NOT sweat! I think there is more to that saying than the obvious. c

      • I believe it is ‘Sweating like a stuck pig.’ which means they have been speared. I believe they sweat when they are very ill or dying because of a guy telling me his pet pot-bellied pig sweat when the toddler in the house fed it a pound of butter. It was terribly sick an in great pain. He was trying to keep tha animal small by not feeding it much! I was appalled by his story. The worst part was the man had no concept of how he was torturing the poor piglet by stunting its growth!

  4. Love the chickens in the weeds: these must look like big bushes to them and I hope the cover of the ark and the temp of the weeds keep them tolerable. . . . rather naturally am smiling at your temperatures – winter here at 26 C about noon 🙂 ! . . . and am really mad at getting my homework wrong: have to go back to your farmy plan ’cause I put the barn on your left when you took that photo . . .

    • I know. You guys have the most outrageous temps, it is all relative .. kind of.. But we have been in the 70’s and 80’s for so long now that the sharp hike is what is more interesting.. You must be able to grow all year round! I miss that.. c

      • I’m at 600 feet [lovely healthy air!] and no, we kind’of stop in May and start again now: will be putting most vegetables and herbs in in about a fortnight and you should see all my camellias and jasmine and iris at the moment. . . and all the ornamental fruittrees are abloom in the park . . . luvverly and ni-ni dearHeart!

        • Interesting that you are at 600 feet. Do you mean above sea level? We are 620 feet above sea level. hmm, nini.. c

          • Yes: Sydney Basin is practically all at sea level, we are 100 km south and just where the ground begins to rise for the Southern Tablelands: we are called the ‘Highlands’ here . . . about 2oo + metres. Makes quite a difference in temp and wind speed actually! Did not realize you would be above: another piece of ‘the puzzle’ 🙂 !

  5. Pouring rain here this morning, looking to go on for most of the day…if I hadn’t watered yesterday, it probably would have passed us by like the last few storms 😉
    Enjoy your sunshine!

    • That watering – so it rains is so universal, however thanks for the reminder, i must put the sprinklers on before i make my breakfast! c

  6. G’morning, Celi! Yes, it’s gonna be a hot one today — and it sure took its time getting here! Cooling a cow by running water on its ankles? Imagine that! Daisy & Bobby must be glad you figured that out. Those pigs are a determined lot, aren’t they? That one is bound and determined to escape. Don’t forget to keep yourself cool today, too. 🙂

    • and when it is humid it takes that much longer too, though it looks like mine might have a wee breeze his morning.. hopefully it keeps up.. c

  7. Through your pictures, I somehow feel like I’m right there at the farm with you. Thank you so much my friend – I absolutely LOVE it. I did notice the little piggy houdini trying to escape. You gotta say that about us – we will keep trying and trying until we learn how to do something. 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

      • Did you say cabbage?! I love cabbage. Although mommy doesn’t it give it to me too often these days. It tastes great to me but she says the after effects are deadly to her. Snorts – I don’t know what she’s talking about. PLOL (Pig Laughing out Loud). XOXO – Bacon

  8. Very creative thinking. Noticing that Daisy will cool herself–then cooling her heels for her. Fascinating that cows don’t want to be “hosed down.”. Do the lambs with their wooly coats feel the heat the most, or are they more or less insulated from it because of their coats? City people can’t agree on whether to shave their dogs in summer or not for the same thinking.

    • They do not seem to be bothered any more than the others, By lunchtime pretty much the whole farm is asleep under one tree or another.. c

  9. Good Morning Cecilia, We have had the very hot days. We hadrain which helped get rid of all the smoke we have had from the fires. We are having more fall like weather. Very cool in the a.m. The garden is producing a bumper crop, can’t keep up with it all. Thank goodness we can share the bounty. You take very good care of all your animals. They are blessed.

  10. What a beautiful pig puss, it looks like that one got caught up in a fish net. I thought we were heading into fall here for the past couple of weeks with the kind of weather that I change 3 times/day. Chilly mornings, then the hot humid mid-day & back to cool nights. But I think we’re in for a spell of heavy air here in Massachusetts.

  11. I feel odd saying this – I agree with the cows… on a hot day splashing the water for the hose on legs is lovely, any more is a shock to the system. Finding, and lolling about in deep shade in summer is one of the joys 🙂

  12. You splashing the cows heels to keep them cool reminded me of pictures by Constable and Cotman, of cows in the water meadows and standing in the shallows of English rivers, and under the trees on hot summer days…

  13. We got the hot & humid yesterday, kind of like trying to breath water. I read an interesting opinion in one of the horse publications. They don’t recommend hosing the back, only the legs, belly and maybe the head. It’s believed that wetting the back hair makes it mat down and act like a blanket. I guess that makes sense, My hair’s uber thick and when it’s wet and it’s hot out I feel like I have a rug on my head! I do believe pigs’ noses sweat but that’s it and the bottoms of a dog’s feet do so ours have a wading pool. Not a lot of action from any of the resident critters today, a bit of relief due tomorrow.

  14. The humidity sounds like Auckland. (in summer of course). We have had the warmest winter for decades it seems. I enjoyed the image of Queenie cooling her heels, and will always think of that when I hear that expression.

  15. The chicks look content in the green grass. Hope you had a lovely day.

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