Nosy Cow

As I wrote Nosy Cow I wondered how often I had written Nosy Cow as a header.  But every where I turned yesterday with a fork full of cow manure, as I cleaned and remade the cows beds, there was Lady Astor, watching, standing right in the way, not moving an inch, being suspiciously sweet and honey like.

Lady Astor - cow

Bless her. She is such a good girl. Even when she was trying to kill me, do you remember when she kicked me in the face with her hoof as I was cleaning her udder in the early days of training her as a milking cow. (Shakes head and sighs). Yes. Even then we knew this cow would come through.

Alex sniffs me now. It is an advance in our relationship. When she sees me she will reach out her head as long as her neck will go and I do the same and we sniff each others noses. An exchange of breath.  Like a hongi but no touching. Then she stands for a few seconds of deep thought, looks disappointed and moves away.

Alex - Dexter heifer

Speaking of milking cows, we will have to adjust the stanchion to accommodate this very short cow plus a middling cow (Aunty Del) plus the mature cows (me and Lady Astor).  Which makes me think of Daisy in her early days  before she got sick who would walk in and just stand to be milked, no rope, no stanchion-nothing.

I came out from the barn to find the pea fowl waiting for me on the truck.

peafowl on truck

I asked them to get off so they flew over and waited on the tractor instead.

peafowl on tractor

Across the other side at the West Barn I did the same kind of work but with different attendants.

boar - manu

sow - poppy

chook - lester

I hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi

42 Comments on “Nosy Cow

  1. Do you milk just Lady or are there other milking cows as well?
    The thought of fresh milk is very enticing. And all I could make with it for my blog – I can dream.

    • Last year was only Lady A, this year hopefully I will add Aunty Del and Alex. Maybe Alex and Aunty will freshen later in the summer so for a few months it will only be Lady. c

  2. Good Morning Miss C, lovely photo’s as normal! Hope you have a great weekend. I bet you are now counting the days to your visit home. Just booked my flight, going first week in June. Haven’t been home in four years! Going to see a big difference in my grand kids I’m sure!

  3. Do you think Alex is missing someone? Her person? Does she hope each time she sees you that it’s that person, and after a sniff she realises it’s the wrong one? That’s a lovely shot of Manu looking quietly and modestly around the door. He has a very peaceful face for someone raging with hormones!

    • Alex was never handled, she was born to a field cow so she has not been trained by a person this is why she is a bit wild. I think she just does not like the breath of an omnivore.. Manu is a peaceful chap – I am lucky c

  4. Lady Astor is a ???? cow…not a saddle but another name..what is it called

    Have a great day Miss C…When are you off on your adventures?

  5. There’s no doubt that Lady Astor has respect for Queen Celi!! Alex looks like a sweet gal – she’ll come around!! I always love all of the pictures!! And really loved yesterday’s shots too!! You’ll probably be busy packing this weekend – I’m excited for you Celi!!

  6. And isn’t “Nosy Cow” such a funny expression when you think about it – using the word “cow” as an insult, especially to a female you don’t like just doesn’t translate into any oother language (at least, none of the ones I speak)! Cows are so lovely we should be flattered to be likened to one 🙂

    • I am not convinced i will milk her. I will try her and if she is a natural then I will continue, however once Aunty Del joins the line then I won’t really need Alex’s milk. I might just let her feed her own calf and she can hang out with her little bull boyfriend. c

  7. For some reason I was thinking of Hop and Pop yesterday! Probably because we were checking the date our Ellie Mae will farrow, which will be the first week in April. Just wondering if you’ve noticed any changes in Poppy lately? Hope she is on her way to piglethood! 🙂

  8. Hope Lady A freshens first …. hopefully educating Alex in the milking routine. Also Lady A could then be the chaperone for the Debutante Ball Mad is requesting 🙂 Laura

  9. Hongi — a traditional Maori greeting in which people press their noses together. (Learn something new each day!)
    Strange to me that Alex appears so warm and cuddly but, in reality, is actually rather standoff-ish. Perhaps, with time, she’ll become more friendly and even affectionate; that does seem to be happening, albeit slowly.
    What really surprised me was the sheer size of the pea fowl. They look enormous on the truck.
    Lovely pictures, thank you! Hope you’re having a great day too. ~ Mame 🙂

  10. We will have 65 degrees this week. In February!!! I hope the weather is wonderful for your trip. I’m sure you are getting anxious to go and then anxious to come home. Funny thing about trips. The homecoming is as lovely almost as the visit. Thanks for sharing your day and hope yours is as wonderfilled as mine.

  11. I really like the chicken (rooster?) with the pantaloons. I mean, I love the cows and look forward to the new little cows, but that little chicken is just so sweet.

  12. That beautiful little cow looks just like a teddy bear I had as a kid. A very happy weekend to you all, c. xx >

  13. The hongi info was interesting. Now I know how you came up with Tane’s name! Always have wondered how you name your animals and birds.

  14. I have several helpers, as well. One is curious enough that he decides to taste whatever it is that is novel – hose, bag, my boot, my leg. He’s a giver.

  15. Today’s post made me think of something funny. I often gently ‘blow my breath’ at my neighbor’s cats and they seem very, very interested when I do this and put their head’s forward to take it in. (You know how it is said that some animals, like cats and dogs, can smell sickness. I even used to do that when we had our horse and he liked it as well. EXCEPT the time I did it after I’d drank a really strong rum & coke. His lips curled up in such disgust. He looked so funny.. and I never did that again. ; o )

    • I do that with my horse, in return she blows softly, gently up and down my cheek. It always makes me feel so peaceful.

      • I love that your horse blows gently up and down your cheek – isn’t it wonderful when we feel the connection with other members of the animal species who just don’t happen to be human!! ; o )

  16. Eleven days!!! You must be chafing at the bit! Good thing you have your farmy routines to focus on. Sorry your California stop will be so far away from me. I was hoping against hope that it might be the Sacramento airport where you changed planes, but LAX is much more understandably cosmopolitan. I was hoping for a glimpse, hearing a bit of your voice and, if you’d hold still for a quick minute, a h*g. All I have to say is rats! Much disappointed love, Gayle, sighing…

  17. I would love to hear someday what you do with your cows’ milk (ie, pasteurizing or not, speeding the cooling process or not, etc). Assuming you haven’t written about it already, which you probably have! I was just reading a bit about it yesterday and then spent a lot of last night thinking about what I’d have to do if I some day, hypothetically got a dairy cow (very helpful use of sleeping time, thanks brain). I’ve got little kids to think about, and I’m not entirely comfortable letting them drink raw milk.

    • No I don’t pasteurise, we drink it raw, raw butter, icecream, cheese, etc. But I would only drink raw milk from my own cow, then I know exactly her health and the way the milk has been handled.

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