Calves are often hard to find – but they are never lost.



At least we have never lost one. But they for a black calf this one hides in that long grass with studied proficiency. It is all about stillness. They can keep everything but their ears very still.


Lucy the calf who suffered the severe heat stress is often to be found sleeping elsewhere. The herd moves on while she sleeps.

I grubbed half of the thistles in this field yesterday and if the rain holds off another few hours I will grub out the other half. The cows will do the clean up then they will be locked out of this field so it can recover and grow for a month.

Last night we had a lot of rain and thunder and lightening. At least an inch I think. The fields will be growing fast again. It does not take long here. This much abused land used to be swamp land so once it recovers its balance it shows amazing fertility and growth.

Well, I missed my chance. The rain has come back already. 6am. My coffee cup is drained and cold. There are no patterns in the sky morning. We are under dense, thick, mist filled rain clouds and it is very warm.  The rain is heavy now. The growth will be phenomenal.

The ducks will be happy.  No cowering in the sheds for them. They love the rain.

Today, Valerie and I will work on tidying the barns. Then into the glass house to sow seeds for late summer plants. Maybe we will bake in preparation for the weekend visitors. Rainy day jobs. We can do our Friday Tidy Day on Thursday though Thursday Tidy does not have the same ring.

I hope you find loveliness today. Our loveliness is coming down in torrents.



Thursday 100% Precip. / 1.1 in
Thunderstorms likely. High near 75F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall possibly over one inch.

Thursday Night 90% Precip. / 0.46 in
Thunderstorms. Low 63F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

20 Comments on “NEVER LosT

  1. Is the heat stressed calf going to be a market animal? She looks so sweet. The field where we used to graze our sheep (a neighbor’s field) is home to nesting Canada geese this time of year. As we drive past you think the field is empty, and the suddenly you little heads popping up in the tall grass, just like your little one.

  2. When l was 7 years old my Mother bought me a book called ‘ the little duck who loved the rain’ . l am now nearly 80 and l still have it..such a lovely tale. Has anyone yet discovered why weeds and grass grows faster with rain water than it does with normal always amazes me the amount of weeds that shoot up after the rain…its one of the great mysteries!

  3. Congratulations on your downpour! Too much to hope that you’d be working at a slightly gentler pace as a result…. I’m glad you have a Valiant Valerie to work with.

  4. Those ears! All the better to hear….. Do you have a little red riding hood? Those ducks….. They have not a clue how they have won the lotto living on your farm.

  5. enjoy your rain and the resultant growth spurt, your hay is going to be very high next cut. Laura

  6. Just like most hooved animals (deer) hide their young in tall grasses and tell them to stay and don’t move! 🙂
    Regarding yesterday’s blog on those beautiful and dramatic cloud formations…there is a website I love called “The Cloud Appreciation Society”…it’s wonderful…you can join for free and recieve their “Occasional Cloud Appreciation Newsletter”.
    You can also become a regular member for a small fee to receive a great message with photos everyday but I find the Occasional Newsletter (free) to be efficient enough for me!
    C. you should submit some of your cloud photos…I know they would feature them…they are quite extraordinary! Until then…keep your head in the clouds! 🙂

  7. That is “sufficient” enough for me, not efficient!

  8. What a darling, sweet calf! She looks to be as soft as brown/black satin!

  9. The calf is very sweet. Such lovely soulful eyes. Tasks under the rain. We are just doing tasks under the heat. Dodging from one shadow to the next. The heat comes down in sheets and wraps itself around us. But there is a part of me that loves it. Born in July. Go figure.

  10. At work, I am finding a variety of herbal uses for some of the weeds that must be removed, but can find NO use for the big thistles! Those things are so nasty. I am fortunate that I do not need to grub out large areas of them. We have nastier brambles in spots, but they are not as frustrating. Because we work in forested and landscaped areas with steep hillsides and deep canyons, we often find thistles that matured and seeded before anyone noticed.

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