Monday, May 7, 2012

moving fences

Sunday afternoon was such a beautiful day. So beautiful that after church and lunch that I took an hour long nap! Yup I did. I've got a terrible head cold and it's like an elephant is sitting on my chest and in my nose. Yeah. Awesome. So after my nap we all went outside and put up the pasture for the cows. It's really a two person job. We set up the perimeter, then we will section it off and rotate the pastures. The grass is still not real thick and lush all over, it's early here, but it's coming nicely. We just needed to move the pasture so they didn't go through the fence to eat the greener stuff. We are all for rotational grazing! Actually grass based is what we want, but due to our situation we do what we can! It's what we are striving for. So anyways... Walking around the field with an elephant is not really all that great. Plus with the new life that is springing out everywhere causes me to sneeze and blow my nose every few steps. My husband told me to go sit and take it easy. I didn't listen and said I was fine as I gasped and wheezed and sneezed the whole time. haha The kiddos were out there with us talking, laughing, and running around the field. It felt so good to be out and have the sun on me and listen to them and chat with my husband. Joel Salatin has said if you wanna be a grass farmer you better like to walk, or something along those lines. So true as I learned last year! But you know I enjoy walking around the field with my man catching up in our conversation and spending time with him. The kiddos are never too far off and their laughter and chatter bounce off the air and surround me like a warm blanket. The cattle mooing at us to hurry up and move the fence so they can go enjoy it. Then watching Maggie go out last night as the sun was finally going to bed, and listen to her munching happily on the lush green grass. The slight sound of her hooves sinking a small amount into the water logged earth, after all the rain. To watch her flick her tail and shake her head and see her ears flop back and forth. The sun seeming to glow off the soft brown of her coat. The contentment I feel surrounded by the things I love.

apple blossoms

sun setting as we finish up the pasture
It was a good Sunday in the country for this country girl.
Have a great Monday all!


  1. Sorry you aren't feeling well. Those elephant head colds are the worst. Sounds like a wonderful time on Sunday afternoon despite lugging around your elephant. Soaking in some vitamin D was a good thing. Feeling content is a wonderful feeling isn't it?

    @ 3Beeze Homestead

  2. Your pictures are absolutely breathtaking!...and being there really will take your breath away, huh? Sorry, you're so affected by the outdoors right now. I love going for relaxing.

  3. Picture perfect day.... with the exception of the head-cold.
    Hope you feel better soon.

    Warm wishes...

  4. That sounds so heavenly! I tend to try to ignore my colds, too, though it ain't easy when you have an elephant on your chest!

  5. Way to concentrate on your blessings instead of your tribulations! I had the head cold last week and I definitely didn't get out much! I have spent the last few days outside in the garden though and it has been a much-needed, refreshing experience for me. I needed wind on my face, sun on my back and dirt in my hands!

  6. That does sound like a great day despite your elephant. I hope it heads back to the savannah and you can smell those beautiful apple blossoms soon!

  7. Thanks for all the well wishes! I hope the elephant goes somewhere else soon too!
    I've really been trying to work on my picture taking and capture a good one! So thanks.

  8. We're going on a little family field trip to Joel Salatin's farm (Polyface Farm) on Thursday this week - I'm so excited! It's about 3.5 hours away from us, I think. My husband heard a recording of a speech he made at the VA homeschool convention a couple of years ago and was fascinated by what he shared - then we saw him featured on Food, Inc. We've been looking forward to seeing his farm in operation for months now. :)

  9. I really love the lighting in your pictures, just beautiful!! I sure hope you are feeling better!

  10. Rebekah- that sounds so awesome. We have seen him in person a few times and just love him. He's the same in person as he is in the videos. Nothing fake about the man. And what he does works. We practice some of his ways in farming. Would do more if we could, but we are not a big as he is! Can't wait to read about it on your blog!!

    Candy C- Thanks. It was the sun setting and I took quite a few pics and played with the camera and sun light to get a good one. I've been practicing!!