Sunday, May 19, 2019

Country Life



Hard Working Woman
(Joyce, not me)

Critters And Best Friends

Do you see ears? I call her Ears; Joyce named her Angel, so now she's Angelears to me. The two llamas look so funny with their necks sticking up above the tall weeds. I hope you can see them. 

Carmen, Joyce's dog.

Judah, her other dog.



We found a couple we really like to help us with weed abatement and general cleanup work. Joyce let me borrow her tractor, so they used it and weed whackers to remove weeds for the required 100 feet around my house and shed. 

Joyce lost a calf, the first after several years of happy births. The mother was young, it was her first calf, it was cold and raining. Bob came and helped Joyce bury it. Now she has to milk and we both had quite a surprise when the milk came out thick and creamy. Her herd consists of American Devon Milk cows and they don't produce milk like this. 

But Joyce also has a Guernsey bull that she raised after she sold her Guernsey cows. The poor cows almost perished because they couldn't tolerate our climate. We now know that the Guernsey bull finally managed to avoid the ever cow-guarding Devon bull and mate. This milk is so rich and creamy, I use it in my coffee; Joyce made yogurt that she said was heavenly.  

Joyce climbed the tall hill behind her house and took this picture of my house with the land cleared.  

And then it rained, then rained some more. I will keep a close eye on additional weeds that may now think they can safely pop up. 

The couple, who are quickly becoming friends, will come back if/when needed. You have no idea how good this old worrywart feels about that. 


  1. this news makes me so happy for you, I am so excited you have new friends and that old friends together with them are helping with your beautiful piece of heaven. that photo from the his is beautiful and shows why the cleared land had to be cleared. God bless them for helping you. love all the dog photos.. kisses to all four of them. love Angelears but see cows and no llamas.

  2. Hi Inger - so pleased to read this ... sad about the calf, but the milk sounds delicious. I have totally enjoyed seeing the house from the hill - gives us a different perspective. Wonderful dogs ... but even better old friends and new ones looking after you - it's good to know. Lots of critters around ... llamas - angelears - lovely! Looks like Samson and Faith enjoyed all the new scents after the grass cutting ... and now more rain - it will be a lush summer ... take care and cheers Hilary

  3. Great pictures! I especially like the ones with the After. Things look really good after getting some help from friends. The dogs, the cow and the horse are also best friends. Even the red tractor is a highly friendly device!

  4. I love the picture from the hill, I can really see it all!! i looks like everything, including roots, is gone. So hopefully it will be easier to keep up now. That milk must taste divine!

  5. I'm so glad that you have such great friends to help out clear the weeds around your house. The place looks so good and safe now. It is a real blessing to have such dependable friends.
    Rich milk is such a gift. I'm sorry about the dead calf, it's always heart breaking when this happens.

    I've never seen such a small cow., maybe sill was still too young. We had Holsteins and they are so big but still we have had some that lost their calves when there was no one there to help pull the calf. Most of them calved on their own but there's always the exception.

    Hugs, Julia

  6. Great picture looking at your house from up the hill!
    Such a blessing to have good friends to help you.

  7. Cracked up at the ears. So cute. So glad you now have such a barrier from fire around your property now. Must make you feel safer. Cool to have had so much help.

  8. Inger, it is so nice to read that you have good friends... :-)

  9. Good friends are the best!!!! I love all of those animals - I love country life where often the very best friends are the animals :)

    Good job on the weed abatement. It's a big job but so important!

  10. Hello dear Inger!
    Love to see your post today! I miss visit you so very much.

    It is so nice that you have such great friends to help you to clear the weeds around your house.

    Love so much too see the photo of your house that Joyce took to you.
    It always a pleasure to see Samson and Faith too! They are lovely friend for sure.

    Lots of hugs and Love.

  11. It's wonderful to have good friends and neighbors. We can all help each other out if we just take the time! Enjoy your week sweet lady!

  12. a joyous post … heart warming … tinged with sadness at the loss of the little calf …
    but relishing the kindness and mutual caring of the pioneer spirit.
    so good to know that it's alive and well! and I LOVE the pictures of all the animals and the little one with EARS!
    if fabulous 'dogs' can even be called animals! they give us so much. I never tire of seeing them! xoxo

  13. What a beautiful photo of your property and house. That is so sad about the little calf.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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