The cows are back in the meadow near our house, which means that they can't resist coming over to visit. Soon they see (or remember) that our cattle guard is no impediment to their travel, and they enjoy munching our grass. I wouldn't mind so much except they leave huge cow pies behind, the kind of cow pies that when you fall off the hammock and land in one do not make you happy.
They also like my tulips.
I have beautiful tulips, and for some reason I think the tulips should be for my enjoyment and not just a little cow snack.
Desert Boy chased the cows out of the yard yesterday afternoon, learning some good lessons about chasing cows.
Unfortunately this cow started back in as soon as we had turned our backs.
Another one being chased out got her to turn around.
Good bye, cows.
Yes, a new cattle guard is on the to-do list. Unfortunately I don't think it's very high up on the to-do list. My husband doesn't mind cow pies all over the yard and thinks a few munched tulips are kind of humorous. I try taking a few deep breaths, find some zen, and remember where the beef we eat comes from.
Hi! I'm Gretchen, an ecologist, rancher's wife, mother, writer, and dreamer. I've lived and worked in three of the four North American deserts and visited the fourth. This blog is about what it's like to live in the rural high desert on a ranch, spending lots of time outdoors with kids, and our journey to live more sustainably. To learn more about the area, click here. If you'd like to contact me, leave a comment (I love comments!) or email me at desertsurvivor @ live.com.