Starting the Great Spring Move

Last night, I set the wheels in motion for moving all the animals around for spring.  I went out to the Back Forty to my mustard and ketchup gates.

gates between fields

I opened the shiny ketchup gate and called to my bovine babes.

red cattle gate

They began their favorite sport of taunting the human.  They came just to the fence line, but they wouldn’t come in.  That’s okay.  I let them stay in my soon-to-be cornfield for the night.

cows and calf by gate

In the morning, it was time to get serious.

cow looking over fence

If you want to move a cow, there’s a pretty sure way to get them to go wherever you want…

field corn

corn.

cow's face

They love it. (Macro)

cow eating corn collage

I got them to come through, and I have them shut on the Back Forty now.

cow in pasture

It was perfect weather for the two girls to show Norma Jean’s baby bull his new home.

bull calf

Of course, Maxine had to come holler and see if MJ was going to be joining them out there.

cow by fence

She was very disappointed he wouldn’t be joining them, but it’s for his own good.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you how happy the goats were to be in the Back Forty.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday prompts in bold.  Please excuse my very liberal interpretation of wheels.  I’m also sharing with Weekly Top Shot,  I Heart Macro, and SOOC Sunday (all but the 8th shot, Norma Jean).

Checking the Cow Girls

Every night before bed and in the middle of the night and first thing in the morning, I go out to my trusty red Ranger and fire it up.  At least, I’m taking the Ranger when it’s warm enough at night, and I am wearing my helmet for warmth.  You can see, we’ve had some mud, but it’s getting better.

muddy Ranger tire

Anyhow, I head up the road and turn down the dead end road to where the girls’ shelter is located.  I found Norma Jean inside.  (I had to turn the light on because I forgot my flashlight because I was thinking of blogging.  Bad blogging habit).

Norma Jean

Norma Jean

She doesn’t look too thrilled with the frequent attention she’s getting now, but at least she doesn’t panic when I pop around the corner of the building.

black cow

Maxine was enjoying a bedtime snack.

Maxine

Maxine

It was really dark.  I could have used my flashlight.

cow by hay at night

Since there was nothing exciting going on, I went back to the Ranger.  You can see why I like the small Ranger instead of doing the three-point turn in my car–narrow road and deep ditches filled with water and snow.

water in ditch

Just as I was getting ready to head back home, the clouds broke up a bit, and the moon came out.

waxing moon

I wouldn’t have needed a flashlight if the clouds had let it shine through when I first got there.

Sharing with Skywatch Friday and Weekend Reflections

Good Random Fun

This week for good, I have wine.  We racked a lot of wine this weekend.  I still have about nineteen gallons in the carboys.

wine

In a couple of weeks, we’ll bottle about ten gallons.

Wine Collage

It will get to start filling the new rack my dad made for me (but I don’t have it moved out here yet).

wine

It’s good stuff!

Over the weekend, I noticed this random sign of spring.  Horn boogers!

Marley

Marley

Marley is starting to lose his winter undercoat.  That surely means spring is just around the corner.

For fun, I’m sharing my talented cow, Maxine.

Maxine

Maxine

She’s ambitongrous!

Sharing with Good. Random. Fun., Mosaic Monday, Macro Monday, and Ruby Tuesday 2.

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