Sunday, December 30, 2012

a typical Saturday afternoon


There is always something to be done around here.
Besides tending to the cattle and land, fences need to be repaired..

Gates to be welded and hung.



While the head honcho is working, I decide to take a little walk around the pastures.


I never get tired of the beauty that surrounds me.



This is a "cattle scratch".  It is very old and belonged to the previous owners years ago. Oil is pumped into the well and drips out onto the thousands of washers stacked on a metal cord.  The cattle like to rub their backs on it.  It helps deter flies and moisturizes their dry skin in the summer.


I love the old plaque and font on "Old Scratch".


I am not fond of the briar vines that tangle themselves on the old fences.  They become very thick and nasty vines. However, briar vines have the most beautiful blue/black berries in the winter..


and makes a great place to hide!


I am not sure what kind of vine this is, but it is so pretty.  It might be a bittersweet?


As I get closer to the pasture with the cattle, the little ones become more curious.  


Still hiding behind their mama's back, they peek around to see what we are doing.


This little guy isn't leaving his mama's side!



Our red heeler, appropriately named Red, thinks it is time to work!



While my Aussie shepherd, Tess, doesn't deem it necessary.




Until one mama cow thinks she is too close and SHE runs behind her mama!


 The head honcho is done with his work, so we called it a day.. A perfect day.




HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

Thank you for visiting my small part of the world and leaving such kind comments.  I appreciate them more than you know.  I have enjoyed getting to know you and have made some great friends along the way.  
I look forward to all the photos, stories and adventures you all have to share in the coming new year!
XO
Cindy

14 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i enjoyed this more than you know. :) thanks for sharing it.

Kristin_Texas said...

Yep, I feel the same as TexWis Girl!

Kristin

Kit said...

What beautiful faces! Your area is so lovely. Happy New Years! Kit

oldgreymare said...

hug hug wish wish....best wishes in 13
See you there Cindy my friend <3

amy of four corners design said...

beautiful photos...and now I know about cattle scratch! wishing you all the best in 2013 Cindy...

Buttons said...

Oh Happy New Year Cindy I love thi spost it could be my back yard except My Hero is blowing a ton of snow out of the lane way and the calves are running and jumping in the snow. Funny the differences yet the similarities I love that. Take care my friend It is going to be a wonderful New Year I just know it. Love the pics everyone of them.
HUGS B

Bead and Needle said...

A perfect day and a perfect post! I LOVE this blog - Happy New Year, Cindy - XOXO Tanya

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Diana Seal said...

Thank you for sharing your world with us, it's always a joy to visit your blog, especially looking at your wonderful pictures and creations!!!
Have a Happy and Creative New Year!
Diana

Zuzu said...

It looks wonderful, Cindy. I always wondered what it might be like to live on a ranch, and through your posts, I get a little glimpse. :)
Happy 2013!
Zuzu

June said...

Your world is just so beautiful Cindy! Amazing everywhere you look. I feel so lucky to have found your beautiful blog and get to tag along with you on the ranch.
I love the photos of your cows and the Old Scratch is the cleverest one I have ever seen. We have scratches here in Idaho, but they don't look like that. They usually have the lice bags hanging from them and kind of double as a scratch. On our 60 acres we have stands of aspen trees and the horses really give them a workout when they scratch on them :)
Wishing you many blessings in 2013!
sending hugs from here...

Linda said...

Wonderful post!! Happy New Year!!

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