IT WAS A FROGGY WEEK

This week has been pretty much run of the mill.  It rained a few days, so a lot of Tippy’s time was spent napping.  We did take off the trash and drove over to drop some stuff off at the Post Office.  She always enjoys a ride, no matter where to or how far we go.

We were able to take a few walks into the neighbor’s pasture.  The most interesting wildlife we found was this little frog.  It’s a Northern Cricket Frog, so named because of the noise it makes.  They are apparently fairly abundant, but I had never seen one before.  Had it not jumped in front of me, I would have missed this one.   In the “far away” picture he is at about 2 o’clock from the buttercup.  Do you see it?  It has great camouflage.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

We’re almost sure that Tippy has some Australian Shepherd in her, so she likes to herd.  I am always concerned when we go into the pasture and see the cows.  She will usually take a run toward them, growl, and move on.  I think she does it just to get a rise out of me.  The cows know she is harmless, so will usually just stand there and look at her.

The last couple of times we have seen them she just walks right on by like they aren’t there.

cow
May I help you?
tippy and the cows
Cows? What cows? I don’t see any cows?

It has been hot out, when it’s not raining.  Tippy and I aren’t ready for it to be humid and over 80°F.  After our walk today, she plopped down in her favorite spot to cool off…the kitchen tile.  I was tempted to join her.

Tippy cooling 2
It was hot out there mom!

We hope you make interesting discoveries and have fun adventures in the week to come.

 

 

UNLIKELY MOUNTAINEERS

On Thursday, I was in the house and heard Tippy barking.  I went out to see what she had found.  I tried to follow her gaze down the hill, but didn’t see anything.  I did hear something big walking, so I went over to the edge of the woods to get a better look.  That’s when I saw it.  A big, black bull.  What in the world was it doing on that steep hill?

I got Tippy inside while I put my shoes on so I could chase it back to where it belonged.  Before I got back outside, it had disappeared.  I tried to get Tippy to help me find it, but she decided laying on the concrete was a better option.  I never did see it again, but did follow it’s tracks for a distance down through the woods.

Mom and dad later checked and all of the cows that were supposed to be in the field were there.  They put up a piece of wire where they thought it had probably gotten out.

Take two.  Today, I was sitting outside, reading, and Tippy started barking.  I looked up and this is what I saw.

Tippy and the bull
Mom. Look what’s up on the hill. He’s huge!

He was back and had brought a friend…..a cow.  Again, by the time I put my shoes on, they were gone.  But, this time, I followed their tracks and heard them smashing through the woods, back down the hill.  Where they went down was really steep and had some fallen trees, so I really don’t know how they managed to make the trek and not get hurt.  We still can’t figure out why they have decided to climb this big hill.  They have plenty of food and water where they are and there is nothing to eat in the woods.  Maybe they are just adventuresome and wanted to try out their mountaineering skills.

After all of the excitement was done and the cows were back where they belonged, it was time to relax and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

Tippy and the bull2
Time for a little rest and relaxation.

BLACKBERRY WINTER

On our walk last Sunday, I snapped this weather predicting picture of Tippy.

blackberry vine
I smell cold weather coming.

Those blossoms past her are on a blackberry vine.  We always have a cold snap whenever they are blooming.  Even though I know that, in my heart I was hoping it wasn’t true this year, as it was 85°F (29.4°C) and I wearing shorts.  I was not ready for cold weather again.

Trying to live in the moment, as dogs tend to teach us to do, I was enjoying the warm weather that we did have.  So, we walked on.  A little further back I heard a cow bawling.  For those who don’t live on a farm, cows usually only bawl if something is wrong or they are separated from their baby. As we got closer to her, I saw her coming from my right.  I looked up ahead and, there was her calf, calmly waiting on her.  Before I could snap a picture, they were together.  Calves are so cute, especially when they look so much like their mother.

cows
We’re together. You can leave us alone now.

The next day was windy, but still warm.  I think this bull thought it was hot.  Either that, or he just wanted to go for a swim.

cows in pond
Cooling off in the pond.

The weather got progressively worse and we are now experiencing our annual blackberry winter.  Yesterday’s high was 48°F (9°C), and this morning it was only 38°F (3.3°C).  I’m hoping this one is short lived and we can get back to Spring soon.

Do you have an annual Spring cold snap?  If so, what is it called in your neck of the woods?