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Friday, August 21, 2015
Meet Nosy Nellie, My Brothers' delightful Limousin Cow!
I love cows, they are such curious creatures and oftentimes when I am out for my walk I will pop into my brother David's yard to say hello to the girls. I call this madam, Nosy Nellie because she always seems to get herself into prime position in the corner of the pen where she can peer out and around the gate to see who and what may be approaching. David's cows are so well looked after that everytime they see a person they come over to say hello and love having their photo taken.
I can never understand why anyone could treat an animal badly. We really need to respect these creatures who give their lives to provide us with meat and milk. To those farmers who only see a commodity when they look at the animals in their care, I say, surely it makes better economic sense to give your animals the very best of care, as cows that are happy and contented and well fed will produce more calves and more milk and better quality meat.
I don't like even thinking of meat and milk when I look at these lovely animals, but it is a fact of life that many animals are raised for mans's use. Not everyone is going to become vegetarian but everyone can demand that the milk and meat they buy be produced in a responsibl,e humane and respctful way.
I hope you like my rendition of Miss Nell, she is a lovely Limousin cow and I look forward to painting more of her friends in the near future.
Monday, August 17, 2015
I always feel snowdrops are a beautiful symbol of Hope and Renewal.
No matter how harsh the conditions, no matter how dreadful the weather, the brave little snowdrop pushes up through the often frozen soil to lighten our Spirits. In the depth of coldest winter it can seem like it will be dark and cold forever, but unseen by us the snowdrop is already starting its journey back up to the Light.
I often send paintings or cards of snowdrops to friends who have been bereaved in hopes that it will lift their Spirits and remind them that no matter how awful things may be, Life can be restart and even be beautiful again.
After my Mum and Dad died within months of each other, I felt like the rug had been pulled from under my feet. I was undone, I felt so lost without them. Each morning I asked God for a double helping of Grace to get me through the day. He never let me down.
Nature was my great comforter. Watching baby birds being fed by the mothers and splashing in the puddles on my patio lifted my Spirit and so I started spending more time in Nature absorbing her healing beauty and bit by bit I started to mend. That first Spring without my parents was made bearable by realising that Life does go on. Seeing the snowdrops gave me such a lift and sense of Hope.
Thank you God for blessing my eyes to see your Glory and Beauty all around me and particularly in Nature.
This is Rusty our very handsome rooster. He leads his "girls" in and out of the coop every morning and evening and shepherds them very diligently around the garden and out to the field, always keeping an eye out for marauding predators, aka Julie the dog! He shares the harem with our other rooster Speckles. We were told two roosters together would kill each other, but I think because they are both "rescues" they realise they are lucky to live with us, so while there is the odd short lived skirmish, they mostly muddle along together. Just like most families I guess!!!
They do have a bit of a "swinging" thing going on and some days Rusty's "girls" go with Speckles and other times Speckles "ladies" go with Rusty. It is hilarious to watch.
Speckles is the elder lemon and very dapper and accomplished with the ladies, while Rusty being young and enthusiastic was more dash than dashing it you get my drift! So one day I took him aside and said "Hey Rusty, you need to watch the old man and LEARN!"
Since then he seems to have upped his game and currently it is very peaceful in the chicken run. However Spring has now sprung so whether it will remain peaceful is anyone's guess.
This is Dude, my little studio buddy. Painting can be a solitary business, but I am never lonely with this little man by my side.
Dude swaggered into our lives quite a few years ago now and stole our hearts. He was a very scraggy, scruffy, skinny creature when he arrived and his little paws were red raw from miles of walking. He had no collar or chip and although we searched and advertised for his owners no one came looking for him. He followed my husband, Gerry, around like they were old friends and as the days passed we got more and more attached to him. The friendliest most gentle little fella, he fitted in easily with our other dogs Julie and Petal. The only thing was, he was so nervous the first time I put him in the car, our vet reckoned he had been dumped from a car, and every time we went for a walk, if I let him off the lead he stuck to my heels like glue.
5 years on he is well ensconced, and is in fact spoiled rotten. He spends most evenings curled up on Gerry's lap, and himself and the cat have a long running battle for ownership of the basket in my studio. At bedtime he gets into Petal's bed and snuggles up with her for the night. He still hates to go out in the cold but is a fearless guardian of his family and despite his past difficulties he loves people. And everyone sure loves him.
Thank you God, for bringing Dude into our lives. We are blessed to have him.