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Wednesday, 6 February 2008

ABC Wednesday - C

Today's ABC Wednesday is the letter C. Many options. Cat? No. I posted cats yesterday.



Pretty Cactus flower? Maybe.
It is very pretty, after all.




No, I think I'll tell the story of my first Calf-baby, the one that had my horrible children calling me the old mother Cow!

This calf was rejected by her mother, and nearly starved. We kept goats at that time and had some barn-space available, so the calf moved in. She was the first calf born in May that year, so that became her name. She spent the nights and any bad weather under shelter, but came out for fresh air whenever possible. Here she is, a small white lump, curled up in the shelter of rocks and boxes. You'll have to look close to see her!Here she is talking to our lead nanny-goat, Annie.

And meeting her peer-group for the first time.
She grew to be a strong Cow who had several Calves of her own. She always considered our garden to be her home, and spent a lot of time trying to get in. Here she is on a rise just outside our fence, resting, with her second calf hiding behind her.
A happy ending for a once-rejected Calf, who grew into a strong Cow, and a good mother to her own Calves.

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43 comments:

HildeS. said...

She was a beautiful calf, and what a sveet story about her:)
The cactus with the flower was pretty too:)

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

Hi
That a great C for Cow Calfs,and I like the photo's all very


JoAnn Holland
Participant in ABC wednesday

Liz said...

You must have looked after her very well. She was lovely

Ida said...

Pretty flower on the cactus. :)

RuneE said...

A touching story - I have never heard of a goat acting as nanny for a calf!

DarylE said...

Wonderful photos!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh i used to have a baby calf, when i had the urge to have another kid i would go to the Livestock auction and pick up a baby calf or lamb.
Very nice C post

ArneA said...

Second Calf today
Great idea

dot said...

A very sweet story and nice pictures. If I posted twice just ignore me. lol

Petunia said...

The cactus flower is beautiful and the calf so pretty!

Miss_Yves said...

A wonderful cactus,and a lovely calf
Miss Yves

KOSTAS said...

I thank for the visit in my blog.
Very beautiful the subjects blog.
The subjects and the photographs post splendid

Neva said...

How sweet...can't imagine a cow as a pet but sounds like you did a good job raising her.

photowannabe said...

So cute. You were a good Calf mama to her. Congratulations.

happyone said...

Such a pretty catus flower!!

Pernille's ting og tang said...

What a beautiful calf. I wish I was there that moment:)
Nice cactus to!

Blue said...

What a heart warming tale, & lovely photo's too. As a country girl now living in a city I enjoyed both.

Blue

Jean M Fogle said...

It is nice to have a happy ending on an ABC Wednesday!

Ackworth Born said...

that's a great story.

Randi said...

What a beautifully story and cute cow.
This C- photos i really like.
Have a nice evening

Andrea said...

She is a beautiful calf. And the cactus has such a pretty flower. Great "C" post.

VP said...

That's a great story. I remember the cows invading my aunt's garden in Waunarlydd when we stayed there 1 summer!

granmal said...

"C" for Cow/Calf - good idea and a sweet story.

Anne-Berit said...

Lovely pictures,and a great c-theme from you:)

Katney said...

The story of the calf is great but the cactus picture is beautiful.

becky voyles said...

I liked your C theme too. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

starnitesky said...

She was beautiful - I am glad she grew up to be strong cow.

kml said...

Beautiful cactus - I heard somewhere that a flowering cactus brings you much luck!

NYCindividual said...

Great close-ups and photos!

Janet said...

Terrific photos and a great story about the calf. I'm glad she made it and had babies of her own.

Sharon said...

I love this story! Thanks for sharing it. I enlarged the picture to get a better look at her and she is very pretty!

Kate Isis said...

Great post for week C.
Happy wednesday

miss*R said...

I love cows! what a fantastic story!

RUTH said...

What a lovely post :o)

Siani said...

Beautiful calf - big cows scare me, but calves are cute. The cactus flower is gorgeous - one of my cacti flowered for the first time last year.

Dragonstar said...

Thank you all for your very kind comments. Ah, the stories I could tell about that calf as she grew up! And then I started caring for more and more calves . . .

Kml, I hope you're right about the luck. I have two cacti in the same pot, and both flowered last summer - I've never lived with a flowering cactus before.

Peter M said...

Think I prefer the cactus to the cow although they are both prickly subjects

DigitalShutterMania said...

Cool Cow post. The last photos are awesome : )

Flassie's Fil'a said...

Lovely cactus and cute
cows and nanny-goat!
I am glad to here the happy
ending to your story.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Blessed Happy Fun
Healthy Creative Year!!!

Paulie said...

Indeed, the cactus is beautiful!

I was charmed with your story of the calf. . . what a great ending!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! What wonderful photos! I LOVE them all--especially the one at the end.

Sheilalu said...

Very nice shot on the cactus flower! It's beautiful!

seev said...

Cactus (cactii?) and Calves ---pretty interesting. That's a great life story of that calf -- who generates more calves...