We are just on the cusp of full on calving on the farm. That means that over the next six weeks 600 mummy cows will give birth to 600 baby moo cows. Calving is later this year (Paul has told me why but it’s a whole lot of farmery complicated stuff). But I think someone forgot to tell all the cows, because there must be at least 30 babies in the calf shed right now. Might have something to do with a couple of adolescent bulls taking advantage of a power outage and getting through a fence!
The daffodils are out. The daphne smells like heaven. The days are getting longer. It’s a beautiful time of year AND winter officially finishes in two days! Spring is almost here.
The one thing that symbolises this turn of the season here on the farm is the return of the Welcome Swallows to the farm house. I’m not a bird watcher by any means but I do love these little souls who return to nest right outside our front door each year. I wrote a post about them last year too.
Despite two farm pussy cats the Welcome Swallows return each spring. There has been a pair in this nest for nearly twenty years. When the house was painted a few years ago there was a very brief discussion about removing the nest. Pauly saw the look of shock and horror in my eyes. I didn’t have to say a word. The nest was not touched and the painter painted around it.
These little souls mate for life. I love to watch them swooping around when the cats or humans walk around the verandah. Then when we put the Christmas lights up they sit and swing on them, watching their nest and their growing family.
Yes they leave mess on the verandah and on the windows. But that’s what hoses and window cleaner is for. I would rather have the mess and the company of these friendly little faithful souls living with us.
It truly is the little things that bring happiness.
Happy running 🙂
PS an enforced rest day for me in an attempt to try and clear up this cold. It persistence is really annoying me! But lots of cross training in the form of window cleaning, wood gathering and splitting. It’s such a beautiful day! parkrun tomorrow will be a lovely chatty jog for me 🙂