So, "If you build it, they will come..." but, if you grow it, will it have the same effect? Field of Dreams is one of my all-time favorite movies, I will drop everything to watch it if it's on tv. Unfortunately, with no tv, that's not very often anymore! But we put the cows in the old sweet corn field last week so they can eat off any remainder sweet corn (which I am not sure they were lucky enough to get any with the deer), chew on the stalks, and knock everything down, making it easier to plow and plant next year. But since there were about 4-5 patches of corn, it was pretty deep into the field, so when the cows walked into it, they disappeared like the ball players in Field of Dreams. So as I watched them walk in and out of the field, I was constantly reminded of the famous quote from the movie. See the picture below...
The boys have been anxiously awaiting the snow and loving it when it falls. Our youngest can't figure out why he can't ride his tractor or bike through it without getting stuck. But his stubborn streak does not allow him to give up until something else catches his attention.
And back to the cows...
As I was cleaning out our tiny office to make it into a tiny play area to control some of the toys before Christmas, David exclaims, "Mom, we have a problem!" I jump up from my seat and take 2 steps to the doorway in record speed to see who is getting into what trouble. What I found confused me. Both boys and dogs were glued to our sliding door. What trouble could there be? My automatic assumptions go to, "Which of the 4 standing at the door is causing chaos?" So when I questioned what our problem was, it was then that I saw one cow after another jumping over the fence wire on the ground and walking in our front yard. The front yard is always my concern because it's too easy for them to make their way down the driveway. If the cows are out but remain in the backyard, at least my concern becomes the number of ruts that will be in the grass. This time, luck was on our side! One, the cows did a turn and walked/ran through the front yard into the backyard, ran over to see the boar, and inquired about what good eats he had in his pasture. And two, Dave was supposed to be pulling up the driveway any second as school was already over. So now I am standing outside watching the scene unfold and watching to see the direction in which everyone is going. The boys and dogs are now plastered to the kitchen door behind me and I am thinking the cows could be great babysitters if I could put fence up around the house and keep them there to graze in our yard...oh and train them not to use the yard as a potty. Dave drives up and leads them onto the next pasture in which they were going to anyway if they would have given Dave 15 more minutes to get home and get into his farm clothes. I suppose they just made this a quicker move for Dave in which he didn't have to put up fence and take it down...they just took the shortcut through the yard, which could be considerate of them as they saved him valuable time. So below you will find some pictures of the cows not too far from the house and the car. I guess they didn't find the "field of dreams" quite so dreamy anymore! Now the cows have access to two different pastures and the barn to get out of the weather if they so chose.
I will say, it's quite the beautiful scene seeing the cows out in the pasture behind our house as the snow comes down! I love this time of the year!