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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Friday, June 3, 2011


I It seems that Friday is a good day for cows to calve. I had a new calf last friday and she is doing super and though she's small she right fiesty and cute. She eats like a trooper.

 This morning after feeding the calves,  I was washing the bottles before returning home and my daughter was trying to find me at the farm. She saw a small baby calf in the field near the barn. She reached me by cell and in turn I called my son.

As soon as I finished washing my bottles I went to check on the baby calf and saw a cow all stretched out on her side and she was big. At this point I know that she's either in trouble or worst,  near death from bloating.

I called my husband who is checking the farm machinery with the hired hand and they both came over as I rush home to drive my granddaughter to high school in the next town.   It turned out that the cow was calving and needed help. She was brought in the calving pen inside the barn and new bedding was added and the calf was pulled with chains. She was a huge calf and the one that was born outside was tiny. They both are eating well so far.  Sorry, I didn't bring my camera to the farm.  It's a nice way to stary the day with two new heifer calves.

Both kittens are doing well also and the mama brings them out whenever I go there but if someone comes in, she hides them again. It's been a game of hide and seek. When they meow, they don't make a sound. They just go through the motion.

All my tulips have finished their spectacular displays for the season and is leaving the chance for other beauty to strut their stuff. My irises are all budded and getting ready for the show.As two of my azelias have finished blooming another one is in full bloom and several are just budding.

My Hostas are finally making an apperance. I divide them and spread them around as they get so big.

I came close to loosing this mauve creeping phlox a few years ago but it has made a come back.

Tonight it's really cold and there is a danger of frost in the north of the province.  I've planted my peppers in the garden a couple of days ago and hope that they will be OK. It's always a gamble this time of year.

I'm hoping for a nice stretch of warm weather to get my sourdough starter another try. This time I'm not going to rpeat the same mystake by putting it in the sun in a metal bowl. Live and learn...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a great weekend everyone.  JB


  1. I am so glad you were able to get the calf and both the Mom and the calf are okay. Your flowers look beautiful.
    I hope you don't get frost too. Everything looks so nice.
    I hope you have a nice weekend.

  2. Your calf adventures are always so dramatic but I'm pleased you had another happy ending. Your gardens are looking so healthy. I'm a teeny bit jealous :)

    No I didn't change the pattern LOL and it's not a snail either! It's fun to keep you guessing.

  3. Hi Julia, Your Hosta's are so interesting looking! I have never grown hosta's I never did get around to starter. I am going to try it in the future. You should be a vet the way your always helping these mom cows give birth,Hugs Cheri

  4. Wow what an adventure you had today with the calves - so happy you were able to help them!

  5. I spread all my hosta around also as they get so big. You are always so busy with the farm.
    we are under a frost warning also brrrr

  6. I just love these dramatic stories of the farm! Your garden is just wonderful. I love hostas too. I planted a few varieties here in this house. I thought of trying to divide them to take some with me...but I'll just leave them the way they are. I think the phlox looks fabulous. I really like those plants, yet, I've never put them in my gardens. I'll have to change that in the new place! Hope all goes well with the sourdough!
    Happy weekend!

  7. I have always thought what it would be like for me to live on a farm. Love hearing the work stories, the harvesting, etc. What a joy it must be to take care of so many things, but such hard work and dedication it takes. How exciting about the new births! So happy to hear things went well.
    Love your phlox. Beautiful color :)

  8. Julia ~
    So glad the calves are doing well. What stories you have to tell of life on the farm. Thank goodness for cell phones!
    Your gardens are just lovely.
    Pug hugs :)

  9. Congratulations on new calves. Hope they do well.
    Your hosta's are beautiful and I love the phlox, that is something I have never been able to achieve.
    I would love to send you some of our warmth. I was 93 today and suppose to be that way for several day. It is too hot for the beginning of June. Did I say that I love my A/C

  10. Whoohoo Friday is indeed a good calving day!

    Glad they are doing allright!

    70 or 2200 all cows count in my eyes! ;-)