|Just after 6, and I had just missed the blessed event! See the stunned look in Fiona's eyes?|
|Say "cheese", baby!|
|Geese flying overhead.|
|Here's the baby's grandma checking out the new arrival.|
|And we all thought it was going to be a black calf!|
This is our fourth calf born on Patch O' Dirt Farm, but the first to be born in daylight! Fiona had the calf while I was putting fresh batteries into the camera this morning at about 6 a.m. By 7 it was wobbling about on spindle-legs. No name as of yet, as we don't know the gender, but we are thinking it may be a bull calf (which is what we're hoping for, since the calf is half Angus).
I went out to give Fiona a bucket of warm water with molasses (an energizing drink for a newly freshened cow), and as I held the bucket, the little one came up and sniffed my face. It was a sweet moment, making worthwhile all the trouble and heartbreak involved in raising animals.
I hope things slow down a bit this week. The first two days of it have been a bit too much (hence the lack of my usual Monday Musings). Computer problems, butter and yogurt, to make, mountains of laundry, a birthday to think about, school things to think about...and I am still attempting to squeeze in a bit of reading, writing and/or knitting if I can, for the sake of my sanity!