Exciting Tree Survival News

So, I thought that the cow vs tree saga might have come to a premature end when the local farmer moved a bunch of beasts* down the road, and I assumed that included our neighbours. But no sooner had I gone out to dig up some potatoes for our supper this evening, when I realised I had drawn an audience.

drawing a crowd

They soon resumed their assault on the tree, and although they looked as if they were more interested in the tree tube than the tree inside it, they were managing to bend it over to the point that I worried for the top of the tree. I clearly hadn’t attached it solidly enough to the fence. Nothing a zip tie couldn’t fix…

cow vs tree

Except that is easier said than done

cow closeup

When you are being licked to death.

cow nose

In the end I had to call the other half out so one of us could secure the tree and the other fended off our new best friends. Then, with a feeling of a job well done, we settled down to enjoy a drink in the last of the evening sunshine.

cow audience

Just have to shake off that sensation that we were being watched, that’s all …

* That’s what they call livestock around here. It makes farming sound a hell of a lot more exciting than I expect it really is.

10 Responses to Exciting Tree Survival News

  1. 2bikesborg says:

    But you’re eyeing that twig–about two matchsticks in thickness– as firewood, 40 years down the track!

  2. Sue says:

    Bit more of a challenge than that easy peasy walled garden affair. Bon chance!

  3. disgruntled says:

    @2bikes – I like to think long term!
    @Sue – as long as we can keep the cows on their side of the fence we might win (famous last words…)

  4. Is it just me that thinks being licked by a cow sounds disgusting?

  5. What an idyllic life you lead.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I can see Randolph Scott just out of shot, moving the varmints along….obviously if you want to blend in you need a Stetson? You could also fly in high winds and stay dry in the rain, really much more practical than tweed.

  7. disgruntled says:

    @stephani – their tongues are really rough so it’s like being rasped.
    @Elizabeth – you’re getting the edited highlights, of course
    @Anon – I wasn’t wearing my cap, that might have been what I was doing wrong. I could try the akubra

  8. they look like maiden heifers to me. still a beast of course (if you are in west yorkshire pronounced beeast) but maiden summons up an image of something slightly less beastly i always think

  9. disgruntled says:

    Any idea why they (apparently) have such elaborate names?

    • Farmer says:

      As long as the eartags also show compulsory ID data, farmers can (and do) give their cows any names they like. They often include the name of the sire (father) and dam (mother), and various other bits of ID (such as the farm’s name/code), but otherwise any wackiness or elaboration is the farmer’s doing!

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