Monday, October 19, 2015

Salt of the Earth

Salt block for detail

Jade and I conspired to put the cows' salt block way up on the hill, where I could see the cows from the kitchen window when they come down to partake each day.

I never got to see them up there one single time.

The very first night they took their new toy and rolled it down the hill.

And now they just keep shoving it closer and closer to the barnyard even though it is no longer on the hillside where gravity aids in their project.

I don't know what is up with them. Do they want to bring it down to the barn so they can enjoy it this winter?

Do they want to bring the deer real close so we can get lots of ticks?

Are they just perverse and annoying beasts?

Or do they want to make sure I get lots of exercise looking for them?

I dunno, but I do know when I went out to get their picture four deer were partaking with them.

And I do know in the past couple of days we have picked one tick off Daisy and TWO off our tiny itty-bitty puppy who never leaves my personal walking places right next to the house.

Dagnabbit. Venison for dinner this winter, cows.... you might want to give that formula some thought.


ellie k said...

Did you lick the salt block as a kid? we always licked where the cows had made a low place thinking that was the cleanest.

threecollie said...

ellie, lol, when we were kids we didn't live on the farm, but we did go across the street from my mom and dad's antique and book store and lick pieces of salt dropped outside the feed mill there. I loved to grab one and cart it around in my pocket all day, licking it now and then. Oddly enough we didn't die, even though we licked some blue ones that probably contained Heaven only knows what feed additives. Kids were tough in those days. Had to be as we ran tame pretty much wherever we wanted to go.

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Ticks are crazy here warming they say. I have picked off more ticks off the dogs and the milk cow this summer than I have seen in my entire 58 years on this farm. Makes me itch just typing this.

Salt block licker and dog food eater here...I'm still kicking.

threecollie said...

Nita, lol, sorry I missed answering this sooner. Used to eat dog food at the vet kennel where I worked. lol