Stories of life on our farm in Northwest Georgia where every day is an adventure in this beautiful spot that God has entrusted to our stewardship.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

Sara reminds me of Lebanon and Sirion in Psalm 29--skipping like a calf and like a young wild ox!  Actually, she's letting us know how frustrated she is with us because we brought the trailer down in her field with hay on it, but the hay wasn't for her.  It was to mulch a weeping willow tree we were going to plant. 

We had joked that we should point Hero to the spot where we wanted to dig the holeand say, "Mouse, Hero!" so he'd dig.  But Hero is feeling very sore and not very lively, probably a delayed result from getting run over by Angel.  He had just enough energy to dodge Sara when she went after him, but not enough to enjoy chasing her or to dig.  So Herb had to dig the hole.

Can you guess what Sara is thinking?  (Of course, I'm thinking, "What a target!" while keeping an eye on her in case I need to stop her from charging Herb.  Believe it or not, I do have limits as to how far I'll go for a great shot!)  Apparently, what Sara was really thinking was, "Hero, Schmero!  Why didn't you ask me?  I really dig this tree planting!"

After shoveling half the dirt back into the hole and tamping down the rest of it, she ran off.  Of course she was really trying to remove her "necktie," but it looked for all the world like she was trying to dig a hole.  If she would only believe that we are her friends and want to remove it for her!

Well, she didn't get the halter rubbed off, but I did feed her some of the mulching hay and she did get a "mud mask" out of it, so I think she went away happy!  And we have a beautiful weeping willow tree, a gift from our church, St. Elmo Presbyterian, to comfort us in the death of my mother.  My friends Maria and Laura thought we would rather have a willow tree than cut flowers--and they were so right!  Every time we look at the tree it will remind us of our loving brothers and sisters at church, as well as of my mother who is now whole and well and at peace in the presence of Jesus.

We do, indeed, get by with a little help from our friends! 


  1. That's so nice! I can't wait to see it and I'm already planning peaceful naps under it, as long as Sara is NOT in the field.

  2. Love the pics and the commentary, in fact the "hole" thing! What a lovely idea for your church to send you a tree--do you remember we had a willow tree in the front yard on Dauphine in Manchester?
    Love you,

  3. Ahh, that was SO thoughtful of them! I hope it will grow by peaceful, pleasant waters.

    Re: JM: Sara will just come lay her head beside you and take a nape with you. She might even scratch your head with her horns.

  4. @Barbara, ha! ha! Pretty good! I had totally forgotten that we had a willow tree on Dauphine! I just remember the olive tree in CA, but I know one wouldn't grow here. So I guess Mom probably picked that one out, huh?
    @Jean-Marc, Sara's actually very cuddly! Please don't get the wrong impression! :)
    @ Jenny, yes, and hopefully deep waters, if we can ever get the silly pond to stop leaking!

  5. I have long thought this very funny, and I know Sara is a cow, but from a distance and with the horns, she could just carry off this sign that I'd like to post on the pasture gate:
    "The farmer allows people to cross the field for free, but the bull charges." :) Maybe I should attach a picture of Sara going after Hero!


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