There is nothing better than a cold winter walk in the woods.
Fresh, clean air fills your lungs making you feel immediately healthier.
I love the woods in winter... the stark stillness.
There is no canopy to block the sun,
but rather the skeletal branches of trees that have already shed their
dry crunchy leaves.
Those same leaves make every footstep crackle, giving all of the forest
residents a warning of our approach.
Invariably a trip to the woods will yield sightings of deer
Saturday's hike provided us with a special surprise.
What was that?
There in the distance, about a hundred yards in front of us...
(my camera had a hard time focusing on her.... I only had my small camera with me)
A Jersey cow... a most unexpected woodsy visitor.
She spooked when she saw us and headed into the woods.
We checked the game cameras and sure enough...
there she was... passing by the tent.
Once home, I got on the computer and messaged all of our neighbors with cows.
No one claimed her.
We made a visit to all of the dairy farms in the area.
No one was missing a Jersey cow.
Later in the weekend, we went back to the woods with halter in hand...
searching for the lonesome wanderer.
It's been very cold this week so I was quite worried about her.
The good thing is there is much shelter to be had in the woods,
and in the middle of the woods is a large meadow full of grass...
so she will have plenty to eat.
There are streams nearby for water... I only hope she can find them.
We deposited some hay near our tent and put the game cameras in that area.
We will continue to check the cameras and look for our mysterious bovine visitor.
Hopefully we will be able to catch her before winter brings
harsh weather our way!
We'll keep you posted.
The rest of our weekend was spent mostly at home,
enjoying the decorations,
(yes, it's true...there is rarely room for humans on our couch!)
in front of the fire,
listening to our favorite holiday music,
and baking and decorating more cookies...
and more cookies....
Chester has settled in quite nicely and is learning our routine.
He seems very happy with his new living arrangements and spends a lot of time
observing the older dogs.
He's a fast learner and very eager to please.
Every new activity is a little scary...
but, by the second time, he seems to understand and joins in willingly.
He's learned all about moving horses
and seems to enjoy our trips to and from the pastures...
leading the way back to the barn as we all follow.
This little fellow is going to be the perfect farm dog.
Looks like we are all very lucky!