'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The Golden Boys

Along with the alpacas, there are also two lovely, diminutive Highland cattle on the farm where I have been staying.  I think they are quite young.

One was more friendly than the other.  But they were both very calm about being approached and photographed, although they weren't quite comfortable going as far as the nose stroking stage.  Even though I offered my nose in a very friendly way.

I am used to the huge, rangy milking Friesian cows that we had on our dairy farm.  These woolly dears looked like soft toys in comparison.

Very photogenic.

I got to this last picture and realised I'd been crouching, the way you do when you are taking photos of children.  So I stood up for this one, to show you how small these darlings actually are.  I'm only about 5 foot 3.

It occurs to me there's a song's chorus they might hum, if they could hum.

Because these green hills are not Highland hills
    Or the Island's hills, they're not my land's hills,
    As fair as these green foreign hills may be
    They are not the hills of home.


  1. They are the gentlest of cattle.

  2. AHH AH THE HIGHLAND HILLS<>><<>JUST THINKING about them and the fjords<>>><<>

  3. They are such a lovely colour.. like fudge..

  4. The alpha male in the paddock in front of The Cottage isn't small or cuddly at all! He may be gentle but I've seen him assert his authority and I wouldn't tangle with him!


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