The stone walls that line the edges of our property were put here by Miles Smith in the 1850s and '60s. Constructed with rocks extracted from the fields, Miles moved every boulder and rock with a team of oxen. He would lever each rock onto a sled called a "stone boat" and then direct his team to where he wanted the wall – most likely the property line. Then Miles would arrange the stones to make a "dry stack" wall, counting on gravity, not mortar, to hold them in place.
"What type of cow is that?" asked Jane, a visitor to the farm, pointing to Belle. When I told her Belle is a Milking Short Horn, Jane asked, "And when do you start milking her?" Astonished by the question, I realized that maybe Jane didn't know why cows produce milk.
It’s fall, which means it’s time to wean the calves. If we planned it right, calves were born in March and April – nine months after conception. We control when the bull is with the cows, so most births are in the spring. Sometimes an eager bull will find his way, without permission, into the cow pasture in the winter, and a bundle-of-joy will join us the next fall.
After living on the same farm for 45 years, I have accumulated a lot of junk in our old three-story barn.
"Can I sit on Curious Bleu?" a 45-year-old woman asked. Since 11 a.m. on our fall Cuddle-A-Cow Day, Curious Bleu, a Scottish Highlander steer, and star of the book," A Curious Little Calf Named Bleu," stood patiently while youngsters sat on him. Unfortunately, the weight limit for riders was 100 pounds or less.