All but a few straggler sheep are off the moor for the winter and so, I thought, were the cows. It seems not. A herd have been hanging around here for a couple of weeks now and are omnipresent. It doesn't matter where I try and walk, there they are, some with very new calves, right in our path. Having heard the statistics about the number of people killed by them in the name of protectiveness, I'm walking lot of extra in detours. Sometimes, however, there's no avoiding them but they seem pretty benign. Their coats are unbelievably thick but I can't believe how the calves are going to manage once the weather gets REALLY bad. I found a half eaten carcass of a full grown cow today. I'm sparing you the photograph as there were uneaten bits hanging off here and there. Not long dead then and some of those calves are really tiny. Not my problem but I do worry about them. Here are some pictures of the hairy ladies and their offspring.
This is the very situation that should be avoided!
And now for the horticultural delights on and in the Renault Megane:
Moss and TWO types of Lichen
It could grow into a tree one day....
I may need to clear some of this out but what's the point?
More moss and perhaps a new, plastic loving lichen evolving there on the left?
Really quite attractive moss. Can you see the sauna situation inside there?
Sorry - terrible picture - but this is the plant emerging from the rear carpet. I just couldn't get it to focus on its beautiful foliage.....grrrr
More lichen......at least the air is clean around the filthy car
And finally grass, which appears to have been mown since the last time I looked at it, by what, I cannot imagine.
A few more pictures from the last couple of days. Snippet is rather camera shy at the moment and is setting a VERY bad example regarding coming when called.....
Before I go, I seem to have many 'links' appearing at the end of each post, under the comments box. I've noticed something about a threadcatcher on other people's blogs too. Does anyone know how they get there? Every time I try to get rid of them, I get an error page. The list seems to be growing too. Well, until next time, have a lovely weekend and here are the two dogs on the move....being watched....
Do the cows sleep in curlers?ReplyDelete
I've a feeling you won't be able to get rid of the car...under environmental laws.You seem to have an eco system with it's own biodiversity....much as yet undiscovered...have you looked underneath?!
I wouldn't dare Jane. I might never recover. On a positive note, we're picking up a VW Polo next Saturday and they're taking the Megane in part exchange! We thought we might have to give it away.Delete
They're some wild and woolly looking beasts! With all that vegetation on the Renault you should get reduced road tax: it should be helping to balance the carbon emissions.ReplyDelete
Very good point John.Delete
A lovely collection of photos. Have you any idea what the breed of cattle is especially the one in the first picture. I love the previous comment about cows in curlers. There could be a hit song in that, or even a long poetic saga to match the best. .ReplyDelete
I have no idea Tony but I've been trying to find out. Perhaps you could write that song and make a fortune?Delete
Wow Em you have some stunning photos here-love all the cattle, they are beautiful beasts and you have captured them so well, but I think the landscape one just after the horticultural car and the white (or am I supposed to say grey) pony are amazing-really. The car looks like a travelling lichen and moss mobile-and although amusing to see I'm sad for you, that it's driving you mad with all its faults.ReplyDelete
I always think Middle Tor (in the landscape one you mentioned) looks like a big ship from that angle.Delete
Only a week to go with the dreaded car after today's success story!
If you learn more about the cattle, whose they are, why they're still out, I'd love to hear. Somehow such stalwart beasts from a Scots poem or novel are in my head and I can't put a finger on the source. If I do I'll be sure to be back and announce. it.ReplyDelete
Please do Joanne. I'm not sure who they belong to but can probably find out...Delete
That first picture had me entranced! I know women who spend $$$ to get their hair half that beautiful! Your camera skills are wonderful Em.ReplyDelete
Isn't she beautiful? One of the most placid ones too I'm glad to say. I wouldn't dare get too close to some of them.Delete
Those sheep are so cool. I've never seenany like that. Does anyone own them or are they wild?ReplyDelete
Slip of the keyboard there Happyone! They'd be VERY big sheep. I'm really going to try and find more about them.Delete
Your Mosses and lichens are quite stunning! ~ not to be outone by your carpet sprout! You are sort of driving a terrarium! ~ which on some level is pretty cool!ReplyDelete
The cows are neat, like shaggy teddy bears! Be careful out there... :)
Thanks for sharing~~ :)))))
I'm most impressed by the lichens given how long they take to grow. The whole lot will have to go this week so I;m glad I took the photos. It goes next Saturday!Delete
The cows are really beautiful--My husband grew up on a cattle farm, and thought they were too! And I would also worry about the little ones!ReplyDelete
As far as the links below your posts, it has something to do with the settings for each post--A while back, I had them too, and then changed a setting, and they went away...
Thanks Kim, I'll have a look in Settings and see what I can find.Delete
Strange looking bovines!ReplyDelete
Can't imagine having all the plants taking over the car--makes you wonder what all gets blown in everywhere to lurk until conditions are right for growth.
Jack is turning into quite a handsome lad!
He's very sweet isn't he? Still like velvet to touch and if he doesn't get much bigger, just about goes on the lap!Delete
LOVE the cows and the super hairy curly babies ! The #1 and 2 photos are wonderful.ReplyDelete
Is Jack better around the big animals with rather large 4 feet ?
Not much better, no, but he's responding better when asked. You could knit many jumpers out of one of those beasts.Delete
They are so beautiful ! I just love the sweet little curly hairy faces.Delete
I imagine you can feel quite exposed out on the moor with dogs and cattle. Once while riding on the forest with Ted at heel we went through a herd and two of the mothers charged him. We just galloped off but it was a salutary lesson.ReplyDelete
Love the fauna on your car! Just think of the life it is supporting. You have your very own ecosystem x
Perhaps you'd like to make a study of it as part of your course! Only got it for another week so you may miss out on a unique opportunity there - sorry.Delete
Cattle really do not like dogs and will chase them. So if you have a dog with you then it is best to avoid the cattle at all times.ReplyDelete
We do as much as possible. Luckily, the farmers up here use dogs when herding the cattle,so they're not entirely unknown to them.Delete
Lovely shots of my favourite animals Em, (Cows that is).ReplyDelete
Yes they are best avoided when they have calves and you are walking with a dog.
Glad to oblige Roy. You may be seeing more of them as there's a spell through winter where I can go for days without seeing a living thing out there, other than grass obviously.Delete
I don't really understand your last question Em so can't help you out - sorry. I love that photograph of Jack with his front paw off the ground - that is what Tess does when she has seen something she wishes to investigate.ReplyDelete
Those cattle are interesting. Do you know what breed they are? They certainly have the kind of coat which looks as though it will withstand winter. I am reminded of the Chillingham wild cattle in Northumberland, which we saw a couple of years ago - they are left to their own devices whatever the weather and they seem to thrive - only the weak fall (perhaps like your dead cow).
I was kind of hoping you might be able to identify them for me Pat! I'll do some more research....Delete
Love the cows - the first one is particularly interesting - looks like a teddy bear :) The last photo of Jack is wonderful :)ReplyDelete
The car ecosystem is very interesting - amazing where things can take a foothold. Would be interesting to see what grew and moved in if a car was just left in one spot for a year or more. Hope you manage to get a newer one sorted soon.
Sorted today RR - thank you. We were that desperate! I think it would have morphed into the undergrowth if left for another month or so.Delete
Those cows do look like they could cope with a snowstorm or two. The third photo up from the bottom is a stunner.ReplyDelete
That pony stood very obligingly while I took that!Delete
The first photo of the cow is sensational!ReplyDelete
Loved the one of Jack looking at the cow and calf. Hopefully he didn't go barreling after them. Certainly was a beautiful shot of Jack on the hill and his head also. Poor Snippet is missing out!
Also the photo of the pony standing on the hillside next to the rock is gorgeous!
Poor Snippet is definitely avoiding the camera! Perhaps it's because I haven't brushed him in a couple of days?Delete
Just looked at the first cow photo and pony on hill again. Both would be lovely as prints in your store!ReplyDelete
Thanks Gail - I may do trial ones next time I order them.Delete
Hi Em. Great series of cattle shots, also liked the ponies and dog shots.ReplyDelete
The first photo is so lovely, the coat looks so thick too. I am always wary of cows especially with dogs. I haven't come across this bit at the bottom before. Hope you can resolve it and get rid of the create a link option. It looks like I could have added a link too your post!ReplyDelete
I can't see one Sarah - most are from Denise so I must go and ask her, in a digital sense obviously!Delete
I wish I had a coat like hers....the caw obviously.
I love the thick coats on those cows! We don't seem to any variety of cattle here - only very commonplace, black and white Holstein-Friesians.ReplyDelete
Your car has become a botanist's dream; an example of nature fighting back against technology!
Lovely photos of a not-camera-shy Jack!
I've never seen cows like it except in Scotland. They don't have those horns though!Delete
Hi Em, pretty sure they're dun and black Galloways, same as the belted Galloways that you see a lot but obviously without the belts! This breed tend to be pretty docile and are very well suited to being out on the moor although they shouldn't over winter them out on the moor, maybe just eeking out a few more weeks as there has still been some grass growth. Know what you mean about cattle and giving a wide birth.... I am confident with all stock from the smallest mini to the largest shire but ultra respectful of cows and calves, only time I really don't mind passing them close by is when I'm on the Dragon mule, one look from her and they tend to scarper! They must respect her name too :-)ReplyDelete
That's brilliant - thank you. Have looked at some google images (what would I do without them), and they look just like them. There were some belted ones right out beyond Scorhill a couple of months ago but I've not seen them since. Keep to the Dragon mule definitely if she has that effect!Delete
A fascinating look at the flora of your car Em, it is certainly far more interesting than some finely polished and gleaming sports car in my opinion :-) Lovely photos of the bovine residents of Dartmoor, though my favourite shot has to be that pale pony gazing off into the distance, a real beauty of a shot :-)ReplyDelete
I can't believe she stayed in that position while I fumbled about with the camera. Normally any kind of creature wanders off or looks away!Delete
Lovely photos Em. (are those plants Really growing in your megane?)ReplyDelete
Yes they are but, since we pick up our VW Polo (same age as the Megane, just holding together considerably better) on Saturday, I'm going to have to do some 'gardening'.Delete
Managed to capture those cows well ;), on West Penwith moor, the beautiful highland cattle are doing terrible damage to the stone circles and standing stones, rubbing their heads. There is a great kerfuffle with local Cornwall people who are very cross about the moors being enclosed for these cattle.ReplyDelete
I must say the cows here make a TERRIBLE mess of the ground in a way that the ponies don't. That much weight concentrated onto four tiny cloven hooves goes deep into the peat and scours the banks of their grass as they slither down them in a very ungainly fashion. However, it's nice to see their poo looking healthy and reasonably solid rather than the [ats produced by rich grass!Delete
Love the curly cows! Fab photos of them :) I enjoyed reading about your cars ecosystem too :)ReplyDelete
The car is gone! Hoorah!Delete