Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Does he make you think of Rawhide?

Occasionally now we see cattle with these real long horns, this time this one was the only one in this cattle lot. Anytime I see them, the old western Rawhide pops into my mind. I wonder if I would like it as much now as I did when young.
Anyway, this is the barn he belonged to....one of the nicer ones we have run across. How would you like to have to put new roofing on it? I totally understand how some don't have the money to keep the barns in repair...but am so thankful to find ones like this that don't seem in too much danger of falling down.
All eyes were on me as I took these pictures...they did not seem menacing but more as if they wondered I had something for them. The house was right on to the right where you can't see it. So they are probably used to being handled. The only thing missing for me was a young calf.

There isn't anything much cuter than a baby animal of any kind...and calves with their big eyes and long lashes are right up there at the top of being beautiful. At home, each cow was named, as well as most calves received their own name. Since we usually milked at least one cow, I can remember carrying a calf to the barn a time or two after it was born, till the cow would have to come in to it.

For a while, we would milk some of the milk and leave the rest for the calf....I was never a milk lover, so don't remember drinking it a lot. But I do remember when I went to school, it being strange to have a box of milk with my lunch. Just tasted different. I can also remember noticing the difference between the taste of evaporated cream or real milk in coffee.

I will leave you with straight-on shot of the barn...I don't think I have ever seen one built just like this one...I don't know what you would call that part that sticks out at the peak of the roof. Have you ever seen one built like this? I don't know if the bottom drops open or not. Believe it or not, I did not notice this part till I downloaded the photos.

12 comments:

Judy said...

Yes it does and it reminds me of Texas. I really like the shape of that barn.

Montanagirl said...

Nice shots. That is a different looking barn to be sure. Can't imagine what that part is that sticks out.

don said...

A very interesting series. That is a marvelous and very different barn. I like the strange protruding, closed in device. It would be good to know it purpose. The barn seems in good shape. Nice one to shoot, Rose!

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

We have some longhorns here in Ocala. I thought they should be moved to Texas where they belong! ;-)

That is a nice-looking barn. And, again, I enjoy your commentary. My grandmother lived in northern Minnesota on a farm and I remember separating the cream from the milk and churning butter. She had a wood stove which warmed the house; made all her own bread and jams and wow was that good with fresh butter!

Small City Scenes said...

'Ol Rawhide and Rowdy Yates and the Boos man--I always liked that show.
That bump out on the barn is a bit odd but I suppose they had a reason for it.
Yes, calves are just so sweet with their earnest little faces--so trusting.
My daughter knows every cow and every calf on the ranch--I don't know how she does it because there are several hunderd there.
I didn't like milk much because after the cream was separated it would leave lumps of cream in the milk and I just could not drink the lumps. In my mind they were huge but in realty--not. We put cream on our cereal though and it was ok. MB

EG Wow said...

The protrusions looks like where they may have pulled hay bales into the loft. I wonder if the bottom opens.

A piece of news said...

I love old barns. I think the little "house" on the top is for hauling things up or down. I can't imagine hanging on to that roof to replace it - what a slope!

George said...

Your first picture does remind me of Rawhide -- (I haven't seen that in years). I really like this barn; someone has taken good care of it. When I was growing up we always had at least one milk cow, and they always had names.

Neal said...

Very nice Rose. Of course I love the barn. :)

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I like the third picture from the top the most.

Carletta said...

Love the next to the last shot!

Mary said...

I love that final barn shot...great! I used to watch all the TV westerns and loved them, and I've tried looking at some of the old ones now and they seem so slow and boring. The world has changed so much since then.

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