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Rural Serenity

October 14th, 2010

Serenity [suh-ren-i-tee] noun: the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil; sereneness.

There’s something completely serene to me about grazing cattle. I don’t know if it’s because I grew up in a rural area, or maybe it’s just because I love cows. They just always seem to be so completely content when out to pasture. When we were in Maine last week I was happy to see a lot of small herds of cows out grazing in the fields. What a beautiful view of the ocean these cows have, talk about free-range living!

Around our campground there were several farms raising Belted Galloway cows (or Oreo cows as we like to call them). Next to Scottish Highlands they’re probably some of my favorite kinds of cow. I stopped to take a photo of these little calves and they came up to see me!

I always feel sorry for cows on factory farms that are cooped up and can’t eat real grass and enjoy the sunshine. That’s one of the main reasons I buy my beef and milk from a small local farm that allows their cows to be out and about all the time. It makes me happy knowing that the cows that provide my food are living happy lives!

What’s your favorite serene setting?

8 Comments to “Rural Serenity”
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  2. Tracy on October 14, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I love watching cows graze, too. We have a grass fed belted galloway reserved for spring butchering. I can’t wait to have that farm-fresh meat in my freezer. Of course, we have to use up all of the vegetables that reside there first!

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  3. Kim on October 14, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Oh, I love Oreo cows! You are right, cattle, horses, chickens – they should all be on grass as God intended.

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  4. Donna B. on October 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Oreo Cows… That is a fantastic name for these lovely bovine~
    And I agree – cows grazing is a wonderful picture perfect scene of serenity… but mine has to be just sitting, watching the tree’s gentle sway in the breeze… anytime of the year – but fall is the best time.
    I wished I didn’t live in such a… built up area. I’d absolutely love to find a local farm to buy my meats from… at least my vegetables are super local! [outside my front door!] hehe.

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  5. Amy on October 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Tranquility……The ocean……

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  6. Mrs. Mac on October 14, 2010 at 11:06 am

    tranquility .. viewing/sitting above the misty fog hanging over the nearby lake. Chickens running free in a nearby yard (not mine;( Cows and sheep eating green green grass even into the fall. Lovely ‘Oreos’

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  7. MAYBELLINE on October 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    My patio swing on a Sunday morning.

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  8. Helen Tristram on October 15, 2010 at 4:32 am

    The belted Galloways reminded me of childhood holidays camping in Galloway ( Scotland). I don’t remember seeing one since.
    Here in Limousin all the cows are beautiful brown Limousins. I love seeing them out grazing in the fields. However many are now raised semi indoors and rarely enjoy outdoor grazing.

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