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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?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.