“Become dust - & they will throw thee in the air; Become stone - & they will throw thee on glass." Muhammad Iqbal *Beyond the bushes, boiling with dust, is 4Shoes West boundary road.

Friday, 29 April 2016

That New Calf Smell

Springtime on the farm is one of the most exciting of seasons, because... BABIES!! These 2 little gals were born not too far from here & will join us here @ the 4Shoes when they are weaned in the fall.
At only a few days old, Little BeBop is full of personality. She drains her first-time Mom dry & asks for more; she was trying to nurse other cows too, so she is being supplemented & comes a-running when she hears her name! 

Little Rosie is cute as can be &, at  2 weeks old, she already thinks she has a future as the 4Shoes 'Old Bossie" Time will tell.

And there you have it - a small window on the future of the 4Shoes.
Haha, 'small window'... Miniature Herefords... Get it?
Wow, tough crowd today. 
I think I'm funny; sometimes that's all I have to go on.
Stay real Y'allz!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Channeling Bob Barker

“In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Springtime sparks the fancy of ANY male creature I think...
One thing that I find truly despicable is a person who dumps their unwanted animal off in the country & just drives away. Because the Spring always heralds the arrival of babies of all kinds, sooner or later we (or one of the neighbours) will end up with those unwanted pets in our yard, looking pitiful & just wanting so desperately for someone to care for them again.
WTF is wrong with some people?!?
I will spare you the rest of what could be a long rant. 
For the sake of all the unwanted pets, allow me to share this funny video that addresses such a serious topic. 
In the words of the late Bob Barker: "Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered."

Friday, 22 April 2016

In the Still Of the Night

A lot of people pine for country living, citing the quiet & peace as chief among their reasons. 
These people have likely never been in this part of the country! Once Winter breaks & spring finally takes hold, the reality is that there is only blissful silence for about 2 hours out of 24 (between 3 & 5 am). The other 22 hours of the day is constant audio stimulation - & it is LOUD. 
This video clip was recorded @ a nearby bird & wildlife sanctuary.
Turn up your speakers until you think to yourself, "Holy Crap on a Cracker -that is really LOUD."
Welcome to the Interlake.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Believe What You See

"Bullying is an act of repeated aggressive behaviour in order to intentionally hurt another person, physically or mentally. Bullying is characterized by an individual behaving in a certain way to gain power over another person."
"Get a thicker skin" is something a Bully says when, having been made completely aware of the hurt being caused, they want the Victim to understand that: 1. their feelings do not matter, 2. the Bully has no intention of stopping, & 3. the Bully is enjoying knowing that they are doing damage.

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time."  ~Maya Angelou

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

April Fool's Three-Peat

April Fool's Day jocularity generally ends at noon on the 1st, but there is occasionally a prankster who doesn't know when to call it quits. Evidently, Mother Nature is one of those who feels that her pranks ought to carry on & on until we appreciate her brilliance...
Kick it off with high intensity sunbeams; Manic sunbathes @ the foot of my bed, waiting on the porch boards to heat up.
The 'Fooler Spring' stage: Lots of sad brown grass, still half asleep, little in the way of green but we are HOPEful.
Are you kidding me? Here we snow again...
Flakes piling up in a hurry. Mother Nature does not mind laughing alone.
At this point, her sides must be killing her.
 That bitch.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Horses of Advertising

   Sports fans or not, few would argue that the commercials aired during an American Superbowl are worth watching.  Who doesn't love the Budweiser commercials? Other advertisers are capitalising on the draw of animals stars in their spots; sometimes multiple animals or even a mishmash of parts that mesmerise* & delight the viewer. 
   I am usually reading while Mr Shoes watches the game; but when the commercials come on, that's when I focus on the TV!
   Though it does features some other talented dancers, the true star of this OPI nail polish ad is (of course) the beautiful equine dancer, Lady in Black; please take note that Lady & each dancer sport matching polish!
   Trained by French equestrian & stunt trainer Mario Luraschi, some of Lady's dressage movements are completely real, while other more incredible movements are at least partially thanks to skilled image manipulation & realistic 3-D animation.
   According to the ad makers: “We animated, rendered & tracked 3-D legs into many of the shots showing the horse making a series of complicated dance moves. The goal was to have a seamless photo-realistic look to both animation & render. The 3-D model was painstakingly matched to that of the real horse, which was then followed by our talented team of animators that worked to replicate realistic movements based on the footage of the original horse.”
   Enough lead up already, if this is the first time you are seeing this video then get ready, because you are about to be marvellously entertained. 
   Even Mr Shoes voted this ad one of the coolest things he's ever seen (which is saying something)! Do yourself a favour & click on the little flower icon (between 'HD' & "vimeo' on the bottom right of the video box) to make it full screen.
   Bet you can't help but play it more than once!

* I freely admit to being completely enamoured of KickStart Energy drink's recent superstar, Puppy-Monkey-Baby, but that's a video for another day.