Caramel Creams

Jackie spent much of the day completing her work on the Weeping Birch Bed where she has also repainted the Heligan Path sign. A couple of days ago she could not reach her seat, let alone sit on it.

Later this afternoon we took a drive into the forest.

We followed a cyclist and her trailing, rather wobbly, skateboarding companion much of the length of Everton Road.

In fields alongside Braggers Lane we noticed a herd of mostly caramel cream coloured cattle accompanied by calves

trekking with some intent down from their hillside and up another slope. So dry was the terrain that dust clouds were kicked up.

I followed them to find them jostling for position around a water trough. The poor calf just had to wait its turn.

It must have been something energising in the water that caused the cows to engage in the normal springtime humping practice on the way back up the hill. One young bull tagged along with the two active cows when they reached their field, but showed no interest in participating.

This evening we dined on succulent bangers, creamy mash, crunchy carrots, tender green beans and spring greens with which Jackie drank Becks and I drank more of the Douro.


  1. Absolutely marvelous portrait of the Head Gardener! And the cattle, well it brought me back to when I was engaged in ranching. That Charolais cross herd looks very similar to the herd I used to run. Good looking, healthy cattle.

  2. I was imagining some delicious dessert not cows. But I have to admit it was an apt description of your lovely photos of the herd.

  3. A wonderful day all around, from being able to reach her seat for a pose, Jackie on an excursion. What a splendid life!

  4. Let me address the elephant in the room: humping practice. And then you had bangers for dinner? You tee’d me up but good on this comment, Derrick.

  5. Very nice portraits of the head gardener. She might well look happy in such a garden. Your cattle pictures were so full of action that I expected to see a cowboy on a horse with a lasso come into the picture.

  6. Lovely shots of Jackie. And those cattle–I’m glad someone mentioned Charolais, but as a cross with something else, I assume. The calves were sweet.

  7. Happy cows make me happy too! And Jackie’s smile is infectious. Wishing you three hours of drizzle in the wee hours of each morning, to ensure that dust stays put, and your garden goes nuts!

  8. I was scrolling through the photos with my 5-year old daughter and tried to cover the breeding photos but forgot she watches nature and farm shows so she said “What…they just need to breed.” Sigh…..

  9. Those cows… part of my brother’s thesis for his degree, back in the mid 70s was on homosexuality in animals and he included lesbian cattle. The things i remember when reading your blog. There were gay bedbugs too but that’s another box of capers

  10. Jackie looked very happy and content!
    Sounds like you’ve had less rain than we have. Loved the cows and their antics.
    My fields are still empty and unheard of for June, but the grass has grown well, I’m now thinking we may be haymaking this year.

  11. Oh, Jackie! Your beautiful smile always makes me feel so good! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love your title, Derrick! Made me think about my Dad teasing us that dark brown cows gave chocolate milk. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    There are a few photos up there that I think I’m too young to see! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ HA! Just teasin’! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I think the cattle’s cow-play is udderly amoosing! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Seeing how Nugget interacts with Jackie is so sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚

    We made a pot of red beans (cooking all day, low and slow, they smell so good!)…then we added onion, peppers, brown rice, and some sausage. ๐Ÿ™‚

    HUGS to you both!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Jackie has done a lot of hard work, and I am glad she had a chance to sit and enjoy the flowers. Such a beautiful smile!

    A great series of cow photos, Derrick. Your forest drive photos never disappoint one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Ohhhhhhhhh love the cow pictures, great set, beautiful. I am always amazed at how large cows are when you get close up!!

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