Carol Gulley texted me on my birthday and told me they had a calf born on the farm that morning and named her after me. I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I texted and emails photos of her to everyone I knew.
Today we went to the Gulley’s Bejosh Farm to see her and her twin brother. Ed Gulley, who is an artist and storyteller (Ed showed his Found Art Sculpture at the last Bedlam Farm Open House) as well as a farmer told us they named her twin after Jon.
Now it seems we’ll be taking both Maria and Jon (the calves) to our farm for the summer. They’ll go back to Bejosh Farm in the fall to do what cows do.
Maria is a pretty little reddish, brown girl. When I squatted down next to her she got close to me and twitched her nose. Carol told me she was taking it all in, getting a sense of me. Today when I saw her for the second time I held out my hands to her and she slobbered all over them. I think she ready to eat. Then Ed came out with the bottle and fed her.
We saw Jon the calf for the first time today. Jon looks more like his father, a Swiss Steer and Maria more like her mother. (Ed told me what kind of cow she is, but I’ll have to ask him again. I was too caught up in the moment to remember) Jon is bigger, with thick legs and a boisterous personality.
I don’t think twice about bringing the females to the farm, but I’m always a bit weary of the males. I don’t mean to be sexist, but I have noticed they tend to cause more trouble.
I haven’t spent a lot of time around cows, so I’m looking forward to getting to know the calves. And I don’t have to worry about having to part with them in the fall. I know they’ll be going back to a good place with Carol and Ed.