When Mom was undergoing her chemo treatments for cancer she met a really nice young woman named Alexis. Alexis is the mother of four young children and the wife of a dairy farmer. At her young age she is also battling breast cancer and still taking care of her family and helping with the farm! Since mom and I are also former farm girls we became fast friends. When Alexis invited us to visit her farm, we readily accepted! So, while I was down in CT last Friday we stopped by for a visit after Mom’s radiation treatment.
Since this is a dairy farm there were Holsteins everywhere, but there were other animals as well. Here is what I saw around the barnyard:
While we were outside taking the tour we saw this injured coyote run across the front pasture. It seemed to have a hurt rear leg which it held limply above the ground never putting any weight on it. There wasn’t much we could do so we watched as it ran off. How strange it is to see coyotes all over New England. When i was growing up around here you never saw them. You never even heard of them being here in the northeast, but now they can be seen everywhere, even in the city and suburbs of Boston!
Of course, I did count the birds while I was here. As you can imagine, there were tons of blackbirds feeding on the freshly manured fields of the farm. Turkey and black vultures soared overhead and robins hopped about on the lawn. We tried to take a walk down through the pastures but it was a very windy and cold day. We soon turned back, but not before I spotted a pair of Savannah Sparrows in some brush. Out on the pasture I heard the distinctive cry of a killdeer as we hurried towards the barn to get out of the wind. After touring the milking barn, we went back into the house where a woodstove blazed on the kitchen hearth! Alexis then made us hot chocolate with fresh cow’s milk. Yum!
With all the beauty around me, the most beautiful thing of all was seeing these two women smiling after all they have been through. Alexis’ hair is already growing in. Mom’s is just a soft white peach fuzz but I am sure that by the time I come back for a visit her’s will be growing in too!
Good-bye Farm and Thank You Alexis for the tour!
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