Rose, the Milkmaid


Well, this afternoon I milked a cow for the first time all by myself! I have had the odd attempt at milking Blossom (may she rest in peace), but was always a bit nervous of her somewhat stroppy ways. Actually I think she was the proverbial ‘one-girl cow.’ Anyway, we have Penny’s house cow down here while Pen is away overseas. Her name is Amelia, and she is VERY quiet! My kind of cow.

She stood patiently as I muddled around perfecting (??) my technique and I felt completely relaxed as I milked her. No worries when I accidentally clanged the bucket. Quiet and solid as a rock. I was even able to have fun squirting Eva and Shasta, our two cats. Angel came along too late for her share, but managed to lick a bit up off the stones.

So now I’m thinking ahead to when Milly has moved away from home (:() and is no longer our resident milkmaid. I’ve decided that I am going to go down to our local farmer and choose myself a cute looking calf, and spend the next two years handling her and training her up as my very own house cow, so she’ll be as quiet and as co-operative as Amelia!! I think I will quite enjoy it. 🙂

Jake has his first try at milking (at my insistance!) …

…and quite enjoys it.

Rosie ~  21 August 2011

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5 responses to “Rose, the Milkmaid”:

  1. Where’s Milly gone to?

  2. Nowhere! But she is planning to do her nursing in a few years time. 🙂

  3. We have one reasonably docile milking cow, Fudge, & one very anti milker, a jersey, Bessie. She is currently in calf & we think if it’s a heifer we will train her as you suggested in the hope of a very docile cow. This should make milking time much easier.

  4. Good for you, Chris! My Chris thinks it’s a long time to wait before I can milk the cow if I get a calf and train her, but I reckon I’ll have her for a long time after that. Anyway, we all know how quickly two years passes, don’t we?? 🙂

  5. Please pray for Dad. He has back ache, stomach ache, and a whloe lot of other things. 🙁 PLEASE PRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks 😀

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