This afternoon, with the clouds once again skittering across a very grey sky, Greg and trusty Jim (his right hand man) resolutely headed off to Mr. Cooper's pasture to make right what Mother Nature had destroyed. As the aroma of bacon frying wafted across the valley and the cuckoo clock struck noon Greg and Jim suspended their restoration operation......lunch being a seriously important farming priority. Sadly for the two weary hungry farmers, getting out of Mr. Cooper the big bay thoroughbred's pasture was NOT going to be as easy as getting in. The old grey Ford growled, Jim hastened to open the big tube gate, Cooper waited and seized the moment. As the truck passed through, the big ageing bay recalled the speed and vitality of his earlier years, saw the partially open gate, the enticing mares across the road and took off for freedom. Greg tried to head him off, Jim ran for the open gate which is open to the farm road and Mr. Cooper resolutely ignored them all..Greg, Jim and the truck. By this time, Bella the Jersey cow, Sirloin the little red Dexter steer, her partner in crime and the flock of sheep led by Barney the ram had been attracted by the resultant chaos and confusion and added their combined forces into the debacle. Clearly Greg's waving cajoling and cursing was having little effect on a Mr. Cooper, bound and determined to take the mares into his harem and as poor Jim raced back and forth retrieving lead rope and trying to secure the gate Greg resorted to throwing himself around the villainous gelding's neck. Apparently his intent, should Mr. Cooper continue through the gate ( with Greg attached like a limpet to his neck) was to throw his legs up...um ...onto what Greg ??? I have a mental vision of us in the emergency Room ...you broke your neck, back, arms and legs..doing what ? Thankfully Cooper saw the error of his ways, the cows and sheep were persuaded to return to their respective pasture and law and order was restored to the barn yard. I think Mars Jupiter and Orion collided in the heavens today...tomorrow is another day and, please Lord.....let it be calm. Thank you once again Jim for being in the right place at the right time ...and smiling through it all !!!
Take care, keep safe, M