Local Heart, Global Soul

June 24, 2014

Friesian Cow Cousins, Down On The Farm…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Last summer my brother-in-law, Himself and several of our friends organised a group camping long weekend during the summer holidays.

Whist my foot injury meant that it wasn’t possible for me to join them camping, they were located  close enough to home that Himself could drive home and pick me up for a short visit, and then drive me back home afterwards.

The camping spot is situated in an area known as Delftsland, a heavily industrialised agricultural area of mostly flower farms, dairy herds and thousands of glass houses.

The farm they are staying on is called “Hoeve Bouwlust” and  is also a working dairy farm and of course visiting the calves and being entertained by the milking of the cows was also one of it’s many attractions.

Most of the day the cows were away in the pasture and anyway the children were rather nervous of the cows, but the calves left behind in the stall were a completely different story, they had a small fan club all to themselves. Just in case any visitor should miss the calves, the shed was helpfully signposted with klompen (wooden clogs / wooden shoes) painted up in the most famous of Dutch cow colours: Friesian black and white.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

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