Mothers I have known

As many countries celebrate Mother’s Day today, my mind is drifting to parental relationships elsewhere in another kingdom.

cow and calfTwo fields behind us are a herd of cows. They are a variety of colours, from black and white, brown and white, grey and white, to all brown, all grey and all white. It would appear that each is a Mother. As their babies lie in the tall grass, Mum stands watch and when the time comes, encourage their young to suckle.
A few miles away, the deer farm pastures are full. It is quite a sight to see hundreds of these beautiful graceful creatures in such close proximity.

doe and fawnOn our walk by the river yesterday, ducklings were plentiful. It is a place I took my Mother on several occasions when she visited us in years gone by, and somewhere in her cupboard is a camera and chip with the photographs.

duck and ducklings
As a teenager, I stayed with a family whose cat had kittens. I was fascinated as I watched them grow.
cat and kittensI worked in a dog kennels for a while shortly after moving here, and at least one of their bitches would be pregnant. Puppies would arrive, be nursed and then sold on, and I found it upsetting that they were seen as just a commodity in a cage, not a member of the family as mine had always been, so I quit.

dog and pupsBirds will also be breeding, already we have had one brood of blackbirds, and there is a Portlet somewhere as I found the broken pigeon egg shell on the patio a couple of weeks ago.

pigeon chickWe are keeping an eye on the swans on their nest in the ditch up on the lane. With recent rains, the water level is rising, and they are forever adding height to protect their eggs. They are taking it in turns to keep the clutch warm, and we hope their efforts will be rewarded.
swan and cygnets
Here in the UK, we celebrated Mothering Sunday in March.

mother and childI can only watch and observe.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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