Thursday, 16 May 2013

Taking Some Time



Sometimes it's important to take time over something. Some tasks need care and patience. Some things should not be rushed. 
Every morning, I let the blind cockerel, Cogburn out of the controlled environment of his run, for some exercise. I can only do this when the other cockerels and the geese  are safely out of the way, for as big as he is, he remains the most vulnerable animal on the field.
I have a 101 things to do most mornings. Today was no different. I needed to fill the water butts on the field border, the eggs in the incubator in the kitchen needed candling, potatoes needed to be planted in bosoms, which is now full of weeds after the overnight rain and I needed to start the strimming of the mountains of nettles which are now screening the pig pen, but something in Cogburn's behaviour made me pause for a moment in order to watch him.
In the breeze and the early morning sunshine, Cogburn seemed to blossom. He moved his big feet on the grass, like a city dweller does when on the beach for the first time , and he turned his head to face the warmth of the sun, blinking his unseeing eyes slowly and carefully in obvious enjoyment.
It may sound odd to say it, but it was incredibly moving to see the big fella so alive and so vital.

Despite the list of jobs, irritatingly fixed inside my head.
I slowly sat down beside the blind old cockerel to let him enjoy the morning sun without being rushed

70 comments:

  1. Sweet post. You big softie you. He's a lucky boy to be with you.

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  2. It is such a privilege to have animals isn't it? They are soul enrichers!

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  3. What a lucky rooster Cogburn is! :-)

    Here too weeds and greenery explode before our eyes-- tis a battle to try and keep it under control!

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  4. That has lifted my spirits for the day ahead.

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  5. AAWwwwwwwwwww. i reckon you should run for office. I'll vote for you.

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  6. Everyone needs reminders to slow down enjoy the world around them. Really simple things like sunshine, grass, the warmth of the earth... Its comforting. And it gets forgotten much of the time in all the rushing around we do. Instant this and instant that, doesn't really have anything on just sitting still for a while and relaxing

    Good for Cogburn. :) Good for you too I think.

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  7. Animals have a way of putting things into perspective for us.

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  8. awwww...this is one of the sweetest things i've ever read. though i was expecting a fart to show up at any moment!

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  9. Oh that was lovely! What a wonderful image. It's good to slow down and take notice of things like that.

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  10. I hope you both enjoyed the sunshine. He is a fine bird - what breed is he?

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  11. sometimes we all need a moment to take us out of reality and into ourselves.

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  12. What a lovely experience

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  13. Awww what a sweet post, hope you still had time to do your jobs without feeling too rushed. I quite often watch my next door neighbours chickens when I should be weeding, a far more pleasant past time.

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  14. guess he knew you needed a few moments respite from the chores. . .

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  15. It is a great feeling, watching someone enjoy something natural, like sunshine.

    I have never lived in a rural area, and never with any animals or birds etc., so I am kind of curious. How do you know if he's blind?

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    1. He bumps his head on low door frames

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    2. That is sad. Sorry for him.

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  16. Dear old thing (the rooster...well okay...you too).

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  17. Good for Cogburn and good for you ....a peaceful little break.

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  18. Dear John Gray,
    I love you.
    The end.
    Els

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    1. Add me to the list!! XOXO

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    2. Moi aussi!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    3. But I was first!
      Els (not the jealous type at all)

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  19. Lucky rooster to have you to tend to him.

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  20. Sometimes it's these moments, the moments when we stop and simple 'be' whether it's with the animals and birds in our care or simply alone that make the world seem a better place.

    To feel the sun on our faces and it's warmth on our backs is the simplest and most pleasurable thing in the world, that you let Cogburn live out his life to enjoy this is perfect.

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  21. Great post. Good reminder.

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  22. He really is a splendid rooster, enjoying the sun on his plumage. Good for you for taking the time to enjoy it too.

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  23. I liked you before this post, but now I think I'm in love. Well done John.

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    1. Me too.
      Everyone should have a big softy friend like you to look out for them, or to let them out of the hen house.

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  24. awwwwwwwwwwwwwww, what a lovely post today.
    How luck for both of you to enjoy the morning like that.

    While my crazy Scottie thehamish is running around the yard boofing and barking at everything, Watson is always sitting quiet and looking out east towards the citrus trees, very zen. When I stop to really look at him there is usually a cottontail sitting quietly and looking back. All very quiet then they both get up and walk away.

    cheers, parsnip

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  25. A lovely description of the moment and more evidence that you're just a big softie!

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  26. John, I do believe you will now be forgiven for bashing the other bird on the head. You and Cogburn are very lucky to have each other!

    I'm sorry I didn't comment yesterday, but I was too afraid that your fart would be contagious and I had to go to the store....

    Nancy in Iowa

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  27. Go on, make me weepy, you big ... softie ... you. Cogburn is a lucky fellow.

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  28. Had to read it twice --nicely done

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  29. That was so well written I felt like I was sitting next to you...in fact I wish I had been x

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  30. Oh thanks a lot John now ya made me go all soft hearted. I even said good morning to the young brown nosing upstart office boy instead of telling him to piss off and stay out of my way.

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  31. So nice that you still know it's important to stop and smell the cockerel.

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  32. If only I could find a man with your heart!!

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  33. Cogburn enjoyed some time with dignity. Where could a rooster find such except in your care?

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  34. He's a sweetie susan
    A gentle, tame character....it's not hard to care for him at all

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  35. Glad to hear the two of you enjoyed the morning together, John. ♥

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  36. And the beauty is that he can't see you coming with the feeding-bowl.

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    1. Especially if I wear my slippers

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    2. Hi Tom, I might love you too!
      Els

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  37. Now, you see, John, in the great cosmos of the universe, you may have a list of priorities in your head BUT... something else, such as appreciating Cogburn just pushes itself to the top of the list. And - does it really matter if the rest of the stuff gets done? Nah... And I am up there with the rest of them in loving the way you look after your critters (bogbrush was a nasty piece of work that I could have sorted out if I was wearing Marigolds). Live long and prosper

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  38. And a reflective moment of magic to take some time out with your cock. Seriously, as noted, like the hustle and bustle of life that can be too frantic, you know you have to find the time for such caring moments.

    Well done, my friend.

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  39. While you gave him time to enjoy the sunshine...
    He gave you a needed pause in the day to enjoy it as well.

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  40. This post of yours is an excellent post, friend. My pony Sally is most likely spending her last spring here on earth; every day I doctor her, but the internal tumors inside are now winning. I have to make decisions.

    But Tomorrow I will sit in the sun with her, keeping her company, like my friend John and his rooster...

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  41. Do you pick him up and stroke him? I do with my gals occasionally, but I'm never sure if they enjoy it or not. I imagine that Cogburn WOULD.

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  42. That is just lovely, and this is an awwww post. Thank you.

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  43. Now see.... that's why I read your blog John. Lovely man that you are mwah. You fair made my day.... again.

    Jo in NZ

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  44. Super hero... A man with not a big red S clapped to his chest, but a furry or feathered friend. John, you deserve the following you've got... I salute you. ♡♡♡

    LLX

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  45. The 'list of jobs' never decreases does it? It's a wise man who knows when to ignore it, and sit in the sun with his rooster...

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  46. Mmm,the ways that animals - and children - make us slow down and enjoy the moment...

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  47. Oh golly, did you see that John. My comment got published. After all these months! Just got my computer back from a service and something the technician said reminded me to return to Internet Explorer and Voila :-)
    I can comment on your blog via Internet Explorer. I can't comment via Google Chrome.

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    1. I am having problems old gal.... Nice to hear from you xx

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  48. Now that was absolutely sweet of you to take the moment and enjoy it with him.

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  49. What a wonderful moment. Thank you for sharing it!

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  50. John you truly have a heart of gold.

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  51. Thank you all for your nice comments

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  52. ah you are tender hearted John!

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