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good morning! 😀

this is what i saw this morning when i parked my car by the meadow. its a beautiful open field, part of which is used for grazing, however its seldom that you see animals at this part of the meadow. so this morning it was a nice surprise to be greeted by the cows when i walked to work!

the thing that never ceases to fascinate a city boy like me, however, is how cows look at you. in the eyes. they follow you with their eyes and come toward you…

i guess i find this surprising because i assume they’re dumb because they’re so placid. or if not that, i assume they don’t care about us – again ’cause they just stand there are cool and apathetic.

so its always so cute to me how they look you. and seeing a cow gambol toward one is such a funny site (and also a little worrying…!).

by now mr cows!

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  1. May 23, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Mr. cows!? Mr. COWS? tut tut 😉 Mr. Bullock surely. Or possibly Ms. Heifer as I can’t see no udders in those shots.

    Just don’t take a dog for a walk in a field with a herd of cattle, it can get very unsettling…

  2. jean pierre
    May 23, 2008 at 9:12 am

    mr. bullock? que?

    i be lost.

    i did want to say misters cows – to pluralise it. but either my brain couldn’t reach that far or english doesn’t have that messrs equivalent. hang on, thats used in english too, isn’t it? although it sounds a bit poncy, though…

    i’ll just keep quiet…

  3. May 23, 2008 at 11:56 am

    A bullock would have grown up to be a bull if the vet and the farmer didn’t “interfere” with nature 🙂
    Cows are always female, so you can’t have Mr. Cows. See.

    Ignore me, this is part of my pet peeves of the marketing world. Those annoying animated ads where a character is refered to as male yet clearly has udders.

  4. jean pierre
    May 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    i hadn’t realised that!

    interestingly, however, in american english, according to the OED, the term “cows” refers to all cows, regardless of gender…

  5. May 23, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Well….that’s certainly a view all right!! I can’t believe how far into the country you really are!!

  6. jean pierre
    May 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    sorry, i’ve mislead you somewhat…! the meadow in the picture is very close to the city centre. its a little gem (well, a “large” gem, actually) thats a long rectangular stretch of country, hidden away just 1 kilometer away from the city.

    as it happens, however, the meadow (port meadow, as its called) actually stretches within a mile of our village. so i drive past it as i leave home and then park by it when i get to work.

    here’s a link to a map which’ll go some way to explaining what i’m on about…


    port meadow is the stretch of green that’s to the north west of central oxford (starting above BINSEY). so every morning i drive past the top bit, through WOLVERCOTE, and wave at the cows and sheep, and then park my car at the very south-eastern tip.

    but yes, it is certainly is a view! aw, the cow/bullocks…!

  7. May 23, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    They look so friendly. It makes me feel bad about eating them. Are you familiar with Highland Cows aka Shaggy Coos? Sorry if the only possible answer to this question is “duh, of course”, but until I went to Scotland I had no idea they existed. They are the coolest cows ever, though… so mammoth-like 😀 Here’s a picture.

  8. Dark Orpheus
    May 24, 2008 at 2:58 am

    Can we just call them “beings of the bovine persuasion” to be politically correct? Very gender-neutral and it avoid offending the beef.

  9. May 24, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    They are just so adorable, aren’t they?

    “Beings of the bovine persuasion”…I suspect I will now forever think of our cud-chewing friends in this way.

  10. May 26, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Another alternative: “Beef on Legs”!

    I am a very bad vegetarian! ;p

  11. May 26, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Dark Orpheus I was getting the train home and looked out the window to see all the cute calves playing in the fields and what did I think only “mmmm future dinners” 🙂

    American English JP! Sheesh, they just don’t know how to talk at all at all 😉 Cows will always be female to me. The rest of the world can disagree, I’ll moan and gripe about it till those animals of the bovine persuasion come home.

  12. May 27, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    I love cows…and not just because they turn into delicious steaks later on in ‘life’. 🙂 I’ve always found them to be cute animals in their own way. I certainly wouldn’t want to clean up after them, but I enjoy watching them.

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