For those who don’t know me, I love cows! (A friend couldn’t resist giving me the one in the feature image in December 2016).
I think my love of cows goes back to my childhood (one of my grandfather‘s was a dairy farmer for a while) but that’s a story for another day (or couch). Cows are serene animals and their colouring and proportions just seem to fit no matter where they originate – although having said this, perusal of Beautiful Cows led to two exceptions: the Belgian Blue (disproportional) and the Charolais (too much like a sheep – another of my favourite animals).
Has anyone found the answer to this question by Bill Watterson “Who was the guy who first looked at a cow and said ‘I think I’ll drink whatever comes out of these when I squeeze ’em?” ?
Recently, I came across an article about Cows going to Antarctica in 1933 – I wonder how they survived?
Cows and their relatives feature in numerous books. Some on my list, other than Beautiful Cows, already mentioned, include:
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young
Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema. Although this is a Nandi tale, it has an image of a Maasai – well known for their love of cows.
A Boy’s War Journal by Ray Wooster
The Celebration Husband by Maya Alexandri
The Lake Tanganyika Expedition 1914-1917: A primary source chronology by GWAA
and various by Laurens van der Post who was a dairy farmer for some time.
And although no mention in the book, The Moon is Toast, by Andrew Samson, cow corner is a fielding position in cricket. I think the link explains why the term does not feature in the diary of a cricket statistician.
I couldn’t resist this quote by Dorothy Sayers: “Facts are like cows. If you look them in the face long enough, they generally run away”, or perhaps they just got bored!
Since first writing this post, cows have been a major part of Marthe Kiley-Worthington’s Family are the Friends you Choose