Cowsploring with Amy

Regular readers will know that Amy has a bit of a thing for cows . . . I don’t really know where it came from but it has been going on for a year or two now.  She has a cuddly cow called “Me”, a cow duvet cover and has even been known to stand and watch the cows be milked at Smithills Farm for a full 45 minutes.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about taking Amy on bit of an adventure up to Scotland to go “Cowsploring” (a term we coined after I decided I didn’t like the sound of “Cow Hunting”) – I want to take her up there to see Highland cattle in their natural habitat!  But then, driving home from IKEA one night last week, I randomly spotted a lone Highland cow in an area of woodland not far from home.  I could hardly believe my eyes.  Amy was super excited to have seen the “hairy cow” so I promised her that last Friday afternoon, when it was just the two of us, we would drive back to see if we could find the cow.

Amy told everyone who would listen over the course of the week that we were going to find the “hairy cow” together on Friday, she was so excited.  I must admit I was worried that the cow might not be there anymore and had primed Amy for the fact that the cow might have moved and that we might not be able to see it.  If I’m honest, I think part of her excitement was just the fact that we had plans to do something together, just the two of us!

After lunch, we drove to the spot where we’d seen the cow and, as I had feared, she wasn’t there.  Luckily, I’d chatted to a friend earlier that day and she’d told me where else she thought the cow might be so we drove back up the road, parked the car and set off to explore.

And guess who we found?

I can’t tell you how excited Amy was.  We literally stood and watched the Highland cow pottering about in the woodland for about twenty minutes chatting about whether we thought she had any friends (it turns out she doesn’t, she lives there alone) and hoping that she would come a little closer to us so we could get a better look.

I’ve promised Amy we’ll pop back another day to see her again, and I’m going to continue with making my “Cowsploring” plans and take her up to Scotland one day!  If you’ve got any suggestions of places I can take her – I’d love to hear them!


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