As the snow gently drifts from the skies, I can’t help but feel a sense of peace and contentment. It’s that time of year again when we gather our cows and bring them home, ready to embark on the winter feeding months.
The transition from one season to another is not only a shift in weather, but also a chance for us to pause and appreciate the beauty and simplicity of nature. It signals not just a transition in seasons, but also a time for us to pause, catch our breath, and recoup from the hustle and bustle of the busy year.
Yesterday was a special day on the ranch. Just before the snow started to fall and the night began to blanket the surroundings, we gathered our cows and guided them home. It was a picture-perfect scene as we followed the herd along a old road, winding through the grassland so that we could settle them into their winter feed grounds. It’s hard to believe that we still don’t have any snow.
There was one cow who had to take her time. So, we went back to follow her the 1.5 miles back home. As darkness came and the snowflakes fell from the air, the temperature was just perfect for creating a peaceful ambiance. She would continue to smell the ground, as she uses the scent that the herd leaves to navigate her back to them. The boys, huddled together in the Polaris Ranger, wrapped snugly in a blanket, relished the evening. We all treasured the moment, visiting and appreciating the life that we get to live in this beautiful country.
We can now start to prepare for the colder months ahead. For us, winter feeding is not just a chore, but rather a tradition that symbolizes unity, resilience, and the continuation of our family’s legacy. As we gather around our cozy fireplaces at night, savouring hearty meals and warming our bodies, we can reflect on the past year’s journey.
Wintertime also provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments and challenges of the past year. It’s a chance to regroup, recharge, and plan for the year ahead. It’s a time for family togetherness, catching up on paperwork, and sometimes simply taking a moment to breathe in the crisp winter air and let the stresses melt away.
As we bid adieu to another year on the ranch, let’s embrace the quiet beauty of winter and relish in the simplicity it brings. Share with us on social media: What is your favourite activity or tradition during the winter months? Let’s celebrate the magic of this season together!