Look who’s ready for winter!

Scottish Highland Cow (gouache on watercolor paper)

One of our favorite activities is to visit the animals at a near by historic farm open to the public.  They have chickens which enjoy being hand fed grass (keep your hands away from the rooster though!), donkeys that don’t get along very well, sheep, and two Scottish Highland cows.

These cows are amazing!  They look like woolly mammoths without the trunk! This breed of beef cattle was developed in The Scottish Highlands and they do particularly well in the colder climates of North America as well as windy and mountainous regions.  This is because of their thick fur and ability to “browse” for food which means they eat twigs and leaves in addition to grazing (or just eating grass). Continue reading