Saturday, October 2, 2010

field table

I was just outside in the pasture with the animals, playing the dulcimer, digesting the bratwurst and pumpkin beer from Cambridge's Apple Festival. It was a lovely, slightly chilly, evening. As I sat in the grass and strummed Sal trotted up to say hello. I scratched his back and waited for him to lie down next to me, but he just stood. So I stood up with him and realized his back was perfectly level for my dulcimer. I gently set it on his spine. He didn't move. I strummed a chord. His ears shot forward interested, but still, didn't move. I played Wild Mountain Thyme, and he just stood there as my living table in the middle of field. When I finished I took a bow to our horrible audience. The other sheep and cow just ate, uninterested in our performance.

I love October.

20 Comments:

Blogger Velma said...

i love this story.

October 2, 2010 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Sal is quite the guy with a relationship with his human and an appreciation for her music.

October 2, 2010 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

I love Sal.

October 2, 2010 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Take this show on the road!

October 2, 2010 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Patsy said...

What a wonderful pic. Sal is slowly finding his way into my heart. He is special.

October 2, 2010 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Wild Mountain Thyme was sung every week (Sept. - May) for 35 years at the close of a coffeehouse in New Bedford, MA. It was a tradition started by a wonderful Irish woman who learned it from Francis Mc Peake. McPeake was the first to record it in 1957. We ended each night, saying along with Maggi "Given to me by Francis McPeake, 1963"

October 2, 2010 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Dawn Dutton said...

Thats Sals a charmer!
Sounds like a wonderful way to
spend a cool fall night to me!

October 2, 2010 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

You need to take that show on the road!

October 2, 2010 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I know, Jenna and Sal could be a YouTube Sensation!

October 2, 2010 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

:D I adore this story.

October 2, 2010 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Vermonster said...

Jenna, I have been a negligent friend since July. I got a new job that blocks blogs, so I cannot read of your adventures there, and I haven't been taking the time to read after I get home. Well, this last week I was sick with the same grunge you have, and I have caught up. I have sooooo missed you and the tales you tell. I will try to keep up more often. Love ya!

Marina

October 2, 2010 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

What a sweet guy...I wish I could hug him!

October 2, 2010 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger Manzanita Farms said...

Now, that is a look of pride and contentment if I ever saw one.

October 3, 2010 at 2:46 AM  
Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

Jenna I found this and knew you would enjoy this ode to october: http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com/blind_pig_the_acorn/2010/10/an-ode-to-october.html

October 3, 2010 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger sara said...

although you are technically alone you certainly dont seem lonely surrounded by your babies. i admire your ability to pursue your desires. i live in los angeles in a small apt and i truly enjoy seeing pictures of your surrroundings they produse a heart sigh

October 3, 2010 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger sara said...

although you are technically alone you never seem lonely surrounded by your babies. i live in a small apt in los angeles and enjoy seeing the your surroundings thru pictures i picture myself in similar surroundings some day

October 3, 2010 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

No, I am never alone here. That is for sure.

30,000 bees.
fifteen chickens.
four rabbits.
three sheep.
three dogs.
two geese
one goat.
one cat.
and a bum calf.

not lonely!

October 3, 2010 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger 6512 and growing said...

What a sweet sheep.

October 3, 2010 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger karen said...

Love Sal!!!!!!!!!!!! Karen from CT

October 3, 2010 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

What a gentleman Sal is - chivalry is not dead!

October 4, 2010 at 8:12 PM  

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