Saturday, 19 May 2012

Cow alert!

I am not one of those people who has fears about spiders, snakes or furry creatures. I love most wildlife. In fact I am thrilled by the merest glance. BUT I am a quivering mess when it comes to a field of innocent cows quietly chewing their way through an English grassy field that happens to be a public right of way. Take my last walk near my home, for instance:
cows on the horizon
Not exactly the stuff of horror stories is it? Grabs partner's arm, holds on tightly..

cows nearer - oh this one is looking at me...

Fast breathing...instructions to stay calm. He's more scared of you than you are of him. They are just curious etc etc [or if he is feeling playful..oh look a killer cow..!]

phew behind the gate...
Made it over the stile..can face them now...heart beat calming. Voice slowing to normal.
At this point the farmer of these cows came over to us and asked what we were doing taking pictures of his cows and entered into a friendly and lively discussion about Bovinophobia and whether it was grounded in any sort of rational reality...and of course it is and it isn't...even farmers have been killed by their own cows but is doesn't happen very often and it helps to be sensible especially when walking your dog - take them off the lead if there are calves. Didn't really make me feel any better.

Then the next footpath had a charming sign. 

skull on footpath sign


  1. Very amusing. I can understand somewhat being a city girl - those cows are BIG. It's the bulls you should be scared of, IMO. They're much more aggressive.

    Does the skull mean beware this footpath? Thanks for sharing the photos.

  2. I have to admit a fear of cows is an unusual phobia to me. But it's real to you and that's what counts.
    I like cows, but am quite happy to have a fence or gate between us, too.
    Visiting on the Road Trip 2012.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

  3. Oh dear, poor you. Glad you had your partner there with you to calm you down.