Until the Cows Come Home

I recently did a post about cows and milking time. You can read it HERE if you like. My friend, Gargoyle Bruce, commented that I could read that book until the cows came home! I thought that was funny, but it reminded me that we have a book on our shelf called — Until the Cows Come Home! I love those Serendipity kind of moments!

Until the cows come home is kind of a funny thing to say. In the book, Milking Time, the cows came home every morning and every evening to be milked. But I think that maybe a really long time ago cows didn’t come home so often and now to say “until the cows come home” means a really, really long time. As in – “I’ll be waiting for some rain until the cows come home.”

IMG_1572Until the Cows Come Home
written and illustrated with hand-colored photographs
by Patricia Mills
published by North-South Books in 1993

This is a lovely, quiet picture story of life in the country. Barn and hayfields, sheep and bluebirds, barns full of stacked wood and barns full of corncobs. Grapes on the vines and vegetables in the garden. Flowers in the fields and a quiet river. Lazy, quiet visions – all “until the cows come home.”

There is a note from the author in the back of the book that tells how she took two years to photograph the life around her at her cabin retreat in West Virgina. (It took until the cows came home!) She says of the book – “I hope that in a quiet way this book will open children to the simple pleasures and the great beauty of unspoiled rural life.”

IMG_1574You should check this book out and see for yourself!

Here are the cows coming home in Ft Worth, Texas!

I hope you have a peaceful week filled with quiet pleasures –
until the cows come home!
Your friend
Rhythm
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8 thoughts on “Until the Cows Come Home

  1. What a lovely quiet book. With all of the hustle in today’s society, rural life is even more precious. I remember times at my great uncle’s farm and how much I loved it — except the well water. You still have some of it around you. Great video of real live cowboys herding Longhorns to the stockyard. Don’t see that in Ohio.

  2. That book reminds me of Amishness. Do the Amish keep cows? I’m not sure. Also, did you know there’s an entire genre of Amish romance novels? And why do longhorns have such long horns? Is there some kind of evolutionary benefit or they just for style’s sake?

  3. At my grandparents’ home I used to watch the cows come home in the evening for their second milking of the day. I loved it. I love quiet books and know I would love this picture book. Thanks for the recommendation.

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