A cheeky friend told me recently, “For someone who’s scared of cows, you sure post a lot of cow pictures to Instagram.” And she’s right – but she’s wrong! I don’t post a lot of cow pictures – I just post a lot of pictures of Amber. She’s the only cow I’m not scared of! She’s a very special cow. Not only did I bottle raise her, but she has been in my heart (and our family) for a very long time. Twenty-three years, actually. (She’s older than my boys!) And to top it all off, she’s also the cow who inspired Warren Crossett’s illustrations in ‘This is the Mud!’. But she doesn’t just belong on Instagram. I decided to give Amber her own ‘paddock’ on my blog – for all those kids who don’t get to see her pictures at author talks.
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'This is the cow who was chewing her cud as she went for a drink and got stuck in the mud!' ~ I often have to explain what 'chewing her cud' is when talking about #ThisistheMud on school visits. I grabbed this footage yesterday of one contented cow – who has, thankfully(!!) never been stuck in the mud, even though she did inspire Warren Crossett's illustrations for the book.🙂 #authorsofinstagram #ruralqld #beautifuloldgirl #Amberthecow #loveher #chewinghercud #beefcow
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