Mom would have a hot meal ready, and she packed it in buckets (with lids) and tied them to the saddle on my horse. I would walk, leading Barney Google, and have some lunch with them.
One day as I was taking their lunch to them, I scared up a grouse. It seemed to have a broken wing. I tried to catch it, but it kept leading me away… just far enough away to make me think I could catch it. I had to give up, or dad and my brothers would have a cold lunch.
I told them about the grouse, and they laughed at me!
On my way back home I went to the same spot, only this time I didn’t follow her when she tried to lead me away. The babies were there, hanging up-side-down, clinging to the under side of a leaf that was hiding them. They are so smart!
If dad and the boys were working in a field closer to home I was sent out at ten and at three with tea and a treat. Our team of horses, Dick and Baldy, would see me coming and would stop where our paths would intersect… and would not start up until they had a drink of tea (in the lid of the bucket).
After they had a drink they raised their heads and curled their upper lip way back. Funny to see!