I've been in Adelaide recently.
My son texted me, "Will you still be in Adelaide on Friday?"
"Yes. Why?" I reply.
"Surprise!" was the secretive response.
On Thursday he sent me another text to go to a café at Port Adelaide.
Now, my son had been to Port Adelaide earlier in the year to get a tattoo of two fairy wrens on one of his forearms.
He also visited a café next door and noticed a painting of Scottish Highland cattle ... I was starting to join the dots.
On Friday, I went to the café with an elevated degree of anticipation.
One of the staff looked at me and asked, "Are you Moira?"
I introduced myself to Antonina and she went and got what looked like a wrapped painting!
Untying the string and lifting the paper revealed a painting of Audrey, the colossal cow.
I have been trying various means of getting a depiction of Audrey for some time.
A mural on one of our stone sheds would be grandiose and dynamic, even a detailed stained glass window to be placed at the front door to tell the stories of Audrey and Theodore has been pursued.
None of these possibilities have amounted to anything.
Clearly, my son believed he had discovered a means of remedying this.
He had taken some photos of Audrey and emailed them to Antonina.
I am so pleased with the result.
Audrey is never going to win the Miss World of Cows competition. She has the unexceptional markings of a Hereford-Simmental-cross cow with small beady eyes.
When I pat her or give her a scritch behind the ears, my hands are left a grimy charcoal.
However, the painting does capture her calm belief that she will get what she wants because she will make sure of it.
It is her personality that beguiles me.
My son remarked to me recently she is the most independent animal on the farm.
Yep, that's her.
As she has matured, she will often spend time away from the mob and, of course, if she deems the grass is more to her liking on the other side of the fence, she shoulders her 700 kilograms through a fence and helps herself.
I might be just a little envious of her self-confidence.
The world is her oyster to live.
Her portrait will happily grace a wall in our home.
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