A four-legged birthday present

On Sunday I turned 38 years old. We celebrated my birthday with family and friends, with homemade waffles for everyone and the first (vegetarian) barbecue of the season, sitting behind our barn, wrapped in woollen blankets, close to the fire and watching the cranes over the bog.

I got a lot of beautiful handmade gifts, four new chickens, plants for the garden and the whole house looks like a flower shop, with tulips and ranunculus everywhere. But the most wonderful gift was a little calf that was born early in the morning hours on my birthday at the farm of our friends who live nearby. She was born a little early, just like me, 38 years ago, and like me, she had lots of dark hair. Our friends named her Juliane, after me – and yesterday they filled in the papers for their newborn cows, so now it is official.

Juliane was very sleepy when I visited her today, but we both agreed on that I might call her Juultje from time to time (‘Little Juliane’ in Dutch, her family is from Holland). Just so the neighbours don’t get too confused, they might have difficulties to tell us apart when they see us together…


  1. Flodesneiges

    Happy Birthday Juliane <3 Juultje looks adorable!

  2. Nathasja Couwenberg

    Happy Birthday a little late. Juultje looks great, just like my cat who has the same name. How nice you picked a Dutch name ;-).

  3. Michaela

    Alles Gute nachträglich zum Geburtstag.
    Das ist ja ein schönes Geschenk.
    Liebe Grüße Michaela

  4. Kristiina

    Liebe Juliane,

    jeder, der sich die Fähigkeit erhält, Schönes zu erkennen, wird nie alt werden :)
    Wunderbares neues Lebensjahr voller schöner Momente!

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