Salty Sam’s Fun Blog for Children

Number 106



Hello Everyone




At the back of Rocky Bay you will find a large farm belonging to Farmer Jenkins.


Farmer Jenkins grows crops and keeps lots of animals: chickens, ducks, cows and sheep.


The cows that he keeps are black and white and they are called Friesian cows. They are originally from the Low Countries in north-west Europe.


Lots of farmers keep Friesian cows because they are good at giving milk.


When animals are kept by humans they are called domesticated. Most cattle are domesticated. The only wild cattle left in the world, they say, are to be found at Chillingham Castle in Northumberland.


Other farmers keep cows called Jersey cows; they are a brown colour; usually a light brown. They are good at giving very creamy milk that is sometimes used to make the famous West Country clotted cream. This clotted cream is often used on scones with jam.


There is another type of cow that is kept on farms called a Guernsey. Guernsey cows have brown and white patches.


The people of Devon and Cornwall can’t agree on whether the jam or the cream should be put on the scone first, but either way it tastes lovely!


Did you know that it is a scientific fact that cows give more milk when they are given names rather than numbers?


They will give more milk when beautiful music is played in their milking sheds as well! lt has to be relaxing music though – not funky.


Scientists have discovered that cows have their own top all-time-favourite hits. smile1 (2)


All this is true because cows are very sensitive creatures and appreciate being cared for in a very attentive way. They are curious as well; if there is something strange or different in their field like a broken kite that has flown over the hedge and comes to earth there for example, they will all go to investigate it.


Milking takes place twice a day; once early in the morning and then again at tea time.


Cows actually like being milked, so they often start walking to the milking shed when it is time to go there without the farmer telling them to. Somehow they know when it is time, and they are creatures of habit.


Farmer Jenkins cows give lots of milk and in fact he sometimes takes his best cow to the Rocky Bay Agricultural Show.


His prize winning cow is called Buttercup. She is beautiful and productive – in fact she is outstanding in her field! smile1 (2)



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Salty Sam






Bill and Bob’s Joke of the Weekjokejoke


Bob: What do you call a cow riding on a skateboard?


Bill: l don’t know. What do you call a cow riding on a skateboard?


Bob: A cow-tasrophe waiting to happen!



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Picture Gallery


A Friesian cow


image011 A Jersey cow


image012 A Jersey cow


image014 Guernsey cows


image015 A baby cow is called a calf


Cow fish have two little horns on their heads


image018 Cowfish are very friendly










Here are two of my favourite milk drinks. I have a pot-bellied stove to boil milk up on in the winter when it is chilly outside – and I have been using it a lot this winter!




There is a hot one for a cold day and a cold one for a hot day. smile1 (2) 






HOT MILK RECIPE (Serves one)

Place a mug of milk in a saucepan and

Add a pinch of powdered cinnamon

Add a pinch of powdered cardamom or nutmeg

Heat until nearly boiling

Pour into mug 


COLD MILK RECIPE (Serves two – or one very thirsty person)

Whizz the following ingredients up in a blender

300ml (½ pint cold milk)

A small pot of lemon yoghurt

1 teaspoon of powdered ginger (or a small piece of preserved stem ginger)

1 scoop vanilla ice cream

And then sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg on the top 

  image026Me at my desk in the lighthouse










Quick Quiz


 What do these phrases mean?


  1. a dark horse
  2. the lion’s share
  3. poor as a church mouse
  4. making a mountain out of a molehill
  5. the last straw that breaks the camel’s back
  6. to buy a pig in a poke
  7. to smell a rat
  8. a cash cow
  9. like a bear with a sore head
  10. like the cat that got the cream







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If you would like to make one of these cow cases to carry your phone around in, make sure you measure your mobile first in order to make sure it will fit.




Measure the height and depth of your ‘phone and add ½cm/¼ inch for a bottom seam.

Measure the width and depth of your ‘phone and add 1cm/½ inch for the side seams.

(Of course these seams will have to be bigger if you have a ‘phone with deep sides).


Cut these measurements in white felt.


Make a black cow’s head with a pink nose.

Cut your shapes in paper first to practise – draw the shape on and fold in half lengthways when you cut in order to create a symmetrical shape.

Use buttons for the eyes and buttons or beads for the nostrils.

Sew all of these features to the front of the case.







Sew on some black patches but leave the side edges until after you have sewn the seams of the case.

Then sew the edges of the patches together to neaten.

Don’t worry – when your ‘phone rings you will still be able to hear the

moo-sic from inside the case! smile1 (2)


I don’t think this cow likes my bad joke!




You can use the same pattern to make a pig using pink and black felt, or a dog using tan and black felt.

You can experiment with other animal shapes if you like.



Please note that the material on this blog is for personal use and for use in classrooms only.

It is a copyright infringement and, therefore, illegal under international law to sell items made with these patterns.

Use of the toys and projects is at your own risk.

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Quick Quiz Answers


  1. a dark horse –
  2. the lion’s share –
  3. poor as a church mouse –
  4. making a mountain out of a molehill –
  5. the last straw that breaks the camel’s back –
  6. to buy a pig in a poke –
  7. to smell a rat –
  8. a cash cow –
  9. like a bear with a sore head –
  10. like the cat that got the cream –


  1. a person who has a part of their life that is secret
  2. the biggest portion
  3. really poor (people don’t eat anything in church, therefore, they don’t leave crumbs for mice to eat)
  4. don’t exaggerate the difficulties
  5. after many things have gone wrong it is the extra problem that makes a situation become unbearable
  6. to buy something without seeing it
  7. to become suspicious
  8. a product you sell that makes a lot of money
  9. someone in a grumpy mood
  10. someone in a good mood


A poke is a bag

 image052These cats got ice cream!


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