Friday, December 2, 2011

Gates aplenty - Part I

Ranch gates and fence signage are common sights in this part of Texas.  Here's a few of the neighbors' places - all within a mile of Run*A*Round. 


Howdy, neigh-bor!






This sight disturbed me a bit.  Someone had obviously cut through the barbed wire fence.  I hope it was intentional by the owners, but I doubt it, because who would slice their own fence like this, only to have to string it back together again? 
As far as I know, the only thing on this acreage is mesquite trees and beef cattle.  And I doubt anyone's rustling cattle in Texas in today's market (further west, yes, but in Texas where they can't afford to feed them and don't get much of a price at the sale barn, no.)  Maybe it was hunters.

Anyway, these places are all very close to Run*A*Round.  Next week I'll take you on a tour of some of the ranch gates along the highway into town (could be a lengthy post!) 

Linking to Friday's Fences

104 comments:

Sheeps and Peeps Farm said...

The gates with the arched ranch look like something out of an old western... thanks for sharing

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

All those fantastic gates got me missing Texas...

Joop Zand said...

Thanks for sharing these pictures.... i like them.

warm greetings and a lovely weekend, Joop

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Interesting. That is a mystery about the barbed wire being cut...?

Melodie said...

That fence cutting is a shooting offense here in Texas!

C. Joy said...

A couple of years ago we were driving south on 281 (one of my favorite roads in Texas) and noticed someone (the folks who owned the property - we guessed) had put coyote tails on the barbed wire fence. There they were floating in the breeze. That was the strangest fence I've seen = so far. This is Texas.

Lisa RedWillow said...

So very Beautiful and so nice to see from way up here in the frozen north.

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Love all of them!

And I would say hunters. We have huge problem in this area of mountain folk who steal other's property for food. I understand the poverty issues that exists in my area-but I also know there are plenty of food banks waiting to help!
Thanks for this!
xo, misha

Deb said...

gotta love Texans....hope it wasn't rustlers that cut the barbed wire fence...can't wait till next weeks post...

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne
said...

Wonderful gates!
For me it is really looking like out of a western movie!
Thanks for sharing!
Have a nice weekend
Yvonne & Raphael

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I'm in love with the lettered ranch fences/signage. I always wanted one of these for our place...

The barbed wire fix -- that's a mystery.

Catherine said...

I like the stars on the gates. Very fun!
xo Catherine

Sandra said...

I am so lovin your fences and gates and ranches. really i do. wish i could see all these in real time. in the first one i thought woo hoo a cow, but then i saw it is a fake cow. and how creative to repair the fence like that. crazy world out there. i have always been a tad envious of RAR now I really am, all you have and all that you drive by.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You live near some beautiful spreads, TexWisGirl! I hate that someone cut that fence. Disrespect of other's is one of my pet peaves. Grrr... Just wrong I tell you. Looking forward to the gates on the drive in. blessings ~ tanna

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Creative... love the Rocking R... have a good Friday!

Buttons said...

Oh I love your neighbours fences and gates. The cow in the top one looks like he is escaping. The cut barbed wire one bothers me also I have seen my share of them. Stupid people. B

Jan n Jer said...

I love the signage on the gates! The only thing we have here is a lot of the tin stars! Great shots of what reminds me also of the the wild west!

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Good Morning Tex! Interesting gates and fences. Wish I would have snapped a few when we lived in Texas :) They are unique. The roped up fence had me for a second!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These gates show that a lot of thought has gone into designing them.

Liz said...

Great series of gates! Thanks for sharing :)

Judy said...

I love your gates and I can't wait to see some in person next month.

parker said...

A good collection of gate pics this morning. I always keep my eye out for gates when traveling in Texas. A personal touch for their land.

Kathy said...

Actually, the price of cattle at auction this past fall has been quite high here in East Texas and there was recently a case of cattle rustling where someone stole I believe 200 head! The culprit was finally caught. Love those gates in your area.

bailey-road.com said...

I like the fence repair job!

Sharon said...

Neat gates, very 'Texan"!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

That R Rockin ranch looks so familiar! Maybe I've driven by at one time or another. Anyway, hope you are getting some of the rain we are getting here in Dallas!

Ellie said...

I love all the ranch fences and gates you have there, some of them are quite ornate.

EG Wow said...

I like the entranceways into the various ranches. How sad that someone cut that fence!

latebloomerbuds said...

I love seeing the names and designs T. These are great shots. You live in a beautiful area. Just wish you got more rain. Margie

madrassi said...

That's interesting on various gates! yes, that cut through fence creates doubt.

Inger said...

You really live in ranch country! So interesting to learn how my blogger friends live and what they see on their way to town and so on. I love these posts.

Inger said...

Could you let me know how you copied Leontien and Feral Woman's buttons, or whatever they are called, on to your blog. I have tried the various options I could think of with no luck. My email: ingerwiltz@aol.com
I've seen them on other blogs too and I love it. It's great if we can all get together and support them this way.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Whatever it is behind the reason for the cut wire, the use of a rope to mend the fence was pretty clever creating an interesting pattern and picture in the end. I like it.

Sylvia K said...

Really fantastic gates for the day! Love your captures as always. And such a beautiful horse! Sad about the cut wires, like you, I can't believe it was done by the owners! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Furry Bottoms said...

The lasso on the fence was funny!

SweetMarie said...

Thanks for taking us on a tour of the neighborhood. :) I'm looking forward to next week's photos.

don said...

I like this unusual subject which I thought makes a fine theme. I enjoyed seeing the wide variety and wondered how long they thought….and thought to come up with some of those names.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

I hope they caught the culprits if it wasn't the owner that did that! =)

happy friday

Gone Country said...

They're all so different and creative!

I originally thought maybe the fire dept. had cut it at one time if the field had been on fire but the bottom wire isn't cut so I'm not sure. I also noticed that a few of the signage over the gates is awfully low... a fire truck would never be able to get in if needed. Things you notice as an EMT... house numbers by the road and clearance for fire trucks and ambulances!

Great photos!

Chip Allen said...

The first thought to pop into what's left of my mind was 'There ARE trees in Texas!" When I was stationed in Wichita Falls and later in Ft. Worth it always seemed like trees were pretty scarce. Great series!

barbara l. hale said...

Interesting gates! That is such a clever fix on that barbed-wire fence. Wonder what was up with that?

Dawn said...

Neat! There's nothing quite like the gates of Texas by the looks of it:)

Clint said...

Cool. I like gateways. They have a personality of their own, just like folks. And that is certainly a creative repair job on the wire...

Rita said...

I love seeing where you live. Can hardly wait to see some more. Have a really nice weekend, lady! :):)

Michaele said...

Nifty idea on fixing that fence. Myself, I am sure I would have tried duck tape. Do you have a sign on your gate?

Andrew said...

Wonderful to see your countryside and these gates and fences.

Francisca said...

This ranch country sure looks different from anything I see around here! Plenty of fences would be needed to keep the cattle in. Pity that someone would cut the wire fence...

Chatty Crone said...

Unusual way to fix a fence! sandie

Chatty Crone said...

Unusual way to fix a fence! sandie

Evelyn S. said...

I'm looking forward to the tour! These are great images of the properties in your part of the country. It's fun to see people announce their piece of the world!

Karen said...

Love the rocking r ranch!

Kerry said...

Keep 'em coming. I like these ranch gates and cowboy art!

Farm Girl said...

When we moved here my grandmother and my Dad named this place the Rattling Spur Cattle Ranch. We even had the sign on it.
I still think about it, I would love to have a sign up at the end of my drive way. I still think that would be so cool.

Carletta said...

I like the shot of the bull on the fence but a horse in the background. :)
I wouldn't cut my own fence. Mean people exist no matter where you are. :)

Susan said...

Love the different gates. Makes things interesting.

Michelle said...

Could of it been dirt bikers? We have a real problem with dirt bikers here. They seem to think that since they can ride on dirt. They can go any way they like.

ksdoolittle said...

Makes me homesick!! But I'll be back 12/17!! Yay!

missing moments said...

Love the Woody gate with the horse ...

Bob Bushell said...

Is your ranch well fenced? Sad, broken fence and who would do such thing.

Fjällripan said...

Howdy :) Interesting to see how it looks around where you live, so different as here. In the firts photo I at first thought it was a real bull :)

Texan said...

When we first moved here, we would find cut fence in the back, grrrr. Hunters! But after honeyman refenced the back, put up signs and let it be known we were here and we were watching. It stopped.

Lois Evensen said...

What nifty signs. Love the horse in the third image. The roped fence looks like a good quick fix job. I agree with you, I doubt the owner cut his/her own fence.

Desiree said...

You have such a creative eye. I love these photos!

Barb said...

Loved the tour of Texas this afternoon! I'm loving the warmth that your photos emit - we are freezing here with 90km/hr winds - horrid weather!

Mike said...

For some reason the first pic had me thinking that was a real longhorn coming out. Good thing the second pic set me straight. hehe

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Neat fences and gates! I really like the wheel insets in the first photo.

Magia da Inês said...

º°♥❤ Olá, amiga!
❤ Você gosta de fotografar cerca, porteiras e paisagens rurais... eu também gosto muito do campo!...
º°❤ Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
♥❤ Brasil

Allison said...

Definitely the Rockin R for me!

troutbirder said...

Interesting. We see very few "gate entrances on the farms around here anymore. Perhaps, because there are very few raising cattle or dairy farming anymore. Most are into ethanol production... oops I mean crop farming. Hmmmm.

Montanagirl said...

Quite a variety of gates! Love the Rockin' R against the sky.

A Quiet Corner said...

Since I've never been to Texas (except with John Wayne and his kind), I loved the tour!...:)JP

Robin said...

T, cool fences and gates! I like the one with the cow!
Nice photos.
Betcha the owner would like to find the critter that cut his fence!

Barb said...

I like that star!

Ms. Becky said...

well I think it odd the material that they used to patch the barbed wire fence. hmmmm. I love the ranch gates though. you can show me photos of them all week. happy weekend to you TWG.

Pricilla said...

We have similar gates up here in cow country

Angela Häring-Christen said...

Thanks for the interesting post!

Sarah said...

Love all the gates! Looking forward to the next part.

Sarah from The House That Ag Built

Angela said...

Now that first ranch has a little bit of everything going on with it! I've never seen a repair job like that one on that fence before. Very interesting!

bj said...

Enjoyed this post. We have lots of places like this around our town...small ranches, cute signs, fences.
Have a great weekend...
xo bj

Woody said...

You gotta let me know if the first place ever goes up for sale, it would be perfect for me!

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

They're all nice, but that Rockin R is outstanding!

edenhills said...

I want one of those that say "Eden Hills".

Randy said...

I love the Rockin R gate!

Annette said...

That rope fix on the fence is interesting looking. The star is so Texas!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

I'm with many others who think that Rockin R looks like quite the place! If the gate is that nice, I'd guess that the house and barns must be pretty special too?

Tiffany said...

Love R Rockin Ranch. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have had so little time to visit lately and I always enjoy my visits.

Tiffany

gowestferalwoman said...

hmmm. that looks like a roping rope. lazy rancher? some cows got loose on the road and rather then ride them through all the roads/gates to bring them back in, was it just faster to cut the fence, ride them in and repair? it looks like they are anticipating another breakout...lol

gowestferalwoman said...

wait, i see the bottom wire is still intact... that is just too weird of a mend ! maybe a truck or car hit the fence and that was their way of repair...okay, you gotta go knock on their door texwisgirl and get the story! :D!

and bring it on - we always want to see more of your photography!

Carole Meisenhelter said...

your neighbours are very creative in their various finishing touches at the front gate

SquirrelQueen said...

I can't imagine anyone doing that on purpose either. Looks like the fix will hold for awhile.

I love that first gate, that is cool.

Shanna said...

Thanks for the tour. It's fun to see how creative people can be when it comes to fences.

BlueShell said...

I wish I could live there…the trees, the horses..all seems so peaceful.
But who cut the fence??? I can’t believe: such a bad thing to do!!
Thank you for sharing.
I appreciate. Have a kiss, BShell

Arija said...

Love the use of the old wheels in the first gate and the mending of the fence, although definitely a bandaid solution, seems to be holding pretty well.

heyBJK said...

Oh, I like the Rockin' R! Cool entry! I have to say I've never seen a "mend" job on a fence like that before.

Candy C. said...

The fence repair certainly looks like it was an emergency job with the use of a good rope!!

AndysLens said...

Thanks for the tour!

Rose said...

I liked seeing the variety...at first the fence repair tickled me till you made me think of why it was there. I do hope it was the owner, though like you I cannot imagine why they would do it.

pattisjarrett said...

I love the ranch names and gates. Can't wait to see more of them.

magda said...

Like seeing cinema!
I like these wonderful doors in the basement contained sleeping cots in Texas!
Your photos are great!!!
a hug

Tammy said...

I think the Friday Fences link up was created just for you! Texas has the coolest fences/ Gates :)

Genie said...

My goodness...I have never seen so many notes....you are just the best. Everyone loves your photography. These shots definitely tell us you are in ranch country. Love the different names and metal sculptures. Woody’s has to be my favorite. What super shots this week. Wonder if I will ever get to a real ranch in my lifetime???? genie

Roan said...

Very nice series of gates! Love the horse saying howdy.

Cindy said...

I will have to send you a picture of a gate down by Llano, it is the coolest! I love the picture of the fence with the rope. When we bought our place, our back fence was mended with lots of things from old bread racks, graveyard floral holders, wire hangers, just about anything that would hold together...I kept all the stuff for rememberance of what once was too!

laurak@forestwalkart said...

hahahahaaaa....that rope stringing the fence back together!! at least it wasn't duct tape!! that was great!

my favorite was your first shot...the brick and wheel...

but the rope fix is still making me laugh...my eyes are tearing and i can't see to type...

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