Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Man, I love trees!

Okay, okay!  So I also love fences.  And blue skies.  And green grass.  And horses.  :)

Linking to Rural Thursday

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Runnin' the roads

Living up to his name, the Greater Roadrunner exhibits his specialty.

Just because I feel bad about these zoomed in and cropped shots, I'm going to repeat some old photos of a closer encounter from a few years ago, taken through the sliding glass doors as he peered in from the deck.

Meep meep!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Another farmstead for Monday

Who can resist a windmill?
Linking to Barn Charm

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Winner of the February 2012 Giveaway is...

...Carole M. from Carole's Creative Corner!  Some of you may know Carole.  She is a wonderful photographer and blogger, link-up participant, and loyal commenter on so many blogs around Blogland.  I am happy this Great Blue Heron drawing will be making its way to the other side of the world to her in Australia!

Thank you to all of you who entered, commented and continue to encourage me.  I do feel my drawing talents strengthening as I continue to work at these gifts each month.  I've not yet begun one for March, so I better get to it!  Stay tuned!  :)

I've been delaying this post...

If you've followed my blog for a while, you've seen this tree before.  She's on the corner as I make the turn towards town.  The property's been for sale, so I knew her days were numbered.  After all, someone had already tried to burn her as she stood.

Well, someone attempted to fell her with a saw.
Even though it appears they've sawed through her, she refused to fall.

Her trunk is huge - about 4 feet wide.  Seems she didn't want to go.

 For now, her limbs still stretch upward.
The 'O' is still visible in her branches.
But I know they'll eventually push her over.
 And soon it'll just be the pine and the red shack.  Until that's gone, too...

They're not mine to save, but I will miss them.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Horns and Hammocks Don't Mix!

Okay, let me back up for a minute to infill the story.  Looked out the window one day to see two equines in the back pasture.  Normally not a bad thing, since we have two horses here.  Unfortunately, these two weren't ours as our Arabs were in the front pasture at that time.
The interlopers - one mule and one gray horse.

I just love watching mules' gaits!
Well, crapola!  I had to figure out to whom they belonged and how to get them back!  I went for a drive, hoping to locate the property that backs up to the rear of our place (woods, fences and a creek do not make for well-known neighbors).  After going into some remote places from the other side of things, leaving notes, talking to some folks, I returned home without success.  By this time, our Neighbor Across the Street hollered to me and asked whether we had added a mule and a horse to our stock.  Seems the scamps had made it all the way around the pond to the front pasture and had been tearing it up with our two horses.  I explained the situation to him, saying I didn't feel comfortable meandering through the woods to see if I could find their proper home.  He volunteered to go with me (after collecting his handgun, I might add.  This is Texas, after all...)

We went back through the brush and woods, crossed the mostly-dry creek where we found their tracks, and could tell from whence they came.  By the time we crossed into their property, we were greeted by several other mules, horses, foals, hogs and cattle.  Well, heckfire!  How are we going to get the other two back over to rejoin this mess of animals in an overgrazed, junked-up area when they've just crossed over into 'the promised land' of green grass?

While looking things over (and seeing no sign of an actual residence or person), we noticed a longhorn bull up close to a fence.  He was hog-tied between two trees - horn-tied, actually.  Seems these folks decided a hammock in the woods would make a nice place to rest.  Unfortunately, Mr. Longhorn had gotten his horns looped into the ropes, then wound around until the hammock support stick was lashed to his forehead.  Well, dangitalltohell!

I was ever-so-grateful for my Neighbor Across the Street.  We fetched a few cutting tools from the barn, then returned to the longhorn (and all of his equine, bovine, and porcine friends).  After a few very worried snorts, head-tosses, and wild-eyed panicked looks, Mr. Longhorn agreed to let Neighbor approach and cut one of the ropes from one tree.
Sensing freedom, he immediately backed away from the fence and started yanking away at his remaining tether.

Neighbor leaned half-way through the fence (while Mr. Dancing Bull moved around) and was able to cut the remaining rope from the second tree.
Once that rope was cut, Mr. Longhorn took off like a batouttahell, towing that hammock behind him like a sail!  This, of course, riled up ALL the other livestock.  As he ran, all the others joined in with neighs, brays, moos and squeals, all running around like possessed creatures!  Lo and behold, who couldn't resist the excitement?  The two interlopers came back through the woods, crossed the creek, up into their area and rejoined their homies!  Hallelujah!

Neighbor and I did our best to set the fence upright and repair some of the wiring to the posts propped across the creek.  But something tells me, it won't be the last time we have uninvited visitors from across the creek.  But hopefully it'll be the last of horns and hammocks...

Friday, February 24, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

How about a few more ranch gates?

Order up a plain gate...

...with a cut-out on the side.

Or stay with your initial idea.

Or just go (not-so-free) wheeling it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tri-color pine

I pass her (and others) on my way into town.
 She is beautiful even as she fights for survival.
 Her sibling did not make it.
I am hopeful she can fend off the effects of last year's drought and win her battle.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

They're baAAck!!!

The Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks have returned to Run*A*Round!  Due to our very mild (non-existent) winter, they are two months earlier than normal!
 I am thrilled to see them!
After all,
who can resist their bright coral bills,
 and long pink legs,
 beautiful grays and browns,
and, oh yeah, that FACE!!
And let's not forget, they love to roost in trees,
and sometimes stand like little, alert armies.

I love these ducks!  And you might just be seeing a lot of them around this blog, again!  I am happy!

Monday, February 20, 2012


My normal Monday blog gig - barns.

This one is a bit different than most in these parts.  Still corrugated metal exterior, but two-story is rather rare, and that tiny window in the mow is odd.
And this one I've driven past for many years on the farm-to-market road to a neighboring town.  The road cut right through a farmstead, it seems, as the barn sits on one side and the farmhouse sits on the other.  I'd hate that!
  Linking to Barn Charm
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