Thursday, May 26, 2016

Country "Seens"

I was doing some cleaning in the barn the other day when I found this bag hanging with a collection of dusty harness leather.  

Hard to tell how old it really is, but I think it's definitely old enough to serve as a Throwback Thursday item.

Who knows what all has inhabited this bag.  For now, petunias can spend the summer showing off as they and their domicile hang on the old manure spreader in the front yard. 

Maybe that fence can fit in TBT also.  It's been around this place since we moved here ten years ago, and I'm betting for much longer than that.  

We thought we needed to hurry up an build a barnyard fence when we thought one of our horses got out back in the winter of 2006-07.

So, Bill and collaborated during the month of January (not a good time to replace fence posts in North Idaho) and nailed up boards to keep those horses in their enclosure.

We learned later that the suspect loose horse, which had left tracks all over the snow around the barn and the yard actually belonged to a neighbor and that it had come to visit our horses.

Innocent horses or not, it was nice to have a more substantial fence for ours.  The horses have enjoyed it too; nothing better to chew on than boards----or spring grass underneath those boards as far as their noses can reach. 

This country "seen" is along Rapid Lightning Road at the big alpaca farm.  

We're always on a mission, it seems, when we're driving up or down Rapid Lightning Creek Road, and when we go past this spot I always want to come back and take some pictures.

Well, last night when I took Liam and Foster for a drive, there was plenty of time, so I pulled off the road and fulfilled my photo mission.  It's a pretty spot as is just about anywhere along that road where the creek is running full and clean. 

Just another deer among the multitude in North Idaho, but NO, this one feeding in a clearing along Upper Gold Creek is growing his antlers.  So, of course, he was a bit out of the usual.  Twould be neat to be able to see his full growth. 

She's part of a herd, which had been turned out to pasture at Western Pleasure Ranch, but she took my eye because she was slightly separated from her friends, peacefully enjoying her evening meal. 

Usually, it's pretty quiet at Pack River Cemetery, but the residents had a host of visitors last night, "cleaning house" for this weekend's Memorial Day visits.

This group, along with Pack River Cemetery board member and overall cemetery guardian Eva Whitehead, spent the evening with their brooms and rakes and sheets of plastic, tidying up the eternal resting place for their own beloveds as well as many others.

They're the Gold 'n Grouse 4-H Club.

As a frequent visitor to the cemetery where our parents are buried, I say "Hats off" to these 4-H'ers and to their leaders and parents for performing this wonderful, thoughtful civic duty year after year.

The group worked hard but also had fun doing so, and I'm sure the residents didn't mind that one bit. What a meaningful learning experience for these youth---definitely a nice bond between the future and the past.

Yay, Eva.  Yay, Gold n' Grouse 4-H Club.

Your work and service to the community is much appreciated. 

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