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Old 08-11-2013, 09:10 AM
 
Location: the heart is!
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I've always known how country feels. My grandparents farmed tobacco and other crops in the bluegrass region of Kentucky. They raised 6 kids, including my Dad, on that farm. It was "40 acres, a mule, and freedom" if you know what I mean. Every summer the family would descend on that farm from all different parts of the country for the tobacco harvest. Stripping tobacco is hard work and still all has to be done by hand. While the men were out in the fields, the girls and women would be up at the farmhouse kitchen putting up batches of string beans, tomatoes, blackberries - you name it, we canned it.

Sometimes I'd sneak off to the loft in the big old tobacco barn to visit a litter of kittens up there. Huge sheaves of tobacco leaves were hanging from the roof to dry. I would make myself and the cats a fortress of straw hay bales up there in the loft, and then just lay back and smell the wonderful scent given off by drying tobacco leaves. Good memories...

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Thank you for the memories as well CR, sincerely; very sweet memories and for all of the same reasons. As a descendent of the Scots-Irish who settled in and around part of the Pennyroyal Plateau region of Kentucky I can relate and align very closely with your fond memories as well.

If I close my eyes, I can almost hear the screen door as it closes behind one of us children running in and out of it.

Best regards, sincerely

HomeIsWhere...
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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Lol. Ol' Chris could always come through, couldn't he? I guess, if we wanna get sticky, there is actually a line twixt "country"and "western". There are, distinct, traits,unique to both lifestyles. "Farm" and "ranch". Different, but highly symbiotic as well. One can't live without the other, and the cities can't live without either. (Sigh) but neither can we get things done without things from the cities. Parts and supplies.

It's an interesting triangle.
Well "farm" IS a four letter F word, and that's just all I'll say on that.
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:36 PM
Status: "All in all, you're just another brick in the wall" (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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I’m glad this thread came back to life. I’ve very much enjoyed reading all through the newer posts. Nice stuff, guys!

Speaking of CW, I’ve always enjoyed Alan Jackson’s spoof on the new country western sound and its performers:

Gone Country!

She’s packs her bag,
To try her hand
Says this might be my last stand
She’s gone country -
Look at them boots!
She’s gone country
Back to her roots
She’s gone country
Here she comes!

I hear down there
It’s changed you see
They’re not as backward as they used to be!
(hahaha - big city idiots!)

Everybody’s gone country!
Yeah, we’ve gone country -
We gone!



Then there’s a fine Colorado singer/songwriter named Chuck Pyle who often gets classified as folk:

Colorado

I came as a young man
A refugee from the plains -
Was looking for higher ground
Where the sun shines thru the rain
Colorado
Everywhere I go
I’m in your shadow
You’re calling to me
Say goodbye to Denver
Out across the Divide
Last week of September –
such a fine day for a ride.
It’s a misty morning,
A Durango afternoon
Around a Mesa Verde campfire
I’ll be humming this tune.
Colorado…


Now if that's not "Western," I'll eat my ten gallon hat! I imagine most folks here can relate to getting out of some damned city like Denver and heading out to that campfire on higher ground.

Here’s another version of what country means to me. These pix were taken in what amounts to my backyard and ya'll are invited to come visit any time! Gone Country:


Ophir Pass in the fall:




View from the road to Telluride:




The Colorado River outside Moab, Utah:


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Old 08-12-2013, 05:14 PM
 
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CR, thanks for pointing me at Chuck Pyle. Many (many!) years ago I lived in Nederland, back when horses and cattle still roamed free in the high meadows and moved down through town to the corrals by the reservoir in the fall. We loved it up there, but family obligations called us back to Maine. Always had good memories, though, and went back every chance I got.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:02 PM
 
Location: NW Nevada
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Well "farm" IS a four letter F word, and that's just all I'll say on that.
Lol....that farmers can take that with good humor is why we cowboys get on with em' well enough. And fresh veggies n eggs when we ride in..with maybe some fresh buttermilk to wash things down ..after my horse gets an extra rasher of oats..is pleasing as well. Then..maybe the sodbuster pulls a mouth harp and a jug out later and I blow my pipes off. Next time through..I drop off a nice fresh brisket..and we do it all again. That is...so long as he ain't running sheep.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:00 AM
Status: "All in all, you're just another brick in the wall" (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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That is...so long as he ain't running sheep.
LOL Sheep = range lice. Worthless critters that destroy browse by pulling it out by the roots and then gobbling every last bit down. They're okay on the Navajo Rez, I guess; but they're a major reason that so much of the Navajo Nation looks near as barren as a moonscape. I'll take a damned prairie dog town over even just one sheep and in my part of the West the prairie dogs have turned into a pestilence upon the land. The folks from Denver on the Colorado forum all whine about how the prairie dogs were "here first," and they're just so damned adorable why doesn't everyone in rural Colorado take in half a dozen as house pets!?

Bah! Let them all run sheep outside their big box shopping malls. I bet the damn things would do just fine grazing on asphalt!
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:30 AM
 
Location: NW Nevada
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LOL Sheep = range lice. Worthless critters that destroy browse by pulling it out by the roots and then gobbling every last bit down. They're okay on the Navajo Rez, I guess; but they're a major reason that so much of the Navajo Nation looks near as barren as a moonscape. I'll take a damned prairie dog town over even just one sheep and in my part of the West the prairie dogs have turned into a pestilence upon the land. The folks from Denver on the Colorado forum all whine about how the prairie dogs were "here first," and they're just so damned adorable why doesn't everyone in rural Colorado take in half a dozen as house pets!?

Bah! Let them all run sheep outside their big box shopping malls. I bet the damn things would do just fine grazing on asphalt!
Mmmm....there are still Basques running sizable numbers of sheep around here. When they move them, the swath of devastation looks like an tornado went through and left a six inch deep layer of turds where the grass used to be. Pretty amazing. I like wool stuff, but thats all they are good for. Sure ain't much for eating. Yuck!
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