September 11, 2012
It seems, for me, that visiting and recording some of their story was priority for me on this trip. But we then ventured outside to take a few photographs. As we walked through the nearby corrals, where a huge fire burned just up to last month, the chickens clucked and followed us around as well as many ranch cats. We took a couple photographs in the barn where they once milked their 16 milk cows, as kids, before and after riding or walking several miles to school each day. When we walked out we saw that the horses had wandered in to see what was going on and Robert offered to saddle up his Pony. I was happy to see that Robert was also a lover of white horses. Here, he is pictured on his horse, Curly, who gets, well, curly when his winter coat grows in. He and Curly seem truly bonded.
It is so nice to meet kind gentle people from another era and to be reminded that a life of solid hard work is so positive. Happily my visit prompted Mary and Robert to take the afternoon off from fencing - as they have been repairing corrals damaged by the recent fire. I am so glad I stopped to take a snapshot of Mary and Robert the week before and thankful for their invitation to visit and their kind hospitality. What a treat and privilege to feel, once again, that I was allowed to step back in time.
© JEAN LAUGHTON