We take care of the land...it takes care of us.

We're just a couple of country dwellers......

that love nature, hunting, fishing, gardening, campfires, crafting, cooking, canning, laughter and living!!

Ya just never know what I'll blog about next...

So visit us often!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pickles and Petunias: Pickles and Petunias: Camp Cook

Pickles and Petunias: Pickles and Petunias: Camp Cook: Pickles and Petunias: Camp Cook : My culinary skills are nil... my mother still tries to get me to sit down and look at cookbooks with...

Follow The Fence

Once a year this wide open prairie
sees wagons and riders
along the dirt trails...

the spectators are 
song birds, mosquitoes, flies, and the occasional
ground varmint  brave enough to come
out of their hole...  
OH, and the persistent photographer
(that would be me.)

if you know the country
and have a high enough clearance
on your vehicle...

you can meet up with 
them at a pasture crossing...

But, up in these hills, 
it's a long ride between
and a long scene with no

after they all paraded by me
this little bird sang me a song
and said see you on the other side...

Have a great day...

P.S.  this post is sharing over at
the Run-a-Round Ranch Blog
hop over and visit more posts
filled with fences!
(ha, no pun intended.)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

 At the Gann Valley 130th Anniversary Celebration
there were fun times and games galore...

There were prizes and trophies
for all kinds of winners...

Lollipops were more prized than trophies
in the minds of the little people...
(it's still unclear if this little boy actually
won that lollipop or if he confiscated it 
from his cousin??)

Little Bailey was pretty proud 
of her trophy for winning the girl's round
at the kid's pedal tractor pull..
(especially since she did better than most of the boys!)


This couple was "mighty" proud of 
the cash prize they won for 
the fastest time at the 
four-wheeler Blind barrel race competition...

I think these two gals won trophies
for their skills at throwing Buffalo Chips
(that's right, real buffalo s#*!)
which probably explains why
the gal on the right has her
hand behind her back...
(eeoouck, where's the hand sanitizer?)

There was also a men's category winner...

P.S. that photo bomber isn't a sore loser
he's the game official passing out the trophies
(and a serious one at that)

these couples were winners at the 
bean bag toss tournament....

and last but not least
we have a winner of the 
Kyle Evans Memorial Trailride 
Raffle Drawing...

I'd be smiling too if I just won 
Heritage Rough Rider 22 Caliber Revolver
 with custom made Holster 

(well, my husband would be happier than me!)

Best of all...

everyone that took part in
the Gann Valley Celebration
was a winner just 
because this little community
knows what fun is all about!

Thanks for stopping by today,
hope you have a winning day!

Monday, June 22, 2015

So Far So Good

The storms have been rolling through this country....

Sall told me, "you better go take pictures of the garden,
because it may not look the same in the morning!"

So far, we've been fortunate to miss the bad stuff...

at least somebody listens to me...

prayers are a "good thing"

that's something to keep in mind


and when you can't sleep and are awake at 5 a.m....

grab your camera and look to the east....

every storm passes and leaves 
something to be grateful for.


P.S.  I've spent all day adding another page to Sall's Country Life, a new Face Book Page and a Paypal site...all to sell some videos that I produce.  Please check out the new page and if you're interested in a video of small-town-prairie-life culture purchase my video using the Paypal Buy Now button on the right side bar.  Thanks for stopping by!  Bye Now!!:)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Happy Tuesday Tag-a-longs

*There ain't a horse that can't be rode;
there ain't a cowboy that can't be throwed.

More scenes from the 
Kyle Evans Memorial Train Ride

*cowboy quip from James P. Owen's book
Cowboy Values, Recapturing What America Once Stood For.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Happy Trails

I followed the trail riders once again...

The Kyle Evans Memorial Trail Ride
started in my home town,
Wessington Springs, SD
and ended 25 miles west 
in Gann Valley, South Dakota

(of course they traveled a lot further
through pastures...
over hills, down cow paths,
and crossing creek beds...)

and I would catch up to them
on some road going no where
to catch a glimpse of a real
wagon train crossing the prairie...

I wished I could wave my magic wand
and turn my trailblazer into 
a Palomino!

Crossing the prairie on the back of a horse
is definitely on my bucket list.

but, for now I will be satisfied 
to stalk the real cowboys and girls
with my camera and try to put
together a trailride photo book.

Some memories just need to be saved on paper, 
not only for the riders, 
but especially for the want-to-be's (like me)
and to challenge the future generations
to keep such a valuable tradition alive!

After a three day trail ride,
the final destination was the 
130th Anniversary Celebration
Gann Valley South Dakota....

It was a beautiful fun-filled 
day for the town,
 people came from 
miles around to enjoy 
food and games and demonstrations
and finally the big dance 
at the firehall!

As for me, 
I will be going through around 3,000 photos
to put together a DVD movie and a photo book
covering the the 2 events.

in the mean time,
check out my Flickr site
to see more photos from Gann Valley
and the Kyle Evans Memorial Trail Ride

Happy Trails!