Farmgirl Nightlife

By the light of the silvery moon, around a crackling campfire, our Ranch Farmgirl’s Farmgirl Chapter enjoyed their monthly “hen party”. Come and sit a spell with them. They would love to share the “show & tell” details with you.

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  1. Jessie K says:

    Wow! Looks like a lot of fun! How far away are you from Jackson?? lol

  2. Connie Tarplee says:

    This brings back sweet memories as a girl with my Grandmother. Having a garden and canning, and fresh meat from her cattle, chickens and hogs. Riding our horses to round up the cattle (that we were not to do), but we had fun. Riding everyday from morning to dark. I loved going to my Grandparents for most of the summer. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  3. Debbie says:

    Love it Shery!
    Looks like a great night and I love the abundance of " makins " you had on hand for your fall wreaths! Those marshmallows looked mighty yummy too!

    We had ourselves a little family " nightlife" round’ our little camp fire on the last eve of summer. We said our farewell to summer and welcomed fall. well, some of us did anyway…my poor hubby will take awhile to adjust to BEACH SEASON coming to an end:)

    As for me…this is my FAVORITE season! Like you, even more than spring…I just love everything about it! Thanks for sharing your farmgirl fun with us!

  4. Marcia says:

    Beautiful fellowship, beautiful photos, beautiful quotes!! Memories made, and shared~~~~~~Thank you!

  5. Ann Barker says:

    Anita was telling me how much fun you all had at this gathering, one of these days girlfriend, I will actually make it to a meeting! Your photos made her descriptions come to life, thank you. Hugs.

  6. fran hooper says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share this event in words and pictures. It looks like y’all had such a great time. Wish i could have been there. Well, in a way, i feel that i was.
    Thanks again,
    Frannie in texas

  7. Michelle says:

    Thank you for this post. Keep posting every month out of William Quayle’s book. Another book you might like is "A Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" by Edith Holden. I love this book.

  8. TJ says:

    I love it all!! That calendar needs reprinting!!

    My very next TO DO item? Researching how to dry teddy-bear sunflowers with the petals on, like you did, before The Cluck comes out and my current teddy-bear sunflowers have lost their fuzzy faces! They’re wonderful!!

    Thanks for all the photos, it feels like you brought us all along on your fun farmgirl evening!!

  9. KimberlyD says:

    When you read shared the readings from William Quayle’s book – the chapter on September, when he talked about grapes made me have flash backs to my childhood, helping my Mom pick grapes and make grape jelly, and hoping it would be jelly or will it be a year of grape syrup! And making wreaths also! I use to bring grapes to school for me and my friends to eat in home-ec class. Thank you for the pictures!

  10. Terry says:

    I wanna come! (can I say, I LOVE your hair too Shery?!)

  11. Cheri says:

    Ditto Terry’s reply and your green shirt – just love it.
    Would love to join your hen party.
    What a bountiful harvest you’ve had. I can feel the serenity wrapped around me from the camaraderie (shared here.

  12. Brenda says:

    Shery, I just had my best friend of 30 years and two new friends from this past year spend the night at my house. We all contributed to our dinner, it was wonderful, and then spent the rest of the evening visiting and crafting. Got up this morning, had coffee together and did some shopping at local quilt and gift shops. I knew I was happy and enjoyed every minute of our time but this post has really made me think how much it meant to me to have these women take time out of their lives to visit my home and spend time together. The only thing I can think is a quote from my favorite movie "Hope Floats", "My cup runneth over." And hubs suggested he could make a fire for us but it was really chilly, rainy and misty most of yesterday, but I am sure we would have enjoyed it as much as you and your "sisters" enjoyed yours. Wonderful post!

  13. TJ says:

    Just had to report back – I found the Quayle book on Amazon! Ordered it! Also ordered the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady at Michelle’s suggestion – maybe I can get by with a "but it’s my birthday!" to my DH for the Amazon charges (heehee), but I couldn’t resist the lure of beautiful writing and gorgeous pictures!!!

    Thanks so much! ~TJ

  14. Marilyn K. Khadduri says:

    Autumn is also my favorite time of the year, and I love everything about it! I so enjoyed
    your article, and all the lovely photos! My husband passed away Nov. 13, 2008, and I
    have been feeling that big empty space left by his passing, but as I was reading your
    article, I felt so comforted – like I, too, was one of the Sage Hens, sharing all the warmth
    and camaraderie. I also like canning, knitting, baking, gardening, and making wreaths!
    Just seeing that you all were doing all those same things that I love, made you seem a
    little closer to me in Fredericksburg, VA. I, too, found William Quayle’s book on Amazon,
    and ordered it. I was happy for the suggestion about the Country Diary of an Edwardian
    Lady, and ordered it also. Thanks so much for sharing!!! 🙂

  15. cora jo says:

    Sheri, this time I HAD to forward this blog to my good gal-friend in Lewistown, Mt, who grew up on the plains in Winifred, MT. I know she will love this as much as I do. Thanks for sharing this. I love reading your blogs and that you fall prey to old books as do I is wonderful. cora jo

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Every Picture Tells A Story

Some photos really make you wonder what the story is behind the image. Black & white photography, in my opinion, enhances the subject matter, making it more interesting by removing the distraction of “color noise”. Come on in … take a look at some black and white “stories” from my little corner of the world.
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  1. I think you are very photogenic and it is a wonderful picture of you and your horse. I really loved all of the pictures and story.

  2. Debbie says:

    Great commentary and photos Shery!
    Love all of it… Thanks for the BIG TASTE of the Old/new’West! Brings back memories…:)
    What’s not to like about looking at cowboys and horses???
    Oh, my fav photo…The airborn bucking horse!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t think that I can pick a favorite! They are wonderful. I have pulled out of boxes at my mom’s all the black and white photos of her and my dad and my grandparents etc and have them all over the house. Black and white is the best! LOVE LOVE the pictures. Thank you so much sharing your world!

  4. Janice K. says:

    Once again, I am truly impressed with your talents! YES, you ARE a photographer… Great job…

  5. Colleen says:

    There isn’t a dry eye here after looking at your flag photo … beautiful & haunting as well — I can only imagine how much his family appreciated the support & love you & your neighbors gave them that day.

    Thank you for sharing!

  6. Emma says:

    I think that you have a wonderful eye for great shots! There are so many that do speak to you. I love the baby and her daddy picture, there is a lot of love there! Many other pictures tell great stories also. Color or not you make me feel very comfortable. Thanks For share!

  7. Nancy J says:

    Hey everyone!!!

    What a great picture show!!!! Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of having my very own horse. But being raised in the "big" city, that was impossible. I kept reading their stories…Black Beauty was my favorite. Now, as a lot of dreams do, it had to be put aside, even though I do live near some small farms & ranches. When I read your monthly story, I can pretend to be riding right next to you!!!! Thanks again for the pleasure of your company!!!!

  8. Julie Wemken says:

    Very Beautiful photos!!! I love black and white photos…they have character. I so enjoy reading your posts. You are a gifted writer. You have a way of making me feel like I am there. By the way, I think you are photogenic and you are a very beautiful lady! Many Blessings!

  9. carol branum says:

    Hi, love it love your blog, but the photos of the longhorn still make me shake, I am very fearful of longhorn cattle, my daddy had a few.and they terrorized me to death, I just am very afraid of them. Have a great day. Love, carol branum

  10. Peggy Beck says:

    I just love your photos and I also think you are a beautiful woman who photographs well. Being in a small town city environment I can only dream of your life. But is fascinates me and so I follow your blog every time. Love your stories and the way you write.

  11. nameTerry says:

    I’m pickin’ the grass seed out of my two front teeth and scratchin the dirt off of my scalp. I’m so proud to say I know you Shery! You are in your element!!

  12. carol cacchione says:

    Shery, Love your blog and love these b&w photos! Really exposes the rough yet beautiful life on the ranch. I’m looking forward to you getting some buckeye chicks next year and seeing their photos posted. All my best from kentucky

  13. Debbie Strong says:

    You have the BEST stories and photos! Kramer’s cousin (a longhorn bull) lives on my road…I see him every day I drive down our road.

  14. Connie Tarplee says:

    Thank you for sharing. It brings back memories of my Grandparent’s farm and the fun I use to have being there with the horses, cattle, chickens and hogs. The past 2 years I have had to put down my 2 horses. It is very hard to lose your best friends, we were together about 30 years. I look forward in having another horse in my life. I am planning on going out to CA to pack with a friend for the US Forest Service. She has some great working Morgans, looking to take one home. I love your site and thanks again.

  15. Jan says:

    Loved, loved all of the pictures and story. I had forgotten how great black and white really is. I think I will take a few of my Philly Girl in B&W and see what happens.
    Happy Trails to You Too,

  16. Brenda says:

    I love the black and white photos. I think you take wonderful pictures. I am not patient enough. With Ladybug I will try and take a picture after she has been to the groomer and lookin’ pretty. But I will take a couple and if she does not cooperate I walk away. I am not photogenic either but if someone that has an eye can get me when I am not paying attention or take the picture quickly when I first smile I sometimes will take a good one. I have never been able to plant a smile on my face and keep it there. But my husband’s family can smile for the camera and it will look the same in every picture. And it looks just like them. I think your friend from the paper took a wonderful picture of you. Thank you for giving us the story behind the picture in a way that we learn what it is to live the life you live.

  17. Marilyn says:

    Brings back lots of memories, following a bunch of cattle on a good horse, then the food at the end and the love of all around. Nothing like a good horse, thank God I have some.

  18. Ann says:

    Sherry – you’ve done it again. Just when I think I have been so amazed at your stories and photos, you raised the bar again. These photos a too wonderful and lovely for words. Thank you for sharing.

  19. Ann says:

    P.S. Shery – your photo is lovely as well and you definitely are photogenic

  20. Ann Barker says:

    You have an eye for photography, jewelry composition, decorating home and garden. The results speak for themselves and the camera snobs can’t argue with that. Have a great day girlfriend!

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  22. andylynne says:

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Such a wonderful glimpse into ranch life. Thank you for sharing it with us. Your black and white photos are wonderful. I really like the one of your mare going through the cows. She’s brooking no back talk from that bunch:). Thank you again, your blog is a highlight for me. I’ve been lurking but had to tell you how much I enjoy reading you.

  23. janice berndt says:

    Fantastic photos! I’m truly inspired to get my camera and start shooting. Your photos really capture the essence of a way of life.

  24. cora jo says:

    Honestly, Sheri…I’m wiping tears. You rock!

  25. I love your blog and enjoy reading it so much. Great black and white pictures.

  26. Hi Shery,
    Just recently joined this group and I’m really loving the content. Had to take a few minutes and tell you that I love your photography and that it was great to see someone still shooting B&W as well. I’m a photographer here in Michigan who specializes in Equine. I Hope to get to your neck of the woods sometime soon. My nephew just moved out towards you , working as a fisheries biologist and he tells me it’s beautiful. Thank you for all your upbeat, fun, artsy glimpse into the day to day life of a rancher.
    Linda Michele-Dobel

  27. Liz says:

    Love spending this winter day looking at your beautiful pictures. You truly capture the heart of what we are all about. Great job.

  28. laura says:

    gorgeous, evocative photos …

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