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The weekend before Thanksgiving Bud and I went to the annual Ranch Hand Breakfast held on the world renowned King's Ranch. Below, I took all the photos that I had on the camera and got them uploaded and made into a slide show. It was a glorious morning. The day began wet and soggy with previous rains and a threat of more rain. When we got there, the sun was breaking through the clouds and it remained sunny all the while we were there. On one photo...I have a HUGE roll of the old style barbed wire. While we were at the visitor's center afterward, Bud read about the unique barbed wire, and he recalled to me a part of what he read ----"The length of the barbed wire used to enclose the ranch land for grazing cattle on the King's Ranch of the mid to late 1800s would reach from the southern most tip of the ranch to Boston Massachusetts!!" What a chore that musta been to string it all out around the perimeter of the ranch! [It was huge at one time...covering several Texas Counties!]. And this year, 2009, the crowd showing up was a record breaker....1000s [estimated 5,000] showed up to dine with the ranch hands!! [and volunteers] All the proceeds go to La Posada de Kingsville. My slide show/video begins with the historic marker of the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle which 'originated' on the King's Ranch. Now, on with the show---------



Note: I did have a King's Ranch Slide Show here at one time, but as all good things...the free site for making your own shows, bit the dust ---as of March 2012








POSTED: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
5:20 A.M.

39 comments:

  1. Your blog is just one big smile my friend, love you.

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  2. Anni, what fun! I miss horses more than I can ever begin to tell you. I grew up riding, and I loved playing "cowboys" when I was little. This really strikes a note with me!

    Happy OW to you...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  3. That breakfast looked soooo good! What was that pile of white stuff?

    Loved the Big ball of barbed wire (say that fast 3 x lol)!

    Cool chuck wagon!

    Great old saddle! Dang, all the pics are good!

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  4. What fun and a good cause ! Thanks for sharing !
    Kammy

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  5. aaah, i remember this from last year. you still pricked my interest in what grits is.... glad you got to go again!

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  6. Pretty neat slide show! The little donkey is so cute. The breakfast looks delish too and you look like you were having so much fun. Thanks for sharing, Anni....Christine

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  7. great shots! i love the ball of old barb wire, and the old chuck wagon. the horses are all so beautiful. you could frame a lot of these!
    thanks for stopping by my blog - you asked about the candy cane angle on the front porch? 2 long cement nails that is sits on at an angle! super easy.
    have a good one!

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  8. This is so interesting..my hubby loves anything to do with cowboying. King Ranch, 6666's....he loves all that kinda stuff. He's just an ole cowboy!! :O)
    Great post...

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  9. WE'VE driven through the King Ranch on a visit to Texas years ago. Is it still owned by the same family? A favorite dish of ours is called King Ranch Chicken casserole -- is it really from the King Ranch?

    Great outdoor post and looks like a good time was had by all.

    Loved the cowboys "herding" the cars!

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  10. SHEILA That pile of white stuff is biscuits and sausage gravy.

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  11. MARTHA Yes, it IS still 'owned' by the "King" family....tho descendants now with different surnames ---Richard King only had daughters. Today, it's actually a co-op....more a 'company' with shares in the hands of the family & stockholders. And if there is a King Ranch recipe, it probably CAME from the ranch...there are tons of cookbooks from the area. Lots and lots of staff on the ranch, including cooks!

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  12. It's beautiful country out there!! It looks like a great experience to have gone. :)

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  13. What a fun tim you had. I love all of the pictures you put into the slide. That place is fantastic and the scenery is just toooooooo gorgoeus. Love the fiddlers and the red fire truck. Hugs, Marty

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  14. Oh I want to go -the pictures are great and it looks just like so much fun. What a treat you had.
    vickie

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  15. That looks like so much fun!!

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  16. Oh Annie...
    Good Morning sweetie. Thank you for sharing this today. I love the old cuck wagon, but that barbed wire ball brought back so many memories. I loved all the barbed wire Granddaddy had strung across his farm property, I can still see his gloved hands as he stretched from post to post and then tightened it. I loved watching him work with his hands. I can still see him bucking those bales of hay. What a beautiful memory you gave me this morning. Thank you my sweet friend.

    Stop by and see what I have been up to at night.

    Country hugs...Sherry

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  17. What fun this must have been items like that old chuck wagon are such a great piece of history thanks for sharing it with us!

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  18. What fun, AND for a good cause!! Hope you guys are staying dry:)

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  19. What a treat! Thanks for taking us along. We had a Santa Gertrudis Bull once. They are very gentle.
    That is way early to get up and go somewhere for breakfast.
    Mama Bear

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  20. Anni, you were able to get some great photos of this event. The grub looks good and I enjoyed each and every picture. Glad you and Bud were able to attend. I would love to go to this breakfast.

    Wishing you a great day.
    Blessings,
    Mary

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  21. I LOVE trips like these! Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you! :)

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  22. That's a powerful lot of people to eat breakfast with! And a lot of barbed wire!

    Looks like a perfect day for a fun activity!

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  23. Great post, I loved all the photos of everyone...

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  24. I really enjoyed your slideshow Anni! Great post really enjoyed reading. WEll done!
    Hugs and Love Suex

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  25. Sounds like a great time!

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  26. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I love your blog's Christmas look. ~ Calico Contemplations

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  27. THat is beautiful and I love the music. Country, I love it

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  28. Hubby's been to King Ranch. I keep saying I'm going. Now I know I'm going. Thanks for posting this.

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  29. You never cease to amaze me and I tell you, I loved living in Texas with a passion. What a place it is. One of a kind. How fun. Thanks for sharing these fantastic photos. Loved the slide show :)

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  30. WOW, you created a wonderful slide show of the Ranch Hand Breakfast. That ball of barbed wire is nea and the chuck wagon is cool. I the cool mustouche? I would have wanted to pet the horse too. Now I will look forward to seeing pic's or slide from the wildlife refuge.

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  31. Sorry, but I haven't got the rules down for your links on Home 4 The Holidays...I linked todays post and I just posted for tomorrow..now, where do I link for this one? On the same one??

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  32. The slide show was wonderful. I have a question regarding the cardinal in the birdbath. Real or ceramic? The breakfast looks like it was successful and a whole lot of fun to boot. I hope you are having a great Outdoor Wednesday.

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  33. Loved taking the trip with you to this great ranch. I have never been there so I really enjoyed seeing it through your eyes.

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  34. Fun photos! I love those big pots holding the food! Must be fun to be at the Ranch. I am glad the sun came out!

    Happy OW!

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  35. A great time plus something for charity too. Awesome.
    Ha, your blinking background is taking me back to the sixties. Lol.

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  36. Great slide show and photos! That breakfast looks awesome! I would love to attend something like that!


    ~Jean

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  37. Wow, that's a lot of gravy that cowboy is stirring! lol Anni, I so enjoyed looking at all the pictures and I can see why you look forward to this event every year. Breakfast with cowboys, what more could you ask for?? hehe

    That was so interesting about the barb wire. As you say, one can't even imagine all the work it took to put it all around the ranch. Boggles the mind, really! xoxo

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  38. Hello Anni. I like very much your slide show. I like old things... have a nice day.

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  39. I cannot imagine owning a ranch that HUGE!

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