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Braiding strands of earthen insight with uproarious storytelling, Texas Hill Country legendary author Becky Patterson recreates the history of the Steiler Hill Ranch in twenty-four anecdotal chapters interspersed with original artwork. The result is a mixture of memoir and montage, treasure chest and tableau vivant of a world that’s beautiful, brash, and wonderfully heartbreaking. Patterson -- the daughter of Texas folk hero and self-proclaimed mayor of Luckenbach, Hondo Crouch -- has big shoes to fill and she does so successfully in this colorful collection of Hill Country and Texas ranch vignettes.
Foreman and general cowboy guru Raymond Kuhlmann tells stories of the Goat King and German drinking songs, the buzzard traps and Mexican corridos that filled the nighttime pastures. First-person accounts and vivid historical narratives evoke the ranch’s past, overlaid with Patterson’s breathless personal histories of afternoons spent rescuing a doe in a nightgown, or saving a porcupine from a pack of dogs.
This is a book that will connect you to whatever patch of earth you hold dear. It is poignant reminder of the landscapes we’ve forgotten to keep close, of the land that does not belong to us but simply is who we are. The Ranch That Was Us is an affectionate reminder to go outside and touch the earth that is you.
|Publisher:||Trinity University Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.54(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Becky Patterson is a textile artist who specializes in large machine-appliquéd tapestries. She is also a well-known liturgical artist and designer, having done stained glass windows and furnishings for churches all over Texas. She is the owner of Stieler Hill Ranch with her two sons Kit and Sky Patterson. She helps out with the activities on the ranch: the SASS Texican Shooting Club, the hunters, range leasers, her husband’s horse training business, and art workshops.
Table of Contents
Foreword Willie Nelson 3
The Walk 10
A Landscape of the Heart 15
While You're Resting, Pull Horehound 29
Ranches that Were 43
The Best People on Earth are Dogs and Horses 51
Herding Goats on Foot 65
Shearing Time 71
Now Whatta Ya Gonna Do 81
On Top of Thunder Mountain 89
Dora's Door 93
When One Door Closes 106
God's Love 115
Captain Hermann Stieler 122
Cattle Call 130
The Open Gate 139
The Dance 153
Romance for One 163
The Camp Shack 171
A Conversation on the Patio 187
A Texas Star 191
Erbteil: Inheritance 199
Our Lady of the Weeds 206
Coming Home 217
Hands Listed in Ranch Ledger, 1943-1946 223
Special Thanks 225