Happy Thanksgiving!

It's thanksgiving here in the US and believe it or not, including the likes of Canada, Liberia, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Leiden (in the Netherlands)m Norfolk Island just off Australia also observes this tradition.

As I sat this morning (I know, highly unusual for me to be doing jack $*#!) drinking my coffee and watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, I can say I am thankful for all our family, the friends we've made around the world and the chance to explore what this world has to offer.

I wondered, as I'd done the past couple of days, where the tradition had originated. This lead me to Dr Google of course finding many an explanation on Wikipaedia and other sources.

Of course most everyone knows it is observed with the likes of turkey, side dishes, pecan (lol, make sure you pronounce it as 'Pi-carn') or pumpkin pie, wine, family, football and more! It's a day for family gatherings for the holiday weekend (where as Christmas is our big to-do in Australia).

 

A long tradition of prayers and thanks in particular for previous year's crops and the harvesting thereof, tabled for all to enjoy. As early as the 16th century English traditions around thanksgiving and blessings came from acts of God, disasters and the end to wars etc, the most notable event relating to the US however was the landing of the new settlers into Plymouth (Massachusetts) 1621 and Virginia in 1619. And there's a whole lot more to that you can find on Wikipaedia

One must think back to whom the Pilgrims encountered when the arrived on the shores of Plymouth or Virginia and to that – the encounters with the Native American Indians. The Wampanoag had a great influence, giving thanks was a way of life to them on any given day. They were a part of ensuring survival of the newcomers whilst they learnt the ways of the land and how to produce crops in different regions.

There is a great school resource I found regarding that on an education site.

 

In any case, Jack and I rounded out the day with a couple of drinks, a dead chook, potatoes and peas. Topped off with caramel apple tartlets – when I get to making him a cuppa in a sec!

 

Wherever you are, I hope that besides the food etc it doesn't hurt to every now and then stop and give thanks for what we have.

 

Love and hugs to all

Kat xo

 

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Gunfight In Dixie XV Part 2

A total of 222 cowboy's and cowgirl's turned up for the Gunfight and by yesterday it was all over bar the shouting.

Jack and I both finished with clean matches and no major dramas, so we're very happy. I've got to say that we really enjoyed the stages. The weather held out, still a little on the cool side but was sun shiny magic!

 

After lunch, the shootout was held for the Top 16 men's and Top 8 ladies. A great stage of all rifle knockdowns, the Texas star for pistol and then shotgun to makeup and take out the final decider plate.

 

We visited with many great shooters this weekend and enjoyed catching up with some we hadn't seen for a very long time and making new acquaintances with others! Good times!

The banquet last night was set in the Shriner Club, with stage, dance floor, band and photo corner. Prizes were drawn and awards given. A white steer head pin was given to 36 shooters who shot the match clean!

Congratulations to all shooters who placed in their categories this weekend, won side matches and enjoyed the team match and shootout.

The Regional winners were given a category plaque with the Memphis Gunslingers signature steer head and region map on it. 1st Place winners of each category (within region or not) got a really nice silver and gold accented buckle, with 2nd receiving a white/silver and 3rd on, a bronze coloured/silver buckle.

Jack finished in 2nd Place for Silver Senior Category! (Mistakenly 3rd last night) Congratulations to Fast Eddy 1st Place and SE Regional Champion, 3rd Place Two X Tom, 4th Place Max Payne, 5th Place Three Sheets, 6th Place Badlands Charlie.

 

I finished 1st Place in Lady Wrangler category! Congratulations to Dew R Dye, 2nd Place and SE Regional Champion, 3rd Place Belle Vaquera.

 

The shootout was won by Prestidigitator (Tator) and myself. We thoroughly enjoyed shooting with him over the weekend.

 

Congratulations to Tator for taking top honours! 1st cowboy overall and SE Regional Champ with Dodge City Dixie being the SE Regional Champion cowgirl. I was ecstatic to place 1st lady overall. Lots of awesome shooters and many world champs at this match!

 

Thanks again to the Memphis Gunslingers and everyone who helped put on the shoot.

 

As Elvis would say 'thank you very much!'

Kat xo

 

Gunfight in Dixie XV

Welcome to the corral, cowboy's, cowgirl's, rustler's, hustler's, one and all.

It is Gunfight In Dixie XV, the SASS SE Regional hosted by the Memphis Gunslingers in Lakeland, TN.

Yesterday, Thursday, was side match day which started off with a Doily Gang Clinic with Shamrock Sadie, Honey B Quick, Dodge City Dixie and myself teaching ladies some transitions with their guns, discussing various styles and critiquing a couple of stages with them. (Photo courtesy of Doily Gang FB page)

 

In the mean time, Jack shot Wild Bunch and then if you got a quick chance, side matches were on or lunch – what's it gonna be? – lunch was the go before we did the afternoon warm up.

Today was the first day of main match and the weather is again cool, clear, sunshine. Hand warmers, gloves, coats are a must! Five stages done for the day and we are both clean!

 

The stages are great, fair amount of movement, great sequences, good mix of single tap and multi tap varieties! We have a great posse (go Posse 7!) and everything is running smoothly. Jack is Posse Marshal, I am Deputy and we are running with great folks – Belle Vaquera, Billy Broncstomper, Agarita Annie, Neuces Slim, Pale Ale Rider, Georgia Gypsy (not shooting this match but she is kindly doing scoring for us), Fire n Fallback, Cleve, Let's Go, Bill Carson, Dr Slick, Slick's Sharpshooter, Prestidigitator, Ben T Iron, Ara Tiest, C Beaux, JD Bullett, Larry Earp, Little Joe Dalton, Valrico Kid, and Tuco Forsyth.

After we finished shooting the stages today, we wandered the vendors, and then along wih Fast Fingers, the Oklahoman team competed in the team match. I think at best we were around 4th. That was a good fun stage.

See you on the range tomorrow for the final 5 and banquet tomorrow evening!

Til then

Kat xo

 

Clubbing With The Marshals

Club match that is!

After last nights storm gave way to a beautiful clear blue sky, next to no breeze and cooler temperatures, a smaller posse of 19 shooters turned up for the club match.

 

We are now on to a later start – from 10am – six stages AND lunch we were still done and on the road just after 2pm.

 

Come visit the Territorial Marshals for some cowboy action shooting aaannndd maybe a whole of fun and a little bit of heckling. 🙂

Hope you've had a sensational weekend, no matter where you are.

Kat xo

 

Hellfire 2017

Louisiana's usual subtropical climate had carried later into the year what with the influence of Harvey, Irma and the rest of the hurricane weather occurring in the Gulf. The humidity was extremely high with temps in the 90's for this year's Hellfire match.

The Jackson Hole Regulators are located just outside of Quitman, LA.

These group of cowboy's have a sensational range setup with a full 10 bays, facades, fans and boardwalks on all except one. There is a covered pavilion to accomodate 150 odd cowboy's and cowgirl's for meals and awards which we were all quite thankful for in the brief storm shower on Saturday evening.

 

The air conditioned office was welcoming! It also held the poker game night on Saturday won by Lodan B Fast!

Oh! And on the corner as you entered the range each state that was represented, a flag was in place AND included the Australian flag! Thanks guys!

 

Friday was side match day including speed events and 3 stage's of Wild Bunch.

Wild Bunch went pretty well, remembering all the things I had focused on for the last day of EOT – yes, have not shot it since then! So I was pleased with the outcome!

This year there were 143 shooters, of which 19 had a clean match! Congratulations to you and all who placed in their categories.

Jack and I were on a great posse with Two Gun Johnnie as our Posse Leader. We had a great time with Dodge City Dixie, Reno Mustang, Gentilly Gent, Mountain Laurel, Stump Jumper, Duke City Deadeye, Dixie Deadeye, Mt Zion Gypsy, Mt Zion Yellowboy, Texas Mac, Texas Flower, Sidewinder Sid, Texas Jack Star and Tennessee Star.

The match had a great mix of sequences, targets were various shapes, we had knockdowns for pistol and rifle, some were close, some were far and made for a controlled style of match. It was really, really good!

 

As we rounded out the weekend with 5 stages each day, Jack and I had a miss a piece, with Jack's shotgun giving him fits! So was not his best by far. 😦 Poor man.

Congratulations to my fellow Lady Wrangler's, 2nd place Cheeka Bow Wow and 3rd place Complicated Lady.

 

Trophies this year were a shooting bag of varying size with Hellfire printed on the side. Mine has already been put to good use for travelling sewing equipment, laptop etc! Thanks to Smokey Shane for the side match and Wild Bunch trophies, laser cut steel. He also made a fire pit that was raffled off along with a number of guns, congratulations to all the raffle winners!

 

I had a great finish to a great weekend and was pleased to receive a gorgeous buckle for overall ladies.

Hellfire 2017 overall men's – Slick McClade & overall ladies – Kathouse Kelli.

 

Thank you again to Jackson Hole Regulators for a great match, great food, fantastic hospitality, oh and a particularly good style of Gumbo on Friday night!

Kat xo