Thursday, January 19, 2012

the good, the bad

This is a sneak peek of a ranch that belongs to my sweet friends Sam and Shelbie  It was such a treat to visit this old homestead that they lovingly restored.  Everything thing down to bolts and gears. 



They have such pride and respect for this ranch that belonged to his grandfather...


They know the history of every post, nail, tool, book, picture, etc. and
treasured each piece.


This homestead is so full of love for each other, for the history of  the place, respect for the land and pride of  the lineage.  My friends have never met a stranger, they always welcomed people to enjoy the scenery and awesomeness of their home and took time to tell the story of the ranch.

Until last weekend.    See that beautiful lightning rod with the blue glass globe in the above picture?   It has been there since 1907, until it was stolen!  After decades of protecting the grandfather's house from lightning strikes, some idiot decided that they needed it more than they did.   It makes me sick to think of someone blantantly cutting it down for scrap or selling it for cheap.   

My friends are heartbroken.   The police was called, antique dealers have been warned to be on the look out for someone trying to sell it.   The word is out for this scumbag that took it.  I am hoping they are caught soon.

But the really sad part is...the trust is gone.   The pride of displaying their love of the homestead will probably now result in cameras, locking doors, bolting things down, posting no trespassing signs.

This is indeed a sad sign of the times...












10 comments:

Bead and Needle said...
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Bead and Needle said...

Shaking my head in sheer amazement. Idiots, for sure! What could someone else possibly gain from stealing that precious piece of family history from that ranch - SO sorry to hear this. I do hope it shows up somewhere, soon.

Happy Thursday, Cindy! XOXO

TexWisGirl said...

really sad...

Olive Cooper said...

Uncivilized and awful is what it is. Get the shotgun out.

Linda said...

Oh so sad :0(...What is wrong with people???

Old Fashioned Kitty said...

The photos are lovely!! Thanks for spreading the word..maybe we'll be able to find it..or at least maybe the guy will be caught..it pains me to think he (or they) are out there looking for their next victim. It hasn't been the first nor the last but i hate to think now that every time we drive up I scan the place to make sure everything is in its spot.

Tricia said...

Oh, it looks so wonderful there! That's awful that someone decided to steal something. I really can't understand how people can be that way.

Romeo said...

This makes me sick. Having posted about my grandfather's lightning rod with milkglass globe and horse....surviving so many years in storms.....and knowing how special it is to me.....it just leaves me heartbroken for them. How could someone be so selfish to steal someone's memories?!??

oldgreymare said...

Someone once stole my Dad's American flag and the pole from my front porch. Now that makes no sense just pure meanness. It is hard to rise above such callous disregard but we must or we become "them".
I am sad for this family when innocence is truly lost.
xx
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Hope they catch the dirty buggers :D. If it's kids I think they should have to wear t-shirts saying what they did.
"I stole from kind people, because I'm selfish." Think it might change things?

Zuzu said...

Heartbreaking. Their home & story is so wonderful. I hope the lightning rod is found.
Hugs,
Zuzu