Cocooning the Butterfly
Cocooning the Butterfly
Canadian, country, old-fashioned and naturally rustic this prairie view ranch with its back to the Rocky Mountains is definitely a rare and rugged find.
The Circle B Ranch was established in 1895 and is now 116 years old, but living stronger than the day when the old-timers first hung its gates. From the first day of becoming established, the Circle B Ranch has raised beef, pioneering a herd of buffalo some years back, as well as the typical farm animals, but has never left the bloodline of its original owners. Maintaining ownership until young Joseph and Halya were old enough to inherit this land, was a task only men of perseverance and loyalty could master, through the will and grace of a much higher power.
The house is set back on rugged land and nestled deep in the rolling foothills of Alberta. The Circle B stretches far, both north and south, flowing eastward and down into the flatter lands of the prairie, then westward, climbing into the mountains of Kananaskis Country. A spread of 100 sections of land, 64 000 acres, Joseph was born and raised here.
The Ranch's outbuildings, corrals, barns, silos, sheds, shops, and shelters have been well kept and in good repair. Each additional building added over the years, planned for position and smooth flow of its beasts and critters, eased the workload on the wranglers and farmhands. Bunkhouses, supply barns, riding gear, farming tools and machinery all have their place, just as each man is well versed in his duties. Now, the time has come. Joseph Tanner, the Buffalo, will be master and lord .
Waves of dark brown fur can be seen in mass as the buffalo move throughout the snow encrusted meadows and fields, muster in the shelter of an ancient oak, cluster of fir trees or against banks that block the chilling winds descending from ice-covered mountain peaks; as are the smooth silky black hides of the Angus steers. Wranglers riding healthy and spirited horses of breeds like those of the Mustang, Belgian, Clydesdale or Percheron, dispersed over the rolling lands, ride in to take their afternoon meal and break next to the chuck-wagon sleighs. The boss speaks briefly to his lead wrangler before he heads to the house to have his lunch with his wife; Halya, Princess of the Knight Riders, her arrival at the Circle B was one that marked an end to the feud and brought life back to the ranch.
This kind of ranch demands the strength and performance of a man who possesses solidity of mind, ruggedness of character, a gentleness of heart, a most honorable deportment and assuredness of power with the steadiness of hand. Joseph is much more than that as he sits tall in his saddle, proud and with good humor, but he will not take shit from anyone. He has worked hard here all his life. It never occurred to him that this land was destined become his own until he met Halya and learned of his rightful heritage. However, their paths to each other, influenced by the existence of the Butterfly Bed, the Circle B Ranch, ancient promises, and a long-standing feud had formed the foundation of a heritage that played the cards of manipulation, perseverance, and faith that would offer them both a Living Hell and a Life of Heaven. If not for a man Joseph met only a few short years ago, all of this would have fallen into the hands of his feuding rival decades ago, given by law to a hellish Demon for drugs, weapons, and damnation. However, as fate should have it, that man and his power to control matters of evil, brought the feud to its end when he brought Halya and the Butterfly Bed to the Circle B.
As Joseph approached closer to the house and yard, Gringo, his prized Belgian horse beneath him trotted through the powdery snow with ease on a path created with this daily routine. Chaps and slickers, woolen clothing and leather riding gear;