Kitty Le Roy's Wild West
I'm Jo and I live in Hampshire, UK. I've always been fascinated by the wild west, encouraged and spurred on - pardon the pun - by The Virginian, Alias Smith and Jones, High Chaparral and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I began to want to know to know about and try to emulate the notorious and adventurous wild western women whose lives fascinated me even more.
It took many years to get there. Back in the sixties my interest gathered momentum and my dad called me Annie Oakley (loved that!) because I used to shoot at empty plastic washing up liquid bottles from a window with his air rifle. I wasn't a bad shot either! I wanted to dress as a cowgirl and find like-minded folk, but there was no-one.
Thank goodness I married the man who encouraged me in my endeavours. I found the British Westerners Association, and that encouraged me further. I began to build up my passion (I suppose it is a passion) and my kit and brought me to where I am today. So I love discovering and hopefully 'emulating' an amalgamation of them at living history camps (I think I may be reincarnated!).
The character I emulate is a pipe smoking', pistol packin' saloon lovinin' prospectin' gal in Colorado during the 1880s or the Yukon during their gold rush of the 1890s. She has a mule called Jenny cuz mules suit her better than hosses cuz mules are daft an' ornery. If Jenny had been Jack, she'd have been a jackass, the name for a male donkey/mule/burro.
This is my pard, Dr.Jack Coltrane, (JC) alias Husband. He accompanies me to western events in long-tailed coat and carries a Gladstone bag. He vowed to do so at our wedding, he just doesn't remember doing so. He walks with a cane (there's a mini whiskey flask in the top end) and a limp, where I, Kitty, shot him in a moment of pique.
I built my cabin from garden shed parts, determining to get the roof on before the rain started, many years ago. It's well weathered now and filled with western artefacts (goat skull, steer horns, canned grub, whiskey bottles, art by me and western images). I've recently replaced the roof, with the help of JC, and intend, this summer to get it in shape again.
My 'Winchester '73' is shown, plus my replica blank firing Colt .45 and my Bowie knife. Also shown is a model Winchester '66 that fires feather darts. I also have a .177 cal pellet firing air rifle, given to me by Husband as a romantic anniversary pressie. I'd always wanted one after firing my dad's rifle! I've got archery kit, too. I'm armed and ready!