Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hello From the Texas Hill Country

Way too long since I posted. We just celebrated Thanksgiving and our 45th wedding anniversary in Fredericksburg, deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. That seems to be the date of launching the Christmas season. Now, doesn't this say Christmas to you?

Fred the Bull masquerading as a deer or is it a reindeer?

We toured south to Bandera to see the leaf changes. Lots of color but fading fast. My little camera just couldn't get true colors so I gave up on that. We did see a couple of interesting ranch gates. One glowed brass in the sun but was only brass paint. Really great detail, though. Photos at

Friday, Nov 27, we went to the arts & crafts show at the Fredericksburg Marktplaz. There I took some photos of the Christmas Pyramid that was to be dedicated & lit that night. There is one poor photo of it lit up. The bottom level is the manger scene, the next has carolers, middle tier has nutcrackers, next level up is St. Nicholas and the top level that doesn't turn contains angels. BTW: we didn't find anything at the arts & crafts show that we wanted but saw lots of beautiful items.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fun and Work

Why haven't I been blogging? Choose your answer: a) we've been too busy sightseeing and working; b) internet has been iffy; c) I'm too lazy to get the photos and text together; d) all of the above. If you chose (d) then you win the smiley face of the day prize!

When we left the Rio Grande Valley in February we traveled to an area east of San Antonio, then moved further east & north, traveling through the Piney Woods following the dogwood, wisteria and azalea blooms north. More about those travels another time.

We are now workcamping at Long Point Park, Table Rock Lake near Branson MO. We are Gate Attendants for the Army Corps of Engineers. We staff the fee booth and have a great chance to visit with campers & boat launchers. We get to enjoy the lovely spring flowers, trees and birds of the Ozarks, batten down the hatches for spring storms and tour the sights of the area.

One place we visited was Edwards Mill on the campus of College of the Ozarks. Edwards Mill was built in 1972 as a student industry project. The Mill is built in the style of the old mills and operates like the 1880's mills did. The day we were there they weren't actually grinding any grain but there are packages of ground meal to buy. A sign inside the door reads:

Back of the loaf is the snowy flour

And back of the flour the mill

And back of the mill the wheat and the shower

the sun and the

Father's Will

The lower level of the mill contains a museum of old harvesting and milling equipment and some baking pans. The top floor is a weaving and crafting workroom. We saw lots of big looms but only two in use that day. There were also two students basketweaving and one making beaded jewelry.

Photos are found in my Picassa album:

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Enjoying The Rio Grande Valley

This photo is of the southeastern-most point of Texas where the Rio Grande River meets the Gulf of Mexico. We drove to Boca Chica point where the pavement ends on the beach, turned right (south) and drove on the sand for about 3 miles to the mouth of the Rio Grande River. There were a lot of people on the beach fishing the Gulf waters with super-long poles in spite of the strong, chilly wind. Over on the Mexican side, people were mainly fishing the river with throw nets (not legal in Texas) and wading out into the water. What is cold when a fish dinner awaits!

This post has few words, mainly a link to the photographs of various sights around the Valley. Most photos are captioned, so click on the link, click on slideshow and enjoy.